No fan of political petitions
Premier Paul Davis should be very concerned with the discovery by Telegram reporter James McLeod (kudos to McLeod) on Jan. 21 that exposed the deliberate attempt by PC backbenchers to table a petition in favor of the Davis government’s plan to reduce the number of seats in the House of Assembly (a reduction now set at eight).
McLeod reported those petitions bore very few signatures and many of them were the names of government staffers.
Pam Frampton in her weekly column Jan. 24, “Cloak-and-stagger,” summed it up perfectly when she wrote, quote: “It’s disingenuous, unethical and unscrupulous. Most of all, it’s insulting to the people, who see right through the political duplicity.” As for me, insulted? You bet I am Premier. What really surprises me is the fact that Davis, a retired police officer who has an impeccable record withe his many years of distinguished service with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and one who knows the difference, allowed (or turned a blind eye to) a falsified petition on a matter of great importance to the province to be presented in the House as gospel truth.
The House was barely open when we were quickly shown the State of the Union so to speak. It is in a sad state according to pundits, political scientists and members of the press like McLeod and Frampton.
Numerical values were assigned to a PC document (petition) that could not and cannot be justified.
My grandmother Westcott used to say; “If you really want to see what kind of person you are dealing with, stare into his/her eyes for a few minutes without blinking.”
Metaphorically speaking, we have already seen into the political eyes of Paul Davis and his self-serving bunch of backbench deceivers. There is no justification for this (despite claims that both parties have done similar things in the past) as Davis is a man with a scrupulous record (obviously as a policeman yes, but as a politician it appears now a definite no).
More and more it looks l ike the distinction between knowledge and honest information is a thing of the past, and there is no greater disgrace than to be a thing of the past.
My favorite poet William Blake wrote: “This life’s gray windows of the soul, distorts our heaven from pole to pole, and leads us to believe a lie, when we see with and not thru the eye.”
No need to worry too much dear voters of Newfoundland and Labrador as the Premier Paul Davis government will soon be a thing of the past.
— Bill Westcott writes from Clarke’s Beach