Friday, May 01, 2015

Premier Prentice is finding that ignoring The Prince might be fatal

Listen to me, Big Mac said ...
Premier Prentice is facing an early election next week, with some polls predicting a major upset.

Here’s one recent poll result:

Duncan said there was also a “fascinating” finding when it came to voters in the 55 years and older demographic.
“We’re seeing a bit of a three-way race still within Albertans over the age of 55—that they haven’t decided really between PCs, Wildrose or the NDP, which breaks a bit of a stereotype we have within voters in that age group in Alberta.”
Duncan said with voters who were polled in the 18 to 34 years of age range, there was a stronger affinity to the NDP party.
“The challenge with that voter block is that they don’t come out in the same numbers as the voter blocks that are older than them,” said Duncan. “So when you’ve got 46 per cent of that age group saying they’re going to vote NDP, can you count on them to show up at the polls? Maybe, maybe not.”

What went wrong?

Clearly Prentice forgot to dust off his old copy of Machiavelli’s The Prince. He cut a deal with the leaders of the Wildrose Party, hoping to protect his right flank, only to find the party shaking off the decimation, electing a new leader, and coming after him with vengeance in their hearts.

Prentice now faces a split right vote with the NDP surging to the front of several polls.

What should he have done?

This is what The Prince advises:

“If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.”
Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

Here is the second Maxim of Machiavelli that Prentice ignored:

Upon this, one has to remark that men ought either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot; therefore the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge.

By stealing the top leaders of the Wildrose Party and then calling an early election before dealing with the rump of the party, Prentice committed the monumental folly of ignoring Machiavelli’s advice.

And now he will pay the price.

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