No struggle for what you believe in is ever futile.
The NDP is being entirely responsible in preparing for the possible outcomes of the next federal election, and must be punished for it.
An even shorter John Ibbitson: The commies are coming! The commies are coming!
That's a safe shorter Ibbitson much of the time. But this seems a bit different, particularly with Harper 2004 being presented as a cautionary tale - it's not so much an attack on left-wing parties as on any party who doesn't go out of its way to conceal what Ibbitson acknowledges to be necessary work. (So much for transparency in politics.)