BC NDP leader Adrian Dix is a rare bird. Or at least he would have been a rare bird if he'd actually won last night. For that would have been his party's fourth win in the 15-provincial elections staged since they were formed in 1960. As things stand this morning that puts the NDP at an underwhelming 3 for 15 in win/loss.
In a three or four-way contest, one out of five isn't great but it wouldn't be devastating, not necessarily. But in a two-way contest that means your opponent has won four times as often as you which is awfully close to one-party rule. And when you look at the gang of sots, crooks, manipulators and outright liars who have led the other team to their 12 for 15 win record it becomes even more remarkable - for them - miserable for you.
Dave Barret, Mike Harcourt, Glenn Clark (with unelected stand-ins Dan Miller and Ujjal Dosanjh) - that's it. All of them one-term wonders. Then stack that up against the rogues gallery of sots, crooks and liars who have so repeatedly trounced them. Wacky Bennet, son Bill, Bill Van der Zalm, Rita Johnson (unelected), Gordo "one for the road" Campbell and now Christy Clark.
Wacky was in for almost 20-years, son Bill logged more than ten, ditto Gordo Campbell and there is now ample reason to believe Christy Clark might have a decade-long run herself.
To today's Degenerate Red-Meat Right, British Columbians may seem to be a bunch of looney-lefties which is obviously a reflection of just how far to the radical right modern Canadian conservatism has strayed.
Or is it just us, the voting public. On that score, I can't do better than this observation from The Sixth Estate:
"...it’s worth noting that so called
“centre-right” political parties have correctly judged that the vast
majority of Canadians are simply not interested in voting for anything
other than a promise of budget cuts, tax cuts, and job growth, basically
at the cost of anything else, whether it’s social services or
accountability or even a minimal level of integrity and honesty in
politics or the environment or our international reputation or anything
else. ...These people will be basically
evenly split between those who don’t bother voting at all and those who
vote for whatever party they have a vague hunch will move in those
Now, eat your gruel, there are fields to tend.