The NDP's chief claim is that it is different from the other parties, that it fights for the little guy, that it wants to stand up against the "status quo". Apparently, the "status quo" only implies if it doesn't directly affect the NDP's own aspirations, a fundamental contradiction, that undercuts the entire NDP argument.
The NDP is the party that wants more participation, argues for electoral reform. But, in clear terms, Layton's active denial of May, shows that the policies are only useful in a selfish sense, a convenient talking point, based on naked self interest. When some other entity demands the same, Jack morphs into an "old boy", part of the exclusive club, working against the very ideals that are supposedly so pure.
Jack Layton is the establishment, despite the protests. You don't get it both ways, and when the opportunity arose to actually apply the ideal, the NDP revealed itself as nothing particularly unique.
Apparently, this decision came up during Layton's campaign appearance today, a voter asked him some pointed questions. I expect this issue to haunt the NDP to some degree, throughout the election campaign. Why? Because this issue cuts to the chase, Layton can't reconcile the contradiction, it's so plain to be seen and it drains to the deep roots. The anti-establishment little guy from the entrenched establishment actively squashing the little girl. Yep, that works:
Some NDP supporters at a Monday night rally in Vancouver expressed shock at the party's stand.