Calgary Sun columnist Paul Jackson had some good advice for Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper on the weekend.
Essentially Jackson urged the Tories to get tough in the next election.
“Get (Prime Minister Paul) Martin on the run, trip him up, and then put the boot in when he’s down on the ground . . . (Harper) must mercilessly tear Martin and his coterie apart at every touch and turn. Wage trench warfare.”
Sound kind of brutal, but then politics is and always will be a blood sport.
That’s something the Tories forgot in the last federal election. Indeed, one of the big mistakes in the Conservative 2004 campaign was their failure to counter the Liberal Party’s negative advertising blitz.
Nobody likes to admit it, but in politics going negative can work.