Black books, red polls

The provincial Liberals have always insisted government should live within its means. But it seems the Campbell administration believes that principle should only apply to the fiscal side of its ledger - not the political side. Since introducing the harmonized sales tax, the Liberals have been spending political capital they just don't have by continuing to make confrontational rather than consensus-based decisions - preferring to bully their critics rather than broker compromises. The government's recent handling of its disputes with the children and youth representative and the Vancouver school board are just two examples of that tendency. But such decisions are just pushing the Liberals deeper into a political deficit - an approach they'll have to change if they want to win the next election.

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I don't know ,

but did the "purge" of Gordon-Wilson from the Liberal-Party, include those who were loyal to Mr. Wilson...?

If "bankruptcey" means you can't get a loan from a bank,
could a "generious-friend" restore your credit-ablitity with a quick infussion of cash...?

Did I just answere the question about the
liberal's political-credability deficit...?

---- For example

aren't they trying to make some anouncments about some new investments...?

ie: how money will fix their/our problems

Good point, Sean - another area this is happening is the community living cuts happening under CLBC - the bullying has gotten so out of hand that the normally-timid agencies are finally starting to stand up and fight back.

Everyone I know is shaking their heads in disbelief - there is a sense that there has been a real break with reality, perhaps as a result of the panic over the HST.

For example, the Education Minister is still promising to radically reform public school governance, with hints of doing away with elected boards and introducing new market models similar to US charter schools. Both agendas that would be extremely politically risky at the best of times, but suicidal given the public anger over the HST, plus the broad discontent that has stirred up and mobilized the families of BC's 600,000 K-12 students in the wake of deep school budget cuts and closures just approved for schools right across the province for next year.

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