Made to perform like captive sea creatures -

Made to perform like captive sea creatures


Keith Beardsley, a former Conservative official, laments for the spectacle of the House between 2pm and 3pm each afternoon.

For example, the Conservatives still read out their monotonous Member’s Statements or SO 31s, on the NDP carbon Tax. Really folks, those became old after the first few days of use. Somehow I can’t envision someone like former MP Myron Thompson standing up to read out that stuff. More than likely he would have told the boys in short pants where they could stuff their SO31.

It makes one wonder at just how spineless Conservative backbench MPs are when after this length of time they are still standing up to read that nonsense into what will become their personal historic record in the House of Commons. Generations from now that will be their legacy, something I am sure their grandchildren would be proud to know they participated in. Have they no shame? Perhaps the trained seal analogy is fitting.

What’s particularly interesting about Keith’s criticism is that he acknowledges being part of the team that turned members’ statements into live-action attack ads.

His criticism of the NDP is interesting too: the idea seeming to be that it would make more sense for opposition parties to dwell on a few topics each day rather than attempt to touch on a dozen different subjects.


Made to perform like captive sea creatures

  1. I can picture Myron Thompson doing that and more.

  2. ‘Performing captive sea creatures’ and ‘trained seals’……beauty. Heh,

  3. “Once we formed the government in 2006, we continued along the same line
    the only change being the last SO 31s highlighted our overall theme and
    how we were trying to paint the Leader of the Opposition.”

    Beardsley pretty well admits this govt hasn’t relinquished the advantages of opposition – denying the opponent credibility in any way you can; continually the outsider, the crtic, the tendency to paint everything the govt does in black and white terms, never acknowledging the govt faces tough choices the opposition doesn’t.
    He was part of the team. He has to take some responsibility for trying to have it all ways – be the deciders while relentlessly attacking the opposition, frustrating and denying them in their role as those whose duty it is to hold the govt to account – subverting democracy for partisan gain IOWs.

    And what does it say about a PM who should be setting the moral tone of the house in that he doesn’t lift a finger to change anything?

  4. Nice try to disassociate yourself from the disgraceful conditions you helped to bring about. Like the vandals who smear shit all over your house and then complain that the place stinks of shit.

    • Harsh but fair.