Sunday, April 19, 2009

Valpy On Iggy....


I tried to sit down and read it all in one go in the dead tree version this morning.

Honest, I did.

But, unfortunately, I started to gag while waiting for the kettle to boil when I got to the following bits about 20,000 words (and only about a tenth of the way) in:

"....If ancestry informs identity like a stain, Mr. Ignatieff's remarkable heritage is well worth examination — an exercise that may reveal just what kind of patriot he is......


.....Educated at Oxford and Harvard; an acolyte and triumphant biographer of Isaiah Berlin, one of the great liberal thinkers of the 20th century; a novelist, philosopher, historian, political theorist; a war correspondent, a television celebrity. He moves in the world of great ideas and power; he walks with princes.

Canada has not had a political leader like this (Pierre Trudeau's father was in trade). It isn't just that Michael Ignatieff is an aristocrat; he is an aristocrat who is not, as the French say, the fin de la race — the clapped-out, end-of-the-line Eurodreck, assuming superiority and privilege that are unearned....."

Ya, sure.

And Warren Kinsella is the reincarnation of Pierre Salinger.


If you would like to read stuff about what one of the Canada's national political party leaders thinks about issues that actually affect us in the here and now, check out John Allemang's much shorter, much pithier, and much much better, piece on Elizabeth May instead.


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