So, lawyers should stay practising law. Businessmen should stick to the business world. Teachers should stay out of politics.
What an interesting way of looking at things. But why stop there? Former Premier Dunderdale was a social worker in a previous life.
Given the widespread condemnation she came to receive, social workers need not aspire to a life in politics.
Fishermen definitely shouldn’t be allowed in — I am living proof of that.
Union leaders, now there is a definite no-no. Former Premier Roger Grimes comes to mind.
Well, nurses should be great for the job — but oh no, remember Joan Marie Aylward?
Maybe pharmacists would be OK then … wait, isn’t that what Minister Kevin O’Brien was, and so too was Liberal Leader Dwight Ball.
OK, well former mayors have to be OK, right?
Darn! I don’t know about that either, because there have been a litany of them, including former minister Julie Bettney, former speaker Harvey Hodder, former minister Dave Denine and Minister Steve Kent.
Well, if they aren’t, the people of Mount Pearl had better start figuring out an alternative to their decades-old approach.
Can someone tell me what Brian Jones was thinking last Friday (“Duelling rich guys,” Feb. 14)?
It is one thing to disagree with an individual’s capacity to sit in a political leadership position, but quite another to take the broad brush approach of condemnation he took last week.
There have been many good lawyers, business people and teachers who have served the people of this country just as there have been from other facets of society.
Politics, believe it or not, is a hard job, and as I have opined on previous occasions, one of the most thankless ones.
Thankfully, most of the people who get into it know that. None of the people I mentioned above got it all right, but neither did they get it all wrong.
Brian Jones doesn’t get it all right and on Friday he got it all wrong. One of the biggest problems with politics — and in large part the reason why more good people don’t get into it — is the stereotypical attitude professed on a daily basis by commentators like Mr. Jones.
Some days they make me think the governing of the province should be turned over carte blanche to commentators, open line shows, the media generally.
After all, if you listen to them that is where all the wisdom lies and government is where the wisdom dies.
That is my over-generalized, stereotypical comment for today. Sorry, couldn’t help myself.
I think it is a profound statement of the obvious, but the best governments in the long run are those comprised of a broad cross-section of society.
And yes, that includes business people, lawyers and teachers. And maybe in spite of Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy, there might be room for a few media types!
Loyola Hearn used to tell a story about a rather proper Englishman, whatever that is, walking on the Southern Shore.
A gust of wind blew his hat off just as he was passing a local man with a dog.
The dog ran after the hat and before either of the men could retrieve it the dog had chewed the top of it, over which the local man had a chuckle.
The Englishman took offence and told the other fellow, “I don’t like your attitude!”
The man responded, saying, “Sir, it wasn’t my hat he chewed, it was your hat he chewed.”
So, Brian, with a small change in h’attitude, there might even be a place for you in politics.
Trevor Taylor is a former cabinet minister under the Danny Williams administration. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.