BRIAN:Are you the Judean People’s Front?
REG: Fuck off!
REG: Judean People’s Front. We’re the People’s Front of Judea! Judean People’s Front. Cawk.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.