(M)ore (L)ovely (P)eople

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BRIAN:Are you the Judean People’s Front?
REG: Fuck off!
BRIAN: What?
REG: Judean People’s Front. We’re the People’s Front of Judea! Judean People’s Front. Cawk.
FRANCIS:Wankers.
BRIAN: Can I…join your group?
REG: No. Piss off.
BRIAN: I didn’t want to sell this stuff. It’s only a job. I hate the Romans as much as anybody.
PEOPLE’S FRONT OF JUDEA: hhhh. Shhhh. Shhh. Shh. Shhhh.
REG:Schtum
JUDITH: Are you sure?
BRIAN: Oh, dead sure. I hate the Romans already.
REG: Listen. If you really wanted to join the P.F.J., you’dhave to really hate the Romans.
BRIAN: I do!
REG: Oh, yeah? How much?
BRIAN: A lot!
REG: Right. You’re in. Listen. The only people we hate more than the Romans are the fucking Judean People’s Front.
P.F.J.: Yeah…
JUDITH: Splitters.
P.F.J.: Splitters…
FRANCIS: And the Judean Popular People’s Front.
P.F.J.: Yeah. Oh, yeah. Splitters. Splitters…
LORETTA: And the People’s Front of Judea.
P.F.J.: Yeah. Splitters. Splitters…
REG: What?
LORETTA: The People’s Front of Judea. Splitters.
REG: We’re the People’s Front of Judea!
LORETTA: Oh. I thought we were the Popular Front.
REG: People’s Front! C-huh.
FRANCIS: Whatever happened to the Popular Front, Reg?
REG: He’s over there.
P.F.J.: Splitter!

Proliferation of the Labourite Masses: The Battle of the AcronymsAlfred Sant has dismissed the new project by Anna Mallia and Alex Sciberras Trigona as a gimmick (more to follow). This is just a few days after Sant’s declaration to James Debono that Nothing’s Gonna Stop Labour now. What now? It has always been my hope that Maltese Political Parties multiply to the point of insignificance – mainly because I think that Malta should be run more as a city-state than as a state itself. This blog is not aimed at being that serious though. I am more intrigued by the choice of name of the Moviment Laburista Popolari. Why oh why did it have to have the same initials as MLP?

Or at least try to.

Because it doesn’t.

Because in Maltese it is Partit Laburista (PL) and Moviment Laburista Popolari (MLP), while in English it is Malta Labour Party (MLP) and Popular Labour Movement (PLM). Which leads me to ask why are PN always PN? I do recall the Times referring to them as NP for some time. (Cool that one …NP – Notary Public, PL – Prokuratur Legali, what’s next LLD – Labour Leftist Democrats?). Back to the point however. Why try to confuse the already confused? The electoral masses are not the brightest of folk as it stands… do we really need a future ballot with MLP and MLP Mk2?

Then there is this bit about the Popular Movement. Don’t movements usually turn up in big numbers? One woman in a white dress (what’s so bad about wearing a white dress I ask orizzont?) is not exactly big. As for Popular… how popular can you get when you keep the Movement’s main members and reasons to exist a secret? The Labourite part I do not understand either. So long as it is anti-EU it cannot be Labourite. That’s that. It’s a contradiction in terms like “fair representation in Maltese Parliament”.

So now Labour has a split. Or at least a splinter. Why is it that labourites always have more guts when it comes to bringing differences of opinion to light? When will we see the split I asked for ages ago in a previous blog… when will the Catholic Heralds & Righteous Illuminati Sect and Tennis Society be formed to put forward Christian Fundamental issues and splinter from the PN? Why hasn’t Johnny Cash formed his Movement Of Nationalist Exemplary Youth to put the right-of-centre and liberalists on the political map? How long till we have God’s Adopted Youth on our ballot?

I wonder. We are not exactly witnessing a Boffa-Mintoff style debacle but I still think it is a good start. Or it would have been. Had we not seen the bloody acronym game begin.

[thump]
REG: Right. That’s the motion to get on with it, passed with, uh, one abstention. I now propose that we go without further ado. May I have a seconder for…
FRANCIS: Let’s just go.
REG:Yeah, all right.

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4 responses to “(M)ore (L)ovely (P)eople

  1. Good point. It IS true that Labour have always been more prone to washing their dirty linen in public than the P.N. Always? ‘course not. Let’s just say ‘In recent years’ anyway. Perhaps it’s a backlash from the good old Dom days when it wasn’t just the country being clenched in an iron fist but the party, to boot (oh, and the Free trade union too, naturally). I suppose the various factions within the MLP (er… by MLP I mean the ‘Old’ New Labour… umm… as opposed to the… uh… all-new, washes-whiter, I can’t believe its not butter NEW New Labour splinter thingy)… forgot where I was now. Oh yes… I suppose that in post-Dom days anyone whose ideological stances differ from the Party’s dogma feels ‘safer’ to voice dissent since, let’s face it, nothing could compare to the kind of internal Spanish Inquisition that would have held sway within the ‘Old’ Labour party. (This is everyone’s cue to start the “NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!” sketch). Don’t get me wrong… Most dissenters are still quite liable to be trounced at the hustings, insofar as the party machinery will pleasantly but conspicuously refuse to endorse a particular young (or not so young) Turk’s electoral bid, be it in the local, national or European elections. It’s happened before and it’ll happen again. There are many ways to kill a cat than just by drowning it, I believe, the expression goes. John Attard Montalto is the only notable exception that springs to mind, with him having garnered a very creditable vote-tally at the EP election even though he’d dared to voice dissatisfaction publicly in the previous months. But his IS an exception rather than a rule. The PN, on the other hand… Ah. *sigh* The Blues. The country’s Catholic Vanguard. The Defenders of embryos and all things bright and beautiful (& all creatures great and small). God bless their little blue cotton socks and their cancrous, sulphur-suffused, bible-black hearts. Suffice it to say that the slightest squeak of disagreement is annihilated and consigned to File 13 before the said squeak even leaves the squeaker’s trembly lips. When, recently, a few disgruntled activists had the unmitigated gall to express their concerns publicly, the entire party machinery went into overdrive to ensure that nothing like that ever happens again. It’d be interesting to see what sort of witch hunts are conducted behind doors. I’m sure its not pretty. But this talk of the PN bores me no end and provides very little opportunity for ekeing out some humorous analogy or other. Just depressing, really. So bugger that, and bugger them. Plagues on both their houses… and a new coat of paint on mine. Please. Any hue will do.

  2. Oh yeah… and just as a little post-scriptum… In the eighties my daughter was obsessed with these kitsch and totally useless Barbie-like playthings called…. (M)y (L)ittle (P)ony Heh.

  3. Well, to an eight-year-old girl those ponies were COOL. Loads better than Barbie. So there.

  4. Bertu ta l-Angli

    I have been studying that photo for the last two days. Sciberras Trigona is definitely the one in the middle (the big guy), I think Marija Camilleri is the one on the left and Anna Mallia is the one on the right. Who is the fourth one kneeling in front of Alex?

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