Monday, March 17, 2008

RailGate Round-Up


Rafe Mair published a very interesting column in The Tyee today.

Essentially, it goes against the grain of the professional punditocracy in this province by pointing out Mr. Gordon's Campbell's true political weaknesses.

Here's just one (of my favorite) examples:

"BC Rail, the railway W.A.C. Bennett bought to be an engine driving the northern economy, was sold to CN Rail, now an American company. The government's power to help remote places prosper was sold to the Americans. Whoopsy daisy and oh, dear me, I forgot it was "leased" not sold but as a wag (me) pointed out, the lease is for so long that if you looked the same time backwards you'd be in the reign of Ethelred the Unready."

Now, while my maiden grandmother's name was Ethel, she was not red, and she was most definitely not unready.

And neither is our good friend BC Mary (unready, I mean) who has the definitive website for all things RailGate.


Mary was also kind enough to put up a link to this little F-Troop list blog in the comments to Mr. Mair's post.

Thus, if you would like a few musing on RailGate of my own here are few good places to start.....

What The Canadian Press Didn't Say About Railgate
: This post Fisks a conventional 2007 year-end media re-cap to demonstrate how such stories can lull the public into a false sense of 'everything's just fine here' even when the people writing them are not actually trying to do such a thing.

Release The RailGate Tapes!: In which we ask which might be worse - the alleged crime or the cover-up?

Return Of RailGate Hansard's Revenge:
Which begins with the following cool handed quote:

Boss: Sorry, Luke. I'm just doing my job. You gotta appreciate that.
Luke: Nah - calling it your job don't make it right, Boss

And then, of course, there are the posts on Stonewalling and Limited Hangouts.

Hope you all enjoy them.

And don't forget, the place to keep right up to date, and read some really lively discussion amongst the Anon-O-Mice is over at Mary's place.

And if you are more into long running dramas than courtroom (anti)thrillers, there is always 'The Dobranos'.


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