Ryan Cleary is no stranger to hypocrisy. The rubber boot hater has become a rubber boot wearer. His previous disdain for the NDP is long buried in the past. Like Saul on the road to Damascus, Ryan saw the light of the left and rode the triumphant orange wave right into the corridors of power that he treated with so much disdain and mistrust when he was a journalist.
Ryan promised a new approach. He was not going to be your typical politician. He has shown that he is prepared to rock the boat at home by raising tough conversations like the future of the seal hunt. Or, did he just insert his foot in his mouth and spent the next two weeks engaged in extreme political contortions, borrowing other people's seal clothing to convince us that he supports the hunt.
Gimmicks and insincerity were always a sore point with the rebel Ryan Cleary. That earlier model was a crusader against crass hypocrisy at the local, provincial, federal and public sector union. He never hesitated to call a spade a spade, say it like he saw it. He says in the past, his job was “stirring debate.”.
Ryan Cleary 2.0 is a different guy. What was gimmicky and wrong before, is okay. Has he become one of these do as I say, not as I do types, or is it simply that he was naive before? Getting elected is one thing, getting re-elected is another.
Over a year ago, the pre-election Cleary was out beating the shit out of than Liberal MP for St. John's South-Mount Pearl, Siobhan Coady for using public dollars to holding a series of town hall discussions. He wrote them off as partisan activities that were a waste of time. Pancake politicians he called them, planting images of fluffy, tax payer subsidized events that were all flash, but no substance.
No doubt, holding a public meeting to discuss the development and preservation of the historic communities clinging to the rocks on both sides of the Narrows is a good move. Cleary deserves kudos for his proactive approach, to embracing citizen engagement and providing leadership on the file.
The brick is for saying one thing last year to garner popular support, and fan the flames of cynicism while doing the same with resources that the former member used, for similar purposes.
How can it be wrong to consult your constituents and provide them with an opportunity discuss issues? The answer, only when it is not you that is doing it?
Is there any wonder why politicians are ranked with used car salesman as most disrespected occupations