New owners took over The Georgia Straight two years ago. That quickly led to changes that are not reader-friendly. However, their website still offers useful commentary and is particularly worth visiting when Martyn Brown’s work appears. His latest column is a critique of a person often seen and heard in BC media.
NDP leadership hopeful Anjali Appadurai has discovered that it doesn’t take much to set Global News reporter Keith Baldrey’s hair on fire.
All she has to do is stand up for what she believes in: urgent climate action, fair wages for unionized public sector workers, and radically progressive government...
Keith Baldrey, the billionaire Shaw family’s representative in the BC Legislative Press Gallery, is often baffled when people take on principled causes. If he doesn’t ignore aspiring reformers, Baldrey is prone to misrepresenting or ridiculing their views.
He exudes contempt for those who fail to stand and salute higher-purpose-people. The commentator who pushes any government or industry agenda at hand says those holding alternative views are activists, unworthy of public attention.
After John Horgan reversed the NDP’s years-long opposition to Site C, Baldrey chortled “Oh boo hoo. Boo hoo hoo” to the “losers” who objected to BC spending billions of dollars on a destructive and unnecessary megaproject built to worsen the climate crisis.
Mr. Brown continues about misinformation targeting the unwelcome person competing for NDP leadership:
First, contrary to what Baldrey suggests, Appadurai is not “running AGAINST the party” she seeks to lead.
She is running to reclaim it as the force for progressive change that once defined the NDP in the first place, long before it morphed into the business-as-usual party it now is, having tilted ever further to the center-right under Horgan’s tenure.
Serious pundits should applaud rational debate of issues. Ms. Apparaduai wants to make this logo genuinely absurd by enabling voters to differentiate between the governing party and the official opposition.
Martyn Brown again:
Indeed, it’s the NDP itself that now seems so ashamed of what it now represents, it won’t even post its own Constitution, policies or principles on its party website, as I noted in my last article.
Brown points out that each new BC NDP member must pledge to accept and abide by the party’s Constitution, principles, and policies, but none of these are published and readily available to prospective members. I suspect this promise will derail Anjali Appadurai’s brave efforts. Rather than supporting policies decided by BC NDP leaders, this grass roots campaign opposes them fully. That is not allowed.
Appadurai’s wish for NDP renewal — which Baldrey labels as radical — lists policies to improve liveability in the province and actions to elevate humanity’s chance of surviving more than two or three more generations.
Brown makes a point about Anjali Appadurai that Baldrey missed or ignored:
Win or lose, she’s mainly running to force that uncomfortable debate about the need for progressive change…
Judging by his body of work, Keith Baldrey and other old-boys in BC’s political punditry do not see goals enumerated by an uppity young adult as worth serious consideration. Life was so much easier for them when women in politics applied stamps, stuffed envelopes, made pots of tea, and left political debate to experienced people paid to decide which issues that matter.
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