I’m too giddy with vindication of my doubts about Harper’s character, (not to mention wisdom, loyalty, ideology and integrity) to comment, so I will let him speak for himself.  (Well, sort of.)


Update:  I can’t help noticing that all the news regarding Lippert’s resignation retroactively demotes him to “aide“, “staffer“, “campaign worker“, “former speech writer” and such like.

In fact, Owen Lippert is (was?) a Senior Policy Advisor to Conservative MP Bev Oda, Harper’s hand-picked Cabinet Minister for International Co-operation (how ironic.)

As well as having a Senior Policy Advisor with a penchant for copyright violation, Bev also has an embarrassing habit of billing the taxpayer for limo rides to those hoity-toity arts galas that don’t resonate with ordinary folk like you and me.

While he appears to have resigned in disgrace from his post as “campaign worker” for the Conservatives, there is no word yet whether he has also resigned from his much more significant post as a top-rung, influential contributor to the Harper government’s policy development.

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  1. No kidding! Considering the top-notch political rhetoric decent writers like you and I can churn out in our sleep, it is unconscionable that all the paid work is going to plagiarizing bastards like Lippert.

  2. That’s a very good point, Apophaticattic! I’m finding the best political writing available these days is not to be had with the paid pundits, but with certain unpaid bloggers — yourself included.

  3. Ha! *blush* – thanks for the compliment. I was doing that thing where I try to express humility via a tongue-in-cheek, self-mocking exhibition of arrogance. I am starting to agree too – I got Google Reader and added all my favorite blogs, and now that’s starting to serve as my “daily paper”. (Finding what blogs to add in the first place is a bit of work though. There’s a lot of crap out there too.)

  4. I can’t see your sidebar at the moment, but do you have Glenn Greenwald’s blog in your reader yet? Top notch on liberty and Constitutional issues in the US.

  5. Oh, I should add that I agree with you there’s a lot of crap out there. But when you find a gem it’s worth it because most likely it’s telling you a side of the story you just can’t find too often in the so-called “Free Press”. For instance, the elephant in the room today seems to be the growing fascism (or whatever you want to call it) movements in our countries. The mainstream press largely — perhaps entirely — ignores those developments. But some bloggers are onto it and providing the public with good, solid, well documented information about those movements.

  6. Hi, Paul. I do call it fascism. That is the correct word for it and I’m a sucker for calling a spade a spade. It might need an adjective or prefix though, as it seems to be a new sort that happens by itself while policy-makers are looking the other way. The ID card thing is an example – a fascist policy that arose because the biometrics industry has spent tens of millions lobbying for a contract. The “fascism” part is almost secondary, and concerns about civil liberties are perceived as irrelevant hyperbole in government. “It’s progress! We’re embracing new technology! Building public-private partnerships! Creating jobs! If you have nothing to hide, why worry?”

    Anyway, thanks for the reference re. Glenn Greenwald. Good stuff.

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