"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Saturday, 24 March 2012

No Decision Yet

The machines are broken. The results are not  in. The media, assembled to comment on results, are furiously trying to fill emptiness with wisdom.

Delegates  are still mindlessly cheering for their candidates.

Peggy Nash. a strong  candidate with seniority in the party. more than Brian Topp,  had a devastatingly disappointing vote in the first ballot.

Why was that?

Her afternoon  presentattion was strong in endorsementsbut didn;t leave enough time to make an impression nation-wide.

It's another  argument  against  having too many candidates in the final event.

Thomas Mulcair's speech was rushed. It was full of substance, had everything  that  needed to be said but  not have enough time to let his words sink in.

After a year-kong campaign and cnsidering the winner will be in serious running for the office of Prime Minister, that was planning gang aft agley.

Giving all  members an opportunity to vote is without a doubt a dramatic and trend-setting event. Much  is to  be learned from the exercise. It must be the way of the future.  A new opportunity for democracy to come alive.

Forty-thousand delegates in attendance at  the convention is itself a huge sign of strength and renewal for this political Party.

Liberals and Conservatives and Greens  would be foolish to deny the reality. 

If Thomas Mulcair wins the vote, after Ed Broadbent's  open and determined opposition, it's another  sign ,organised labour has finally lost its hold.

It would be  historic.  Organised  labour has, at one and the same time, kept the NDP stubbornly alive, at the same time it has prevented it from growing.

Peggy Nash's  showing  may be another sign unions are losing  influence.
If that's what's  happening, a  party to represent ordinary Canadian families will have a better chance of finding  its place

Round about now the delegates must be just wishing it was over and worrying about hotel check out time.


Anonymous said...

It's not important what people feel or think or say, but what they do.

For it's in the doing that they are remembered.

Anonymous said...

Really interesting stuff. with 24.6% from Cullen in play. The newspapers report ? anti French Canadian bias from the West and Harper has people working the crowd. The Blogs like Yahoo have all sorts of garbage.
Thank you for this day whichever it turns out. People are fun to watch even if they are not particularly nice.