Sunday, September 25, 2005
The diminishing amount of non-premium material from Canadian newspapers, and distance and work, have had me paying less close attention to Canadian news lately. Thankfully, today's NYT brings this delightful set of excerpts from a book of transcripts from interviews of a somewhat uncensored Brian Mulroney. (OK, OK, Canadian news isn't everyone's cup of tea, if I may be beveragically correct about it; but there are at least a few of us, lurking Red-and-White Menaces, on this blog, so deal with it.) The excerpts are mostly decidedly no credit to Mulroney -- unvarnished is fine, but self-inflating ("I led a revolution?" Just to be clear here, the man is taking credit for the end of the Eastern Bloc) and self-pitying are unfortunate. But I did like this quote, in which he talks about his disgust for Ottawa:
"This place is sick. They're all married to one another. They're shacked up with one another. Their wives are on the CBC payroll. It's just awful, the goddamned incest here. Ottawa is really a sick place. This is really a sick town. A sense of loyalty and friendship and mutual respect in some cases is nonexistent, and there's something in the air here that transforms people from supplicants to sinners overnight."
Now, this is not quite the definition of a gaffe -- a politician telling the truth in public. Mulroney isn't in office, and the folks he's referring to are mostly members of the Liberal establishment, not the Conservatives. (Not that there weren't lots of instances of Conservative incest.) Doesn't mean he ain't right, though.
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Posted by: Mauris | Nov 16, 2005 4:27:56 PM