Many silly bits this past week, including Ontario’s now-former Finance Minister who earned two “Are you kidding me?” looks by referring to his trip to Barbados in December as being “pre-planned”.
Is there another kind of planning, sir?
And does the planning make any difference?
But I decided to go with a single winner. I think Mr. Selley might have given us the gift that keeps on giving.
Best Insult (subcategory: Fully Justified)
The context was Premier Ford asking/demanding that the Federal Government test the tens of thousands of international travellers arriving at LBPIA every week: A request/demand he likely made to divert attention from his own government’s slow deployment of vaccines.
The saddest part about Ford’s press conference
was knowing his perfectly reasonable demands
had instantly become less likely to be fulfilled,
simply by dint of him being Doug Ford.
Fifteen thousand isn’t too many dead people
to stop partisan lizard-brains from making airport testing a partisan issue.
– Chris Selley, National Post, Dec 28
I like it.
I might even use it.
I ran headlong into the issue of partisanship when I mounted my campaign for a Senate seat. A commentator I respect dismissed the Liberal pre-plan to make non-partisan Senate appointments. He sees being partisan as being committed to a coherent political philosophy. In his view, to be non-partisan is to not know what you believe, what you stand for: In practice, it means standing for nothing, having no principles to direct action. From that perspective, partisanship is necessary to facilitate the public and non-violent clash of different ideas about what is good in and for society, and what mechanisms are effective for achieving that good. (And, even with all that pre-planning, in practice the Liberals appointed folks who were liberal, just not Liberals. So much for different ideas.)
I take his point, but I think that the word has gradually acquired more negative connotations, such that to be non-partisan doesn’t so much imply floating with the currents as it does standing for principle above the interests and election success of your party. Being willing to work with someone of different views.
A partisan is a committed member of a political party or army. In multi-party systems, the term is used for persons who strongly support their party’s policies and are reluctant to compromise with political opponents. A political partisan is not to be confused with a military partisan. – Wikipedia
These days, it’s not so clear to me that political and military partisans *are* distinct. Both seem to partake of a no-holds-barred, fight-to-the-death mentality. The mentality that automatically opposes and ridicules a reasonable if self-serving proposal from political opponents, even with 15,000 dead.
Yup, partisan lizard-brains about sums it up.