First rule: Write about what you know
Fast and furious polls—really, pustules on the body politic that the media have been squeezing on a near daily basis as the municipal campaign drags on…. And jump he [Doug Ford] did, Tuesday evening, into the mosh pit of public debate, busting his maiden at a podium of political palaver deep in the heart of the Ford rust belt….
—Rosie DiManno, Toronto Star, Sept. 24, 2014.
The heat appears to be getting to some more than others
On the other side of the planet, in the world’s richest city, was…a highly organized, well-financed march of rich white kids. It was called the People’s Climate March, but it could have been called the White People’s Problems march…. The official reason for the march was climate change. Which is quite something, given that United Nations scientists, at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, continue to report that there hasn’t been any measurable global warming in 18 years…. That’s the thing about global warming, since renamed “climate change” to evade the inconvenient truth that the world just isn’t warming. It’s a rich man’s complaint…..
—Ezra Levant, Sun Media, Sept. 23, 2014.
Climate change: the poor will suffer most: UN report says that unless governments act now to reduce emissions, no one will be safe from effects of climate change
—The Guardian, Mar. 31, 2014.
Last-ditch tantrum by former local girl tilts balance in Scottish referendum
I live in the London, where we don’t get a vote on Scottish independence, and in fact are urged by our leaders to “leave the matter to the Scottish people….” But when I hear this cool, detached sentiment, I am filled first with sadness, then rage. It is the rage of a helpless and frustrated child watching her parents divorce and being told by a series of patronizing adults, “It’s got nothing to do with you.” Well of course it’s got to do with me, I want to hiss. I live here, don’t I? It’s my home, too, isn’t it? What about my self-determination?
—Leah McLaren, Globe and Mail, Sept. 11, 2014.
Darling, I feel we’re continentally drifting apart
Countries, like married couples, tend to get together for reasons of simple geography….
—More Leah, Globe and Mail, Sept. 11, 2014.
Me, I just like saying “poncho”
As I have written before, the Liberals’ strategic objective here is simple appropriation; to walk into the Tories’ mantle of economic rectitude like a poncho hanging on a clothesline, shrug it on, and just keep walking.
—Michael Den Tandt, Postmedia News, Sept. 15, 2014.
You want eloquence? I gotchyer eloquence right here!
Take a visit Trudeau made to Western University last week. Speaking to students is normally Trudeau’s “safe place….” But the problem with him getting so comfy is that he builds up his confidence and waxes eloquent—or at least what he thinks is eloquent. Like when he was at Western.
—Ezra Levant, Sun Media, Sept. 14, 2014.
Well, at least he’s married to his own wife
Last weekend, the Liberal party published [a] photo captioned…”Trudeau photobombs a bridal party….” Trudeau wasn’t in the margins or the background. He was in the middle. Kissing the bride on the cheek. Someone else’s bride…. A man, 20 years her senior. A man, married to his own wife.
—Ezra Levant, Sun Media, Sept. 21, 2014.
No, you certainly don’t want to discourage the rich from working overtime
Alberta has one provincial tax rate, just 10% of your income regardless of what you earn. The rich still pay more because they make more but they aren’t punished for getting a raise, working overtime or finding a way to get ahead.
—Brian Lilley, Sun Media, Sept. 12, 2014.
Oppressed Irvings to pack up stakes, seek fortune elsewhere
Anyone with the slightest understanding of economics will recognize that [a new, higher tax bracket for incomes greater than $250,000] will hurt New Brunswick long term. People who want to get ahead will simply leave for places that don’t take so much of their income…. Will ambitious New Brunswickers take the latest move as a sign they are not welcome and move elsewhere?
—More Lilley-ness, op. cit.