A noi

Since this comment appears in an earlier post and is addressed not only to myself but also to many others who comment on this blog I am taking the liberty to reproduce it here. It is a comment by Daphne on the earlier post (Alas) Daphne’s Right. Here it is, I cannot answer right now, mainly because I am tired and need some sleep. The title of this post is dedicated to Anton and his invitation to the “leftists” to discuss:

Oh, for God’s sake, grow up – the lot of you. “If I vote AD and Sant becomes prime minister, it’s Gonzi’s fault not mine.” Yes, mummy, and it was the dog that stole the biscuits, not me. NO, IT’S YOUR FAULT IF YOU ARE FACED WITH A CHOICE BETWEEN TWO MEN AS PRIME MINISTER AND YOU VOTE TACTICALLY TO ENSURE THAT SANT IS ELECTED. If you prefer Gonzi as prime minister, vote directly for him. If you can’t tell the difference between Sant and Gonzi, then quite frankly, you either need to have your heads examined or you are so fraught with bitterness over God-knows-what that you are beyond caring. That’s the long and the short of it. Let me throw out a wild guess: you’re all about 10 years younger than I am and if any of you have kids at all, then they’re babies or toddlers. The first factor accounts for your immature outlook on life, and the second factor accounts for your selfishness. Yes, I used to think like this – when I was 26 and my kids were in kindergarten. I even voted for AD in 1992. Now I am 43 and have adult sons well on the way to making on their own life, and there is no way that I am going to vote for anyone other than the best of the two options for prime minister. But hey, guess what? That’s because I’m a grown-up, with other grown-ups to care about.

I just love the way you’re all so critical about everything that’s happened in Malta in the last 10 years or so. What would you have said if you were 18 in 1983, like I was – unable to go to university despite having A-levels, unable to leave the country because of the restrictions on foreign currency, unable to find anything other than a job that paid the minimum wage, unable to buy the most basic things to wear and eat, unable to go out to a nightclub without the nightclub being raided at 2am and being locked in a room and searched and prevented from calling your parents to say why you’d be late? And our every weekend was spent protesting on the streets. That’s why I say: GROW UP. I mean it.


44 responses to “A noi

  1. Thanks Jacques, I do appreciate.

  2. To Daphne.

    Thank you Mom for telling me to grow up. Dear Mom it seems that you continue living in a time warp. 1983 was a quarter of a century ago. Perhaps you did not realise that the world has moved on in this quarter of a century. Therefore whether we have Gonzi or Sant, there is no going back. A negative campaign remains always negative. Dear Mom do you remember the 1996 negative campaign run by the PN with those menacing posters of Sant’s forehead? We all know what happened then.

    This is the best time ever for voting according to your conscience for whomsoever you like. If the MLP gets an outright majority PN cannot blame AD or AN. In any case democracy is about giving everyone a voice. Mom is it really democratic calling everyone apart from PN voters as needing their heads checked.

  3. I say, you’ve got a lot of teenage angst for an old ‘un…

  4. Leftist… and proud of it may I add. I just don’t see why we have to stay justifying who we’re going to vote for and why we’re going to vote for them.

  5. Dear Daphne, i remember a similar argument during the 80’s by Labour supporters to fellow Labourites that went something like this….”its true that things are not so great today but remember the 60’s, for us socialists it was much worse.”

    And please STOP being so condescending! Telling others how they should think is not really democratic, is it? This ‘I know best’ attitude does not really encourage a mature discussion, does it? Maybe its time for you and the party you support to start showing some respect to those that disagree with you. Some of us would like to vote for the future not for the past.

  6. If Daphne does not like Democracy and the right to vote according to personal preference, she can always emigrate to China. Oh, wait…China is leftist…anyone know of a right-wing dictatorship for Daphne to go to?

