The worst thing that can happen to a politician (apart from being criminally charged) is for people to start laughing at you.
This week I watched Clark’s latest director of “communications” (LOL!), Sara Macintyre, standing there on camera, telling reporters the premier would not be taking any questions that day. (LOL!) While Clark was there for all to see, in a kind of faraway fuzzy photo-op, as if she was pretending to be premier… but avoiding “the riff raff” public’s messengers and their questions (LOL!).
I actually laughed out loud watching that bizarre scene! (LOL!)
But the on-going message, witnessed by a couple of hundred thousand British Columbians, is quite a serious one…
Clark is becoming a joke.
A provincial premier, never elected to that post, now decides she just won’t take any questions except when she wants to …even when she’s out doing “public” appearances.
Who does she think she is? Queen Elizabeth? Oprah? Lindsay Lohan? Or Stephen Harper?
Why Harper? Because in her previous incarnation, Macintyre was press secretary for Harper … one of the most unapproachable prime ministers I can ever remember … who not only rarely takes questions, but also forbade public officials from answering media questions or doing interviews without getting approvals … and the party line…from Ottawa HQ.
Almost a total disrespect for the public’s right to know..or the media’s right to ask questions.
Another funny thing, though: before joining the dark side, Macintyre worked for the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation, which has a long history of supporting the public’s right to ask questions, get all kinds of information and demand answers from politicians. And she was a great spokesperson for them IN VICTORIA!!!
A hypocrite? Or just a joke?
No matter. It’s not her who will pay for the highest price for this latest stupidity: it will be Clark.
Clark and Macintyre and anyone else who supposedly is in the business of managing the premier know BC is NOT Ottawa. In the nation’s capital, there are so many spread out ministries and constantly changing issues as well as all kinds of regional affairs …not to mention a huge security bubble … that the PM and his ministers can easily avoid the media and the people. Not so in BC: both the media and public here are a lot closer to the politicians on a daily basis.
Does the acting premier actually believe the people of this province will be impressed when they see her media manipulators pronouncing “The premier will take no questions today!” ?????
Who is plotting her communications strategy these days? John Cummins?
I hope the media will show that and report that EACH AND EVERY TIME IT HAPPENS.
That will put an end to the practice …or show just how badly Clark’s handling of herself in the premiers job is deteriorating day by day.