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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

Wednesday, January 15, 2003

What a little goading will get you...

Yesterday, I challenged Prince of Darkness and longtime Rockaholic Warren Kinsella for his thoughts on the news that Allan Rock won't run to replace Jean Chr├ętien as Liberal leader and Prime Minister. Kinsella responds:

Well, frankly, it sucks. I could provide a lengthy, multisyllabic, ponderous, thumb sucker analysis, but you will all get plenty of that in the morning rags. Mostly, it sucks. Suffice to say, additionally, that Allan's a great guy, and he would've been (and could still be) a great leader. John Lennon fan, VW Beetle fan (not the new one), and for those reasons alone he deserves to be PM. Allan's principal weakness is that he's a nice guy, and the Liberal Party has become something of a toxic swamp these days. Not a great place for a nice guy.

You had to notice the "and could still be." Rock's message today was clearly that he wasn't running for the leadership -- this time around. He's got the time to plot another run yet, when the Cipro affair is nothing more than a Trivial Pursuit question, and the gun registry cost over-runs are talked about only by voters who would never vote Liberal. Besides all that, there are second acts in Canadian politics: I give you Pierre Eliott Trudeau and Jean Chr├ętien. Don't count Rock out yet. Now, if it is inevitable that Paul Martin will be the next Liberal leader and Prime Minister...

Will the real Paul Martin please stand up?

Link: Allan Rock's statement that he will not seek the Liberal leadership
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