John Napier Turner gave an aggressive and instructive speech out at the Liberal Leadersh...er, Policy Convention in Vancouver in May.
It was a scathing bit of reality that most in the room had to come to terms with but some were in too much shock at the moment. Some of us had already come to terms with it as long as 5 years ago or more. Heck even the current Liberal War Room guy use to write about the atrocities of the internals of the party.
But hey, that was sooooo two months ago. Back to business as usual. You know, the business of discouraging candidates and not allowing open nominations for EVERY riding(anyone hear of a riding named Halton?). You know, that sort of thing.
Sure, sure you say. He's a whinny bastard isn't he? Well NO. See, many of us real grassroots-type people have been whining about the same old, same old for over a decade or more. John Napier Turner knows that. He knows that and wasn't afraid to tell the world in an open media forum.
Here's the problem: the guy seated to his right wasn't paying attention. If he was paying attention, he would have maybe remembered the promise he made to 14 of us in a little Indian restaurant in downtown Hamilton, Ontario on a damp night in February of 2006. The promise that this sort of bullshit in the party would stop.
Worse than the Martinites? I'm not sure that would be a compliment.