Rats and sinking ships

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If MHA Paul Lane expects voters to believe his reasons for his defection from Kathy Dunderdale’s Conservative army, then in terms of an IQ test that rates about a minus 0.

Lane says, “People have lost faith in the Dunderdale government.” Really, Paul? That means they have lost faith in you too, doesn’t it?

Lane must remember that his vote of confidence in this year’s budget is recorded on the books. His second thoughts on Bill 29 and the January blackouts are next to laughable.

Paul Lane is a PC elected by supporters of the Progressive Conservative party. He is abdicating his responsibilities to those who put him in office. He is walking away (like Jerome Kennedy did) leaving his constituents without representation in the current administration. The least Lane could have done is to stay neutral. Why didn’t he sit as an independent until the next election? That is the right and proper thing to do.

It’s too late to save your reputation now, Paul. You are just like the other defectors, looking out for No. 1. I am sure people all over the province are seeing through this decision of yours.

The rats are leaving the ship, one by one. In cases like that, I can imagine any captain of any ship will breathe a sigh of relief when they’re gone.

 

Bill Westcott

Clarke’s Beach

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  • Frank M
    January 24, 2014 - 18:05

    We now know the true character of Paul Lane by his gutless defection to the Liberals while his leader went on vacation. But more remarkably we also now see the character of the Liberals for accepting him into the fold with open arms.

  • Robert
    January 23, 2014 - 16:00

    Some history Mr. Westcott! During the days of wooden ships invariably rats would get on board the ship. Although they roamed all over the ship they certainly found their way to the very bottom of the ship. Over time the hull of the ship would start to rot and sea water would pool in the bottom. As things got worse the rats not liking these conditions would leave and for the crew no rats meant their ship was probably less then seaworthy and in short order would probably break apart and sink....taking them with it. As the PC rats have left it became obvious that the good PC ship was in peril. And for the captain/premier it is a sign that when rats are leaving that it is only a matter time before the good PC ship founders and is lost. KD did the smart thing and got out before it sinks to the bottom.

  • Jon
    January 23, 2014 - 11:27

    I do agree with what you are saying. But this analogy is getting a tired.

  • W McLean
    January 23, 2014 - 11:13

    Constituents don't have representation in an administration, at least not in a multi-party state. They have representation in the legislature. It is time for this "govenrment side" thinking to be relegated to the trash heap.

  • Bill Westcott
    January 23, 2014 - 10:43

    Hey "Laughing at the spin"--Because the ship is listing and the skipper is gone, nothing chances. A rat is a rat is a rat no matter what spin you put on it or what way you dress it up. What I am laughing at is your moniker. At least I have the guts to put my name out there.

  • Bill Westcott
    January 23, 2014 - 10:39

    Hey "Laughing at the spin"--Because the ship is listing and the skipper is gone, nothing chances. A rat is a rat is a rat no matter what spin you put on it or what way you dress it up. What I am laughing at is your moniker. At least I have the guts to put my name out there.

  • Geez
    January 23, 2014 - 08:57

    Rats leaving a sinking ship is dead on. But what is disgusting is how Ball and other Liberal MHAs are now praising the this rat. This is the guy that rode Dunderdale's coat tail into office. The PCs financed his campaign and did all the footwork to get him elected but seeing that his pension is in trouble he jumps ship. Has Ball forgotten that this guy voted in favor of everything Dunderdale and the PCs did. Not only that, he publicly defended it. He was silent on everything he now criticizes. Remember, this guy was a ring leader in the online poll fixing scheme. Then he waits until the boss is out of town before jumping ship. There is too much personal opportunism taking place in NL politics. Crossing the floor happens too often among all parties. It is a betrayal to voters and the organizations that got these people elected.

  • laughing at the spin
    January 23, 2014 - 07:58

    How does that foot taste Bill?