If we regularly saw commentary like Iain Hunter: Memo to Clark: Public has an interest, the blog world would be almost irrelevant. This is smart and well written, the kind of work we expect from real journalists.
It’s pretty brave of our un-elected premier to talk about families at all, given the number of malcontents who keep raising questions about some of her relations in connection with the B.C. Rail scandal.
This old boxcar won’t easily be shunted off to a political siding any time soon. But no one should be surprised that Clark refuses to revisit an issue that she’s declared already is behind us.
Offering to air this tawdry affair before a commission of inquiry undoubtedly would provide a quasijudicial stonewall to impertinent Opposition questions in the legislature. But it would keep the issue before the public for a long time -even into the next election campaign -and might rather spoil Liberal fortunes.
One thing Clark might have learned from Campbell is that the public’s interest is not the same thing at all as the public interest…