Earlier this week the Globe’s Ian Bailey wrote a newsless news story that hung from the thinnest thread in a province where thin threads are a dime a dozen.
Bailey’s story was based on a baseless claim by Christy Clark that her Liberals were recruiting a number of star candidates as their incumbents drift away. Clark offered no names and no evidence.
Still Bailey felt this big empty balloon was a story.
The same day the Angus Reid group put out a poll showing Clark limping home with a paltry 30% approval rating, second worst in Canada. She was down 10% in a single quarter.
Hard numbers and a disastrous result in a short period of time. The poll wasn’t a story in any of Vancouver’s newspapers, including the Globe.
Today the Globe has sort of rectified that, publishing a story on the new Forum Research poll. Surprise, Clark has dropped some more.
If an election were held today, Clark’s Liberals would get the support of 20% of British Columbians (down 3), one percent more than the BC Conservatives (stable). Both are 30% behind the BCNDP at 50% (up 2).
That 30% is the biggest gap yet. Forum’s seat modelling gives the BC Liberals 3 seats to the NDP’s 78… if… if the election were held today.
The rest of the story is talking head reaction focusing entirely on the game. You know what I mean… ‘It’s not over till it’s over…’ ‘The race will tighten…” ‘Premier blah, will blah, blah, blah…’
The only interesting thing is Clark aide Mike MacDonald kind of echoing his master’s dismissal of polls. ’We’re doing better than the polls say’ is his conclusion.
Insider deals to privatize another billion dollar service, botched negotiations with the teachers, breaking their promise not to override the Utilities Commission because they don’t want anyone to see how badly they’ve screwed up BC Hydro: This is doing better?
None of this is in the story. So the big question is left unanswered. Wouldn’t it be nice if some real reporting broke out?
For example wouldn’t be interesting if reporters left their offices and government talking points behind and asked voters an interesting question or two. Such as, why?
Why are BC voters thinking of sending almost every BC Liberal MLA to the dustbin? Why do fewer and fewer voters endorse the governing party and its leader each time a poll dips its toe into the sea of public opinion? Why is NDP leader Adrian Dix growing leaps and bounds in public approval?
What exactly is going on in the minds of BC voters. Wouldn’t that be an interesting story?
HST lies, teacher bashing, corruption, crony capitalism, growing inequality, environmental destruction, broken trust or the whole shebang: why is the hole getting deeper rather than diminishing despite the best efforts of BC’s business elite.
And Ian Bailey, if you aren’t ready to take on that challenge, won’t you at least go back and ask Clark who exactly are the
lunatics stars who are gearing up to run for the Liberals.
I bet there isn’t even one name. And if there are heaps of stars on the hunt, they’re all looking at the three seats the Liberals might win. That’ll be one crowded nomination.