Friday, January 22, 2010


I have to say, I am more than a bit ambivalent about Iggy, or any of the opposition party leaders, taking part in the protests on Saturday. This is a moment of pure, unadulterated, citizen action. I hope Iggy and the rest understand that. I hope that if they try to turn this into a unpaid political platform for their party, they are roundly booed. Saturday is about democracy and the primacy of Parliament, not an opposition political event. If the opposition leaders must take part in the protest and if they insist on speaking, they should come to the table with concrete proposals for restoring the power of the parliament. They should do so with an attitude of humility toward their employers and a spirit of cooperation with all parties, to get the job done. To approach the people, at this moment, with any other message, is an insult to those of us who believe this is a bigger issue than who is up or down in the polls this week.
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