The Great Mis – tery
I didn’t know what I was going to write about this week until somebody who was caught telling a big fat whopper of a lie admitted that he had ‘misspoken’. I think it was Elmer McKay’s kid, Peter- our Minister of National Defense. I think what he meant was misrepresentation, but that of course would infer a lie now wouldn’t it? Somehow, if you misspeak something, it mitigates the deliberate lie into an accidental misuse of words. I gotta admit, the kid’s got talent.
Ever since he deep-sixed David Orchard during the Conservative Party’s leadership campaign, he’s been movin’ on. There was the business of his being on the board of directors of Beaver Lumber that he just never thought about. Then there was his helicopter use from fishing camps to government meetings etc. Not to mention the cost of the F-35 fighter jets, which is even more of an embarrassment. Oh and the cost of the Libyan campaign, now that was a real humdinger. Well, and Afghanistan wasn’t exactly a smooth ride either and it’s not over yet.
I tell you, the guy has a boilerplate hide, I’ll give him that. He has to have with the number of times he’s been caught ‘misspeaking’. To him, misspeaking is different than misrepresenting. Misrepresenting – now that would be an outright lie. But misspeaking on the other hand is merely having said the wrong thing (or the thing wrong) in the first place. It’s much more dignified and doesn’t imply any harm having been done.
I never understood until now why Stephen Harper, himself a misspeaker of the highest order, kept this dunce in in his cabinet for so long. Of course, it’s obvious if you think about it. The hot water McKay continually finds himself in is a perfect ruse to keep opposition members busy on the attack in one direction while he goes about his business doing other things that don’t favor the Canadian people. He can mismove here and there and nobody will ever even notice. Mind you, he’s getting pretty close to the precipice with that high tech deal with China. I wonder whose door he’s going to nail the consequence of that on.
Well, I may have misspoken on the subject, even on the people, but I don’t think so. Ask Belinda Stronach. She saw right through Peter’s pretty obvious plans and dumped not only him, but the whole damn Conservative Party in the process. And she isn’t even the brightest light on the Christmas tree.
If I misrepresented Peter McKay’s character or his actions, I must have misspoken, so there’s no need to apologize. Well that’s the way he does it. At least that’s how it seems from up here on the top shelf.