Premier’s de­ci­sions will catch up to him

The Compass - - OPINION -

Premier Paul Davis (P.D.) may have left his guns be­hind some years back at the po­lice depart­ment, but in his first week in of­fice, un­be­liev­able as it may sound, P.D. shot him­self in the foot no less than twice.

Sail­ing into the job the new premier promised smoother wa­ters and a breath of bad­lyneeded fresh air into the of­fice lo­cated on the top floor of Con­fed­er­a­tion Build­ing above the House of Assem­bly. In­stead, within just three days the tide of pub­lic neg­a­tiv­ity be­gan to roll and hasn’t ebbed yet.

If tested on his first week in of­fice, P.D. would no doubt get a re­sound­ing F. To me, his ap­point­ment of king maker, Steve Kent to the deputy Premier po­si­tion plus min­is­ter of health smacks of payback.

His ap­point­ment of young lawyer Judy Man­ning to the At­tor­ney Gen­eral po­si­tion is some­thing that will haunt him for the rest of his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer I think (was John Ot­ten­heimer con­sid­ered? he would be ripe for the job I as­sume).

And, P.D’s lack­adaisi­cal at­ti­tude about the Hum­ber Val­ley Paving fi­asco is as­tound­ing. Why not a ju­di­cial en­quiry Mr.Premier? The Au­di­tor Gen­eral’s re­port is only a start — it is not an end.

Roles quite dif­fer­ent

The twice elected MHA who served honourably in a num­ber of port­fo­lios in the Dun­derdale and Mar­shall gov­ern­ments ob­vi­ously is find­ing quickly the role of a MHA and the role of Premier are quite dif­fer­ent in many re­spects.

Lib­eral leader Dwight Ball must be scratch­ing his head in amaze­ment about it all. He may have been run­ning nearly sev­enty per­cent in the pop­u­lar­ity polls over the Con­ser­va­tives, now he can rest as­sured he is in the low eight­ies.

Call the elec­tion Premier and get ready to serve as Op­po­si­tion Leader — it’s only a mat­ter of time and you will save your­self and your Cab­i­net a year of cru­ci­fix­ion from the op­po­si­tion par­ties and the me­dia.

— Bill West­cott writes from Clarke’s Beach

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