What does it all mean?


Tim Flannery, an honorary pallbearer at Jack Layton’s funeral, arrives at a conclusion similar to that arrived at by Michael Valpy and James McKee.

For people the world over, Jack Layton was a bulwark against that descent into despair: the one who through his own boundless optimism and generosity of spirit coaxed us also to be generous; to trust, and to give of ourselves for the greater good. There is no politician like Jack Layton in Australia, the U.S. or Europe. Sure, those places have left-leaning parties with great leaders. But no one I know can speak to the people of the things that matter the way Jack could. And so those who knew something of Canadian politics looked to Jack for inspiration.

Dan Gardner sees a different lesson altogether.


What does it all mean?

  1. so, its the world over now? for those of you who thought there was no hyperbole in this sad sacryn affair, time to rethink.

  2. I agree totally with Valpy and McKee….Flannery attributes it solely to Layton again…and Gardner missed the whole thing entirely.

    I said at the time Harp would rue his hasty decision on a state funeral…and that came true in a massive way.

      • That’s because nobody saw Layton as a ‘visionary’….they’ve missed the point entirely.

    • Notwithstanding the prolific postings, it is still difficult to discern OE1speak – when did this massive rueing by Harper over the hasty state funeral decision occur?  For future reference, what separates massive rueing from plain old garden-variety rueing?  Is this massive rueing somehow connected with the courageous parliamentary page?

      • I take it English isn’t your first language?

        • So in addition to incoherent, we can add xenophobic.

          • Are you still whining?

            Find someone who’s interested.

          • I will patiently await a cogent response.  I won’t, however, hold my breath.

  3. I agree with Gardner, I like Jack he was a very charismatic guy an ok politician but that is all!

  4. Harper’s success in politics reminds me of a famous quote:

    “… Because you need me, Springfield. Your guilty conscience may move you to vote Democratic, but deep down you long for a cold-hearted Republican to lower taxes, brutalize criminals, and rule you like a king. That’s why I did this, to save you from yourselves. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a city to run….” ~ Sideshow Bob

    Seems that even the Canadian context doesn’t change the truth of this statment for many.

    People on average still inherently trust ruthlessness for a sense of “security” over the platitudes of principle.

    Sad, but true.

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