“I know an old lady who swallowed a fly,” my seven-year old trilled happily this morning, echoing millions of young children of yesteryear. “I guess she’ll die.”
The old lady, realizing her folly in swallowing the fly, strove mightily to rectify her error. She swallowed a spider to catch the fly, followed by an increasingly absurd procession of creatures, each devoured to capture the one preceding it.
She swallowed a horse in the end - and died, of course.
It’s a fantastical tale of cumulative woe: a foolish initial decision fatally compounded by a series of additional blunders, each more ill-advised than the last, the outcome lethal but predictable.
And it serves as apt metaphor for the alarming performance of B.C. Premier John Horgan and his government. Consider for example the “speculation tax” rolled out by Minister of “Finance” Carol James. (I would deliberate instead in this space on the odious business of illegal job-killing pipeline obstruction, but an angry red haze obliterates my vision each time I consider that monstrosity of poor governance, and I’m left muttering incoherently and unable to join sentences properly end-to-end.) Read the rest of this entry »