Say something, anything

Politicians are often accused of saying nothing. But sometimes I wonder whether the fault lies not in what they're saying but how they're saying it. Legislators on both sides of the aisle have come to rely on the same superlatives and catchphrases to articulate their policies and beliefs.

As a result, those words have become worn out - dulling differences between our MLAs, blunting potentially sharp points and causing me to wonder whether the politicians we often accuse of saying nothing might actually be saying something.

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Interesting Sean. I dont know how to feel about it. I HATE Gordo or random BC Liberals trotting out "frankly" or "to be frank". They do it so often its mind numbing. Yet, at the same time, I appreciate the verbal cue. I know that invariably, especially in Gordos case, a lie/half truth/weasel words/PAB spin will follow...............

Perhaps time the Polakite reminded you why I like Mary Polak...

Well, here's why:

"I think it is time to stop the rhetoric. I think it's time we actually asked the questions."

"There are many things when you're in government that you don't want to see happen. But you're not elected to tell people a lie and to tell people you can do things."

"It's really a sad thing when a weak piece of rhetoric gets beat up by a muscle-bound group of facts, but here it comes."

"I don't know if there has ever been a double-dog dare in the House, but that's mine. Come out, be stand-up about it, and say: "We are as ready as you are as government to move forward on whatever answers we get, whether they fit with our political dogma or not." That's leadership, that's inspiration, and that's the only way we're going to solve these challenges for our province, and we are going to move forward. That's what we're ready to do. We're ready for you to come along with us. Let's see if you have the guts to do it."

At least there's one politician who will tell the truth. Thank goodness. Perhaps the Andrew Marr of the Rockpile Sean Holman ought to have her as part of the Sunday panel :-). Just maybe.

I heard this while watching "Mad Men" and it reminded me of Campbell and the BC Liberals.
"It wasn't a lie, it was ineptitude with insufficient cover."

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