A contest of manners


Brian Topp again livens up an NDP leadership debate.

While candidates avoided confrontation, some in the audience were undeterred from interacting. In his opening remarks, Brian Topp spoke for double his allotted time, despite two warnings from the moderator, and was finally booed by a small group of delegates – a blunder referenced by some audience members afterwards. “Brian Topp — when he ignored the moderator — took the audience to boo him off stage,” delegate Matthew Laird said. “It was very much a turn-off.”

More on Saturday’s discussion from the Times-Colonist, Canadian Press, Georgia Straight and Globe and Mail.


A contest of manners

  1. Orwell ~ Road To Wigan Pier:
    ‘I don’t object to Socialism, but I do object to Socialists.’ Logically it is a poor argument, but it carries weight with many people. As with the Christian religion, the worst advertisement for Socialism is its adherents …

    The typical Socialist is not, as tremulous old ladies imagine, a ferocious-looking working man with greasy overalls and a raucous voice …. still more typically, a prim little man with a white- collar job, usually a secret teetotaller and often with vegetarian leanings, with a history of Nonconformity behind him, and, above all, with a social position which he has no intention of forfeiting.

    In addition to this there is the horrible–the really disquieting–prevalence of cranks wherever Socialists are gathered together. One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words ‘Socialism’ and ‘Communism’ draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, ‘Nature Cure’ quack, pacifist, and feminist in England. 

    Steve Pinker ~ But the newest research is showing that many properties of the brain are genetically organized, and don’t depend on information coming in from the senses.

    • I have no idea what that has to do with the comment of the post, but I did recognize some of those people, and giggled.

  2. So does this Matthew Laird have a horse in this race?

    I’m assuming he does, and I’m assuming it’s not Topp.

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