Year in review
It's a little early to get retrospective, perhaps, but it may be a good idea to itemize all the reasons for the suspicion by John Ivison, Glen Pearson and others that Prime Minister Stephen Harper's government seems to have become a little untethered. In three short months, look at the evidence (warning... those with neck problems should probably brace for more whiplash):
1. No one will care that Parliament is prorogued. Whoops.
2. The anthem should be changed. No it shouldn't.
3. The budget and Throne Speech are going to be big. Okay, not so much.
5. Rahim Jaffer is a private citizen and his "break" from the judge isn't a big deal. Oh yes it is.
8. The ban on those "10 percenter" pamphlets is a good idea. Or maybe not. Or maybe it is.
9. The government won't obey Parliament and release the Afghan documents. Okay, it will, sort of, but through a retired Supreme Court justice. Or maybe it will keep defying Parliament and risk contempt.
That's a lot of confusion in just three months. Others may have more examples. (And I haven't even mentioned Jim Flaherty's reconsidered hairstyle.) It does seem to indicate a certain loss of direction. Typically, the Harper government will probably chalk it up to a lack of discipline and iron-fistedness. When you're a hammer, every problem is a nail, as they say. With a bit more reflection, however, it might also be argued that the iron fist created this mess. No government can control everything indefinitely and when the unravelling begins, it really begins.