Speaking of offices, after today I’m expecting the Whip will be assigning me a renovated washroom somewhere in a forgotten corner of a vermin-infested dankGood to know that while in Opposition, the Tories mocked the Liberals for party discipline, for the fact that MPs who didn't toe the line were punished, and promised that no, a Tory government would allow its MPs to speak freely and vote freely.
basement in Ottawa. That should go well with my seat in the House of Commons that will be visible only during lunar eclipses.
Uh-huh. That kind of a day. This one MP came face-to-face with the party machine in a series of unhappy meetings including one tonight with the prime minister. I think it is now safe to say my career options within the Conservative caucus are seriously limited. If you would like a course on how not to be popular in Ottawa, then take a seat.
As I've argued before, what we saw during the Liberal reign was exactly what we saw during the Mulroney years (only that was so far away we'd forgotten). This kind of behaviour, along with corruption, isn't a Liberal thing, it's not a Tory thing - it's a governing thing.
Complete aside - On Turner's blog there's a glorious picture of Parliament at night in winter. Maybe I'm cheesy, but it's so achingly majestic and beautiful, I got a touch teary.