I checked the internet for the word ....... LUCID Hmmmmm:
"Showing ability to think clearly, esp. in the intervals between periods of confusion or insanity."Insanity, eh.
I crawled back into bed at six ..... that's when the final POST Title jumped into my thoughts, and as it turned out, it was based upon Martyn Brown's very own type-set written note published in the Province:
Actually, if it hadn't been for Cassidy Olivier of the Province, Mr. Brown probably wouldn't have written, into the Public domain, his version of ... "Victoria's worst kept secrets".
As to the email's content this morning to close friend Laila Yuile, it started out like this, by once again reviewing Mr. Brown's first paragraph:
Mr. Brown is not talking about the BC NDP, they haven't been the government for the past eleven years. As to "does not easily square", it means it's doable, as long as there is a bottomless pit of taxpayer money, on the cheap, to pay for $64 million worth of partisan advertising that is designed to catapult Christy Clark into her First Mandate, instead of being a mere CareTaker....... Last week's excellent expose` by The Province highlighted one of Victoria's worst kept secrets: namely, that political staffers working for MLAs sometimes do partisan work that does not easily square with the Government's Code of Conduct for public servants. - Martyn Brown - former Chief of Staff to Gordon Campbell
How is it though, at the BC Rail Trial that a Witness called by the Special Prosecutor, responded mostly with ...."I don't remember" "I don't Recall"...... and still manged to bob and weave his way through two layers of lawyers for the defendants (Basi and Virk) during cross examination..... . Why would a witness go to the extent of proving, rather ably, that he had the tenacity, the ability to cut himself off from reality by saying he never read newspapers, nor listened to the radio or watched television during the trial.... he didn't even know a BC Liberal Minister had resigned over the HST ..... . No wonder he repeated and repeated.... I don't remember, I don't recall he didn't intertwine himself with the news media, until now.
Since the trial, since being removed as the Chief of Staff and shunted over to be a Deputy Minister for Gordon Campbell's, and both were terminated, he has become an author of an e-book this year on how the BC Liberal could have done their jobs better, and then lately he has had two "editorial" pieces published, with the last one this past Tuesday.
When Mr. Brown writes about the "Worst kept secrets", does that mean that he knows of more secrets, ones that are only "badly" kept?
From personal experience, You and Me, we do have a tendency to become overloaded with information, and that's what Martyn Brown claimed during his Testimony when he was called upon by the Special Prosecutor, what's-his-face, Bernardino.
On Tuesday, Mr. Brown wasn't writing about hypothetical situations though, he could only write upon his OWN knowledge base, what little there is .... in that, it was HIS political staffers, working for MLAs where they sometimes did partisan work. If he were to point his finger at the Opposition or the Conservative Party (temporary foreign worker John van Dongen excluded), he would be taken to task, because the onus would be on him to PROVE otherwise.
Strange, in the past two days, no one from the BC Liberal government, or the BC Liberal Party, have jumped up an down, publicly, to DISAGREE with Mr. Brown's take on the partisan "duties" of staff. Could it be that Mr. Brown is not alone in the knowledge of "Victoria's worst kept secret"? If the secrets have not been kept, then there must be a whole whack of BC Liberals who are party to the knowledge. Their minds haven't been shredded.... yet. Amazing!
Do we really have to wait on the sidelines while the Auditor General of BC, MLA John van Dongen and possibly the next Government to be formed, before we get the answers as to what really went down at BC Rail, and of course the BC Liberals actions within?
The Defendants were never given a chance to take the Stand in their own Defense.....and because of that, they can never be accused of pulling a "Gillian Guess ......... Obstruction of Justice", whereas a Royal Commission will have the authority to extract the answers that were given in Court to see if they don't tally with what we now know, or will know if....... the BC Liberals lose in 2013.
The last paragraph in Mr. Brown's Editorial:
"Here’s the rub. There is currently no real legal means for fully preventing the abuse of taxpayers’ money for inappropriate political purposes by either MLAs or by their legislative staff." - Martyn Brown the Province November 27, 2012
Yes, there is that rub. What is left out of the statement above, sort of, is that the statement is skewed because it's so easy to jump to the conclusion to NOT include the Premier of the Province.
Premier Gordon Campbell was a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) and one part of his large legislative staff, was none other than Mr. Brown.
In his own words, Mr. Brown's blanket statement would include the "Chief of Staff", where "political staffers working for MLAs sometimes do partisan work"........