Friday, March 19, 2010

Annals of airport tantrums

About that Harper Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn and his very own airport dust-up, what is there to say except that on the heels of the Guergis incident there's clearly an attitude on display among some of these ministers that suggests they think they're invulnerable. The Ottawa atmosphere where the Conservatives have avoided mucho accountability over the past few years, led by the great unaccountable one at the top who sets the tone, has perhaps led some of them to think that the rules just don't apply to them. It's the scene.

Here's a neat part of the reporting which states that the PM is going to issue an "edict" for his ministers:
The PMO says Prime Minister Stephen Harper will issue an edict to his ministers, reminding them that they're not above the law.
Did you fall off your chair just there or what? That has to be one of the most comical things that's been offered up to the media in recent memory. Mr. Prorogation who breaks parliamentary convention with ease, Mr. Not-So-Fixed-Election-Date Law, Mr. Defy-Parliamentary-Order-on-Document-Production, Mr. PMO-Instructs-Ministries-to-Disobey-Access-to-Information-Laws...Mr. all of these things is going to issue an edict to his ministers reminding them that they're not above the law. Uh huh. What is it they say, the fish rots from the head. Or do as I say, not as I do?

As for Blackburn and the airport drama, it's been drummed into every citizen's head that liquids just can't go on board. A cardinal rule of travel nowadays. Yet he apparently thought it wouldn't apply to him. He also seems to have gotten a wee bit exercised over the bottle of tequila at issue, quite bizarre and with no sense of the poor optics for a cabinet minister. It's all grist for the mill, the double standard narrative that's not going away these days.

Favourite headline out of the incident has to be this one: "Cabinet Minister Has Bottle of Booze Confiscated: CTV." Or maybe this one: "Second minister in airport dispute after alleged tequila tiff." How evocative, the old "tequila tiff."

Well, this has been one of the most enjoyable little blog posts of the week, hope you had as much fun as I did. It is Friday after all.

If tweeting on twitter about this, last night a few of us were using the hash tag #MinistersBehavingBadly. Feel free to use when discussing the tribulations of yet another Harper minister today.