NDP’s expense dipping messes up voting option
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?