Thursday, May 19, 2005

Does it matter anymore?

It seems to be fashionable today for (moderate) Tories to link to Kinsella (by the way, Mr. Kinsella if you're going to (rightfully) criticise Mr. Spector for his low-tech site you should at least institute permalinks on your own) as a pointer for how we're feeling about the Grewal story.

The Liberal apologism begins here, or at the very least it's careful prevarication until the story is forgotten. See the comments section on that post for some vaguely intelligent questions on Grewal's story.

The fact is that I don't think it matters. I don't care if Grewal approached them I don't care if Dosanjh says he told Grewal to cross the floor. I don't care how carefully Tim Murphy chose his words. I don't care if Murphy refused to offer a Senate seat until after the vote. I don't even care if there are no legal ramifications for Murphy and Dosanjh.

The tape makes it clear that the PMO was open to doing a deal to have Grewal change his vote. The fact that Murphy tells Grewal that an abstention is better than crossing the floor shows that he doesn't want Grewal to represent the democratic will of his constituents, he just wants to make sure that today's vote goes the right way. Our legal system, or at very least our system of ethical government, must surely hold as its purpose to separate those who act unlawfully with that intention from those who don't. Not to separate those who choose their words carefully and talk in hypotheticals from those who don't.


Blogger Jason Cherniak said...

lol. The only thing the tape makes clear is taht Grewal was willing to sell his sole while Murphy was not willing to promise anything, but still wanted the vote.

10:29 PM  
Blogger Rhetoric said...

Did Belinda sell her soul (I assume that's what you're referring to, not some cache of fish that Grewal is sitting on that the PMO really wants)? If he's not making an offer why does Murphy say: "Now look, I don't expect, you to react to that right now. Think about it. Please talk to Ujjal"?

Even if we ignore the whole jockeying for votes and Senate seats how do you explain the Volpe exchange? Trancript here.

9:06 AM  

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