29 December 2006

Don't be surprised

if Danny spends the weekend persuading Jerome Kennedy to join cabinet as the unelected minister of justice and attorney general.

Danny did muse today about attracting "new blood" into politics. Kennedy is the only blood coming forward to indicate an interest in joining Williams' team. Constitutionally, Kennedy can take on a job in cabinet without a seat.

Kennedy could wait until the October general election to seek a seat in Carbonear where he reputedly had wanted to run instead of Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi.

10 comments:

WJM said...

Constitutionally, Kennedy can take on a job in cabinet without a seat. Kennedy could wait until the October general election to seek a seat in Carbonear where he reputedly had wanted to run instead of Signal Hill-Quidi Vidi.

That would be an awfully big stretch under the principles of responsible government. (Hi, Liam!)

With a seat open immediately in Ferryland, if Glorious Leader wants Jerome Kennedy, whoever that is, in his cabinet bad enough, the proper thing to do would be to have him run there.

But this is Dannyland, where Danny's Rules apply.

WJM said...

Actually, now that I think about it, the constitutional convention would be for an unelected cabinet minister to seek a seat at the nearest opportunity.

That would mean Ferryland, unless Danny waits until after Ferryland and Kilbride to appoint Jerome Kennedy, whoever that is.

Waiting until October 9th would be in breach of the constitutional convention.

Edward G. Hollett said...

It is theoretically possible they'd try to run Jerome in Ferryland which is one of the few seats left in the province that is pathologically committed to one party.

There are one or two Liberal seats with the same track record.

Running Kennedy in Ferryland wouldn't be a risk since even the "by-election-in-a-box" approach used on Kennedy before can't screw up a sure thing.

On the overall convention, you are correct, sir. It should be at the earliest opportunity. Whether they follow the convention or apply a new one will have to be seen.

bagwatts said...

Doesn't anyone care that all these people have no moral value? Everyone talking about this ongoing saga are behaving as if it's a game and that being an evil bastard is somehow amusing? This isn't funny to people who are poor and barely supporting their children. You know them, the people who's money was stolen, you know, TAXPAYERS????? Remember us???

I think there is a reality shift with people involved not only in the centre of politics, but also the periphery, like lawyers and public relations spinners and oh say a few lackies here and there. A shift to a state where everyone else is somehow a little bit less than they are. If drugs are for people who can't face reality, then politics is for people who can't face inadequacy. Lots of microscopic members in the house of Disassembly. None of this is funny, or a game, but it's sure damn predictable. The problem is not the player, it's the game. What starts out wrong ends that way every damn time.

WJM said...

It should be at the earliest opportunity. Whether they follow the convention or apply a new one will have to be seen.

If it's new, it ain't convention! ;)

Dennis said...

Fortier provides a contemporary federal example. He's let several byelections pass without throwing his hat into the ring.

Brian said...

bagwats got it right again. it's all a bloody game with a big pay off, untill they get kicked out, bide thier time for the next shot at the gaming table.
Trouble is the kitty is our tax dollars.

Edward G. Hollett said...

Fortier is a senator and as such can hold a cabinet seat in his own right.

Now in that instance Harper merely appointed him to the senate to get him into cabinet without having to see him run and maybe lose in a by-election.

Slightly different situation but underneath it all, there's the argument that people want to see only the elected serve in cabinet.

Dennis said...

Slightly different, but the discussion was of elected Cabinet members, which Fortier is not. In the minds of the public, appointed Senators or appointed friends are no different.

Of course, provinces have no Senate. If we did, Kennedy would be in there.

bagwatts said...

The other things I love about politics in this province are the walls. When anyone ivolved in anything questionable ( which is just about all the damn time ) the wall of silence goes up. I assume this is to avoid discussing topics that could and surely would bring up that niggling little feller called the 'truth. When these walls rise out of the godawful sea of lies, the sound of whimpering from the cowards behind them can be heard from St. John's clear to the Southern Shore and beyond.

Talk of senates, elected seats, cabinet members etc..are avoidance plain and simple. I wonder just how many people( hangers on ) knew about and perhaps benefitted from Mr. Ed the talking horse of Kilbride...hmmm I wonder. Greasing palms with maybe a trip to Florida hear or a nice new car there. I wouldn't be surprised if the whole damn forest is rotten. Danny williams should NOT have pissed of Steve. Steve has a bigger stick and apparently Steve wields it well. I always knew he was a clever bugger. Like the old saying goes: Don't get mad, get even. Brian, it's always easier to gamble with someone elses cashish especially when there are no consequence to losing.