Give yer head a shake, Danny
Danny Williams has officially jumped the shark:
Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams has ordered the immediate removal of Canadian flags from all provincial government buildings in protest of failed talks with Ottawa over offshore revenue sharing.
"They're slapping us in the face. I'm not willing to fly that flag anymore in the province," an angry Williams told at a news conference Thursday in St. John's.
I wonder what Cpl Jamie Brendan Murphy would have said about this cheap political stunt of Williams'. Knowing a few Newfs, and knowing a few grunts, I think Cpl Murphy probably would have told Williams to stow his gargantuan ego and stop playing partisan games with the national flag. The flag under which Cpl Murphy proudly served. The flag under which he died. The flag under which his casket was draped.
Greg at Sinister Thoughts and I disagree about a great many things, but I'm in complete accord with him when he says this:
[Williams] can jump up and down and call Paul Martin a monkey if he wants to, but he better not mess with the flag. Paul Martin is not the flag. The people of Canada are that flag and he better treat it and us with respect. (Babbler's emphasis)
That bears repeating: Paul Martin is not the flag. In fact, it bears expansion: the Liberal Party is not the flag, nor is the Conservative Party to which I belong, nor is any politician or party or movement. The flag is a symbol of all of us.
I'm no fan of Paul Martin's, and if Danny Williams wants to have a pissing match with him, that's fine with me. But the minute he drops MY flag into the dirt in the middle of his juvenile urinary contest, I say: for shame.
Update: Hmmm. Someone who gets about ten times my daily traffic once told me he is almost always surprised at which posts attract comments from his readers. Seems he's right. I didn't think this was a difficult issue. Seems I was wrong.
First: I knew a fellow at RMC - played rugby with him - who was known as Newf. Great guy. Hair was so blond it was almost white. Always had a smile on his face. He was killed in a car crash shortly after graduation. Anyhow, his nickname wasn't pejorative. There were a bunch of folks from The Rock at the College, and not a one of them ever objected. Of course, if you ever called one of them a Newfie, you'd best be running by the time the word was out of your mouth. In any event, no offence was intended.
Second: Damian Penny - you know, the guy from Cornerbrook - summed up my feelings on this whole issue quite well:
Like all Newfoundlanders, I'm with Danny on the main issue here, but is desecrating the national flag (in a manner of speaking) really the best way to get the other provinces on our side? If I were in Alberta - a province what has, up until now, shown some sympathy for Newfoundland's position - I'd be pretty upset, and thinking something like, "if they hate Canada so much, maybe we should stop giving them so many millions of dollars in transfer payments."
What he said. The way to deal with this is not to piss off mainlanders like me who agree with you on the issue of resource revenues. It's counterproductive.
Third: on a side note, posting a link to your own blog in my comments is called link-whoring, and as the name suggests, it's bad form. You want referrals from Babbling Brooks, you e-mail me and ask me to check out your site. /ettiquettelesson