The Danny Williams’ saga continues and continues. And it’s Danny himself who reignites it to the front pages of the newspapers and lead stories of television and radio coverage.
This latest barrage began when the premier dressed down Marystown Mayor Sam Synard over his comments related to the Peter Kiewit Offshore facility and ‘up in the air’ provincial government support of a graving dock.
Then the Liberal party hired Craig Westcott, a well-known ‘Danny basher’, as its communications director. The premier’s office or pinch hitting MHAs stepped up to the plate and released a two-year e-mail Westcott sent to Elizabeth Matthews, Mr. Williams’ press secretary. The contents were not too complimentary and led to a half hearted apology from Mr. Westcott about a ‘bi-polar’ health statement directed at the premier.
Then a member of the province’s Rural Secretariat, Pam Pardy Ghent of Harbour Mille, was removed from the volunteer board after her uncomplimentary ‘Facebook’ remarks about Danny. She insisted it was just a bit of ‘humour’. Mr. Westcott and the Liberal party also called his remark merely a ‘joke’. Strange humour.
Mr. Williams then addressed party faithful at a PC party banquet in St. John’s Thursday night, claiming politics in this province is getting ‘downright dirty’. He condemned his critics for their uncouth remarks about him.
Yet, he does not apologize for the label of ‘bully’ being placed on him, suggesting if standing up for Newfoundland and Labrador and its residents is being a bully, then so be it – no apologies from him!
Many observers and pundits have labelled politics as the lowest profession one could aspire to as a career.
Well after listening to the ‘tit for tat’, ‘to and fro’ from political individuals in this province in recent months, it’s no wonder the profession has this label attached.
Just look at the mid-term elections in the United States last week, and the negative ads that appeared about opposing candidates. Unfortunately, ‘negative’ ads work as proven in the U.S. and now adopted by the federal Conservatives and Liberals in recent campaigns.
Politics shouldn’t inspire the worst in people, but it does. A win at all cost mentality has entered the fray, and if you can keep your opponent on his knees or at least on his heels then the theory is you have the upper hand.
Thank God, though, for individuals like Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall who fought the ‘good fight’ over the potential hostile takeover of the potash industry in his province this past month. He proves you can be a winner, and yet keep your mind out of the ‘gutter’ when politicking.
If politicians want to be called ‘honourable members’, then it’s time they and their representatives acted honourably.