The media has pounced on Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s “secret” speech declaring it evidence that the Tories have some sort of “hidden agenda.”
But, as usual, they got it wrong.
That speech had one purpose and only one purpose: to mobilize conservatives unhappy with the government’s left-wing tilt.
What he is saying in that speech is this: "You may not like some of the stuff I have been doing lately but the only alternative to me is the scary and dangerous “Socialist- Separatist- Coalition” party.
Strategically it's a good idea because no two words will push a conservative’s hot buttons like “socialist” and “separatist.” Put them together and you have dynamite.
The drawback of this scheme, of course, is that by embracing such ideologically-tinted language, the Prime Minister is undermining his “Don't be afraid I’m really a Liberal” strategy of the past five years.
Hence the need to deliver this message in secret.
Of course, in this day and age where everybody has a camera in their hip pocket, there is no such thing as a secret speech.
That’s why rather than delivering the “Socialist-Separatists are threatening Armageddon” message himself, he should rely on friendly Third Parties to do to the deed.
This is the kind of thing the National Citizens Coalition used to do so well.
The only other alternative is for Harper to speak like a conservative in public as well as private.