Watching the Tories in decline

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I try and follow local politics and had thought the fortunes of the PCs were going to improve when Kathy Dunderdale was forced to resign.

The first poll was encouraging for us old time Tories.

However, Danny Williams was determined to do better with his second coronation in choosing someone who, unlike Kathy, would be his puppet. It clearly wasn’t the strongly opinionated Bill Barry.

Danny’s attack on Barry was the start of the decline of the PC party.

He disagreed with Barry’s support for private options in hydro, health and education — not his values — which Barry pointed out were good enough for him but not for the rest of us.

Then, not one member of the PC caucus considered they had the leadership qualities to offer for the leadership, or maybe it was because by now King Danny had made that decision, and selected Frank Coleman to take on the other Corner Brook boy.

It reminds me of John McCain selecting Sarah Palin, without doing his homework. Frank became Danny’s puppet.

I was then expecting an easy victory in the Virginia Waters byelection, and maybe things were not so bad after all.

Then Danny Williams screwed things up again.

Danny probably instructed Danny Breen to support puppet Frank as the Tories tried unsuccessfully to retain Dunderdale’s seat.

Otherwise, why support anyone, especially someone you don’t even know? Danny Williams could not trust the Virginia Waters executive to run Breen’s campaign, so he brought in his family. This was another disaster despite King Danny campaigning and taking out newspaper ads on Breen’s behalf.

Then Bill Barry decided that he was no puppet to a fixed coronation and abandoned his campaign.

This was yet another disaster.

Before the PCs could recover, Danny’s puppet stumbled and fumbled, disrespecting the rights of women to choose and becoming embroiled in controversy over a contract with his former company, Humber Valley Paving.

What will be the next act in the comedy of errors? Will Coleman be shown the door by Tory MHAs rightly fearing for their jobs, or will Danny prevail?

It’s about time the electorate saw Danny Williams for the egomaniac he is.

History will not be kind to him.

I suspect his legacy will be having squandered the better part of $20 billion in offshore oil revenues, an ABC campaign which Sen. Fabian Manning recently said has hurt this province even more so than the squandered billions, and for having initiated the Muskrat Falls fiasco.


George Kennedy

St. John’s

Geographic location: Corner Brook

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Recent comments

  • Sam
    June 03, 2014 - 19:15

    Great summary! Important to note as well that Shea has resigned and Marshall stated he's next in line as soon as Frank Coleman is anointed premier. It's a little like rats abandoning a sinking ship.

  • Yes but
    June 03, 2014 - 18:51

    Kathy was his puppet.

  • Dood
    June 03, 2014 - 16:18

    Somewhere Danno is throwing a major hissy fit. Wouldn't want o be the Little Princess tonight.

  • Torey Nomore
    June 03, 2014 - 10:02

    You sir, have struck the nail on the head! But, sadly, a day before the next provincial election, Danny can announce that he's running 48 teddy bears in blue ribbons, under the newly formed ABC (Any Bear Cares) party, and the Kool-Aid slurpers will vote them in with a 40-seat majority!

  • Harvey
    June 03, 2014 - 07:33

    Mr. Kennedy....I respect your opinion, but every person that I have spoken to in recent months, have strongly supported the fact that Mr. Barry's resignation from the leadership race was the best thing for this province. Are you factually sure that Mr. Williams did play a heavy hand in this, or is it probably so as you have stated about Mr. Breen and Mr. Williams? We are hearing so much said today about the present state of politics in NL without facts that it is beginning to wear thin among people who want facts and not probabilities.

  • WB
    June 03, 2014 - 07:26

    but George, can we still count on your support come election time?