"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

Thursday, 22 March 2012

The Recipe Has Been Lost

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Damn Right It Matters":

Thank you for the Tout Sheet on the NDP. It helps to know which horses can run in the mud and where they have raced in the past. Sometimes a new bettor can actually get it right from the stats. One query though. Where does Sid Ryan fit into the picture?

I wouldn't all the post a tout sheet. I haven;t paid close attention the the NDP for years.

I came to the conclusion, they weren't really serious about being a political party.

One after another their leaders were shafted by whoever happened to be the president of the UAW.

When Ed Broadbent was  in  the 89 federal campaign, he was most popular of the three leaders. He brought the party to the most number of seats they had had.  But he resigned the leadership soon after.

He had  an edge of bitterness  at that point. The reason wasn't obvious. I figure he must have received  the same treatment as  the other leaders. it just wasn't so obvious.

The Honorable Member   was from Oshawa. His father was  a UAW member.

Jack Layton's success in bringing the NDP to opposition status was all the more extraordinary. They had continued in Parliament with the few strong union ridings  and candidates.

 I figured his triumph  had more to do with Jack Layton than it had to do with his party.

It helped that the  Parti  Quebecois was tired of being a non-entity in the Parliament of Canada and that the Liberals were in dis-array.

I think  Mr. Broadbent is concerned that if Thomas  Mulcair  takes the leadership , power will shift from Ontario.

Sid Ryan has not been heard of much lately. He brought Bob Rae down when the NDP got a chance to form the government in Ontario.

The most conclusive example of how unions will not allow the NDP to be a real political party.

I do not offer my opinion  as anything more  than  casual observation. I've made no study. Noticed nothing more than anybody else from the headlines

The NDP can make horses' asses of themselves as well as any other political party.

The rest  lost  the recipe. The NDP never thought they needed one. Or they just didn't care

If they elect Tom Mulcair, they  might have a chance to become a political party in spite of themselves.


Anonymous said...

Can you tell me how relevant it is to be a political party when none of them have any principles?

They have leaders who lie and finagle their way through nominating conventions, policy conventions, all sorts of conventions, who make glib comments to those of the press who can still be bothered to provide coverage.

But the whole thing is an elaborate sham.

The greatest depiction of this situation was the tremendously popular and highly accurate two series from the BBC - first "Yes, Minister" and second "Yes, Prime Minister."

If you watch all of these you will truly be an expert in government.

Anonymous said...

8:28 PM
Yet once again you take the wide brush to all politicians and reject anything they might do or attempt to do without suggesting what should replace the existing system. Are you proposing something like Plato's Republic or a group of well-heeled self-appointed representatives who would oversee the working of government while never standing for office or accepting accountability?
Just asking for your alternatives before you toss the baby out with the bath water.