Friday, 29 July 2011

Advice from Paul Krugman That Nycole Turmel and the NDP Should Find Useful

As usual, Paul Krugman today is right on the money. "Republicans have, in effect, taken America hostage," he says. Part of the problem is "the cult of “balance,” the insistence on portraying both parties as equally wrong and equally at fault on any issue, never mind the facts."

Sound familiar, Canadians? Can't let the Harperites get away with it here. As Nycole Turmel said this morning on Radio-Can, as interim leader of the NDP, she's got big shoes to fill while Jack fights his personal battle with cancer. But the country requires a strong opposition, and as a former union leader (among other things) she ought to be able to hold her own in the fights ahead, seconded by an energetic caucus.


janfromthebruce said...

right on the money here Mary!

lagatta à montréal said...

I was so angry a day or two ago when a (woman) journalist asked Turmel if she thought her English was good enough to communicate with all Canadians. Her English is perfectly comprehensible, and pleasant to the ear (and I'm very impatient with people who mangle languages). Journalist was like an anglo throwback to another age - she sure didn't sound very old.

Nycole Turmel had a hand in the huge sex equity settlement. She led a huge union with members throughout Canada and in many professions and trades. I am sick of hearing her being called a "rookie".

Mary Soderstrom said...

You've got it right, too, Maria.

No rookie when you've stared down the big guys!