File it under "Please, don't try to help!" Kate speaks out, both on her blog and in today's Ottawa Citizen. Just days after being personally dissed by Brad Wall for urging death to drug addicts, she asks for a little sympathy on behalf of Tom Lukiwski:
Saskatchewan commentator Kate McMillan, who writes the popular and controversial political blog Small Dead Animals, says it's wrong to raise a fuss about a politician's past, unless they've broken laws, or their actions are relevant to public policy.
Simply ridiculing or shaming them she says, deters good people from seeking public office.
Note two things. First, imagine Kate making that last statement with a straight face, and feel free to puke.
Second, Lukiwski's attitude to SSM has become more widely known, and can be placed squarely within "knuckle dragging wing" (say it with pride, Mr. Fife!) of the CPoC. I am therefore pretty sure his alleged homophobia might be considered "relevant to public policy". Would a piece of gay-friendly human rights legislation, for example, have any chance with him? And, if he did vote against such a hypothetical bill, would it because of honestly held if wrong-headed philosophical views, or because he hated their dirty finger-nailed guts?
As for what should be done with Mr. Lukiwski, well, I am not so impressed by his apology as some. He claims, for example, that his words do not even express his beliefs as they were 17 or so years ago. That is, he is not even arguing that he has changed for the better. No, he was always fine; his words on the unfortunate videotape occasion were connected to no element of his character. They were sui generis.
But they were coherent, articulate even--certainly not alcohol fuelled babbling. So that is not really credible.
However, I would leave it up to the people of his riding as to whether or not he continues to represent them, although I don't know why Mr. Harper is willing to bump up his base salary by maintaining him in the role of parliamentary secretary. In any case, he will be far more useful to the opposition parties in the HOC, his mere presence raising the possibility that given a majority government, the more radical members of the Conservative party might press an agenda of intolerance. In fact, I would suggest that someone follow him around with a digicam, ready to capture any further "macaca moments".
As for Kate, I suppose her days of shaming and ridiculing politicians are over. You gonna be nice now, Kate?