If you want to understand the depth of Dwight Ball’s political problem, understand that as of Victoria Day, Paul Lane – never the sharpest of political knives in any drawer – has gotten the better of the Premier politically for the second t… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Red Flags #nlpoli
Paul Lane won Mount Pearl-Southlands in 2015 by a mere 241 votes.In 2011, he won a seat in the House of Assembly by 700 votes.Anyone who tells you Paul Lane is a popular politician hasn’t looked at the facts.Lane isn’t a popular politician at all. A po… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: A different kind of P3
Paul Lane has taken Dwight Ball’s measure.How Ball and the Liberals respond to Lane’s challenge will determine the fate of the administration.You can tell by the way Lane threw down the challenge to Ball’s leadership on Wednesday. He voted with t… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Did you hear the one about the Lane and the Ball? #nlpoli
You can tell the election is already going on. You can tell because of what some of the political workers are doing.
The Liberals are going door-to-door. They are meeting voters. They are asking for their votes. Then the campaign workers write on Twitter and Facebook.about the “glorious day” of campaigning they’d had.
Politicians tweet as well. The candidates tweet about their campaigning. The elected politicians tweet about the meeting they went to, or a government comment, or questions in the House of Assembly.
Taking a lesson he learned from Reform Conservative turned Grit turned provincial Conservative Steve Kent, provincial Connie turned Grit Paul Lane goes places, takes a picture of himself there, tweets it, and then frigs off somewhere else. The selfie makes it look like he stayed at the event. That’s how he can be in so many places at the same time.
Lane also posts . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Political Pandermonium #nlpoli
In all the political chatter on Monday, no idea got a stronger negative reaction than the one from your humble e-scribbler that Paul Lane had secured himself a plum appointment in a future Liberal government, including a seat in cabinet.
For some reason, the idea of Minister Paul Lane just infuriated people.
Some said it was just not true.
Some said it was preposterous.
Others said that no one had made Lane any promises.
Let’s take a closer look at this.
Paul Lane scored big on Monday.
First, he secured his nomination and his seat in the next provincial election by running as a Liberal. As long as the party continues on its current track, Lane will win easy re-election not on his own merits but – as in 2011 – on the coat-tails of the party he was hooked up with at the time.
To be sure, Liberal leader Dwight Ball insisted Lane has no guarantee of a safe nomination, but in practical terms, that is a huge nose-puller. Incumbents are typically hard to unseat. Incumbents with a year and a half of profile before the nomination are that much hard to beat. And those with the enthusiastic and unqualified support of the party leader and the entire caucus likely could not be defeated with a crucifix, stake and a bathtub of Holy water. Paul Lane is safe.
And then . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Paul Lane: 2, Dwight Ball: 0 #nlpoli
You are embarrassed.
Someone ratted you out and made you look like bad.
You hid out for four days.
Not the smartest strategy ever, but hey.
You got pissy with people on Twitter and your performance on Here and Now was…well…vintage Paul Lane.Just remember:
Politicians have survived far worse scandals than a leak of a few text messages that show you and all your colleagues treat totally irrelevant online polls like they actually mattered.
Politicians have survived acting like far bigger jerks than you could ever be in your wildest dreams. They have
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