NDP’s ex­pense dip­ping messes up vot­ing op­tion

Cape Breton Post - - WEEKEND FEEDBACK - John deRoche Syd­ney

To the NDP MLAs of Nova Sco­tia:

No doubt you’ve been get­ting a lot of guff from dis­il­lu­sioned NDPers, judg­ing by the re­cent let­ters to the ed­i­tor in Cape Bre­ton. And I’ve got no quar­rel with that. There aren’t many of us, I’ll bet, who don’t feel be­trayed – in­clud­ing even your af­flu­ent sup­port­ers, like me (never mind the mid­dle­class and blue-col­lar worker al­liance around Metro Hal­i­fax who gave our party the ma­jor­ity).

I’m looking at Google Earth Street View as part of my search for a house to buy in sub­ur­ban Hal­i­fax this sum­mer and the NDP street signs are ev­ery­where. But you’ve al­ready blown it!

Yes, to be sure, you in­her­ited an aw­fully messy debt and deficit from the Tory boobs – one of the old­est sto­ries in pol­i­tics (I don’t mean that it’s un­true – not a bit). But put to­gether your nec­es­sary “aus­ter­ity” eco­nomic moves (in­clud­ing the anti-union im­pe­tus) with this to­tally crass dele­git­i­ma­tion of your mo­ti­va­tional virtue, and I think the party is toast (not to men­tion the en­tire cred­i­bil­ity of the elec­toral po­lit­i­cal sys­tem, which is the greater vic­tim in the long run).

I do get it that the ex­pen­di­tures of NDP mem­bers (and oth­ers) charged to the pub­lic purse are ab­so­lutely triv­ial in dol­lar terms but th­ese charges are mon­u­men­tally mas­sive on the hori­zon of pop­u­lar per­cep­tion (es­pe­cially as framed by the me­dia, to be sure). Holy moly, guys. How care­less can you be?

The pub­lic eye is what it is. In ret­ro­spect, how could you ever imag­ine that it has blind spots? God love an open, demo­cratic sys­tem!

Never mind hid­ing be­hind the ex­cuse of an in­com­pe­tent bu­reau­cratic mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem that you’re now pledg­ing to fix. You are not a group of in­tel­lec­tu­ally or emo­tion­ally dis­ad­van­taged per­sons. On the con­trary, you are tal­ented braini­acs who don’t need Big Brother to tell you whether it’s OK to charge to the pub­lic purse any item that is pri­mar­ily for your pri­vate ben­e­fit and not for ours.

Be­sides tight­en­ing your bu­reau­cratic baby-sit­ters, how about tak­ing steps to grow up your­selves?

At the same time, I can­not con­ceive of vot­ing for any other party as an al­ter­na­tive in this prov­ince. I’ve voted NDP both provin­cially fed­er­ally in ev­ery elec­tion for the last nearly 40 years. If I had to vote al­ter­na­tively for the tra­di­tional old-line par­ties, I couldn’t vote at all, in con­science. It would be a farce.

And never mind the non­sense about vot­ing for the per­son in­stead of a party; that’s a myth. Power (to get things done) works through par­ties.

Thanks a big bunch for mess­ing up my op­tions, guys! MLAs of the other par­ties are not even a lit­tle bit more at­trac­tive on the moral fash­ion run­way. So now what are we sup­posed to do?

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