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Bell: Danielle Smith exits, I’m still here

Bell: Danielle Smith exits, I'm still here
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There are those who insist I toe a party line.

Two weeks ago I was Jason Kenney’s shill, allegedly getting my instructions from the premier.

Two weeks later I’m a Kenney hater who always hated Kenney and want the NDP to win the next election.

In turns, I’ve been considered lower than dirt by those supporting every premier back to Don Getty and every Calgary mayor back to Al Duerr and every opposition leader, including Danielle Smith.

They see what they want to see.

Brian Mason, the former NDP leader and an old pal, once called me a maverick. I’ll take it.

I don’t hate the folks I criticize. They sometimes drive me crazy. I would not shed a single tear if some of them would just go away.

Calgary city hall is particularly unhinged but the source of much satire.

Still, they all do their thing and I do mine and we’ll see what comes out in the wash.

The marketplace of ideas. It’s all we’ve got unless you figure tyranny of thought is a swell way to go.

The sad truth is we all let this happen. The assault on free speech is far from new.

Three decades ago I wrote about it.

Big Brother on Campus was the title of the article. It’s way beyond the ivory tower now.

The ugly genie is out of the bottle and citizens watch and do little but tsk-tsk when the latest victim bites the dust.

Some days I think they will come for me.

But I’m still here and I’m still standing and, to rework an old saying, they’ll have to pry my Parker pen and my reporter notebook from my cold dead hands.

rbell@postmedia.com



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