From the Desk of Edward Itorial - Review of the Past Few Weeks
Activity on the BC Poly Blog site has really picked up. It seems folks from both the left and right of the political spectrum have discovered the Poly and are taking an active role with leaving comments at the end of each piece. For me, this is a great way to gauge the interest, effectiveness and knowledge level of Poly's writings. Keep it up!
I want to use this post to review a few of the pieces Poly has published over the last few weeks. Poly's unique mix of fact, exaggeration and provocative humour have garnered us both wanted and un-wanted attention.
When Poly first presented the "Jesus To Gregor: 'You Do Not Have A Hope In Hell of Being Re-Elected!'" story some alarm bells went off. Whenever one tries to mix humour, politics and religion the result is often a muddy mess. In my estimation, the Lord Jesus Christ is more than able to withstand some gentle ribbing from this "intrepid Poly". The piece hammered home the over all belief that Gregor is ineffective in his role as MLA; so ineffective that even Jesus does not support him. Add to this his poorly updated website and a notice to a "Town Hall Meeting with Gregor Robertson" which very generally promised "...to talk about the most important issues of our time." and he made a perfect target for satire. I did have Poly make one addition to the piece and I'm not saying there is a link, but that evening the driver's door of my car had the word "WUSS" scratched into the paint. Can you guess what the addition was? Interesting to note that within an hour of the piece being published the broken links and missing information on Gregor's website were "corrected". What's next? In the coming weeks we will have updates on the sex discrimination complaint filed by his former controller at Happy Planet and I'm sure Poly will continue his Moby Dick like chase of the elusive Gregor.
The Claire Trevena article, "Would You Pay $580 For This?! Claire Did" was meant to highlight the rude and boorish behavior of this newbie MLA during a fundraising event while taking some digs at the NDP as a whole for their mismanagement of the fast ferry fiasco. However, the comments from you the readers discussed the ins and outs of budgets and surpluses of the various BC Governments over the last 20 years. Great stuff! Our insiders on the North Island let us know that Claire was not happy (note from Poly, the term used was "royally pissed") with the article but when the facts are correct, there is little one can do. What's next? To Claire, send us a photo of you in the jacket holding a sign that says "BC Poly Blog" and we will make a donation to Ducks Unlimited in your name for $100.
Carole James' leadership style has been called into question by the press, the public and politicos on the right and left. That's why stories like "The Mean Girls Force Out Maurine" and "Mayor Corrigan To Begin NDP Leadership Bid" hit home. When a leader is weak, others in the Party will make efforts to have that leader removed or at very least, make a move for change. What is surprising is just how vocal (at least behind the scenes in NDP circles) Burnaby Mayor Corrigan and current NDP House Opposition Leader Mike Farnworth are being with their efforts. What is scary is that Farnworth is far more union friendly than James and Corrigan makes Farnworth look like a Conservative. Furthermore, names from the past including Moe Sihota and Glen Clark are being tossed around as advisors to the "non-James NDP" or even as candidates. The NDP are determined to take us back to the 1990's. Scary. What's next? Well, with the latest Ipsos-Reid poll from this past week ("BREAKING NEWS - Ipsos-Reid Poll Shows BC Liberals Popularity Rising") we will hopefully not have to worry about an "old regime" NDP Government for many, many years.
Our most talked about piece over the last few weeks is hands down, "When An Osoyoos Teacher Attacks / What the BCTF Does NOT Want You To Do" - the forty plus comments from readers plus the over 2,000 emails forwarding articles from the Poly to (in theory) the BCTF proves that point. I actually do not have a problem with Mr. Foster sharing his opinion with the class, however, his insulting the students and their families by calling them "rednecks" is out of line. What points Foster may have had which made sense were diluted with his comments. It seems BCTF local President for District 53 (South Okanagan Similkameen), Richard Kendrick may have also felt that way when he traveled from Oliver, BC to speak with Foster in the Biology room before lunch on June 21st. Our sources tell us that Foster was none too pleased with the meeting (note from Poly, the term used was "royally pissed").
What's next? Well, this week promises to be quite interesting with Friday being the deadline for the BCTF to sign their contract. Should the BCTF sign, this means the BC Liberal Government signed 100% of the public service contracts before they expired. If not, we will all be disappointed (note from Poly, the term is "royally pissed"). Stay tuned.