Thursday, November 19, 2009

Yet he who is without sin cast the first tweet


Charlie Angus wants MPs banned from Twitter just “to save politicians from looking like idiots.”

The Northern Ontario New Democrat is serious: “I have nothing against the technology, nothing,” he said this morning. “But it really exposes the absolute banality of this place. … There is something about it that turns otherwise intelligent professionals into Grade 9 jocks and cheerleaders in a school cafeteria.”


The scene. The day ended, fittingly, with an apology - the member for Timmins-James Bay, Charlie Angus, asked to excuse himself for yelling "bull----" as the government's man on native affairs, Jim Prentice, attempted to explain his department's alleged inaction on some controversy or another.

Angus said he would indeed apologize for his language, but he would not apologize for the government's failings. This seemed reasonable, he being an NDP critic and therefore entirely unresponsible for the affairs of governing(and equally unlikely to ever be so).


It was around this time that Charlie Angus started swearing. And the rest is pretty much a blur.

It's safe to say that it's going to take a lot more than a ban on twitter to "save politicians from looking like idiots"...

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  • So I take it Mr Angus is flipping the bird?

    By Anonymous Nick, at 10:27 a.m.  

  • He has written some nice folk tunes though.

    By Anonymous Hank, at 11:18 a.m.  

  • I think we should encourage MPs to express themselves, and if they show bad judgement in the process, this helps us understand who they are.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:24 a.m.  

  • Who, exactly, prescribes to the notion that we should hide politicians' behaviour from the people they represent?

    If they are acting like 14-year-olds, don't we have a right to know that, and make our decisions accordingly?

    By Blogger Gauntlet, at 11:24 a.m.  

  • Usually a person who comes out with a "I am holier-than-thou type' of a wolf in sheeps'clothing.....granny

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:56 a.m.  

  • It was the NDP's usual grandstanding and the self-righteous and sanctimonous BS they usually try to display.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:13 p.m.  

  • MPs and MPPs should be slapped with a $1K fine everytime time they talk out of turn in the legislature... the proof is in the video replay.

    By Blogger MERBOY, at 12:37 p.m.  

  • Bart, I think it's poor manners to slap a man down for having a good idea. After all, it may be a while before he has another.

    By Anonymous herringchoker, at 2:46 p.m.  

  • aw. i think Charlie is ok for the most part.

    By Blogger dys, at 4:06 p.m.  

  • Merboy - ha! I like that one.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 8:31 p.m.  

  • I liked Angus enough to hope that he might replace Layton as leader. He has been a very welcome voice on the sellout on copyright by both the Cons and Libs. However, his anti-coalition position and support for gutting the gun registry has me convinced that he doesn't have the stomach for advancing progressive principles that the NDP needs in a leader and panders too much to the 'populist' consensus of rural vs urban Canada.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:40 p.m.  

  • I don't follow. Prentice is an appalling Environment Minister and was little better in his previous role. Since when does calling BS for what it is make someone look like an idiot?

    By Blogger JG, at 10:21 p.m.  

  • Grit,

    Com'on ... how come you glossed over what Angus was calling Prentice out on?

    Honestly, you know perfectly well what the issue was, and it was more substantial than one MP being fat, or the other one's party financing irregularities.

    Angus was fighting for his constituents, the kids in Attawapiskat, who attend school in appalling conditions, and in whose advocacy he has been relentless, and rightfully so.

    Take this kind of cheap shot and easy swipe at the NDP if it makes you feel good ... but don't ever expect to win back Timmins-Chapleau that way.

    By Blogger A reader, at 10:54 p.m.  

  • By Blogger abo-bder, at 5:57 p.m.  

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