Not good media coverage for Gregor Robertson, and it doesn't end there
Sometimes when the tide turns there's not much you can do but go with it. In the case of Gregor Robertson and Vision Vancouver, I would hardly put them down for the count. They have a lot of money from mysterious sources, experienced political machinery behind them, and several months before people go to the polls.
You get the sense that the bloom has worn off for many on Mayor Moonbeam and his happy Hollyhock team. This morning's 24 Hours cover (title of their story is "Vision is like a bully misbehaving") is just a sampling of the media assault we've seen lately – and not only because of his dismissive and arrogant remarks made at a public hearing.
Take for example the no-holds barred commentary from CKNW's Bruce Allen, heard on the station last Friday:
Then there is Michael Smyth's spanking in today's The Province newspaper titled Robertson reveals himself as ignorant, arrogant. Ouch. Then there is Smyth's colleague, Province columnist Gordon Clark who sounds like he's just plain tired of Gregor's politics. Even the Opinion page editorial from the normally supportive Province newspaper strikes out at Gregor and Vision Vancouver:
But what should be more concerning to Vancouver residents is that the tape shows what many have long suspected about the mayor and Vision Vancouver: they're ideologues with an agenda who have little time for the majority of residents of this city who hold different points of view.
Perhaps the most derisive opinion piece to result from Gregor's display of arrogance was today's Vancouver Sun column by Pete McMartin – Mayor Gregor Robertson: 'Is this mike on?'. And in spite of Vision's best attempts to spin this into a story about whether the Mayor should swear, political pundit Alex G. Tsakumis sets them right with his comments here. There's also Gary Mason in The Globe and Mail with these cautionary words for Vision Vancouver:
...it’s the derision wrapped around the word, a disdain that could become a symbol of the pompousness for which Mr. Robertson’s governing party is increasingly becoming known.
Even up on the North Shore Gregor's getting folks riled, as in the case of North Shore News columnist Trevor Lautens, another writer who is luke warm on Gregor the Green.
What's astounding is all of this media is only from less than the past week. It's not just a little bad press, it's practically a torrent.
While the recent bad press is not so great for Mayor Gregor, it does make for some enjoyable summer reading for some of us. Let's face it, July is supposed to be when civic politics is in its doldrums. Not so this month, however.
They say when the media label you as arrogant and they begin to laugh at you, it's hard to turn that around. Vision Vancouver are well aware that there is barely over a year left in their term of office, and things are not going as well as they would like.
- post by Mike