The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The indelicate art of cabin-making #nlpoli

If Ross Wiseman is the new Speaker because Tom Osborne withdrew, that’s because Osborne knows he’s going back into cabinet. Tom should send a thank you note to Gerry Rogers, the Skinner-skinner.  Steve Kent will get a cabinet post, most likely something light and fluffy. Think intergovernmental affairs and the voluntary sector.  There are lots ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Why should anyone care? #nlpoli

We can often see things more clearly when we compare one item  to something that is supposed to be similar to it.  It’s one of the simplest ways we can learn. Babies learn to do it at an early age and comparing is at the heart of the old Sesame Street song about One of ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The NDP Rise #nlpoli

On Sunday, the always provocative labradore dissected the NDP performance in the last general election. The NDP gains in votes, and seats, came almost entirely at the expense of the Tories. The Liberals stubbornly refused to believe their own obituaries. According to the script, this wasn’t supposed to happen. And it’s not just a matter ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Whither the Liberals #nlpoli

The tale is not told in the view of columnists  – Stephen Maher, Chantal Hebert and Susan Delacourt – who try to link a series of different events into one explanation. The tale is told in the comment of one long-time Liberal who bumped into another in St. John’s recently. The Liberal Party doesn’t speak ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Townies and Baymen #nlpoli #nlvotes

Some people were surprised the other night when Danny Dumaresque told the very small audience at a Board of Trade economic forum that: I would have to say to the mayor of this great city that there are a hell of a lot more priorities outside the overpass that need to be addressed before we ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Welcome to the Echo Chamber #nlpoli #nlvotes

Pretty simple idea, really. Opinions, beliefs and ideas move around among like minded people in what is an essentially closed space.  The effect can be amazingly powerful just as it can be amazingly deceptive and distorting. President Barack Obama talked about the echo chamber in American political coverage in early 2010 during a meeting with ...

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Politics of Perpetual Panic

Danny Williams’ legacy in Newfoundland and Labrador will be one thing:  the politics of panic. The old drama queen was always in a panic over something or other that was the gravest threat to something or other since the time of the last great upset to end all tirades. Just like their role-model who seemed ...