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COMMENTARY · 3rd May 2011
Merv Ritchie
Political leaders, academic leaders, business leaders and more, have consistently got it wrong. Yes man can fly, contrary to the proclamations made before the Wright brothers took off. Many saw the economic collapse long before it happened contrary to the proclamations from the economic professionals who kept telling us all was good. Business leaders only come up with ideas they can make enormous profits from and usually they are crappy ideas. And politicians, cripes, generally they haven’t even a clue how to lead. They usually check for the mood of the people and then jump up in front claiming they understand. This past election was the case in point.

The government spent oodles of time energy and money chasing Twitter and Facebook. Even CBC and CTV were shut down for a period of time last night. The masses of people in Canada were extremely interested in the election result, for good reason. Today we demand immediate communication, and we get it. The Government doesn’t. Just look at the result from some leaders of our political parties. When the Conservative and the Reform parties decided to merge as an Alliance the first announced name they came up with was the "Conservative Reform Alliance Party". CRAP for short. These guys couldn't fight themselves out of a paper bag.

It has always been, almost in every industry, every Country, every academy of any sort, advance has been made by individuals on the outside of the profession. Politicians generally suck really, really bad.

So last night, May 2nd, after the Polls closed in Newfoundland twitter was going all a-twitter about Twitter.

It became quite the joke as the real people, those who have a brain, not the government paid hacks, chided about the stupidity of it all. Numbers were blacked out, people were threatened, websites shut down, the whole thing was a fantastic example of why our system is failing, no one in power has the ability to think outside the box.

Elections take place all across the globe. Marking an X on a ballot is not a unique exercise. The only thing different with Canada is the numerous time zones we span. So, a ban was put in place, many decades ago, against transmitting or publishing election results prior to the polls closing in Western Canada. This was to prevent some obscure change in the populations’ desire to, or choice of, vote. Then the Government, in its infinite, unlimited wisdom, decided to stagger the voting times. This is why the polls close now at 7 pm in BC instead of 8 pm. Brilliant, don't you think?

This is no mystery. Here is some free advice to the new government of the day attempting to keep up with the times.

When the polling stations close in Newfoundland, close and seal the box. Same thing all across this great Country, still called Canada. If you must, for the sake of those too anxious to wait for Christmas Day to open the present, leave the BC polls to close at 7 pm. Then, yes it`s late in Quebec and Ontariariario, but this is a fine Country and to solve a very simple problem, we can all wait; you can start counting at midnight and a half Newfoundland time.

Or better yet, wait til 8:00 am the next day, BC time, noon and an arf Newfie time, and start counting, all together, then. All counters will be well rested, no more 'tired eyed' counting mistakes. Cripes folks we aren't kiddies still are we? Can you wait till Santa came and went?

The most embarrassing thing about all of this, is due to the stupidity of the government officials, some people will be taking up Court time for simply tweeting the simple desire for knowledge. Wow, what a way to keep people down. Way to go boys! Brilliant thinking there.

A flipping piece of tape on a box, yet the government wants to spend millions. Maybe they should fund a study.
Blacked out result numbers.  Note the conversation, where to go to get results and the comment, Disobeying bad laws is a civic duty.
Blacked out result numbers. Note the conversation, where to go to get results and the comment, Disobeying bad laws is a civic duty.
Even instructions as to how to get past the black squares placed on the results had black squares placed on them.
Even instructions as to how to get past the black squares placed on the results had black squares placed on them.
#TweetThe Results was the worlds most popular tweet site during this Canadian election campaign.  Who said we don't count?
#TweetThe Results was the worlds most popular tweet site during this Canadian election campaign. Who said we don't count?