A guy going by the nick of européen has recently been very prolific on a right-wing Maltese forum on the internet. This forum has a thread dedicated to my blog (and reactions thereto) ever since I had the ‘audacity’ to write about Stormin’ Norman’s adventures in the Maltese court following his libel case.
We cannot commit the mistake of placing all ‘contributors’ to the forum in question in the same basket. The thread dealing with my blog is a case in point. I understand that some contributors were rightly irked by my stand taken on the issue and I also read with interest the various reactions. It is there that the sorting begins. Although one of the moderators claims later in the thread that the forum does not admit ad hominem arguments it is difficult to find any among the tirade of insults and fabrications that adorn the thread which are not ad hominem.
It took the forum some time to notice that I am not a translator but a lawyer. I have been described as a personal advisor to Arnold Cassola and friend of the Greens (in which case Arnold I should be sending you the bill by now). There was a slight deviation consisting of an assault on all things Jesuit based on my upbringing at good old SAC. One cannot help but be amused. As I have had occasion to say before, I understand the frustration with Maltese politics in general and this can cause weird twists like this forum where extremes (and so-called extremists) meet. Sadly their will for change is being translated into negative power and potential is being frittered away.
I repeat, I have nothing against the forum although I disagree with most of its content. Europ�en on the other hand is another matter altogether. Here are his posts from the forum�.
I know this Jacques Rene’ Zammit. He is 100% Maltese, so will someone please modify the title of the thread? It gives the impression that France is somehow acting against Norman Lowell. Now, a personal comment about this wanker Zammit (Am I allowed to use this word, Mods?). He is among the top 5 most pretentious bastards I have ever met. His best buddy is Antonio Tufigno (a lawyer), of “Shostakovich’s Nightmare” fame. For those of you who are not Maltese, this is an “alternative” band, made up of stinking faux-hippie bourgeois-boheme types. And he is a lawyer, and a lecturer at the University of Malta too. Or at least he was, until he left for Brussels or wherever. The fact that he was educated at a Jesuit College is neither here nor there. I myself had such an education, and I don’t think it turned me into a Third-Worldist leftwing hippie. Some of you might ask why all the people I know seem to be pretentious wankers. I don’t know.Européen
That’s the problem. I was considered as a hamallu by the toffs, and as a toff by the hamalli. And yes of course I didn’t live up to their expectations. I can remember a talk we had in Form 2. Fr. Pierre Grech Marguerat was going on about how colonising and western imperialism is responsible for Africa’s current problems, showing us a map of Africa full of straight-line frontiers where the evil western Empires divided it up among themselves, etc. And I stood up to challenge that view. In vain, of course, since the present-day right-wingers were among those hamalli who didn’t give a shit about anything at the time. Most of those hamalli are now lawyers, doctors, and general millionaires by the way. So it wasn’t at all an elitist school, as some of you seem to think. This Jacques-bloody-Rene-may-the-plague-be-upon-him-Zammit belonged to that strong minority of self-satisfied intellectual glitterati, even when he was a schoolboy, the ones who looked down on people like me. The fucker.
He wasn’t a teacher though, and he didn’t work there. Anyway, all Church schools in Malta, Jesuit or not, I presume, are run on Catholic lines, so that includes welcoming refugees and generally being charitable to everybody etc. You people seem to have an anti-Jesuit fixation.But I have gone totally out of point here. I was talking about my personal hatred for Jacques Rene Zammit.
By the way, could any legal expert among you tell me if all this is illegal?I don’t want to be sued by Zammit because I can’t afford it.
Not so funny is it? I have no idea who this kid is. All I can tell is that he is a frustrated 24-year old who seems to bear some grudge against me. The anonymity afforded by the site must have encouraged him to express himself in this manner. The unsigned message must give him courage. Honestly, all this glitterati bull has me baffled. I do not recall having much time to look down on anyone at school: especially since I had the impression of being looked down upon most of the time considering my height!
Anyway. Monsieur Européen. First of all, I find your nick quite a sad choice. You sound like anything but an open-minded European. I’m sad that you do not like Shostakovich’s Nightmare, they could be quite good on a good night – after a few beers – when Tufigno is really rocking. Actually I agree that he did pass through a phase of faux-hippyism and I am sure he would love your bourgeois-boheme description – especially if you added along the Belti tag!
Meanwhile I suggest you vent your frustration elsewhere. I find a Play Station game quite apt for such matters (currently playing Shadow of Rome). You should keep good constructive arguments for posts. Don’t fall into the trap of insults and accusations – that’s old politicians work and if I am not mistaken even your Mr Lowell claims to want to bring our Melita to a new era away from how old politicians work.
As to your last questions.
Is it illegal? Yes
Can I sue you? Yes
Will I sue you? No
Why? It is mind over matter…. I don’t mind because you don’t matter.
(I would spend the money saved from the lawsuit on Shadow of Rome – trust me on that one)
Next beer is on me! (I’ll have a Kinnie)