Pol­i­tics never change, says writer

The Compass - - OPINION -

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

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