The Conspiracy Theorists in BC Know the BC NDP Numbers are Somewhat Soft: A Fear on the Left that the Right Will Unite
1) There were three gunmen on the grassy knoll in Houston on November 22nd, 1963. They killed John F. Kennedy, and not Lee Harvey Oswald.
2) The United States banking system is governed by the Illuminati; they of the New World Order. The current recession is their fault.
3) Israel is behind every war and upheaval in Europe. The Zionists on the move against Islam.
4) 9/11 was a deal between the binLaden and Bush families. President George W. Bush knew that 3,000 American souls would be extinguished. He’s a mass murderer that should be convicted and sentenced to death.
5) We are selling our water, in secret, to the United States. As a result, a dozen judges have died in “mysterious circumstances.”
6) The judiciary in BC is run by the Freemasons. All judges are Freemasons and all Freemasons can be judges. It’s a RIGHT WING conspiracy against innocents.
Off the top of my head, the aforementioned are some of the greatest, most nonsensical, contrived stories that I’ve ever heard; so far are they removed from reality, that only fools would believe them.
I guess I can be a judge whenever I want to, since I was raised to Freemasonry in 1993. But what about the right wing angle? Frank Harcourt (former Premier Mike’s father) was someone I used to see at functions all the time when I was a regular. I guess the Harcourts are really secret right wingers, too. What a load!
The idiocy of some people is endless. But I am forever amazed by the amount of people, who actually piece together stories like these and make them fly.
Case in point: PR consultant, BC NDP operative, self-proclaimed wine expert and “journalist” Bill Tieleman recently provided one of the most lavish tall tales to his readers that I’ve ever read. Apart from Bill’s outstanding work on the BC Rail file, this is the type of drivel peddling that leaves me wondering if it wasn’t concocted during an extra-long session of his beloved wine club.
Tieleman, a sure left wing ideologue, who was instrumental in removing Carole James as leader of the BC NDP, and equally instrumental in electing Adrian Dix as Carole’s replacement, is trying to spin that Dr. Allison Patton and other associated BC Conservatives who logically want to remove the mortally wounded and terminally useless John Cummins as their leader, are really part of a BC Liberal ‘Trojan Horse’. So fast is Tieleman’s spin, that he can’t help but reveal his thunderous bias, by even adding a disclaimer about the truth: Don’t attack him because he’s really an NDPer masquerading as an impartial writer, the BC Liberals are really behind the push against Cummins.
But it’s true: It’s precisely why Tieleman is foaming at the mouth about this. He knows, from inside polling, that if a united right were to emerge, without Christy Clark and John Cummins in the mix, the split between such an animal and the NDP would be within the margin of error almost immediately. He ignores, intentionally, that with Christy at the helm the split would manifest itself at the polls and Adrian would still win, regardless of any formal separation between Liberals and Conservatives.
But what if she were replaced?
Bill’s post wasn’t about fact, it’s about fear. Tieleman knows that with his BC NDP and Party Right-X within even ten points of one another, the writing is on the wall–any faltering by the NDP and it becomes a dead heat.
Well, add the significant push Dianne Watts would get from political power brokers springing out of EVERY CORNER of the political spectrum–including some on the left who don’t like Adrian, and Tieleman must have written his ridiculous column while gripping his Taliban Jack bobblehead and drenched in a cold sweat. Remember Bill’s hatchet job a few years ago on Carole Taylor’s possible run for leader of the BC Liberals? I was still his colleague at 24 Hours, and I thought he was going to have a stroke. Why was Tieleman so worried then–and now? Well, I’ll tell you below, but let’s first look at his flimsy case with respect to this phantom BC Liberal ‘Trojan Horse’ trying to eat up the BC Conservatives.
Bill claims Dr. Allison Patton was pictured with Kevin Falcon and Christy Clark at this summer’s ‘Beans and Jeans’ BC Liberal fundraiser. Well, that’s true. But the facts are quite different from those Tieleman presents. Dr. Patton was INVITED to attend and represent the naturopaths of BC and was a long time contact of Falcon–a Conservative–NOT Clark, as Tieleman alludes. In addition, in order for this fantasy of Tieleman’s to be true, one need go no further than this fact: Patton thinks about as much of Clark as Falcon does. In truth, they hate her. So why help a woman you dislike? If Dr. Patton were motivated as Tieleman claims, it wouldn’t be to help the BC Gliberals, but instead, to unite the right after getting rid of Clark–precisely what Tieleman fears. This is such a huge conspiracy??? It wouldn’t have been a plan if the BC Conservatives had a good leader, but Tieleman also ignores that as well. You see, if that WERE the case, then a larger portion of the center-right splits and Adrian Dix could get caught on an evening out with Ken Boessenkool, and still win the next election handily.
