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  • Pierre Neary
    October 28, 2013 - 18:05

    Let's face it, it's been the orange elephant in the room for a while now.

  • david
    October 28, 2013 - 12:01

    The NDP could never, in its long history, be accused of being politically astute. It is a party idealists, fools, single-issue malcontents, and fringe voters without anywhere else to go. Not a collective to seriously fear achieving power, but one to fear if they ever did.

  • Ron Tizzard
    October 24, 2013 - 10:07

    “Everyone has a right to be stupid; some people just abuse the privilege.” The NDP members seem to fit the mould. So, so, so disappointing! It has just lost my vote...and has me very worried about my 'only other options'. I think I'll just bury it in the dump, with the other trash.

  • Maggy Carter
    October 23, 2013 - 13:32

    Someone opined recently that with the NDP meltdown the Tories and Liberals would be laughing all the way to the polls. While this is no doubt true of the Liberals, the NDP collapse is an absolute disaster for the Tories. Their only hope - and granted it was a slim one - was that the anti-Dunderdale vote would be split in 2015. That now is very unlikely. The NDP have done themselves tremendous injury, but perhaps in the long run they have done the rest of us a great favour. They have shown voters in this province that their party, the reliability of which in fiscal terms was always in doubt, lacks the maturity, discipline and cohesion to be trusted with running the province. This is not unique to Newfoundland. It has been the curse of the party all across Canada. In Nova Scotia where no party had been denied a second term in office in 132 years, it is not surprising that its first NDP government has just become the first. While most pundits are inclined to attribute the 'also-ran' status of NDP parties and governments to their failed policies, the truth is probably a bit more complex. It might have as much to do with the free-spirit personality traits of its adherents - those who carry the party banner and the voters to whom they appeal. It is generally much easier to get consensus on the far right than the far left. The former are united in their view that government should simply get out of the way, while the latter are divided by the myriad different expectations of how government should spend the public's money. It might sound unfair, but the one descriptor that keeps coming up in discussions relating to the NDP is the word 'flaky'. Given the extraordinarily bizarre nature of events over the past couple of days, one can easily understand where the 'flake' moniker comes from. Too bad in one sense in that most if not all of them are probably honest, well-intentioned politicians (which is a rarity in itself). But clearly they are far less comfortable with success than they are with failure. In any event the opposite ends of the political spectrum in this province are rapidly collapsing to the delight no doubt of the centre, which at the moment is held firmly by the Liberal party. The likely confirmation next month of Dwight Ball as the new leader of that party will probably cement that position going into the next election.

  • Jack Murphy
    October 23, 2013 - 13:02

    Party requires a leadership review, and a new leader to become an attractive choice & challenger in the next election. Lorraine may excite a small base; that does not get the party elected as a government.

  • david
    October 23, 2013 - 09:40

    The NDP couldn't run a cock fight. WE can only hope they'll never get the chance to prove it.

  • Jay
    October 23, 2013 - 09:32

    Joe, If the caucus members hadn't written this cowardly letter, there would have been nothing to leak. If Lorraine Michael hadn't totally over-reacted in her typically punitive way, this wouldn't be near the story it is. The NDP Party makes me laugh, on one hand, they'll complain about Bill 29 because the public has the right to know. On the other they'll complain if the public does know about anything that goes on within their party, hence the rush to blame a leaker. Don't hold your breath waiting for the NDP to repeal Bill 29 if they ever get elected.

  • Joe
    October 23, 2013 - 08:30

    It's not a caucus of 5 members that is the problem. It's the viper in your midst that released a confidential document. Why doesn't the investigative(?) media go looking for inside memos of other media or business and it's trade groups? Or like Rupert Murdock they could tap the phones of the Government members. I am sure you would get much more exciting news(?).

  • Kev
    October 23, 2013 - 07:23

    With or without Lorraine, the NDP was going to sweep the St John's area in 2015. Now they are done like Dunderdale. The NDP has set itself back to the 1970's. Has ryan Cleary been heard from?