I slogged my way through a newspaper today, though not much gets past my filter. I find by ignoring everything that’s not actually news (crime, calamity and anything else whose template doesn’t change-just names and places) I can read the paper in about two and a half minutes.
I did notice that it seems like we’re headed for a conservative majority. While I’m slightly concerned about re-opening many debates that I’d prefer to lay rest, I’m confident that the courts will keep a firm stranglehold of the status quo. If I look ahead with Panglossian glasses to see a bright side of this, I wonder if we won’t see a more muted regional ‘alienation.’ I use quotations because I am of the opinion that regional gripes are really just national gripes that have been harnessed by political opportunists. Its easier to mobilize people by awakening their latent clan based thinking by telling them that Their problems are unique. I think there are certainly urban and rural needs within confederation but these really don’t change from one end of the country to the other. I wonder if a conservative majority won’t evaporate some of this rural angst by at least creating the illusion of representation in the minds of rural conservative voters.
I know its an infrequent forrray into politics for me these days but I’m going to vote in the advanced poll tomorrow. Let me do this thing while the fit is on me!
ps with apologies to Leibniz but imitation is the highest form of flattery.