‘I’ve decided after consultation with family that I can be most effective as a Member of Parliament by adopting an alcohol free lifestyle,” O’Regan tweeted. “To that end, over the holiday break, I have entered a wellness program.’
This is the statement that newly minted Liberal MP Seamus O’Reagan made on his Twitter account.
Now , far be it from me to criticize the fact that people have problems with various substances . I understand the issue completely. Giving up tobacco years ago was quite the challenge for me. And I have many friends who have struggled with the use of alcohol. Got it , Je comprend.
But, but, well doing it on Twitter ? No, no it is not so much Twitter per se , it’s the impersonal nature of it , a filter to reality.
And the phraseology used ? Excuse me ! ‘ Adopting an alcohol free life style ‘ and ‘entering a wellness program.’
How about a press conference and say:
‘I am having a real problem with alcohol . I know it can affect my ability to carry out my new responsibilies as an MP. Therefore, I have entered a rehabilitation program to beat this dreaded condition . I want to be the best MP I can possibly be. ‘
You know what, people understand and such openness and frankness would see an outpouring of support . No doubt , the support will still occur , but there will always be that lingering doubt , a doubt that was so preventable.