Politics never change, says writer
There is an old expression that says “Politicians make strange bed fellows.” How true, how very true. I just got through reading Greg Malone’s incredible book “Don’t tell the Newfoundlanders.”
It was hard to put down. It should be required reading for every student in Newfoundland and Labrador —a great journalistic achievement.
It is well worth the price. Throughout Malone’s exposé of the stormy uncertain political times leading up to Newfoundland joining Canada, one can’t help but be amazed at the amount of lies, deceit and backstabbing that went on from all sides of the political spectrum. Malone left no stone unturned — a genius piece of research that must have taken him years to unfold and document. Current events Political current events of late involving the NDP in Newfoundland and the shameful shenanigans of members of the Senate in Ottawa prove one thing if not many things, times change but political backstabbing lies and innuendo remain the same, if not worst. Players change but the game is still the same — just ask Lorraine Michael.
The who said, he said, she said public debates from so-called intelligent men and women are making voters sick to their stomachs.
It is so hard to realize these are the very people we trusted to handle our affairs with our votes of confidence.
Another sad part about all of this is the damage it is doing to the political system, not to mention the tarnishing of the mainstream political parties involved here in the province and at the Senate in Ottawa.
Would I join a political party with the intention of someday running for office in an election? Not likely. Not by a country mile. Strange bed fellows indeed. I want no part of it.
— Bill Westcott writes from Clarke’s Beach