Edmonton Sun | 03May2011 | Orest Slepokura

Under fire

You stand by the water cooler with the office gossip, who viciously attacks a colleague, who is, in fact, in no sense an especially terrible person. You conclude: “Wow! Imagine what she says about me  behind my back.” Thereafter, you avoid hanging around the water cooler.  For the much-maligned colleague, read Michael Ignatieff; for the vicious gossip-monger, read Stephen Harper and his spate of TV attack ads; for the alarmed colleague, read a swath of the electorate for whom this all conspires to give Jack Layton’s aura of decency an added shine.

Orest Slepokura

(There’s been plenty of mud slung in all directions during this one.)

["Hate-monger" Harper has a nice ring to it.]