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  • Not a wakeham fan
    March 13, 2011 - 10:07

    Interesting thoughts Mr. Wakeham. You speak as though an authority with inside information. While undoubtedly a very wordy article you have written, the content is not consistently factual. You are clearly adequate at spinning, but exceedingly repetitive. Saying the same thing over and over but changing up the metaphors and varying the words is tiring. My thought throughout your entire boring article was 'Oscar the Grouch"... Your article sounds very personal. Maybe Ms. Matthews snubbed you at some point because she found you to be equally as boring and tiring as do I.

    • Mike
      March 13, 2011 - 16:27

      If you're not a Wakeham fan, don't read the Wakeham column.

    • JT
      March 14, 2011 - 14:25

      Surely one does not have to be a fan of Wakeham, or agree with Wakeham's article to read it and form an opinion. I'm sure Wakeham has thick enough skin to absorb a little criticism, if not he can probably look for a job penning stories for Sesame Street characters.

  • Merit Principle
    March 12, 2011 - 19:38

    Unfortunately I have to agree with you. I say unfortunately because, unlike you and the Telegram generally, I am not a perennial Williams basher. I have disagreed with some of his decisions and called him out from time to time for 'unnecessary roughness'. But on balance, I think his tenure as premier has been remarkably good for this province and he may well go down as the best since confederation.That said, this is the most disappointing and offensive political appointment in this province in a long while. Your brother-in-law might be a nice guy and a cracker jack plumber but you wouldn't appoint him to head up the police department just because you could. You'd have enough sense to know his lack of qualifications and experience would put public security at risk. Well it is not an exaggeration to say that the economic security of this province for the foreseeable future hinges on our ability to extract the maximum income and benefits from the oil and gas industry while at the same time protecting the safety of its workers. Any professional background - law, engineering, accounting - might satisfy the basic prerequisites for the job but what it absolutely demands is the judgement, maturity and public respect that one generally accumulates over a long career demonstrating success in a diversity of highly responsible posts - preferably in both the public and private sectors. Let's put it this way - if you hired a head hunter to find a new president for Memorial University because you thought it essential that we have the absolute best, why wouldn't you do the same thing for the Vice-Chair of the CNOPB. And if you did avail of a head hunter, Mathews would not make it into the top 100 candidates. Yes, Williams may very well be the one who orchestrated this odious appointment, but Kathy Dunderdale is the one who bears all the responsibility. She could have said "ask me for some other parting favour Danny, but this one is too important to pass over to a relative neophyte with no public presence, poor people skills and no direct experience in the industry. How about we ask Harper to make her a senator? She can't be any less deserving than Fabian Manning or Mike Duffy."