The dreadful DA just drools

We are like lambs to the slaughter

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Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 25 April 2013. 09h00. The local DA is much like the cousin one fetches from the school for the not so gifted every other Christmas to sit in a corner and play with his trifle to allay the collective family conscience.

He doesn’t register. He’s there. He’s visible. He can be heard breathing heavily through a snotty nose as he contrives to get some purchase on the red jelly.

He’s just never going to come up with anything but unsuccessful attempts at managing bodily functions.

And then he is returned for two years and the party starts.

Right now, what with the ANC’s NEC having rustled the feathers of the local caucus to the extend of probable dissent in the ranks, I am expecting, not as a DA supporter, but as an observer of Oudtshoorn politics, the opposition to muster some campaign to improve its influence in the council.

The circumstances in the council, as O!O had described it in the stories of yesterday, relating to the NEC’s involvement, surely must invoke at least some interest in DA ranks about gaining position on the playing field.

Politics, as a good friend likes to say, is the management of the possible.

I think that politics is a game at which the minority must play particularly hard.

There is little, if any skill required to play on the team with the majority. Skill is required to win when one is in the minority. Influence, wheedling, enticement, cajoling are demanded at politics.

Action is demanded.

But the DA’s go to man, Chris MacPherson, is not even around. And it is said that he has cooled of the DA; that the caucus needs to warm to him and get him back on board. He is, so it is said, somewhat disillusioned or something.

Say what!?

There are rumours that a senior DA functionary made disparaging remarks about MacPherson’s motleyed political career, inferring that his membership of the NP, NNP, ANC, Cope, and now DA somehow equated to some political adumbration of the oldest profession, and that McPherson took umbrage.

And there are misgivings about the ANC caucus at this time!?

By the way, THAT profession is only the second oldest. Politics is the oldest, for whom, my longsuffering readers, do you propose were responsible for the chaos of Genesis 1.i if not politicians!?

Ye princes of Serendip! We are as lambs to the slaughter.

It is challenging to even consider the possibility to decide to vote DA or ANC in any local government election. Are these people for real!? Do the local politicians have even a veleity of expectation that anyone with sufficient brain function to regulate bodily functions, unlike the cousin of this story, should vote for them; should charge them with the management of Oudtshoorn!?

About that cousin in the corner: Whatever you do, don’t give him an ice cream cone.

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8 thoughts on “The dreadful DA just drools

  1. Willempie

    I’ll have you know that the only reason Habana got that Toulouse (or not Toulouse) contract was because I was not available.

    Want proof!?

    Habana got it and I didn’t!

    (I am training to be an ANC spokes pessen.)

  2. Ek dink die boodskap wat deurkom is dat wanneer ons besluit watter span ons voor gaan stem, ons ‘n bietjie verby die dansmeisies moet kyk na die spanlede se talent en vorm en hoe die coach perform het.
    ‘n Mens kan mos nie ‘n span ondersteun wat Drewan Baird op vleuel wil laat speel nie. Baird kannie hardloopp nie, hy is eenvoudig te vet en te oud. Hy kan nooit die job van vleuel doen nie, dit sit nie in sy lyf nie.

    Dit is vanselfsprekend dat ‘n span met selfs net een so ‘n vet ou mannetjie in sy geledere glad nie die pyp gaan rook teen die Cheetahs of selfs die Kings nie. Belaglike span keuse. En wat se dit van die coach?

    Nou kom die politieke partye verkiesingstyd met hulle dansmeisies na ons toe en se ons moet vir hulle span stem. En ons maak so, sonder om na die spanlys te kyk, of tenspyte van wat ons daar sien. Ons stem smaail, smaail, vir ‘n span huisvrouens, huisbediendes, painters, waiters, DJ’s en ‘n verskeidenheid ander ongeskiktes om na ons belange om te sien. Meestal is daar nie een wat die vaagste benul het waaroor dit gaan.

    En dan is dit vir ons ‘n moerse surpraais wanneer hulle nie die job kan doen nie. En ons verwag van die coache, Bredell, Botha, Zille en/of Duarte, Fransman, ens om dit raak te sien en iets daaraan te kan of wil doen.

    Dit is ons eie skuld. Ons moet begin stem vir manne en vroue wat WEET wat hulle doen. Ons moet eerstens, voor alles, kyk na die individue se vorm en daarvolgens ons eie spanne aanmekaarsit. Spanne wat die reels ken en weet wat om te doen, nie ‘n klomp narre nie.

    Vir twintig jaar basseer ons ons keuses op die dansmeisies en vir twintig jaar ondersteun ons verloor spanne. As ons dit weer doen moet ons liewer nie kla nie.

  3. Pletty, pragtig gestel, OO, puik artikel en aan kollega FRED, waar was jy die afgelope 10 jaar my klong, definitief nie op Oudshoorn nie !! Dis juis die DA met sy ‘non functioning cousin in the corner, topped by Bredell” wat die pargtige dorpie in verval agtergelaat het and the ANC cant fix ANYTHING, they just speed up the demise !

    So Fred, jou hoop is totaal vals geplaas, die DA is die eintlike vlieg in die salf en die ANC sal net finaal ODN se ligte afsit, nog voor Eskom vou ! Komaan !!!

  4. “If you vote DA in 2014 you are effectively voting for Anton Bredell to continue as MEC for Local Gov…”

    Chilling thought, Pletty. Chilling thought. Shuddery.

  5. “He doesn’t register. He’s there. He’s visible. He can be heard breathing heavily through a snotty nose as he contrives to get some purchase on the red jelly. He’s just never going to come up with anything but unsuccessful attempts at managing bodily functions.”

    A very accurate description of the kind of individual who displays the traits preferred by the DA leadership for a councillor.

    We should therefore not be surprised when the collective displays the same traits.

    We should also not wail and gnash our teeth when the people we vote for blindly on the mere association they have with a political party prove to collectively be what we knew them to be individually. We vote for a face on a pole and a logo but we NEVER bother to check whether what is being foisted on us by the party is even marginally capable of doing the job we’re voting them to do.

    Time for a rethink on how we go about evaluating political candidates.

    Eg. If you vote DA in 2014 you are effectively voting for Anton Bredell to continue as MEC for Local Gov…. Does anybody but himself and HZ believe he has done a good job? So why vote for him?

  6. O!O, I must object.

    You have overstepped some boundary somewhere I’m sure. I am standing up for the cousin from the school for the not so gifted. It is unfair, unconscionable and even unethical, I think, to compare the beloved simpleton to the DA!

  7. Ag nee meneer, nou is jou pogings galbraking! Verkleinerend! Omdat die DA nie meer kan doen as die moontlike nie, nie die onbereikbare probeer bereik volgens jou resep nie, nou gooi jy al jou toys uit die kot uit!

    Kyk hoe het die DA kandidate vir die munisipale verkiesing gelyk. Wie was daar wat so goed was wat nie gekies is nie? Jy kan mos nie van huisvrouens (en manne) verwag hulle moet soos professore dink nie! So hoekom galbraak?

    Wat dink jy gaan jou lee “verbal diaree” nou eintlik verbeter aan die hopelose situasie waarin Oudtshoorn hom bevind onder die nog erger ANC straatveers.

    Die DA motiveer ?

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