The PM's attempt to muzzle the Parliament Hill press corps last week, sadly, is only a symptom of a personality problem that's now become the nation's. Is everything bad we suspected about Stephen Harper true? Our handwriting expert tells us he's as loopy as can be.
There are many large strokes in Stephen Harper's signature. The oversized capital letters suggest, well, an oversized ego! (Editor's note: And we thought he was just a nice Canadian boy from middle-class Etobicoke.)
His tall upper loops, such as the "h" in "Stephen," tell us the PM is more inclined to theory than practicality . (Editor's note: Hmm. We know he's a policy wonk, but should we also take from this that he's perhaps a little dogmatic?)
The long "t" bar, coupled with the hook leading into it, indicates that the PM loves latching onto certain ideas and leading others with enthusiasm. (Editor's note: Great, as long as they're not the wrong ideas.)
He's persistent , too, which is seen in the neatly tied bow formation found in the "H" in "Harper." (Editor's note: Yeah. He certainly has no problem finding Afghanistan on a map.)
Not all the strokes he makes are large. Check out his "e"s, which represent our ears in handwriting analysis, but here look more like "i"s. This suggests an inability to keep an open mind and listen to the points of view of others . (Editor's note: Maybe that AC/DC he reportedly likes to listen to has blown out his eardrums.)
The tight or constricted nature of the handwriting speaks to Mr. Harper's conservative nature , and the "threadiness" in the name "Harper," which we only know reads "Harper" because it's Stephen Harper's signature, shows a tendency toward impatience and suggests he'd sometimes rather skim the surface than take the time to get all the facts . (Editor's note: Ouch. The brutal truth can hurt.)
His soft, open-bottomed "p" shows an ability to yield when necessary . (Editor's note: Now that's a shocker).
Of particular note is the way "Harper" begins to overlap with "Stephen," which indicates family as a major influence . Interestingly, in the speech he gave unveiling his party's platform, the PM spoke of the influence his late father had on his own personal sense of ethics. (Editor's note: Harper's papa was an accountant. For him, it's always about the bottom line.)
Yvonne Oliver is a professionally certified handwriting analyst and psychotherapist. Check out her website at www.brainwriters.com.
What the papers are saying about Stephen Harper's tiff with the Ottawa press gallery.
In an attempt to appease Pamela Anderson and the other members of PETA... he is wishing to fill the gallery with lap dogs and sheep.
Harper seems to believe that the whole world is against him. The result is a churlishness that was unbecoming in a leader of the Opposition and is downright strange in a sitting prime minister. A recent poll gave him an 18 per cent lead over the Liberals, hardly evidence of a media conspiracy.
The Globe and Mail
Since when does the Ottawa press gallery dictate how they should fit into the government information flow? The parliamentary gallery has become a raucous and rude mob. As such a blunt instrument, it allows neither the government nor the media to achieve a well-reasoned examination of the issues.
The old prickly Harper is back, and he is showing his contempt for Parliament and the media. Montreal Gazette
Stephen Harper hates the national media, which naturally makes him front-page news in (what else?) the national media. The prime minister seems to have forgotten that he won the last election.
New Brunswick Times & Transcript
Has the man gone mad?