  7. Let’s talk about facts. There is a groundswell for change in the country, and it’s simply inevitable after 20 years of virtually uninterrupted single-party rule. (Vide other new members states where socialist ex-communist parties found themselves in power after the population had had their fill of moralistic free-market oriented right-wingers) Much as it would like otherwise, PN has never had a monopoly on government. The issues of human rights and EU have propelled it to victory on a successive basis since 1987, and see what happened when neither of these issues were at the forefront in 1996. Furthermore, whilst on a macroeconomic level the PN has a positive track record, this is simply not enough to win the election this time around, particularly in light of the perceptions of corruption,mismanagement, inefficiency, nepotism, arrogance and disdain for environmental and cost of living issues that have characterised this administration.. So the only way for PN to somehow remain in in power is to embody this desire for change. The exclusive focus on Lawrence Gonzi (implying a fresh cabinet if re-elected) whlst depicting the other bunch as a throwback in time is a well thought-out, but ultimately inadequate, move in this direction. Something more is needed – a coalition for change.

    Despite Daphne’s (and Bencinis’, and Michael Falzon’s) ritualistic regurgitations on the perils of third parties in Malta’s ultra-democratic system, ( and which the PN itself never raised a finger to improve) one crucial fact remains, which is the following. In the last EP elections, AD obtained more than 9% of the vote. . A great percentage of these voters, despite their disgruntlement , will probably hesitate at taking the plunge this time round and plump for the lesser evil. Yet, there will still be a small but substantial share of core Green voters who identify themselves completely with AD’s priorities and who will still go ahead and vote AD. A conservative estimate from my part would be that this share would amount to around 3%. Now, everyone agrees that most of this 3-3.5% will be mainly drained from PN , leaving PN with around 48%. This is the inevitable reality of the situation, whether Daphne likes it or not. So the only chance for PN to remain in power will probably be to swallow its pride and discreetly urge its voters in key constituencies to give AD second or third preference, hoping that this would help AD get elected to Parliament, and that a coalition could be formed. For let’s face it , when comparing the respective platforms of PN and AD , it is clear thta both parties broadly share the same orientations (with the exception of divorce, which could be a huge obstacle), but with different priorities. So from a purely policy perspective, it is not out of this world for an alliance to be formed in this sense.

    Daphne, this time round there is a small but crucial segmemt of hard-headed core Green voters (mostly ex-PN) who, rightly or wrongly, do not consider the prospect of having Sant in power as an issue – as long as he does not promise to retract on EU membership (I know Daphne disagrees on this, and I have not yet decided on this crucial point myself) . The point is however that these core Green voters have been waiting for such an issue-free election for a long time, and this time they will vote in line with their conscience. Ergo -if Daphne really wants PN to remain in power , she should turn her attention to the PN strategists in her next articles, and argue that they should accommodate this factor into their calculations. Otherwise – they will be doomed to the opposition benches. It is not question of liking AD – it is question of sheer survival tactics. Desperate times call for desperate measures!

    One last point – I would like someone to comment on Michael Falzon’s assertion that the electoral system is skewered in such a way that the MLP is bound to have an absolute majoroty of seats if more than two parties are elected. If that is really the case (which I doubt) , Daphne has only Joe Saliba to thank for his foresight in ensuring that even this last chance for PN to defy all historical political trends and somehow survive after 20 years in power, is also dispensed with !

  8. this Daphne tantrum will help me derive even more pleasure out of writing 1 in the green box…

  9. Setting aside the histrionics of Daphne’s comment for a moment, she makes a valid point that is worth addressing. She has children. She wants them to have opportunities in a growing economy. She does not want her children to face the utter mess that WILL ensue if Alfred Sant is given a second chance at what he calls government. And she is right.

    I do take some issue with her suggestion that we should all grow up though. Each generation has its aspirations and its battles. We are grateful for, but not content with the results of the battles that were fought, at great cost, by her generation. We aspire to something more. Why should we act and vote like 43 year olds if we are not 43 years old?

    And onto another generational matter: I do not have children. I do have a nephew, but that is not quite the same thing. That being said, when I do have children, I want them to grow up somewhere that is not a concrete jungle interspersed with golf courses. Is this so terribly immature of me? There is no denying that Malta was a far more beautiful country in 1987 than it is today. That is not to say that the MLP government cared for the environment – they simply strangled economic growth. PN has given a free rein to growth and the results are horrendous.