Tieleman then tries to tells us that there is some great significance to former BC Conservative and BC Liberal John vanDongen keeping in touch with BC Liberal MLAs Donna Barnett and Moira Stilwell. It’s significant, claims Tieleman–can’t you hear the oohs and ahhs? No? Ridiculous. Here’s the truth: Stilwell and Barnett despise Christy, as does vanDongen. When vanDongen sat in caucus, Stilwell was usually on one side, with Barnett not far away. They’re friends. So, in Bill’s world, MLAs from different parties shouldn’t talk to one another. No wonder there is so much disunity in this province. We are to adopt the tact of dinosaurs.
Then Tieleman comes around again with the departures from the BC Conservatives by Ben Besler and John Martin. Instead of calling it what it really is, Tieleman couldn’t help by attach that to the BC Conservative convention. But in doing so he assails his own logic: IF the BC Liberals had inside operatives, why are they leaving? Why parachute to the BC Liberals a day before convention? Why not stay and fight? Why the need to dump the Martin defection the day before the convention if their operatives were inside committing to all sorts of skulduggery and destruction? I think during that wine meeting, Tieleman must have been watching ‘From Russia with Love’.
Finally, after producing such flimsy evidence of a BC Liberal infiltration of the BC Conservatives, he ignores that his ‘Tyee’ colleague Will McMartin is the one running the show behind the scenes at BC Conservative central. The Tyee online is a decidedly left wing exercise, with little balance most of the time. So, is McMartin a BC NDP plant, to keep the BC Conservatives alive? Do you see, how anyone can twist facts like Tieleman and come up with the same thin gruel?
Of course, Laila Yuile, who assails her credibility from time to time with ridiculously absurd conspiracies, couldn’t help herself. She suggested in a post plus pictorial worthy of birdcage liner, that Dr. Patton pictures in an naturopathic industry magazine demonstrates her complicity in the ‘Trojan Horse’ hypothesis. Problem, being (and as usual) Laila didn’t dig when it didn’t suit her: Patton has been pictured in that same magazine, with JOHN CUMMINS, more times than with anyone else. Also, the pictures Yuile features of Patton, do include ones with BC Liberals–but in the same pictures as members of the Green Party AND BC NDP.
Nice one, Laila. Yet another boner.
So, let’s cut close to the bone to show you how some conspiracies really work.
Since it was discovered that John vanDongen is going to bat for every British Columbian on the BC Rail/Basi-Virk file, NOT ONCE, did Tieleman pay tribute to John vanDongen–who is, naturally, everyone’s hero. The man is spending at least $100,000 out of his own pocket to try to get to the bottom of what Clark and Co have to hide on the sale of BC Rail.
You’d think Tieleman, who recently lauded the BC Liberals on something as utterly meaningless as allowing you to bring your own wine to BC restaurants, would leap at an opportunity to hail vanDongen a champion of the people for what he’s doing–AND (!!!) on a story Tieleman is heralded as THE trailblazer. No? Wouldn’t that make sense?
Apparently not. Tieleman has gone quiet on BC Rail and Basi-Virk. I can’t imagine why…even Bill’s performance in the Bob Mackin produced CKNW documentary, was loaded with hefty qualifications and statement buffers. He couldn’t even bring himself to tell it like it is.
Conspiracy? A REAL conspiracy? You be the judge.
Guess who was, not long ago, quietly hired as a consultant to the BCMA–a propaganda arm of the BC Liberals?
And the contract was given royal assent by none other CEO Alan Seckel. You remember him, don’t you? The man Tieleman and others (including me) told you was responsible for all sorts of Gordon Campbell-mandated, behind the scenes machinations during the trial and subsequent transaction with David Basi and Bob Virk.
Who looks like a ‘Trojan Horse’ now, Laila? You tell us sweetheart, since Billy’s busy…
Next time someone complains about me, you tell them I’m respected because I can’t be bought, and won’t shamelessly shill for my end of the political spectrum.
And, no, I’m not necessarily suggesting the BC Liberals found a way to buy Tieleman’s silence on BC Rail. Bill’s an ethical man, after all.
It’s not like he’s biased for any reason.
He’s just biased. It’s an innocent thing, ya know?
Ain’t socialism grand, my darlings? It’s all about the people…ya, right, you betcha.
I contacted Bill Tieleman this morning for comment on his contract with the BCMA. Tieleman, who will usually respond almost immediately, remains silent.
He’s welcome here, any time, to explain himself.
Laila Yuile will, of course, appear at her leisure and tell me what a meany I am for calling her out.
No wonder people generally disrespect the blogosphere. With soft treatment of stories and crazy conspiracy theories..honestly…what a waste.
But the BCMA angle is interesting, isn’t it?
The above post preempted more specific coverage on the BC Conservatives freefall and my piece on the failures of social media–many of which contributed to Amanda Todd’s death.