Consider this: you go to your favourite restaurant to find the kitchen and wait staff fighting with each other -- hurling insults and occasionally dishes. Would you want to eat there? Probably not.
You go to an auto dealer and everyone there is trying to undercut your salesman -- calling him incompetent and suggesting he’s not giving you a square deal. Are you going to buy a car from them? No way.
For most of us, a precondition of trusting someone is that they are rational and dependable.
That’s the point Angelo Persichilli makes about politics today.
“The Liberals”, he says “have taken the leave of absence from their institutional duty to engage in an internal war, just like the Conservatives in the previous decade.” As a result of their self-indulgent turf war, they are, he says “keeping the government alive, and it is only being in government that keeps the Conservatives together.”
"It's time for Canadians to make choices. What are the choices available? Well, of the four choices available, Canadians only really have two, the Conservatives and the NDP. The Bloc Quebecois has to be excluded for obvious reasons, and the Liberals have excluded themselves for the time being. That leaves us with the Tories and the NDP."
By abdicating the responsibility of a unified opposition and instead offering life-support to an undeserving Stephen Harper, the Liberals have already side-linded themselves for the next election.
Rather than trusting a party that has put its own petty squabbles (like the Beatty-Orchard affair), and its own survivial (like the numerous times they abstained to keep Harper in office), voters will have the choice of a united and disciplined NDP that stands up for what it believes in.
Persichilli may be the first to say what many more will, in time, conclude.