I'll bet if Steve Harper and Kim Jong-un were marooned on an island together for a few weeks they would discover they had more in common than they might have imagined.
Both are incredibly autocratic, skilled practitioners of one-man rule. Both share the same approach to governance; secrecy and deceit. Both harness the power of the state to control dissent and monitor their critics. Both unhesitatingly throw underlings beneath any available bus as a diversion to allow them to distance themselves from scandal and failure although, as far as is known, Steve doesn't get to send his to the firing squad, at least not yet. Both depend on a highly-confused and easily misled population. Neither has much use for democracy or free and fair elections. The list goes on.
I expect if Kim Jong-un had been in the caucus room with Steve and his Conservative MPs when gunfire broke out you would have needed a stop watch to tell whether Harper or Kim made it to the closet first.
By the way, I touched a nerve with my old-time Tory buddies, both of them, when I told them that I thought Harper diving for cover in the closet was rank cowardice. Oooh, they don't like that.
One compared it to 9/11 when the CIA had to hustle a "reluctant" Dick Cheney away from the White House. The Dickster didn't want to abandon his post but he had to do as security demanded. Harper was thus only following orders.
I pointed out that the United States has a constitutional order of succession and it also has something else - the world's largest nuclear strike force that is commanded by the executive branch. Steve, by contrast, is the constitutional commander of his ensuite washroom.
My impression is that this is a story they would like long forgotten before Canadians go to the polls and any mention that might refresh memories is decidedly unwelcome.
"I'll bet if Steve Harper and Kim Jong-un were marooned on an island together for a few weeks they might discover they had more in common than they might have imagined."
Stop it already Simon your humor is unapproachable no Simon no you are telling the truth bout time Canadians woke up eh?
Apologize Mound for calling you Simon but I just visited his blog and he says the same as you. My mistake...
So retake number two.
Stop it already Mound your humor is unapproachable no Sound no you are telling the truth bout time Canadians woke up eh?
Love your sound board. Sometimes called blogs...
I love to visit.
.. the entire Harper 'exiting' into a closet is of course the perfect Harper story. Nobody else invited to join him. Where was faithful dog Ray Novak or Jenni Byrne? Fred DeLorey or the artful lawyer Arthur Hamilton? And what genius MP blurted to media that Harper emerged and surprised them all.. Was it like a Rising? Before the 'Whisked Away' secondary exit to a secure location?
Harper owes his political life to the murdered Cpl Cirillo. Without his tragic death.. Harper is left naked & cowardly, the focus of the story. The butt of neverending jokes, disdain.. and the ultimate joke being that he says his values are Canadians values.. right.. sure.. The closet queen in so many ways.. sure showed Canada the stuff he's made of.
And now.. the bare facts of the deranged gunmans attack and death are mired in the dear sweet Speaker's hands.. that noted homicide and security expert Scheer..
I'm still waiting to hear that RCMP & Ottawa police, and Commons Security have 7 or less fired 30 30 brass and no unfired shells to reload the gunmans empty Winchester 94 carbine.. Just a knife for beheading ... hmm. There is a chain of evidence, along with expert witness testimony and security camera footage from the Library alcove... right ? ?
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