There were two stories on Compass tonight that should be merged into one.
The first was a story on the opposition to the possibility of the U.S. military renting the former CFB Summerside to use as a training ground.
The approach of the social justice set on the Island to a new and pressing issue appears to be “get Leo Broderick on Compass, quick.” This goes hand in hand with its sister technique “get Leo Broderick a megaphone and get him front of Province House, quick.”
Now I’m the first to commend Leo Broderick for his ceaseless devotion to the causes of social justice (one might say here “God love Leo,” if one were a bona fide Islander). There is not a doubt in mind that he is a brilliant thinker and passionate activist; indeed, coming from solid leftist stock myself, I agree with the fundamentals of much of what he says.
But (Lord!), does he ever need Doug Hall.
The focus of the Doug Hall story (actually a clip from a future Venture story) was on taking SpellRead’s muddled, unfocused, failing marketing system and molding it into something clear, focused and effective. The climax of the episode was a near fit by Hall over the insistence by the SpellRead folks that they not change their name (Spell Read P.A.T.), which, you gotta say, is about the dorkiest, foggiest name going.
Now, I’m pretty certain that bringing the U.S. military to Summerside is a Bad Idea. And I’m fairly certain that a good number of my friends and neighbours would agree with me. But with Leo Broderick as the spokesperson for this notion, what we end up with is a jumbled, unintelligible morase of, well, nothing. It’s a clear case of a good product with bad packaging. And this is where Doug Hall comes in.
I’ve every confidence that if Doug Hall and Leo Broderick were locked in a room for 48 hours, only good things would result.
Can somebody with more influence than I please make this happen?