Thursday, March 15, 2007

Libs Snatch A Green

West Coast activist Briony Penn, who will run as a Liberal in the riding of Saanich Gulf-Islands. She gives probably the best explanation for such a move I've heard:

"It nearly broke my heart" to leave the Greens, Ms. Penn said. "But we can't wait around for proportional representation and a national leader capable of being in government."

...although I think E. May is plenty capable as a leader. Whether the Greens can take seats under the current system is the question.

Briony's pretty hot too. Finally, someone who can give Belinda some competition.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Briony's pretty hot too. Finally, someone who can give Belinda some competition."


PLEASE . . go back on your meds

Anonymous said...

She is hot!!! :)

bigcitylib said...

Its one of the best reasons to vote Lib. Our candidates are sexxiest.

JimBobby said...

Whooee! Well BigCity, that's 1 fer yer Grits. Congrats. Up til now, yer Grits has been content with just stealin' policies. Now, yer movin' on t' people.

I can't say she don't make sense wrt disPR lockin' out Green MPs an' possibly splittin' the nonCPoC vote.

The troublem fer me with throwin' in with the Grits is the Grits weren't exactly Kyoto-compliant when they were callin' the shots. When it comes t' green action, I don't reckon Greens care who does it.

The Cons is too so-con fer me an' fer the GPC an' fer most o' Canada. Greens an' Grits ain't too different on paper but Greens got ol' Mother Earth on the top priority an' won't waffle.

If yer interested in gettin' elected, yer gonna do better as a Grit than a Green. Garth seen it, too.

If yer lookin' fer long term change an' ol' Mother Earth's at the top of yer priority list, votin' Green tells the winners where t' steal their policies from. Come an' get 'em.

JimBobby

Anonymous said...

I hate to be that guy, but this is exactly the type of comment that shouldn't be made. It shouldn't matter if shes the most beautiful thing on earth or the ugliest, but this fixation with the appearance of women in politics is one of the reasons that many women don't want to enter public life.

Anonymous said...

Kate beats 'em both. And she has brains too!

West End Bound said...

Kate??

Anonymous said...

Ditching her principles for power proves her qualification as a Liberal.

Polly Jones said...

"...this fixation with the appearance of women in politics is one of the reasons that many women don't want to enter public life."

I disagree.

The reason why many women don't enter so-called public life is because of material issues such as unbalanced care duties, poverty, high incidences of violence, and so on.

Most women endure so much in their lives that being the object of sexual scrutiny is the least of their concerns.

My worry though is this frat boy mentality of objectifying women continues to devalue women as nothing more than baby and fuck machines and contributes to the material conditions I've listed above.

I suggest that you keep your jerkoff sessions to yourself and try to write something intelligent that actually contributes to political discussion.

Why don't you start with a topic like the trafficking of little girls for prostitution or the rising mail order bride phenomenon as women are forced to escape poverty.

Ti-Guy said...

Maybe BCL should have his posts vetted by you before they're posted?

Get a grip and sense of perspective, please.

Anonymous said...

Don't listen to ti-guy Polly, he's just a sexist old fart.

Ti-Guy said...

Right. She's going to ignore me and insist BCL have his posts vettet through her?

Some of these ProgBlogMods need to focus on running an aggregator and stop policing not only language, but thought.

It's a battle that can't be won.

Polly Jones said...

People's views are changed all the time, Ti-guy. I am expressing an opinion as a blogger, as well as a moderator.

Maybe, I should try to communicate better and be less on the offense...

So, let me speak for myself. BCL, some of your posts offend me as a woman. I believe they offend others too. They seem to suggest that women have little to contribute other than their appearance. Would you consider this?

p.s. I am not policing you - I have no power beyond my voice that I know of.

bigcitylib said...

West End Bound,

Kate probably refers to the moderator of SDA.

Polly,

This week I have offended Albertans, certain women, a number of gays, and an honest to goodness witch. So if I were to start worrying too much about THAT, then I could probably never write anything again.

Now, one of the anons mentioned that this is the kind of statement (Briony's pretty hot) that "shouldn't be made". Well of course it should! All things being equal, an attractive female candidate has an advantage over an ugly one. But this also applies to a certain degree among men. Why else do you see so many male politicians with fake tans, black hair but SILVER sideburns? What do you think Tudeaumania was about? His "ideas"? Baloney! NDP women thought he was hot! (my old poli sci teacher at UVIC, who had once been an NDP organizer, used to tell stories about this).

Furthermore, in my own defense, I have been equally superficial about male politicians. This blog is one of the few places where you can find Scott Brison's nude shot, and I once wrote about whether or not G. Kennedy was too sexxy to lead the Liberals (turned out he was).

Now of course Briony (whose career I am actually a little bit familiar with (including her Lady Godiva ride)because I used to live in that area) will also achieve star qualities as a candidate because she is thoroughly familiar with environmental issues. But you can read about that anywhere. I'm more interested that FORBIDDEN political knowledge.

Bruce said...

Right on, BCL...

I'll fight to the death to defend your right to be superficial...

Besides, even though you're a Liberal, you're quite funny at times and not a half-bad writer.

Ti-Guy said...

Someone please remind who the funny Conservatives are again?

Anonymous said...

Cool . . all the freakazoids on the left fighting over the same vote.

Just need Taliban Jack to step in now with a dyke crippled candidate claiming native heritage to make it an interesting riding.

Anonymous said...

Do I see an Adam's Apple?

Ti-Guy said...

Stop trolling, Ezra.

Holly Stick said...

Frat-boy writing does tend to put off readers. Buh bye.

Ti-Guy said...

Fuck off, scold.

Anonymous said...

New species found by biologists in BC: the Penn Rat.

Anonymous said...

Federal Liberal election tactics come out in Briony Penn's speech...

1. ethnic polititcs (e.g., she gives a shout out to the Tseychum First Nations)

2. appealing to the green vote (e.g., promotes fear of oil drilling in Hecate Straight)

3. dismisses 3rd parties

Anyhow here is my major criticism...

In her speech she twice mentions the progress of Taiwan in envirnomental matters. However, it is the Democratic Peoples Party of Taiwan that has initiated these reforms, not the Koumingtan.

Further, she claims that her mentor is David Anderson who comes from a Shanghai missionary family that supported the Koumingtan.

Is she unaware of the difference between the DPP and the KMT? One stands for the colonization, organized crime and the establishment. The other is a people's liberation movement.

Maybe Brionny ought to stick to plants.