I was quite amazed by the news earlier today of Belinda Stronach crossing the floor of the house of commons to join the Liberal party and be appointed immediately to cabinet.
"Power intoxicates men (and I assume women!). It is never voluntarily surrendered. It must be taken from them" - James Byrnes, US politician
I am sure the speculation will continue for days, and even weeks if the Liberals survive a no confidence vote. Was this a very sweet offer from the Liberals or a change of heart from Stronach and a true following of her passions and beliefs?
Either way I hope that her decision was born from values and authenticity, although I have never been 'comfortable' with a politician who was voted in by their constituents under one set of values, beliefs and party, choosing to 'save their political careers' by switching parties rather than doing the more honorable thing of resigning their seat and seeking re-election under their 'new found' allegiences.