    In conclusion, Daphne please respect other people’s views. I agree that voting for a small party in the context of our ANTI-DEMOCRATIC constitution poses an intellectual and moral challenge, but knee-jerk reactions will not convince anyone. If you’ll allow me to return you condescension in kind: you are cleverer than that.

  10. Tranne che per Justin, stendo un velo pietoso sulle risposte a Daphne.

    Just eager to read your comments in five years time (ie after 5 years of socialist rule)……

  11. La domanda nasce spontanea… “Ma quanto ca*** di veli pietosi ha questo Dottore?” 🙂

    On a more serious note I particularly liked Dispassionate’s reasoning too.

  12. Every person gets the replies she deserves, dear Anton. I shudder to think of Josie ever making it to parliament, but I respect anyone’s right to vote for AN if they so wish. The same applies equally to all parties.

    This is democracy. We may have become EU members (thankfully) but I guess some people who were so vociferous in favour of membership have yet to understand what being European is all about.

    And by the way, Labour is no longer socialist. Alfred Sant certainly isn’t.

  13. Ca…o mi son finiti i veli……..

    At the end, every nation and every party and every person gets what it deserves.

  14. Bored of Daphne

    Fancy being told to grow up by you- the person who has nothing left to say but attack other people personally in her articles (and not only).
    You really need to start respecting other people’s opinions too you know. The world doesn’t revolve around you.
    These blogs should however stop revolving around you because you are becoming pathetically BOOOOOORING …snore

  15. I knew you’d say that, Anton, and I agree…except for the “every person” bit. Every nation, yes, but how can anyone who votes for a party that is not elected get what he/she deserves? Would Daphne deserve it if Labour wins the election? I’m sure she’d be furious if someone suggested as much 😉

  16. what i find lacking in Dispassionate’s and Daphne’s argument is that they are assuming that votes will only migrate from PN to AD. What about MLP and AN? People DO change voting preferences and during these last 40 years, general elections have been won and lost not by ‘wasted’ votes but by switching from one major party to another. Why do we have to assume otherwise in this election? Most people who are not Nationalist but voted PN last general election did so because of the EU issue. So what will happen now? For sure AD will gain votes, but what about MLP, will it not gain any preferences from those who no longer see the PN as Malta’s saviours? I think it will.

    Anton – in 5 years time, if the new government becomes corrupt, arrogant and intolerant we vote someone else.

    Kenneth, the European Socialists believe that the Labour Party is a socialist organisation.

  17. According to Daphne one is mature only if one votes PN possibly in perpetuity. Needless to say I don’t share that opinion and I have lived through the 1980s. I lived a couple of blocks away from the Lazy Corner and we were the only Nationalist family in our area. It wasn’t pleasant (understatement). My father was locked out following the teachers’ strike. Every weekend we went to a mass meeting. I was at Tal-Barrani. I was at Zejtun. I was at the Fosos when the tear gas was sprayed. The only foreign chocolate we ate was smuggled in. When the PN won the elections in 1987 we were overjoyed. We thought that things would change. And they did. No one can deny that improvements have taken place. However many things didn’t. They were the very same things which we had accused Old Labour of – nepotism, corruption, discrimination, lack of transparency, foot dragging on EU standards. They’re the issues which Daphne brings up and criticises the government for (except during the electoral campaign). I dont see why we should criticise Labour for their bad track record but not the PN. I dont see how it can be assumed that we were always going to vote PN. I, for one voted for PN in the 2003 elections but resented having to do so simply because of the EU issue. I want to vote for the Greens because they have some intelligent proposals and decent people working for them. Like JBB I don’t want my children to live in a concrete jungle. Gonzi’s himself admitted that the environment was a black mark on the PN’s record. I agree. The PN’s performance in this area is depressing. And I won’t fall for the economic catastrophe prediction forecast by Daphne. Economic recession is dependent on other – external factors- and not purely on whether Daphne’s nemesis is in power.

  18. The Party of European Socialists (PES) is a European political party comprising of thirty-three socialist, social democratic and labour parties from each European Union member state and Norway. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Party_of_European_Socialists

    You don’t have to be socialist to be a member of the PES. Being Labour suffices. In any case, calling yourself socialist, or even thinking you’re socialist, does not make you socialist.

