I’m sure that Will Shakespeare had The Speech From The Throne in mind when he coined the phrase ‘much ado about nothing’.
Throne Speeches are a lot like donuts; lots of sprinkles and sugar on the outside, but when you get to the centre, there’s nothing there.
Today’s Throne Speech from the Harper government will be more of the same.
There will be promises of more support for First Nations and jobs, you have to mention jobs in a Throne Speech, but for the most part it will simply by an infomercial about how lucky we are to have the Harper government.
Let’s face it; the only reason that we’re even having a Throne Speech is because the Prime Minister prorogued Parliament to try to separate himself from the very contentious Senate scandal that was dragging down his Party in the polls.
Today’s speech will include goodies like choosing your favourite channels for your cable TV, but public opinion polls show the Senate spending scandal and the bad behavior of Prime Minister Harper’s personal picks for the Senate continue to haunt him.
It should also be noted that while the Prime Minister has been trying to get us to forget about the Senate and the scandal, the Throne Speech will be delivered from the very Senate Chamber where the spending scandal started.
As Alanis Morissette would say, isn’t it ironic ?