Thursday, October 18, 2007

If this is clean government, why do I feel like taking a shower?

"Clean government": rhetoric contrasts with record

"Last night's throne speech surprised commentators with its highly-partisan claim "The government is clean."
After months and months of just-this-side-of-legal manoeuvering and perhaps some that isn't (we'll never know since everything is classified, just like George Bush's government), Harper's government is anything but clean.

I await with eager anticipation when the whole scuzzy operation is blown wide open. I just hope I'm not standing too close when it happens.

Some pundits made much of Stephen Harper's sense of humour, although I have yet to see any evidence of it. In an article in today's Globe and Mail by Lawrence Martin (subscription required), he notes that:

"This kind of good-naturedness looks good on Stephen Harper. Cynical political gamesmanship has been one of his chief problems. He is seen as too conniving by half. Most everything he does is viewed less as coming from his heart than as part of a grand political scheme."

There was nothing good-natured about Stephen Harper's remark. The sneer could be seen and heard from the outer reaches of the universe. He is a cynical political gamesman and there's no evidence that he possesses a heart except perhaps the merely functional muscle that pumps blood around his increasingly rotund frame.

As far as his heavy "humour"goes, he's about as funny as a slipped disc.

As far as Harper is concerned, I'll go with Dion's quote from Al Gore, that the environmental policy of Harper's band of devoted acolytes is "a complete and total fraud".

That goes for everything else in his "clean" government.

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