Post from Monday, September 17 updated below…
That the expenditure of up to $1,000 BE APPROVED for the placement of yellow ribbons supporting Canadian Troops on City-owned vehicles…But, according to the London Free Press, at least a few councillors are opposed to the city government's implicit endorsement of a "partisan political statement." All fine and well, of course, but didn't Councillors Eagle, Winninger and Barber also approve the precedent when the council voted to fly the pride flag at City Hall earlier this summer, and at the tune of a $2,500 unsolicited donation to pride week organizers? Consistency may not have quite the status of a virtue, but it's regrettable that it appears to have no political utility at all.
But, of course, it's only a "political statement" if the sentiment doesn't coincide with the moral posturing of the progressive and socialist left.
See also: Alt-London
All in favour of God, Motherhood, Apple Pie, Canada, the Pursuit of Truth and Happiness, Ham and Eggs (avec toast) and Hot and Cold Running Water, stand up and say "Yay."Update, September 18: By an 11-8 vote, council approved the measure after an "emotional debate," for crying out loud.
The ribbon proposal was brought by deputy mayor Tom Gosnell, who said it had nothing to do with politics.… as political an assertion as anything else uttered throughout this brouhaha. Except for the occasional lapse, which is what all good journalists live for, everything politicians say and do in council is political.
Also: Alt-London backs the "eight council members [Barber, Armstrong, Baechler, Branscombe, Winninger, Eagle, Bryant and Usher] who refused to be cowed and showed the courage of their convictions despite the political risks involved."
Not to denigrate anyone's courage on anyone else's say-so, but were not these same eight councillors all among the majority who approved the rainbow flag precedent back in July? Was that courageous too, to take a completely opposing position then on "attempting to tell Londoners how to act and think" as now? Or is it just politics again?
Council digest bonus: Who wouldn't have wanted to be around at council Monday afternoon to watch the gratuitous nods of understanding as councillors tried to digest this "Assessment of climatic change impacts in the Upper Thames River basin: Results and implications" presentation given by Slobodan P. Simonovic of the Institute for Catastophic Loss Reduction (PDF).
Many pertinent questions were undoubtedly posed about the multiple assumptions built into the models used, expansive theme and methodology, as well as the Institute's pecuniary interests in other official interests in climate change… and by "many" I mean at least as many as in an undergraduate social science class. But councillors would have understood the conclusions with all too much ease: