One curiosity about this election is that none of the parties seems much interested in governing. They are fixated on winning power. Like a compulsive seducer obsessed with getting the lady into bed but unwilling to take out the trash, they are fascinated with becoming the government but, as far as one can tell, literally uninterested in being it.
There’s no end of wine and roses about what they’ll do in power. But they’re frustratingly vague on how. I’m especially distressed by the lack of frank discussion of past failures. Never mind their own parties’; they don’t even produce a serious analysis of what went wrong with their adversaries’ attempts to govern.
It’s not as if they don’t know things have gone wrong. Consider this line from Stephen Harper on Paul Martin: “For 10 years, he chose his priorities. First they were cuts and downloading, then they were waste and scandal, then they were dithering and delay. Health care wasn’t his priority of two months ago. How do we know it’ll be his priority two months from now?” Continue Reading →
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