Saturday, November 05, 2005

Drop the Writ or Get Off the Pot, Layton: Part II

In the comments to my previous post, everyone's favourite troll asks: "Why do you think Layton should do what the conservatives want him to do instead of what the people who voted for him want him to do?"

Sigh. This is obviously a rigged question, but let me point out that a) my position is that it's more important that Layton make a choice, any choice, than continue with his coy if-then posture, and b) the people who voted for the NDP are not all pleased with Jack's strategy at the moment. Check out the debate on this "Layton's gotta pick a side" thread. Here are some excerpts that I think are pretty spot on:

"Layton really needs to take a side, its going to play really badly if he flips flops for a few days, and then reluctantly pick a side."

"We must have an election now. To wait until the Spring is to play into Liberal hands. If the Liberals win a majority this April, watch our progressive agenda get torn to shreads."

"Really the NDP should let the Liberal's drop. Supporting them after the election was right, and it was what Canadians wanted, but at that time the Martin promised an elections around now, and they heard that. The NDP would gain credibility if it made this point, and came of looking consciencious."

"I'm just saying that, in my opinion, picking a side, and being on that side is the best way. Rather then trying to have your cake and eat it too."

"I am quickly losing all faith in the NDP and Jack Layton. Either the the Liberals are responsible, as per Layton's statements, or they are not.
The morality of the sponsorship scandal is not contingent on a better deal for Health Care. Its insulting to 50 years of NDP credibility and princpled stands and people to say otherwise. I voted for Layton during his leadership campaign, and I voted for my local NDP candidate in the last Fed election, but if Layton doesn't take a stand on principle he will and should be completely eviscerated in both the media and within the party. If the NDP now throws away 50 years of principled action over this the party is completely dead. If the NDP can no longe claim to be a party of principles what's left?"

"I'm wondering about how permanent a better deal on health care would be. As far as I could tell, the next goverment (either Liberal or Con) would simply say they're a new government, and make up a new health care plan allowing privatisation upon election unless they needed NDP support. The NDP has to be careful to read the electorate on this - how will supporting the Liberals be interpreted. If its interpreted as supporting corruption (and I agree its not, I'm talking about perception) then the NDP might well be risking losing support for a health care deal that will have a halflife of a few months."

"If water cooler talk is any indication I would say Jack is losing the PR war.
Jack needs to be much, much stronger... Jack has gained the moral authority to say -no this corruption runs too deep. We can no longer give them the benefit of the doubt. It would be a shame to squander all of the gains in leadership he has garnered since the spring."

"In the middle of the road, you get hit from BOTH directions."

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