Today seems to be the day for political pundits to give Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff free election advice on how to combat the Conservative Party’s new set of pre-election ads (see here) released.
The Globe’s John Ibbitson’s gives Iffy a couple bizarrely conflicting lines:
- “…the Liberal Leader must contend with unsolicited advice from people who think they know better than he does how he should run his campaign. Why should this space be any different?”
- “You’ll never make it to 24 Sussex Drive by taking advice from the newspapers.”
Huh….? The gem in this column though is how Ibbitson only thinks that Iffy’s new stump line (his family coming over on the boat) which he is using to make himself out to be just one of us, “may be a tough sell”. Ibbitson should instead mention that this is a dangerous game of misinformation that could blow up in Iffy’s face if he tries repeating it during an election. (see here)
Macleans’ Paul Wells is a little more blunt than Ibbitson’s advice of ’do-more-of-the-same-or-take-a-chance’. Wells advocates that the only way to combat these ads is to force an election. Wells doesn’t mention how that would be possible for the Liberals who need help from the other parties to vote with them to take down the government. But, why quibble about such little details.
I get the sense that Wells would really just like to see Iffy either gone or elected and the sooner, the better. (see here)