Ku­dos to Ben­nett for speak­ing up

The Compass - - ED­I­TO­RIAL -

Hats off to Fi­nance Min­is­ter Cathy Ben­nett for air­ing her ex­pe­ri­ence in pol­i­tics. The things she has been sub­ject to, nasty so­cial me­dia mes­sages sent by gut­less, face­less lowlifes, is to­tally un­ac­cept­able.

Ben­nett has been tasked with one of the tough­est port­fo­lios in gov­ern­ment, never more so than un­der the cur­rent eco­nomic prob­lems that our prov­ince is fac­ing. She has had lit­tle choice other than to de­liver some se­ri­ous medicine to tackle the problem, no pleas­ant task but a nec­es­sary one. Any­one truly un­der­stand­ing the re­al­ity of our cur­rent eco­nomic woes would re­al­ize that it will take more tough de­ci­sions, likely un­pop­u­lar ones, to re­spon­si­bly deal with the prov­ince’s fi­nan­cial sit­u­a­tion.

The big tragedy in what Ben­nett had to say is that her per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence re­veals why so many good ca­pa­ble peo­ple, both male and fe­male, do not want to get in­volved with pol­i­tics. The per­sonal abuse for the in­di­vid­ual and their fam­i­lies is some­thing very few are pre­pared to put them­selves or their fam­i­lies through.

Those that at­tack with vile and threat­en­ing com­ments are the cause of a weak­en­ing po­lit­i­cal sys­tem.

We are very for­tu­nate to have peo­ple such as Cathy Ben­nett and all of those who of­fer them­selves for pub­lic of­fice de­spite the dis­gust­ing at­tacks made by cow­ards who hide name­lessly be­hind their com­ments.

Hope­fully, Min­is­ter Ben­nett’s com­ments will help end this type of abuse, but I sadly doubt it. Con­struc­tive crit­i­cism is fine. Nasty, cruel and threat­en­ing ac­tiv­ity must not be tol­er­ated. Chris Colling­wood writes from St. Philip’s

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