Thursday, 2 April 2020

BROKEN TREASURY ADDED TO THE LEGEND OF DANNY

Premier Ball’s March 20, 2020 letter to the Prime Minister was clear: Newfoundland and Labrador had "run out of time". No one, except the Government of Canada, could be found to buy the bonds of a bunch of drunken sailors.

By mid-April the Provincial Government would not have had sufficient cash to meet its payroll or send cheques to the plethora of people, businesses, and organizations who rely upon them to pay their bills, unless the Governor of the Bank of Canada intervened.

The debacle of insolvency now greets all the people of the province at the worst possible time - during a health pandemic and a global economic crisis. I suspect that no one needs to hear the historical parallels – economic or political – with the 1930s. I will save you the imposition.

Monday, 30 March 2020

GOVERNING IN THE AGE OF CORONAVIRUS: ADVICE TO PREMIER

Editor's Note: Today, two articles – rather than the usual one – are posted for Uncle Gnarley readers. This one contains a letter written by frequent contributor, David Vardy, to Premier Dwight Ball containing a series of 12 recommendations intended to promote an “all-of-government” approach to combating spread of the COVID-19 virus threatening this province. Recommendation #12, which encourages Government to act to increase the number of people who stay at home, is especially poignant; it is this theme about which PlanetNL has also written. His article is entitled "Courting Disaster With Half-Measured Hypocrisy Against COVID-19". Both pieces rely on an Australian study described in the following Link:  Data shows coronavirus can only be controlled if 8 out of 10 Australians stay homeThe Report is based upon simulation studies which conclude that physical distancing requires 80 per cent compliance in order to stop the spread of the virus. The failure by our Government to require closure of construction, mining and other heavy industries, likely makes such a target unattainable. I would be grateful if you liked/shared both pieces on social media and, otherwise, you are welcome to send them to people whom you know are connected with those sectors. – Des Sullivan

Guest Post by David Vardy follows

COURTING DISASTER WITH HALF-MEASURED HYPROCISY AGAINST COVID-19

Guest Post by PlanetNL
PlanetNL29: Courting Disaster With Half-Measured Hypocrisy Against COVID-19

This province has suffered plenty from political failure in the past decade plus.  We don’t need COVID-19 to turn out to be the next major disaster but the present administration seems, as usual, unable to calculate the risks.  The issue is that the necessity for physical distancing and the shelter-in-place concept needs a very high rate of participation to succeed but the government has left a mile-wide loophole for “essential” businesses to keep operating that is placing many communities and the entire province at great risk.
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Saturday, 28 March 2020

THE BARD'S COVID-19 UPDATE


LAME DUCK UPDATE
(COVID-19)

Ball has ballsed the Muskrat Falls
And all he’s called’s on stall.
He now appalls the Covid call
An obscene photo-op to trawl.

Do you believe his words at all? -
Non-confidence installed,
That they can fall the Covid squall.
A lame-duck presence is banal!


March 22, 2020
John Tuach

Thursday, 26 March 2020

TIME FOR A REAL WAR ON COVID-19


The Chief of Defense Staff – aka Commander of the Canadian Army - should be involved in fighting the war on COVID-19; the Prime Minister and the Premiers should step back, at least a little, as coordination to combat the spread of the virus seems both late and fragmented.  

After three weeks, we only have the dulcet tones of the Prime Minister and the Premiers. They are doing a good job of staying in touch with Canadians, but as to a coherent plan that will save lives and get the public back to work, there is none. In particular, knowing that one person can infect dozens, no regime exists to stop people from engaging in irresponsible behaviour.  

Monday, 23 March 2020

COVID-19: AVOIDING THE APOCALYPSE

Guest Post by Ron Penney
Because of our geography we have a big opportunity to nip the Coronavirus in the bud but I fear we are not taking full advantage of that fact.

And because we are late in getting cases, we can learn from other jurisdictions.

I know that some will say: what does he know about this, as was said of me and my other fellow naysayers when we dissented on Muskrat Falls.

Friday, 20 March 2020

LIBERALS SHOULD RETHINK LEADERSHIP DECISION

The decision by the Liberal Party to ignore candidate John Abbott’s request to “stop the clock” on the May 9th leadership vote is both disrespectful and unwise. Yes, the public wants to see the ‘arse end’ of Dwight Ball as quickly as possible, but his unsuitability was recognized, including by his own Caucus, long before now. A few more weeks won’t matter didley squat.

More importantly, the Liberal Party should make sure that the process applied to replacing Ball is fair, dignified and respectful to the candidates - and to the public, too. If not them, who does a political Party serve?

The Liberals’ are forgetting that the fairness of the selection process is inextricably linked to the next Premier’s legitimacy. The public is watching; their metric of winning leadership may be just a bit different than that of the Party’s insiders.