Saturday, January 25, 2014

CHANGING THE CHANNEL

The period for polite disingenuous praise has past. 

Shall we speak the truth then.

Kathy Dunderdale's policies and approach to governance is her real epithet.  It should be the political epithet for the Progressive Conservative Party and it would be if the voters had any say.

The failure was not just the messenger but the message.  

I don't know about you but a little bit of lipstick on pig changes nothing, it is still a pig unless you lack the sense to see the difference. 

The rot has seeped into our political institutions. Accountability, transparency, honesty has become irrelevant with the blessing of Tory stalwarts who want us to passively change the channel and forget their failures.

Do not be fooled. Dunderdale's announcement was as scripted as the terms of Reference of the PUB's review of Muskrat Falls. It just came a few weeks earlier than originally planned.

The timing was born in the government's charm campaign of the Fall which produced a remarkable turnaround in the December CRA polls related to satisfaction with the government.  
That poll showed the corner had been turned. Voter satisfaction with the  government had increased substantially.  Mostly satisfied jumped from 28 to  38 per cent, while the dissatisfied numbers decreased. 

The Premier's poor performance during the blackout threatened those precious gains. That is why she left this week, to give her party and the cancerous agenda a chance to build on the key government satisfaction numbers.

Okay, we have a new Premier.

What does that change? 

The communication "problem" has not changed because the propagandists and the publicly financed propaganda machine have absolutely no interest in engaging, listening or backing down on the polities and behaviors that have sent the party to political purgatory in public opinion.

Since the newly appointed Premier quotes scripture today, so shall I:

Genesis 3:1 

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 

Proverbs 14:15 

The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps.
Proverbs 8:5 
O simple ones, learn prudence; O fools, learn sense.

We still have the same tired arrogant faces at the helm. 

If there has ever been a time for leadership in the long anals of missteps, giveaways and missed opportunities that litter the history of this place.....

This is the time.




        


2 comments:

Cyril Rogers said...

Peter, your thoughts mirror mine and I do think there is so much rot at the heart of the PC government and party that nothing of substance will result from the election of a new leader.

I stand on record as stating that I believe the "hidden agenda" of this party is being driven by inside voices and the corporate elite that wants to benefit at the expense of the people AND the province. They have their vision of creating wealth in a captive market but that can only be done with government collusion. Thus, we have the government frantically trying to push Muskrat Falls through to sanction….then completion…... whatever dire consequences result from that quest.

The irony of the PC administration capitulating to Emera and Nova Scotia, giving them even more control of the power from Muskrat, is mind-boggling. How often did they employ the slogan, "No more giveaways" when Williams was in Opposition and when he first became Premier. Make no mistake about it, he and his business cronies are pushing hard, behind the scenes, to see the MF project keeps afloat. Why? Well, it should be obvious that some people will gain huge benefits and it is not going to be ordinary people.

I consider the backers of Muskrat Falls to be money-grubbing selfish and self-serving individuals because they know, as well as we do, that this project has NO hope of ever being economic. The irony in all this is that the cheerleaders at the Board of Trade are the first ones to condemn government economic development schemes. I guess they don't mind it if ALL of the economic pie goes to them…ALL on the backs of the ratepayers of the province.

Some may question how Muskrat Falls became a central topic of this discussion, since we are looking at the pending election of a new PC leader and Premier. Well, for me, Muskrat Falls is THE most significant and important issue this province has faced in decades. Going forward ensures the loss of essential services and infrastructure for decades. In fact, it has already stymied essential spending because of the government's need to hoard billions that will ultimately be wasted……. on a project that will cause no end of grief. I have argued, and will continue to argue, that it needs to, at a minimum be halted…. and ultimately stopped. Give the PUB unfettered access to all information and I am absolutely positive that it will conclude, as I do, that Muskrat is of NO BENEFIT but, rather. a HUGE long term burden on the province.

Anonymous said...

Marshall, who is Jewish, quoted from the Old testament about Moses. That's fine. He then went on to say his father served in WW2 and that he fought for freedom and democracy. Maybe so. But Marshall and his gang brough in Bill 29 to limit freedom. And there has been no elected Premier in the PC party for 20 years , since Peckford. Perhaps Marshall should have quoted Jesus's phrase..."O ye lawyers, ye hipicrits"