On The Former Dipper's Disaster
This is hard for me because, on one hand, I very strongly sympathize with the Palestinian cause. (For the record, I despise Hamas and believe they have grievously harmed the Palestinian cause, besides committing unforgivable atrocities.) On the other hand you elucidate so very well my primary issue with the present NDP - their perennial refusal to get real in order to get elected in order to do the good they theoretically envision.
You are doing a good job here and I really appreciate your work.
This column is very useful for helping me figure out the difference between rhetoric about social justice and progress toward social justice. Thank you!
I think the Ontario NDP needs to think about type of candidates that they want to run in the next election. Sarah Jama might be able to get elected in her Hamilton riding, but she is absolutely unhelpful for ONDP in all other ridings. And that was before the events of last week.
Also, if this issue is so important for her that it trumps the provincial politics, she should have resigned from caucus at her own initiative. That would have been the proper thing to do for her.
My understanding is that the Ford cease and desist letter was sent without the agreement of the caucus and Marit Stiles should have immediately thrown her out of caucus when this happened. As a leader you need to sometimes act decisively and fast. Reducing the caucus by one seat is far less damage than what happened with the delayed departure.
This is pure nonsense Evan your analysis sucks here, it's strategically stupid to tell your base to get fucked in the middle of a genocide and it's not a stretch to see these events as the potential beginning of the end for the Ontario NDP. The gift they've given to Ford this week would be so funny if it wasn't happening in the context of a mass slaughter fully supported by our political and media class, and if the move didn't make it clear just how much the ONDP hates its base. Jama spoke as a politician of conscience in the legislature something that would be amazing to hear more of from our political class right now, and she's married to a Palestinian btw so how the fuck is she supposed to ignore Israel's 5000 civilian victims in two weeks? Impossible.
While I tend to agree with you, it is who she is, a disabled black Muslim, that may play out as discriminatory and have some screaming.