Recounting the behaviour of Kathy Dunderdale, Richard Cashin has frequently invoked Carroll’s unforgettable Novel to explain the Premier’s illogical behaviour and strange utterances.
Other pundits have spoken the name “Alice”, as metaphor, too.
It suddenly seems appropriate to consider the powerful imagery to which all of them, especially Cashin, has drawn attention. To be clear, we ought to assume it is not our beloved Alice, but the Wonderland she came to inhabit, that gives the parody context.
It is hard to blame Mr. Cashin, or anyone else, for attempting to make sense of a place gone mad. The Premier’s behaviour seldom fits the reality; public policies have been turned upside down, she lets her Ministers say one thing when the opposite is true; ‘what’s one seat?’ she informs the voters of Harbour Grace-Carbonear as they head to the Polls. At times, you would think it was she, and not the Mad Hatter, who intoned: “You would have to be half mad to dream me up.”