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‘I thought of Uruguay’


 

Nicola Ross reviews Elizabeth May’s Losing Confidence.

The tone of May’s warning will make staid Canadians who have faith in the tenets of peace, order and good governance mighty uncomfortable. Described as they are in quick succession in a slim text in May’s energetic prose, the threats to our political process are disturbing.


 

‘I thought of Uruguay’

  1. Coles Notes: self-aggrandizing leader of political party rejected by electorate; blames political system in which winner is person with most votes.

  2. umm… nearly a million people voted for the Greens (I did not). They were *far* from rejected by the electorate.

  3. The review doesn't make want to go out an buy the book, that's for sure. Sounds like a combination of banal observations, PM has lots of power, and conspiracy theory, democracy will disappear if Harper/Cons get majority.

    I gained confidence in Canadian democracy during last election when the electorate pretty much ignored the soap dodgers and voted for other parties, like May advised them to.

  4. Coles Notes: self-aggrandizing leader of political party rejected by electorate; blames political system in which winner is person with most votes.

    • LOL.

  5. umm… nearly a million people voted for the Greens (I did not). They were *far* from rejected by the electorate.

    • Nearly a million people in a country of over thirty million people is rejection, yeah.

      • It’s a shame we don’t have an electoral system where victory goes to the shrillest; May would be a shoo-in.

  6. The review doesn’t make want to go out an buy the book, that’s for sure. Sounds like a combination of banal observations, PM has lots of power, and conspiracy theory, democracy will disappear if Harper/Cons get majority.

    I gained confidence in Canadian democracy during last election when the electorate pretty much ignored the soap dodgers and voted for other parties, like May advised them to.

  7. Hmmm, I wonder which political party the reviewer supports:

    Nicola Ross is editor of Alternatives Journal, Canada's national magazine about environmental ideas and action.

    Want an example of hypocrisy in action? This blog I find is often entertaining:

    http://albertagreen.blogspot.com/2008/04/grassroo

  8. Nearly a million people in a country of over thirty million people is rejection, yeah.

  9. It's a shame we don't have an electoral system where victory goes to the shrillest; May would be a shoo-in.

  10. Hmmm, I wonder which political party the reviewer supports:

    Nicola Ross is editor of Alternatives Journal, Canada’s national magazine about environmental ideas and action.

    Want an example of hypocrisy in action? This blog I find is often entertaining:

    http://albertagreen.blogspot.com/2008/04/grassroots-democracy.html

  11. Funny that the comments above – have one common thread running through them!

    They all miss the point that Ms. May is making – that politics should be about principle and vision – we elect people based upon the trust they manage to inspire in us – and their vision that they imbue us with – as our delegates – and sadly – we find many of our elected representatives – but especially Stephen Harper – to have none – zero- nada!

    In fact – he is the ultimate unprincipled politician with a single desperate vision – to hang onto power at all costs!

  12. Funny that the comments above – have one common thread running through them!
    They all miss the point that Ms. May is making – that politics should be about principle and vision – we elect people based upon the trust they manage to inspire in us – and their vision that they imbue us with – as our delegates – and sadly – we find many of our elected representatives – but especially Stephen Harper – to have none – zero- nada!
    In fact – he is the ultimate unprincipled politician with a single desperate vision – to hang onto power at all costs!

    • No, I think you’re missing the point. None of us cares what she says. At one time, I paid attention.

      Then I looked beyond what she was saying, and doing. Fawning media should also.

      • Yes, I agree. She could not even win her own riding, so not many are listening to her.

        Not only that, in response to this:

        that politics should be about principle and vision

        I say to that, May has absolutely no principles nor does she have any vision whatsoever, she is in it for herself. Like Dot says, all you gotta do is look beyond her words, and take a look at her actions.

  13. No, I think you're missing the point. None of us cares what she says. At one time, I paid attention.

    Then I looked beyond what she was saying, and doing. Fawning media should also.

  14. Yes, I agree. She could not even win her own riding, so not many are listening to her.

    Not only that, in response to this:

    that politics should be about principle and vision

    I say to that, May has absolutely no principles nor does she have any vision whatsoever, she is in it for herself. Like Dot says, all you gotta do is look beyond her words, and take a look at her actions.

  15. Another book review.

    Put a sock in it, Ms. May

    Green Party leader's new book is nothing more than a bitter rant against everyone

    Someone really should tell Green Party leader Elizabeth May to shut up.

    Where once her frankness was refreshing, her latest book, Losing Confidence: Power, Politics and the Crisis in Canadian Democracy, (McClelland &Stewart; $16.95) is really nothing more than a bitter rant at everyone…

    http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/chri

  16. Another book review.

    Put a sock in it, Ms. May
    Green Party leader’s new book is nothing more than a bitter rant against everyone

    Someone really should tell Green Party leader Elizabeth May to shut up.

    Where once her frankness was refreshing, her latest book, Losing Confidence: Power, Politics and the Crisis in Canadian Democracy, (McClelland &Stewart; $16.95) is really nothing more than a bitter rant at everyone…

    http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/christina_blizzard/2009/05/17/9483486-sun.html