A great man once said, "Politics is inherently stupid." That great man was me.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Wake Up, Wakeham!

Bob Wakeham is a man who, after spending "more than 30 years as a journalist in Newfoundland and Labrador," currently writes for The [St. John's] Telegram. Recently Wakeham saw an article in The Independent on how the Premier of Newfoundland, millionaire Danny Williams, donates his premier's salary to charity. Wakeham took exception to the fact that Wiliams donates some of his salary to the Right to Life Association and made it the subject of his column in The Telegram today.

Working himself into a self-righteous frenzy, he ranted that the premier dared to send "money from our pockets...to a group who talk of murder and abortion in the same breath," and continued with a final damning condemnation of Williams for funding a group that holds a march every spring "designed to pass moral judgement on women who've made a choice to have a legal abortion."

I've got a bit of news for Mr. Wakeham: how the premier spends his salary is none of your damn business. If you've got a problem with the way Williams donates his salary to charity, who's next on your list of condemnations? Public servants? Doctors? Nurses? They all "feed from the public trough" as it were. Are they free to spend their money as they wish?

This may come as a suprise to you, Mr. Wakeham, but Williams isn't spending "money from our pockets," as you so self-righteously claim. It's his money. I think it's deserved considering the job he's done running the place - and he's not even keeping it for himself.

Readers should know that Wakeham is the type who strongly believes that the media has an obligation to act as the official opposition to any kind of non-Liberal government. This should come as no surprise considering he worked for the CBC (a while back he penned a piece on the joys of tearing strips off politicians). He ended today's column thusly:
"But my position on abortion is irrelevant; the more crucial point is public disclosure...that the pursuit of such information by the media is warranted"
That's Bob's way of saying "we know where you live, Mr. Williams."

Wakeham is free to think what he likes about abortion, as is the premier - whatever the premier's stance may be, since he has never publicly discussed it. Still, I find it highly ironic that Wakeham is angry at Williams for supporting a group that "passes moral judgement" on people for their beliefs on abortion while he does the exact same to the premier.

It's not your job to be the official opposition, Bob. That's the job of the Liberal party of Newfoundland and Labrador. I know that they're not doing so hot right now, but that doesn't mean you have to be their yap-dog.

Should we keep an eye on the premier and the provincial government? Absolutely. Should we tolerate partisan sniping from disgruntled journalists?

Not on your life.
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