Monday, September 11, 2006

Career politico talent show playing at the Free Press

Tired of watching reruns of CBC's The Hour with George Strombopolous, London Free Press reporters became excited by the arrival of a political diva showdown between two hot career politicos in the new season of London Mayoral Idol that debuted last week. Woo-hoo! Imagine having to dress up Anne Marie DeCicco and take her out solo — there's only so much motor-mouthed pre-fab regurgitation of city hall press releases a reporter can take. Now there's drama to sell, the civic Beauty and the Beast — as long as the Beauty is shot in soft focus from a distance, that is. A story for all ages and superficialities that will resonate throughout the weeks!

[Image taken at 10pm, Monday, Sept. 11. Results archived for one week here]

What, can't vote for anyone else? Pity. Saved from the slightest possibility of pretence to substantive journalism by the arrival of a second self-serving, arrogant, pragmatically unprincipled and partisan Liberal candidate, the Free Press can safely and finally sweep all mention of tiresome and boring alternative candidates into the categorical drawer of "fringe." Cynthia Etheridge, Ivan Kasiurak and Arthur Majoor, enjoy the brief official Free Press acknowledgement of your existence before your taxonomic shelving.

Of course, one reminds oneself that there are real residents of London apart from the staff of the Free Press. For those whose tastes in politics run less toward pageantry and more toward knowing what your mayor actually believes in and would do in office, you're officially on your own now as far as the Free Press is concerned. As an example of what you're missing, though, consider whether you'll ever hear substantive proposals from the two star candidates in the newspaper like these from Arthur Majoor:

  1. A 10% reduction of city taxes, to put money back in the productive economy. This will increase the available resources of all Londoners, and provide the means for opportunities for many citizens, rather than provide large benefits for the few.
  2. Prioritizing infrastructure renewal, to catch up on over a billion dollars worth of neglect. Efficient infrastructure supports the personal, social and economic activities of all Londoners
  3. Increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of London’s protective services, through reallocation of resources and innovative organizational changes.
  4. Reducing spending by $100 million dollars to focus on the core aspects of civic governance