Geoffrey Stevens's blog
Published June 3, 2013, in The Waterloo Region Record.
The Senate expenses scandal – starring Duff, Pam, Nigel, Stephen and all the lesser lights – may be fine political theatre. But it doesn’t amount to a hill of beans – or loonies.
Published May 27, 2013, in The Waterloo Region Record.
Confession, they say, is good for the soul. With that in mind, I will make a confession: I am a media lickspittle.
A lickspittle, according to the dictionary, is not a nice thing to be; it means “a contemptible, fawning person; a servile flatterer or toady.”
Published May 21, 2013, in The Waterloo Region Record.
“I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.” — Retired House of Commons law clerk Rob Walsh, on the Mike Duffy/Nigel Wright Senate expenses uproar, CBC-TV, May 17.
Published May 13, 2013, in The Waterloo Region Record.
This is how it is supposed to work in a parliamentary democracy, isn’t it?
Party leaders and their confederates present competing visions (or, more prosaically, platforms) for the electorate to consider. But once the election is over, smart winners don’t simply impose their visions.