Usually devoid of meaningful arguments and information, most articles on British Columbia politics take but a moment to read. This Martyn Brown piece is entirely different. It is superior to a month’s worth of commissioned articles and press release rewrites from members of the Legislative Press Gallery.
It is written by a man who spent years at the heart of Gordon Campbell’s Liberal Governments and he knows the current players well. Follow the link below and read the entire article. Then consider how amazed even the founders, McLeod, Acorn, Persky et al, would have been four decades ago had anyone predicted the underground newspaper would one day produce Vancouver’s smartest political writing.
Martyn Brown: Looking for a leader and in search of John Horgan, Georgia Straight, June 11, 2016: (LINKED HERE)
…Here in British Columbia, many disaffected voters are also looking for a new leader. Someone who will stand tall for all that Christy Clark does not, is not, and never will.
Count me among them.
We are looking for a leader who is ethically worthy of our confidence and who is bent on tackling the problems and challenges that have so often been created and aggravated by the Clark government’s failures of leadership.
We are looking for a leader who is, in many ways, the antithesis of Premier Clark…
And yes, we are looking for a leader who is supported by a capable cast of diversely talented candidates, advisors, and thinkers. A leader of a viably competitive party that is attuned to populist concerns and dedicated to delivering responsive, effective, responsible government.
That is, we are searching for a team leader…
…driven more by values and principles than by the latest opinion polls or by a rigid adherence to any ideology.
In short, we are looking for a leader who might positively redefine our future with forward-looking, proactive government that is responsible in all respects—socially, environmentally, economically, fiscally, and democratically.
…”Sunny ways”, movie-star looks, and charismatic appeal are all great qualities in leaders that too often carry their parties into government in the absence of other overriding vote-defining issues.
But they are ultimately empty attributes in telling us who we should trust the most—or if you prefer, distrust the least—to follow and reward at the ballot box.
They are hallmarks of celebrity, not leadership.
…Over and over again, we knowingly allow ourselves to be played like chumps. We discount so much of what we claim to value in leaders and let our votes ride on the charlatans who beguile us with their humour, wit, and optical delusions.
Ethics go out the window. Issues get buried under the carpet. Good sense gets abandoned.
We rush to surrender to the scams that scream “sucker!”, as we quietly reassure ourselves that dishonesty is not so bad if it’s couched as hyperbole.
Like the LNG fraud that promised us all $1 trillion of economic activity, 100,000 jobs, a $100-billion “prosperity fund” and a “debt free BC.” Gotcha.
We will ever learn? Will we next time, in 2017?
Ian Jessop had Martyn Brown on-air June 13 at CFAX1070: