Greedy grubs in the Senate patch

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Recently I was besieged by memories of days gone by, when people worked long and hard to scratch out a meagre living from the sea and the soil. 

The most vivid scene was of the cabbage garden. Mother would pitch the water from the dishpan into the garden where the cabbage was to be planted in the spring. The phosphate from the dish liquid, along with scraps too small for the hens, tended to provide for excellent soil but would also make the grubs fat and plentiful. But the fat grubs still weren’t happy. When the tender cabbage leaves appeared they had to attack those as well. 

I realized why that image was haunting me. The cabbage garden was the Senate, the grubs were certain senators, the dishwater was their exorbitant salaries and the cabbage leaves were the dollars garnered through dishonesty and deceit. It made sense.

What’s the solution? Well, we can’t expect action from the prime minister.  He’d just plead ignorance that the Senate even exists. If we think the Senate is worth a yearly $15 million plus operating expenses, perks, graft and continual negative publicity, then we should replace it with an elected body or an apolitical one and give it a clear set of marching orders.

Derm Browne

St. John’s

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  • david
    July 06, 2013 - 10:33

    It's funny...I vividly recall on many occasions, in the days following any Newfoundlander's appointment to the Senate, the overwhelming public reaction locally has always been a wink, wink, nudge, nudge, "he really got 'er made now, hey?". Even radio hosts made snide comments on the air, they were so confident it reflected exactly what their entire audience felt. The explicit, completely accepted, and even enviously celebrated attitude here has always been, on seeing a Newfoundlander get in on the lifetime government gravy train that is the Senate, that it was a great personal coup. Not for anything related to legislative influence or as a great addition to the governance of our country.....I can hear people chuckling already......but for them winning their own little lottery! It is pretty surreal to now read any of these complaints from the same people who, all of a sudden, fell that the Senate is so awful. It always has's just you never cared.