In the early nineties (a nice way to say “around 1991”) I used to write for the MZPN magazine for Gozo called “mill-Pjazza” (incidentally a name that inspired Lou to name his eponymous programme – though he would never admit it). Following my clashes with Fr. Cilia at Saint Aloysius’ College because of controversial articles I penned in the magazine of the now defunct Ghaqda Liberali Riformista (Lehnek!), “mill-Pjazza” provided me with a second experience facing people who manifestly disagree with what you write.
In the case of Fr. Cilia I (and my Liberal colleagues) had been threatned with expulsion should we continue to disseminate such liberal filth in the hallowed corridors of Jesuit establishments. The treatment reserved to me in Gozo was rather more direct. Having written an article criticising the “sport” of hunting I was the target of a couple of empty beer bottles thrown in my direction while I was attempting to get to my favourite pastizzi place – it-Tapie, in St Francis Square, Victoria.
No matter how far I stretch my limits of tolerance I fail to see anything positive around hunters and hunting in general. To me they remain a step before the great leap to the age of Homo Sapiens. Forget about hunter to hunter gatherer to tesserat tal-partit. They jut got blocked at phase one. Some time last week Espresso had come out with a story uncovering messages of violence on the internet forum of the Malta Federation of Hunters. Today’s Times reports that the police are following up on the matter and also interviews Lino Farrugia (Secretary. Hunter’s Federation).
Here’s what the hunting head honcho had to say when asked to react to messages inciting the use of arms (one message reminded hunters that they are all armed and more numerous than police and soldiers put together)….
“People are angry, they cannot be treated this way and we intend speaking about this on Thursday, (…) It’s an expression of anger… no I don’t see it as being problematic”.
Incredible isn’t it. This guy leads a lobby group of 7000 people. He is not a man enough to distance himself from the hotheads within his group. No. They are not the problem he says. It is the law that tries to reign in the animal side of our behaviour that is the problem. It is unfair. You have to understand them he will tell you… they would not be angry if they got what they wanted.
Across the channel another lazy government (the last in a series of governments) has finally woken up to the stupidity of giving in to hooligans, teppisti and violent numbskulls. The new measures should improve il Calcio (though much still needs to be done). Even there we had an idiot like Matarrese saying that deaths are part of the game and that the show must go on. Even there it was a case of a few hotheads thinking they are stronger than the law because they too can be armed.
How long before everybody realises violence is stupid? Whether it is Lehnek!, mill-Pjazza, Espresso.com.mt, J’Accuse or any other medium we will keep on repeating that mantra…
Violence is stupid.