  19. The question Daphne asks is whether we are afraid if Alfred Sant becomes prime minister.

    Frankly speaking, now that we have secured EU membership, joined the euro zone and hence are not exposed economically to any crazy decision, the answer is no. Take away Alfred Sant’s u-turns on the EU, VAT and local councils (which are no longer an issue by the way) and what you get is two very similar ways of doing things. Electricity and water bills, gozo channel fares, crazy taxes – see the crazy departure tax which goes contrary to the PN’s European credentials, Eddie as president, corruption, nepotism, waste of money, bad management, excess and greed.

    For the time being, I cannot get myself to vote Labour because I am clearly not confident with the man at the helm to be able to vote for him. But I am clearly not afraid of him either, so frankly the histronics and the negative campaign from the PN is clearly counter-productive and only makes me think harder about how to cast my vote.

  20. I’m sorry if I bored you by entering this blog. It certainly doesn’t seem like it, because so far you’ve all been preaching to the converted and seem rather thrilled to have somebody to fight with who thinks your reasoning is fallacious.

    It’s fallacious because it’s based on the belief that the state of the economy has little or nothing to do with the state of the government, which is like saying that the recession of the 1970s, which spiralled into depression in the 1980s, had nothing to do with the government, and that the current scenario has nothing to do with the government either.

    That’s why Claire Bonello can make the unbelievably stupid – yes, stupid – assertion that “economic recession is dependent on other – external factors – and not purely on whether (Alfred Sant) is in power.” But then that’s to be expected from somebody who doesn’t know what nemesis means, and who uses the word without first looking it up in the dictionary. Alfred Sant’s party is not my nemesis, Claire. I’ll still be writing and working when it’s gone: my column has seen four governments and three prime ministers come and go. So here you go – the definition of nemesis: the agent of a downfall brought about by retributive justice. I probably won’t be bothering you any more on this blog. I’ve got a lot of work to do, convincing people not to cut off their nose to spite their face by voting AD because of the car-park in their backyard or the demolished house next door. Maybe you’re voting Green because you’re convinced, and I admire that, but don’t run away with the notion that others share your ideals when they’re just using you to communicate a message. They’ll quickly change their tune when they wake up on March 9 to find Sant as prime minister and the coalition firmly in the pipedreams of Harry Vassallo and Claire Bonello. The thing about having been a columnist for almost 20 years is that you reach the point where you’ve seen it all and get a good perspective. I’ve already seen this scenario in 1996. Did Sant keep all those votes he collected from people who wanted to teach the Nationalist Party a lesson? No – just 22 months later they were tripping over themselves to boot him out. I think we’re forgetting something here: my views are not exceptional. They’re representative, which is why people read them. Yes, that’s right – I’m boringly ordinary, which is how I know how thousands of other boringly ordinary people think, while AD only seems to hit it off with NIMBY people who have a grudge about something. Tough, but true.

  21. Daphne, one person said that s/he was bored of you. Others took you to task or agreed with you to varying degrees. I happen to think that you livened up a discussion and made some valid points. By way of example, I agree that there will be an economic downslide if Labour is elected. It happened in immediately after the election of 1996 for no fathomable reason other than a lack of confidence in the government. It was not only about insane fiscal policies. People were just scared to spend money. They saved instead of investing. It will happen again because Alfred Sant has a knack for causing uncertainty. That prospect is a responsibility that should bear on any potential AD voter who cares. But you’re wrong to say that this is about grudges. It might be for some, but some of us actually do want substantive and procedural changes that PN will not bring about and that is a matter that merits consideration. So you see we are having a discussion. We are not preaching to the converted. I understand that you might have bigger fish to fry, but your comments would be missed.

  22. What fun. I’m just dying to read daphne’s articles after the PN is returned to power with an even larger parliamentary majority; when Michael Falzon takes over from Sant as Labour leader, and changes the party logo to a holy picture of Our Lady; when AD disbands, and harry retires from politics to take up organic farming; when Michael Axiak becomes deputy PN leader, Franco Galea becomes Minister for Justice and Tonio Borg replaces Eddie as president; and when the new bipartisan hegemony votes unanimously in favour of Gift of Life’s constitutional amendment, and replaces the george cross with a picture of a foetus. I simply can’t wait.

