I have been sitting on this guest post (for no particular reason) from our frequent contributor, William Perry for more than a few days and seeing as it is a look into 2012, I thought it best to get it published sooner rather than later.
As always, I do not necessarily agree or disagree with the ideas expressed by guest posts. I simply post them for the sake of discussion.
Dear Editor: BC Politics has been taken over by kooks
The Year of the Crazies
It’s that time of year when wags and pundits are supposed to gaze into their crystal ball and declare what the coming year holds. I don’t have a crystal ball. Never claimed to. But I don’t need one to tell you that 2012 is going to be a year of hard, mean politics in a province that is famous for bare-knuckled antics and shameful tactics.
Since the BC Liberals made themselves into a party in 1903, they have achieved much. Not a perfect record by any stretch of the imagination, still have been the power for the last ten years.
In contrast, the NDP, with that left-wing tilt has finally led the party to the logical and inevitable terminus, to the very brink of its own sanity. This year it looks like the grand old socialist party has finally stepped over that brink, and BC has led the parade all the way.
The late William F. Buckley Jr. said he had spent his life separating the kooks from the conservatives. Today, every political party has been taken over by the kooks, driven by the hype and hysteria of the ‘Me’ parties, and the psychotic intransigence of the no-tax pledge and personified by the likes of Adrian Dix and Christy Clark – who represent opposite polls of likeable.
In recent years, BC Liberals have demonstrated their true loyalties, fighting to remove environmental regulations, and those hindrances of economic prosperity. On the other side of the Leg, the NDP call themselves the party of personal freedom, and they show their love by opposing legislation to protect the right of BCers to use obsolete incandescent light bulbs, but they would not amend their own Constitution to empower the right women to take the reins of leadership.
The circus of wannabe premier candidates has been crisscrossing the province in an interminable series of town hall discussions, although they do all the talking, where we have seen the party faithful applaud Adrian Dix’s record vintage 4 o’clock.
The most recent of polls show the current premier/former talk show host leading the field of likeables. In the party preference the NDP is ahead for now. Let me say that again: For Now!
With a tooted victory bringing Federal shipbuilding to BC, Clark’s image will most certainly be deliberated in all regions of the province. Dix being on the anti-HST winning team is yet to yield it’s final approval ratings.
The possibilities are endless to whom will carrying the BC flag in next election’s victory speech, but the prospect has made the New Democrats absolutely giddy. They love the thought of victory so much that they intend to cross the straight by foot. This, of course, will lead to outraged squealing and squirting by aggrieved Liberals, demanding strict party registration in future elections.
Oh, where will it end? Where will it end?
The other political story to watch next year involves the BC Conservative Party and the BC First Party. It is hard to imagine how either can run afoul given the competition: Christy Clark’s mishandling of “fill in the blank”, and Adrian Dix’s dredging [pot kettle black] may prove to be an epic fiasco for both parties.
Will we see the Leg be better behaved and functional in 2012? I personally doubt it.
But, by all means, Stay tuned.