Where have all the real people gone?

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.



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11 Responses to Where have all the real people gone?

  1. Merv Adey says:


  2. Julie says:

    You certainly got that right.

    Campbell’s two election lies…the BCR wasn’t for sale and the HST wasn’t on his radar. Campbell a traitor to the BC citizens, by not telling the BC people, that he works for Harper. Christy has held true for Campbell, she is following Harper, and Campbell’s directions. Christy desperately wants a position in Ottawa. After all, Campbell was nicely rewarded for, doing Harper’s dirty work for him. So why not Christy too. She has Harper’s henchman Boessenkool, to run the province for her, Harper style of course. Christy is merely a mouth piece.

  3. Richard Bell says:

    Where have all the people gone, long time passing Joan Bawz?

  4. Robbie says:

    Bob Mackin is one reporter who continues to dig into the LDB RFP mess. His latest instalment:


    You Never Give Me Your Money by the Beatles is so fitting:

    You never give mine your money
    You only give me your funny paper
    And in the middle of negotiations
    You break down

    I never give you my number
    I only give you my situation
    And in the middle of investigation
    I break down

  5. Maharg says:

    As usual Ian, you continue to have your finger on the pulse of the most corrupt and dishonest BC and Federal Governments in my lifetime. Unfortunately, I don’t expect any changes in the near future. Nothing will happen until our dumbed-down populace realize what they have lost. By then, it will be too late, barring a long and violent revolution.

  6. Reid says:

    Great opinion piece. I too have been wondering why none of the “political reporters” have bothered to actually ask some randomly selected members of the public their thoughts on the current political scene. Seriously, is it that hard to do? It would be a heck of a lot more informative and interesting than the dreck they usually put out. I for one would be immensely curious about what they have to say.

  7. Robert says:

    I heard Vaughn the cheerleader on with Till this morning and he says its not that people so much dislike the Lieberals but that they dislike Christy the flake. You can’t tell me the edge of the ledge boys aren’t slow but maybe they need to take off the blinders and ear plugs.

  8. Gloria Enoch says:

    The libs are holding on barely, but their day will come. Why are Liberals both Federally and Provincially loosing, loosing, loosing the people?? Rhetorical question I know. We will wait our time then they will be gone then we will start over.

  9. e.a.f. says:

    the newspapers are owned by large corporations. Large corporations support the lieberals. T.V. & radio stations are owned by large corporations. Large corporations support the lieberals. that is why we don’t read or hear any real news. The columnists & reporters know better than to do the work they were trained to do. Even if they did do their job their editors would re-write things or simply purge them.

    If it weren’t for alternative newspapers, media sources, & blogs we wouldn’t be getting any news at all.

    We can not expect to hear any faults the lieberals make. As to C.c’s comments about their “star” candidates. I guess they are coming in from the next galaxy or she is so high she can only see the sky. The woman has yet to admit there is anything wrong. I really don’t know how she does it, goes out & lies with a smilie on her face.

    There is nothing to restore the lieberals in the polls. As long as any of them belong to that party they are dead meat, politically. They can’t go to another party, they stink on ice.

    Of course we can expect to see all sorts of “investigative” reporting from all those media sources once the NDP forms government. any i which isn’t dotted or any t not crossed will be pointed out. I expect that when the NDP forms government they will even be blamed for the sale of B.C. rail, the hst, the deficiet, etc.

    We need to send the lieberals & their cheerleaders straight to the dung heap.

  10. Bob says:

    Couldn’t agree more with the views re BC MSM not providing an objective and honest perspective about the liberal provincial government. This has been going on for years. I remember, several months before the writ had been dropped for the last two provincial elections, seeing more and more pictures of G Campbell crop up whenever the Sun and Province were reporting news pertaining to the provincial government. Also, headlines would be cast in a way that spun the story in a positive light for the liberal government – even when it was not positive. In my opinion, there was – and still is, a concerted effort on the part of the MSM to promote provincial liberal interests at the expense of the public interest.

    Also, if you have seen Alex T’s latest release of the excerpt from an RCMP transcript of a recorded telephone conversation between David Basi and OmniTRAX executive Dwight Johnson, you would wonder why this has not been covered by the MSM. This simply reinforces my opinion that the MSM has abandoned objective, public interest reporting w/r the provincial liberal government. I also believe that the MSM does report on anything bad w/r the liberals, it has been considerably softened – and that in reality it must be much worse. The MSM has no credibility anymor

    Ian, please keep up the good work.

  11. CGHZD says:

    We almost got the bastards in the 80’s but that piece of dried up monkey shit , Jack Munro, prostituted himself to Billy Bob Bennett and sold out the labour movement just when they were in a hares breath of pushing the old Socred criminals over.

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