They do things differently there
Picked up on a couple of news items regarding an Albertan retiree who may face charges of assault after trying to get rid of a doorstepping political candidate who wouldn’t go. Apparently the Retiree in question had signs on his lawn indicating his intent to vote for the Wildrose Alliance party. Yet still the opposing candidate didn’t take the hint and whined when the old man ran out of patience and manhandled him off the property. Too busy talking and not enough listening seems to be the cardinal error here. A certain amount of offence-seeking and previous antipathy between Candidate and Retiree seems to be in evidence.
All the argy-bargy notwithstanding, that got me wondering exactly who the Wildrose Alliance were. So I went and had a look at their policy green book and was mildly impressed.
From my brief reading, their ideas and solutions for Energy development, Education, Free speech, Trimming politicians ‘Golden Goodbyes’, Law and Justice all seem relatively realistic and sound. Worth a deeper read.
Afterwards, Mrs S and I fell to discussing such matters, and our conclusion is that there is a firm dichotomy between predominantly Semi-Rural and Suburban lifestyles. The Suburban is complex, introverted, and safety seeking, while its opposite is simpler (But not always), more outgoing, and not so risk-averse. The Suburban are mainly pro statist solutions, letting ‘Government’ do all the heavy lifting, while the Semi-Rural tend to like less interference, and will predominantly seek their own solutions.