Dr. Austin Gatt has an interesting article in todays’ Independent where he tries to initiate a discussion for change. Gatt’s voice can often be heard (not so difficult that one) from within the crowd of politicians’ non-sensical babble trying to knock some hard sense into Maltese politics. His down-to-earth, brusque methods are not much appreciated and a bit of the arrogance that runs through the veins of us half-Gozitans, half-Maltese is very evident in his attitude. The man who goes by the real name of Agostino Pio is the closest there is on the nationalist side to real politics. His finesse leaves much to be desired but I prefer him any day to some people licking dude warming his Ministerial chair in a long-forgotten auberge surrounded by monochrome minions and yes men.Gatt taught me one important lesson. You cannot change the Nationalist Party from within. His ideas which are more than reasonable are all too often drowned by the crowd of nazzjonalisti who he has chosen to be part of. There lies his greatest weakness. Another thought that frequently occurs to me is that the best partner for Gatt would have been Sant. On any other day in any other country a Gatt-Sant partnership would work wonders for Malta’s economy. All we would have to do is to work out how to make people like us!
I thought this would be a good provocative point to reflect upon. Forget about the Fantasy Politics, it is all just wild ruminations on a cloudy day, but do look at the content of the article to see what I mean. Hardliners. Reformers. That is definitely a point for our plans ahead.