Fausto seems to think that J’accuse has fallen into a trap. He has picked on our disclaimer that we appended to the post relating to the launching of Espresso. Fausto lectures us that any blog or opinion columnist worth his salt distinctively tows a particular political line. Which is true. Which is also what J’accuse does. I will never deny that j’accuse tows a very particular political agenda… It’s own.
And that is where Thermidor got it all wrong. The mere fact that j’accuse’s agenda coincides with that of a new journal that aims at creating a wider platform of expression beyond the folds of MLPN stained propaganda does not mean that j’accuse is suddenly an AD flag-waver.
We do not profess the “independence” of Orizzont or Torca style. No. We have an agenda that is ours and we will step into any area or medium that is convenient enough to plug that agenda. From divorce, to cheap travel, to greener policies, to getting rail to malta, to promiting the by now infamous third alternative…. we have our own mini manifesto that is not subject to any political party diktat.
The same applies to me personally (before J’Accuse existed). My endorsement of Arnold Cassola as EP candidate had very little to do with backing AD per se and very much to do with backing a like-minded candidate with the added bonus of pushing the third alternative agenda – which is not only mine but that of many others.
The difference between non-partisan, individual agenda and the yearning for that faux independence is that in our case we do not have to be apologists for no party. We do not feel compelled to justify ridiculous expenditures on Dar Malta (the price is expensive fullstop – I dn’t care what Poland paid 10 years ago). We can criticise all and sundry… greens included (even on their own journal)…
… hell… we do not even hesitate to criticise the only blogger who deemed our blog worth nominating for the Malta Annual Blog Awards… How’s that for non-partisan, real independence aye?