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On the move!

Agh! You’re still here? My new site and weblog, is now up and running; new posts are building up over there, never to be mirrored here. Go! What are you waiting for? All the stuff worth keeping has been migrated over to the new server, and I don’t anticipate making any more posts here.

Bloggers and webmasters: Update your links! Simply replace with in your blogrolls or bookmarks to point to the new site. Old posts will remain on this server for as long as the people at Blogger/Google allow them to remain; unfortunately, I’m not going to bother to come up with any way of converting permalinks on this blog to their corresponding posts on the new site. Yes, I plead laziness. I also realize the irony of switching away from Blogger just it starts to add features that the demanding blog nerds insist upon.

Thanks for reading and linking, and see you over at!

—Ian King, December 13, 2004

Tuesday, August 06, 2002

Friendly advice?

Sean Moore has a terrific essay in this week's Hill Times which should be required reading for anyone in the Loyal Opposition. He suggests that the job of the Opposition, and its MP's should not be to make like a guest on the Jerry Springer show whenever the government errs. A shocking idea indeed!

Just imagine... members of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition actually making constructive suggestions, providing thoughtful analysis, and contributing to the improved performance of the governement? Naah... it'll never happen. Or could it?

Of course, it would be nice, were it so. It is a shame that many politicos think that trash talk is the only thing that voters will respond to. Perhaps they should reconsider just how improving the operation and function of the government might avctually help the Opposition. It would seem to me the the Government-In-Waiting should do what they can to show the electorate that they would be a better group at the helm, and to do this, they have to show that they can improve the government from the Speaker's left.

Perhaps the Opposition is afraid to give up a few cudgels with which they can beat the Government? They shouldn't be. Regardless of who's in charge, and how much the Opposition's contributions help the government, there will always be errors and flaws that will allow the Opposition to score points and prove their suitability (or lack thereof) to Canadians.
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