Sanford and Son

The provincial New Democrat caucus will have a new communications director after Labour Day. Former party organizer Glen Sanford, who has been co-chairing the New Democrat's controversial nomination review committee, is replacing Chris Gainor as the opposition's top spin doctor. Mr. Gainor is leaving the Rockpile to complete his doctorate in the history of technology through the University of Alberta.

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Out with the old... in with the old?
The BC NDP must be extremely cozy and satisfied with themselves these days to continue to rotate their provincial office and caucus positions among the same old people. I guess they asked Tieleman first and he said no?
Oh yeah, I forgot Bill is too much of an independent (and decisive) thinker for this crowd... Which reminds me: didn't Gainor take the position only 7 months ago? I wonder where the sudden urge to pursue further education came from.

Gainer's been in the NDP comunications fold for years, if I remember right.

He was there when the NDP failed to get re-elected in 2001, but that wasn't his fault.

No doubt, it's quite a chore communicating when the caucus (or it's leadership) appears unable to form an opinion on anything in what might pass as a timely way.

In such curcumstances it's often tempting to simply offer up a universal opinion to these indecision makers and then firmly make a decision to close the door behind you as you leave.

As for Sandford, well I guess the party will need someone who can sell the new "equity" rules for candidates to the general public.

Although, even a sneak peek at those plans is enough to scare anyone away who wants to win an election rather than simply cater to a coalition of non-progressive types who want to be "politically correct" while only partially filling the opposition side of the house.

Maybe these hand-picked favourite candidates will benefit from all the extra cash and schooling reserved for them by actually learning to make a timely decision.

Gainer only came on temporarily, interupting his PhD work to do so.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Will the BC NDP and its lame MLAs and Leader ever get it right? Why wasn't Tieleman recruited?

Sanford's creds? The nomination report which is a wet dream for the lose at all costs crowd.

"Out with the old... in with the old?
The BC NDP must be extremely cozy and satisfied with themselves these days to continue to rotate their provincial office and caucus positions among the same old people."

---- The small crowd that runs NDP provincial office and Caucus only consists of about twenty people anyway. The gene pool is shallow...

"No doubt, it's quite a chore communicating when the caucus (or it's leadership) appears unable to form an opinion on anything in what might pass as a timely way."

---- That's why they chose a party aparatchiks for the task. Someone to tell them that everything is fine, the leader is doing a good job, the party is going to win the next election...

"Although, even a sneak peek at those plans is enough to scare anyone away who wants to win an election rather than simply cater to a coalition of non-progressive types who want to be "politically correct" while only partially filling the opposition side of the house."

---- Yup.

"Maybe these hand-picked favourite candidates will benefit from all the extra cash and schooling reserved for them by actually learning to make a timely decision."

---- I doubt it. This policy is not about diversity, it's about creating more cookie cutter versions of their exalted leader.

"Sanford's creds? The nomination report which is a wet dream for the lose at all costs crowd."

---- This is a party that is hunkering down for a good 20 years in opposition. It can't even be called a political party, just a collection of noisy special interest groups bent on pushing their agendas at all costs.

"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Will the BC NDP and its lame MLAs and Leader ever get it right?"

---- Probably not, but it will be a lot easier for the caucus to come to consensus after the next election since there will be far fewer people in caucus.

The bcndp could hire Greg Palast, Amy Goodman, Craig Roberts, Robert Fisk and even Bill Tielman, but it would do little to change the frank reality that most political parties with significant audience serve one purpose and one purpose alone. Bold and unsanctioned power dictated by the extreme right.

Just take the blue pill, shut up, send money and hope that science will deliver a more inhabitable planet then the disaster we leave behind.

Does it really matter who the New Democrats hire to get thier message out, The BC YOUNG Liberals do a better job then the entire New Democratic Party. You just have to look at thier site and all thier satellite Sites/Blogs. I do think maybe Tieleman could help, but I think maybe we should recruit someone with more multimedia skills, perhaps a Mr Holman ???

What message?

Tieleman could help? Please - out with the old, in with the even older.

Dare I suggest that the NDP hire someone with real world media and writing experience outside the holy trinity of party campaigns, labour and university YND clubs? That might actually improve their ability to communicate outside their tiny little world - or (dare it be suggested) make their world bigger. But then again, it appears the goal is not to expand horizons, but control the boats on the water right now.

You know, some people used to think the world was flat, too.

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