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Flag flap and media attendance – controversy or diversion?

Canadian PoliticsI may just be getting more cynical as I get older, but it seems to me that the whole tempest in a teapot that is the flap over lowering the flag to half mast as well as the media attending the arrival of soldiers' bodies may be a ploy by the Tories to divert attention away from something else, the up coming budget for instance. What makes me think this is an article that was on the front page of the Calgary Herald yesterday. In this article, some Conservative MP's were stating their opposition to the government's policies regarding flags and soldiers. Now based on Steven Harper's actions with regard to what information flows from the government to the media, it is reasonable to conclude that the MP's in “opposition” to the idea are a plant. Either they're to give the government a way to change their policy and still save face ala “well our MP's didn't like the idea” or it's a “look at the wookie” diversion.

If it's to save face, then I suspect a change in the policy is forthcoming in the next couple of weeks. If it's to create a diversion then I wonder what's going to be in the budget that needs the media's attention diverted?
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Flag flap and media attendance – controversy or diversion?
Authored by: Anonymous onSaturday, April 29 2006 @ 05:57 MDT
I'd put odds on the diversion argument. So far the HarperCrit has been amazingly blatant in his ham-fisted approach to managing governance. The CPC really does seem to believe that the voters are idiots. (granted, with their roots in Alberta, should anyone be surprised?)

Someone should remind him to leave his plants in the living room - where at least they can be decorative.

- Grog
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Keep the media out of perrsonal tragedy
Authored by: Anonymous onSunday, April 30 2006 @ 08:11 MDT
I'm of the opinion that this is somewhat like the Calgary Flame on the tower.
If you do it for every incident or event it loses it's meaning. I know there are
going to be people who are self-centered enough to think it is all about
dissing themselves and their families, and others who are challenging this
only because that's what their party does (challenge everything for the
opposite of what the other guys do)

The timing certainly makes it look suspicious, and I don't know jack about the
MP's who are against the motion. I do know there are a lot of people who are
against this just to be the opposite of what the government wants. Heck, I
think even Harper did this at once point (rallied for the lowering of flags
against the governments wish to keep them raised).

Personally I think keeping the media out of the return of soldiers is a good
idea. I would hate to think some photographer got an award for an
exceptional shot of a mother crying over the remains of their son.

However, there are also allusions that the military is gettting a funding boost
in the budget, maybe even the forcing through of some helicopters for once.
How long has it been since they were supposed to have been purchased? Ten
years? Twenty? This may be a distraction to keep that going through
unnoticed. Get our army back in the game by getting them some shiney new
equipment. That's the only way we are ever going to take over the states.

er... uh, yeah... Go oilers!