Rex Murphy wrote an eloquent column in praise of Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall on Friday – Brad Wall’s departure a rare show of sanity and humility in politics.
Reading a Rex Murphy piece is something that must not be rushed. Each sentence is carefully crafted to delight the reader with insight, wit and poetic flow. Indeed the best way to enjoy Rex Murphy’s work is to imagine him reading to you.
There are so many gems here. On of my favourites is how Rex hones in on Brad Wall’s ability to avoid the sham of virtue-signalling politics; especially when it directly contradicts the best interests of the people of Saskatchewan:
As premier, he was a necessary element of balance in our Confederation. It is a good thing for a country whose leaders bath too frequently in virtue politics, that there was one who didn’t take to those delectable waters. Wall gave full attention to tending his own province—a reasonable fascination—rather than succumbing to that siren of the higher pietisms, planet Salvationism…
Brad Wall so often took the road less traveled; even if it put him at odds with his fellow premiers and federal counterparts.
A good man knows when it’s time to leave:
When successful, it takes more courage to leave politics than to stay on. Wall’s announcement on Thursday is an instance of that sane brand of underrated courage.
Sadly the worst politicians seem desperate to hang onto power until it has to be pried from their cold, gnarly hands. They are in it mostly for their own ego and glory, which is why they don’t leave voluntarily.
Power is a heady drug.