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  • Colin Burke
    January 06, 2013 - 09:11

    G.K. Chesterton remarked that a major flaw in our system of "representative government" is that the plan for it was drawn up by men of leisure, who had as much time for politics as politicians do, while the truth about the more ordinary citizen is that he needs "eight hours work and eight hours play" and is not inclined to "impeach politicians as a substitute for sleep."

  • wavy
    December 29, 2012 - 09:58

    Russell, you touched on something there near the end of your article that I found fascinating when you asked if delivering schoolyard putdowns is really what MHAs got into politics for. I wonder if any of them have ever been asked the question why, exactly, did you choose to get involved in politics in the first place? What, specifically, motivated you to seek public office and what, specifically, did you hope to achieve once elected? Perhaps a new spin on the "20 Questions" concept; one question asked of 20 MHAs. I'd be interested to hear (some of) their responses. I think it would be an interesting and revealing conversation, to say the least. That is, if you could actually get an honest, thoughtful answer and not just some lazy, knee-jerk, rehearsed, politically correct spew of verbal diarrhea and lies about wanting to "serve the people" or "make a difference". I've said it before and I'll say it again: politicians will continue to act the way they do until we, the people who put them in power, collectively start demanding better from them and holding them accountable. Like children, they will not modify their behaviour until we give them motivation, either positive or negative, to do so.

  • Ken Collis
    December 29, 2012 - 09:46

    Sorry Russell, but the government only works for big business with a few paltary laws passed to actually help the population. These laws only get passed because they have no benefit to business so they allow it to go ahead.

    • Willy
      December 29, 2012 - 17:41

      Russell knows that but chooses not to put these types of stories in The Telegram because he is part of the same hypocrisy..

  • shirley
    December 29, 2012 - 08:32

    I won't hold my breath for politicians (municipal, provincial and federal) to listen to those they are supposed to be working for, those that elected them. In an article a week ago the head of the NL Municipalities clique, Churance Rogers, summed up what it is municipal politicians in the province are doing. He basically said that municipal politicians are dreaming of giving taxpayers what they deserve. He didnt go into detail but he tried to throw water on the fire that is brewing becsuse of the tax grab that most muncipalaties have been manufacturing over the last 2 or 3 years. In some case the tax hike over the last 3 years has been as high as 60%.. One case of exorbitant unnecessary spending.... Portugal Cove St Phillips town council are planning to build a community center at a cost of Twenty Five Million Dollars! The town population is just under 7400 so that puts the cost at about $3400 per household. No wonder property taxes have increased by about 30% in just 2 years. Council will tell you that the province is chipping in as well but then, where does the province get its $ from? Taxpayers of course. My point? Municipal, provincial and federal politicians fight with each other about who should tax whom but in the end all 3 of them dig deeper and deeper into our wallets! When will it stop? NEVER of course!