I am writing in place of the usual MAMC©™® contributor Cityslikr who seems to be suffering from a toxic mix of World Cup fever (its megacoverage is literally making him sick) and bile from attending two mayoral debates on successive nights this week. He’s been reduced to a simpering state of mental incontinence, so the call has been made to the bullpen.
Today: Andrew Barton for Mayor.
Now no one should mistake the lack of enthusiasm on display here as any negative reflection of Mr. Barton. In fact, assume just the opposite.
His thoughts on transit are very incisive and well-informed, both about our very own TTC and other systems around the world. It isn’t merely the knowledge of political motivation or idle curiosity. Mr. Barton is a daily transit user and proudly announces that he doesn’t own a car and doesn’t want to own one. He possesses a driver’s license purely in order to purchase alcohol which makes him our kind of people if a good chunk younger since he’s still actually worried about getting carded.
If I have one beef with the Barton campaign so far it would be the lack of an easily identified, unified platform. While front running candidates like George Smitherman and Rob Ford can get away with that, it makes it tough for the voting public to discover new voices and ideas.
Because that’s what’s going on at the moment which is part of the reason for our growing discouragement. There seems to be some sort of orchestrated effort during this mayoral campaign to keep new ideas and new, viable candidates from participating in any meaningful manner. Or maybe that’s just giving in to easy conspiracy thinking.
So interesting candidates like this one get lost in the shuffle of our indifference. That’s a shame. If we all were doing our homework, we might be listening to what the likes of Andrew Barton is saying. Once he gives us that campaign website.
— dutifully submitted by Urban Sophisticat