Below you’ll find a flattering pic of me, squeezed between two BC Liberal tweeters.
The first is retweeting the fatuous tweet of the BC Liberal Deputy Speaker, Linda Reid (oh please, no relation) who is patting her government on the back for ‘giving’ the people of BC consultations on the Massey Tunnel fake replacement…
What are we supposed to tweet in response?
“Oh thank you massa… thank you for allowing us to open our collective cakeholes and speak on your desperate wank of an announcement… We are not worthy, your deputyship…”
Nope. Couldn’t do that. Couldn’t let her get away with something so darned unworthy. So I decided to tweet the real news of the day back in her face… the Moody’s downgrade watch that put another nail in the coffin of the BC Liberal government’s fiscal cred.
Here’s how it went:
@IanVancouver BC one of only 2 provinces in Canada with a Triple A credit rating.
There is one thing that really troubles me. Class A hypocrites. And when I got Linda Reid’s tweet back I realized that I had stumbled upon one.
The downgrade? For the deputy speaker just another opportunity to sound off about the wise and judicious work of her leader and government when it comes to credit ratings and such.
Except I have a long memory, occasionally clouded by the odd cancer or pain drug but mostly still there when it counts. And I ventured back into hansard to dig out her feelings on the same issue circa the mid ’90’s and lo and behold there is Ms. Reid waxing indignant about….
You guessed it, Moody’s Investors Service and it’s negative views on BC’s credit.
“I share my colleague’s concerns — the hon. member for Delta South — when he talks about the Wall Street credit rate or Moody’s Investors Service and how they’re going to possibly downgrade this province,” the now Deputy Speaker began.
“That’s a huge credibility issue, and you will note that my comments today reflect almost solely on credibility issues on behalf of this government — because it is all intertwined. There’s no way to separate out the threads and to say at some point that they’re going to start being more accurate in presentation of budget numbers, when the past history has not led us to accept that assertion.”
“This is a significant criticism of this province,” she said pointing to Moody’s negative credit watch. “It doesn’t just affect the government benches; it affects every single British Columbian — and certainly every single member of this Legislature.”
Let me repeat. For the Ms. Reid of 1997, a downgrade is a “huge credibility issue… There’s no way to separate out the threads and to say at some point that they’re going to start being more accurate in presentation of budget numbers.”
Nope, there’s no way. As Ms Reid foretold all we can say is that her government in the face of the downgrade is going to lie. They couldn’t possibly be “accurate in presentation of budget numbers”. No amount of spin, no number of tweets from twits will be enough to change the basic situation:
They are a bunch of untrusworthy hypocrites.