You really want to know?
Go and read Merv Adey's latest post (and this is where I convert to my John Lydon impersonation).
You still here?
OK, I guess I'm going to have to give you a teaser from Merv's post:
...(L)et’s deconstruct the bullshit, otherwise known as talking points, first on party fundraising. Some of these points come from the likes of Ben James. Some from pro “status quo” pundits....
...“There is no quid pro quo” in special access fundraisers. This is Norman Spector’s line. It’s a way of saying campaign finance reform is a solution in search of a problem. To quote him again, “The choice in BC is between a pro-industry party and a pro-union party.” There! It’s solved! It’s not an ethics problem at all. Federal rules and the rules in many provinces were changed in the last fifteen years because of Adscam and other high profile issues. Spector is arguing (unbelievably) that industry players donate to the BCLiberals tens of millions in election years and non-election years because they hate the NDP. It’s not because they want lax regulation , non-existent enforcement, inside tracks on contracts etc. The collapse of government revenue from resource extraction (down about $4 billion annually from 2002, despite increased export volume) has nothing to do with a steady stream of industry cash to the party coffers...
Go read it all immediately, and then come back and tell me that the inability of our local puffed-up punditry to call a spade a spade is not THE biggest problem with the body politic in this province.