Proving he's got too much time on his hands, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty is demanding the media GET OUTTA HIS GRILL! Actually, he's just asking journalists to hang back a bit as they do that whole 'afflicting the comfortable' thing. Seems Canadian camera crews have a habit of bumrushing His Premiership as they pummel him with those pesky questions. It reportedly makes him 'uncomfortable' - and in a time when all of Ontario is in the grips of recession, what could be more important than their leader's comfort? Apparently, not much, for McGuinty has joined the Prime Minister and premier of Nova Scotia in asking that reporters and photographers keep a distance of five feet between themselves and any elected elite. That way, decorum is preserved, inquiries are repelled and no politicians ever have to smell what their local news crews had for breakfast.
Okay, the second paragraph is usually where I'd crank up the snark, but you know what they say: As goes Novia Scotia and Ontario, so goes the world! Hmm? You're right, no one ever said that, and as long the ruling class of those scenic places pretend they're royalty, no one ever will. Not that I'm pro-scrum, mind you. Truth is, I hate that pack mentality crap, but when a haughty lawmaker or some lecherous peasant is making a run for the elevators, it's no time for tea and crumpets. And mind you: I don't even know what a 'crumpet' is. That's because I'm an American; a uncivilized, boorish type who's traded elbows with competitors of every stripe - even when the subject of the hunt was that feckless worm Clay Aiken. Sure, it's dignity-free - but the best parts of journalism usually are. Everyone knows that, just like everyone knows the last thing you tell a bunch of nosey news crews is to 'back off'.
Which is why we can all expect footage of the Premier's spleen to pop up soon on a television near you. Ain't Democracy grand?