I’m out of the country and off the internet more than I’m on it – a ‘get away from the cancer’ trip – but I logged on last night and read the Sun interview with Christy Clark.
And I have to disagree with Adrian Dix on this one. This is a matter of judgement and we should reflect upon this incident as we vote in two weeks time. In fact, I think that this might be the most significant thing to have happened in this, so far predictable, campaign.
Is there a person who didn’t read Fowlie’s piece on Clark, get to the part about the red light, and immediately think that this person isn’t fit to be premier?
And I don’t mean that in a comical, we got ’em sense. I mean it seriously.
BC’s premier – yes, the fact that she is our Premier says something about us – sat down next to a reporter and engaged in a game of chicken with her ten year old son.
There is no way this was ‘off the cuff’ and not intended. There is no way that she did not know this would make the story. In fact, there is no way she didn’t know that this would be a centrepiece of the story. And finally, there is no way she didn’t intentionally involve her ten year old son in this caper.
This isn’t just bad judgement on the part of ‘our Premier’. This isn’t just a ham-fisted way of drawing attention to her ‘loving’ relationship with her child.
This is the act of someone who is so self-involved that they are incapable of judgement. We’ve all known bad parents. Clark’s game of chicken, acted out in public with her kid, puts her up there with the worst I know of.
Her little trick is unforgivable and needs much more than an apology.
So Dix is wrong. We should not accept her apology and let it go.
We should carry into the voting booth the image of our premier debating the merits of running a red light with her ten year old son and then making the choice to run it, all for the benefit of a story in the Saturday Sun.
And we should take with us the clear understanding that this is not the kind of person we want making judgements about our lives and the lives of our family members for the next four years.