It's hard not to watch Cyprus the way you watch one of those plucky little countries that appear in the World Cup and people root for. This week they rejected the European hierarchy's latest attack on its citizens. The plan involved swiping a portion of all savings accounts there in return for another bailout that won't work. It was so blatantly unfair to ordinary folks who, as usual, weren't to blame for the mess, that even Cypriot legislators voted it down.
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Since the Redford, Katz, Ford and other scandals of late, there has been much discussion about conflict of interest rules, what is and isn't a conflict of interest, and whether there can be degrees of conflicts of interest. What should the legislative penalties be where a conflict is found?
A day-long symposium featuring some of the highest profile covil liberties defenders in Canada, including: Michael Geist, the national's leading commentator on civil rights inthe cyber-age, including copyright, net neutrality and lawful access and Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa; Dr.
Here's what I find so unsatisfying about arguing with the Ford brothers. It all gets conducted on their ground. They said there was gravy and there isn't. So they lose that one. They said they won't cut services and they will. They lose that one, too. But we're still talking gravy and savings. It's their turf.
What else is there to discuss? Ah, that's when you see the genius of the Ford position. We are a society that has largely lost sight of the fact that there is anything to debate in politics except how to save money. So even when they lose, they win -- by reinforcing the ground rules. Don't credit Rob and Doug for inventing this mindset. It's been drummed into the public ear for decades by think-tanks, pundits and politicians. But the Fords reproduce it ably.