This is how I feel about the federal budget.

Robert Wilkinson, 29, sings Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the back of an RCMP cruiser after being picked up for public intoxication in Edson, Alberta, last November.

A drunken man rides in the back of an RCMP police car, presumably en route to the station lockup. During the drive he sings the entirety of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody with feeling. Cop doesn’t interrupt. After the song, and having arrived at the station, there’s this exchange with the cop:

Cop: Robert, calm down
Robert: I can’t. Because “nothing really matters, nothing really matters… not even to… the RCMP!”
Cop: OK, come on now
Robert (sweetly): Do you have to cuff me?
Cop: Are you going to get physical?
Robert: Physical violence is the least of my priorities.

Story is here. I love Robert. The perfection of his entire performance has nothing to do with singing in key, but everything to do with human feeling, general peaceableness even when drunk, and remembering to take one’s glasses off while singing.

The federal budget meanwhile is full of prisons, fighter jets, gutting of environmental protection, gutting of the CBC, gutting of pensions and for chrisssake how are we going to get these freaks out of office?

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4 Responses to “This is how I feel about the federal budget.”

  1. jessica Says:

    …and Robert actually looks a little like someone that you and I both know…

  2. LB Says:

    Weird, no? I only realized that later! And hails from the same region…

  3. jessica Says:

    I’ve now heard that EMI is suing the RCMP for copyright infringements. (have not fact checked this).

  4. LB Says:

    What! No way.

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