Friday, February 16, 2007

I Simply Cannot Believe This Is Really Happening

An NDP official in Victoria has been suspended by the party because of an e-mail he sent, describing the Liberal who defeated him in the last election as a "potato head."

You read that correctly.

Mike Hanson, on the New Democratic Party's communications staff, is being disciplined by NDP leader Carole James for his "inappropriate" use of the term potato head in reference to Liberal MLA Kevin Krueger, in a private e-mail to party members, that Krueger isn't even complaining about.

"That is, you know, the way that I do politics, the way that I will continue to do politics," James explained, giving us all more great politics to look forward to.

It gets better: Mr. Potato Head only recently took over the job of minister of state for mines from Bill Bennett, who was turfed from the job because of an e-mail that he wrote, which was the most straightforward, plain-spoken correspondence I have read from a politician in these parts for a long, long time.

It was in response to an absurd, insulting screed from the president of the Fernie Rod and Gun Club about "the rights of B.C. hunters" and how Americans are so much smarter than us in the way they allocate hunting rights. Bennett wrote: "It is my understanding that you are an American, so I don't give a shit what your opinion is on Canada or Canadian residents. . . I will continue to work for hunters and anglers in the East Kootenay as I always have and you will continue to be a self-inflated, pompous, American know-it-all. Have a nice day. Bill Bennett."

I'd have promoted Bennett. And given Hanson a raise.


Blogger Bill Horne said...

Maybe Carole James was upset because it was a Monsanto GMO potato ;-)
Sheesh. Whatever happened to "sticks and stones"?

5:59 PM  
Blogger David J said...

Your glib dismissal of this vicious 'joke' reveals your insensitivity to tuber rights.

We will not be eaten!

And I for one am sick of people saying I look like Bindi Irwin.

Mr P. Head, Hon. Sec, Campaign for Justice for Potatoes, Kumera, Yams, Taroes and other Starchy Tubers.

4:27 PM  
Blogger Bill Horne said...

Obviously time to start a new online video portal like "YouTuber". But then Adbusters might launch a "Tuberhead" series to persuade us to turn away from such temptations.

7:31 AM  
Blogger Bill Horne said...

"The spuds are big on the back of Bud's rig -
They're from Prince Edward Island,
They're from Prince Edward Island."
-Stompin' Tom Connors

12:51 PM  
Blogger Transmontanus said...

Bill: Ten points for Stompin' Tom reference.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Blazing Cat Fur said...

I knew Mr. Potato Head and Kevin Krueger is No Mr. Potato Head.

4:48 PM  

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