Monday, April 03, 2017

This Day In Clarkland...Re: The Chalke Report On The Healthcare Working Firings...

...They Already Know.

The money shot from Rob Shaw's VSun foreshadowey piece published today, Monday April 3rd:

...The governing B.C. Liberals, however, do care about how voters interpret what is likely to be a scathing report. The government is getting ready and has a good idea of what’s coming, because the law required Chalke give warning to those who will be criticized...

The point?

The Clarklandians and their Wizards already know how much (or how little?) white will be on the wash.

And you can bet that the media plan is being constructed as I type and/or you read this.

The real key to how damning the report is will be defined by how quickly the speaker, Linda Reid, releases it.



sd said...

If Reid sits on it we'll not see it soon. I swear between crusty and drump I'm just about losing it.Thank goodness baseball is back to temporarily take my mind of this crap. How about Bumganer hitting 2 homers yesterday, only to have the bullpen blow it.Oh well 161 to go!

Anonymous said...

Keith Baldrey was on NW this AM, basically saying "there is nothing to see here folks, and that the NDP are running 3 attack ads, which the sheeple are more interested in".
Housing, Party donations, and 15% foreign buyers tax.
More important than an action taken and buried by the Government that ultimately caused a life?
His true colours never cease to amaze me.

Norm Farrell said...

Listening to Baldrey this morning reminded me his time as one of three blind mice whose schtick was called Edge of the Ledge.

Nincompoops ranting in underpants complained about the fraudulent sale of BC Rail and a trial that ended after government bought guilty pleas with a $6 million reward and puffball punishment (a no-confinement sentence of home confinement).

The Edge of Ledge trio told us regularly there was nothing to see at BC Rail. Breaking election promises, doing favours for friends, privatizing valuable assets for a fraction of value and, worst of all, avoiding accountability by subverting justice, were no big deal: "Nothing was proven in court."

After four plus years of stonewalling by government, Baldrey thinks negative ads by the Opposition will be a bigger story. Despite nearness to Victoria's power brokers (who whisper regularly into the ears of loyal journalists) not only can't provide answers, he can't think of any questions.

Corporate media should be ashamed of pushing mostly young BC journalists into unemployment while commentators pushing or past retirement age continue pumping out worthless bilge.

John's Aghast said...

Linda Reid! Now that's something else I wouldn't want to come home to! (Shudder) Probably just wouldn't bother coming home.

Scotty on Denman said...

1-1 0f 1: Who could blame you for Clark-Trump nausea?---it's a natural reaction of disgust. They give partisanship such a bad name it turns people off of participating at all. But that has more to do with the polity those two represent than with the worth of democratic participation. One needn't be a partisan to participate; indeed, for most of us, just getting out to exercise our franchise is about as politically organized as it gets; only a few percent of the electorate belongs to a party, and only a few percent of that few percent actually does anything more than send a party a cheque.

Of all the gripes about politics one could possibly hear these days, plain old inarticulate dissatisfaction outshouts any other particular disappointment or differences. "Abolish parties" is commonly heard, or even "Abolish majoritarianism."

As the spike in numbers of young, probably first-time voters showed in the last federal election, the vitally important need to get rid of Harper did inspire, but I think strategic voting was at least equally inspiring, a tactic that was never before so widely discussed. The strategy to rid Harper was popular among all voting age-groups, but the astounding increase in young-voter turnout is especially telling: it reflected not only their desire to make a difference---which I think they did, undeniably---but also that they jumped at the opportunity to do so while not having to also become partisans themselves. As it was, the more the parties reacted to growing interest in SV, first by dismissing it, then deriding it as it became more talked about, and finally by issuing dire warnings about it, the more young voters were attracted to it ---the enemy of their enemy their friend, as 't were. It said a lot about how they feel about partisan politics, and maybe why they'd eschewed voting before that.

The result couldn't have been a happier one for novice voters, but perhaps not more so than in terms of showing us all that partisanship needn't predicate participation, nor is it requisite for success.

The ultra partisans of the right are really riding the horns of a fundamental dilemma: they can't satisfy demands for decent wages without inviting potentially costly protest over perfidious profiteering in their customary way, by planetary plunder, pillage and pollution. Cheap foreign goods have disguised this creeping impoverishment, and the largest inherited wealth in history hasn't been spent quite yet, but if the race has to be to the bottom, the guys who've been on top for a long time aim to still be there after performing a fabulous dead-cat-bounce.

For now they need to exploit partisanship, probably more as distraction than for recruiting but, until recently, most valuable in steeling the resolve of co-partisans and magnifying their minorities by effectively driving voters off the defaulted electoral field in disgust, especially in the states. The very last thing ultra partisans want or need---at least until the fabled land of irresponsible-profiteering-with-full-immunity-and-total-impunity has been rapturously secured---is an electorate that participates outside of rote-role partisanship.

Lulymay said...

From an article titled "Politics viewed over the years" printed in 2014:

The problem with political jokes is they get elected. (Henry Cate, VII)

Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city, it might be better to change the locks. (Doug Larson)

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become Prime Minister of Premier; I'm beginning to believe it. (Clarence Darrow)

and the one I like best:

I offer my opponents a bargain: if they will stop telling lies about us, I will stop telling the truth about them. (Adlai Stevenson, 1952)