About 200 years ago Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) penned his now famous two lines about infamy: “O what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!”
Proceedings in Courtroom #33 in Ottawa during the last couple of weeks or so seem to be showing that after previous terms as a national government and more recently with a full term in majority, the Conservative Party of Canada “still ain’t heard the news.”
They have been indulging in tedious repetitive recitations of “Media Lines,” which often offer an expenditure of words far exceeding the income of ideas.
So let’s have a Master Tangled Web Weaver Award for Stephen Harper and a Master Media Lines Mumbler Award for Paul Cantro, then tune in as Mike Duffy’s defence attorney, Donald Bayne, continues emulating U.S. jurisprudence lion Clarence Darrow, accepting that the role of the defence in a courtroom is prosecuting the prosecution!
Finally, let’s hope that come Oct. 19 from the political spectrum, left, right or centre, we find someone sharper than Harper.