Sep 18 2007

We don’t have a democracy or a free press

So says Green Party candidate Jack Etkin. Is it any wonder that so few people take the Green Party seriously, resulting in a 1.2 per cent share of funding amongst the federal parties?

Not getting that many votes doesn’t necessarily mean our democracy is broken. It just means your particular message hasn’t caught on with the electorate. Same goes for freedom of the press.

When your biggest media coverage of the year comes from a candidate who gets exiled from the Green Party for seeming to admire the work of the 9/11 terrorists, a lack of press freedom might not be the underlying cause of your difficulties.

It’s a joke, and a not very funny one at that. On the west coast, in the birthplace of Greenpeace, the Greens ought to be a major political contender, or at the very least, a kingmaker. Climate change and environmental issues are now top of the agenda in many voters’ minds, as they should be.

The Greens need to find a way to become relevant to the average voter without whining that the rules are stacked against them.

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3 responses so far

3 Responses to “We don’t have a democracy or a free press”

  1. on 18 Sep 2007 at 5:58 pm

    Some people think democracy means that everyone should do what they say to do. Otherwise government just isn’t listening.

    Such people should spend a few years in Cuba, China, or Zimbabwe to get a better understanding of the word “democracy”.

  2. on 21 Sep 2007 at 8:00 am


    When your biggest media coverage of the year comes from a candidate who gets exiled from the Green Party for seeming to admire the work of the 9/11 terrorists, a lack of press freedom might not be the underlying cause of your difficulties.”

    Actually, it strengthens the argument, bell end.

  3. on 22 Sep 2007 at 2:09 am

    Not being all that familiar with the kind of slang used by people with poor self-esteem, I had to actually look up “bell end”.

    Flattery will get you everywhere.

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