  23. Frankly I do not think there is any preaching going on here. This blog has provided a forum for anyone to speak and discuss issues that are swept under the carpet in national discussions. I resent attacks on the person, whoever they are coming from, because they are detrimental to the maintenance of an informed discussion.

    This blogs line (which is my own) has often been at loggerheads with many of the people commenting here so Daphne should not worry that this is some revolutionary collusion of a block of greens. Hardly that. For four years now this blog has criticised the criticisable. Whether it is Sant’s fancy projects, Gonzi’s taxes on travelling or Harry’s overoptimism J’accuse has not hesitated to criticise.

    Coalition is not an aim this blog has. Neither is it to see AD in parliament if we come to that. The only aim is to return politics to the representational politics that it should be. Governance for the sake of good governance and not power. I am glad we disagree for otherwise without disagreement we could not have the discussion that could reach a synthesis of ideas. I am not happey to read that once you find disagreement you quit the forum.

    Does writing in a newspaper column mean preaching to the unconverted? I doubt it. 20 years of column writing may be seen in two ways… getting a good perspective or getting numbed into a certain way of seeing things. I am not saying that you have become either Daphne, only that your horse is a bit too high for normal discussion here. So if you need time to cool off… feel free. You will always be welcome to discuss.

    As for attacks on the person… I have quite a few myself. I probably should publish the comments from PN fanatics that I regularly delete such as “Tixrobha siehbi?” or other vulgarities in the same vein. I have been used to that since when I led SDM out of the PN stranglehold of ideas.

    Also, that your views are not exceptional is true. As I see it. you very often state what people think but fear to say which is an admirable standpoint. When it comes to this issue I am afraid that your views reflect what people are made to think. It is not rare that you meet a PN supporter who yearns for a change but has been submitted to so much propaganda that he fears to make the move. It has nothing to do with economics… (And somehow your summary on recessions while not exactly stupid falls on the simplistic side – quite what the ordinary person would like to hear in fact).

    Anyways, feel free to come back once you cooled down. I am sure that the heat of feedback can be hard to cope with after twenty years of one-way traffic speaking to the ordinary person about what he likes to hear. We may not be as interesting as the poor puppet Said to pick on but the stupid rest of us will still be here arguing and discussing about something the ordinary people seem to prefer to be ignorant about. Tant pis.

    Finally, my favourite definition of nemesis comes from Guy Ritchie’s Snatch. It’s a bit on the politically incorrect side, but cool just the same (cool in an immature 32 year old sort of way):

    Brick Top: “Do you know what “nemesis” means? A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent. Personified in this case by an ‘orrible cunt… me.”

    It’s been emotional.

  24. Well – there you go, I’m stupid, people who support AD have a grudge about something, people use me to communicate a message but they’ll change their minds as soon as the election is over. The economy will not be affected by recession in other countries and the increasing cost of fuel (funny – the Prime Minister must be stupid too – and incredibly so – that’s what he said recently). That is Daphne’s version of reality – one which is perpetually stuck in 1996. I agree – her views are representative – of Nationalist supporters who won’t change their minds no matter what happens. I can’t say I found Daphne boring – rather hysterical and funny rather. I

  25. Bored of Daphne

    Defintely hysterical. She really hates you Claire, poor you 🙂

  26. All people who support AD have a grudge, or are NIMBY people? This is as idiotic as saying that all people who support the PN are beneficiaries of corruption!

    Oh plllleeeeaaassseee! I’m sure you’re wiser than that, dear Daphne!

  27. I will not be cowered into voting out of fear. I will vote out of choice. In the absence of any major national objective my choice is that Malta needs to strengthen its democracy by breaking the stranglehold of the MLP – PN duopoly. There is no better time than this. I’ll live with the consequences.

  28. As Daphne’s emotional plea indicates, PN is quite aware of the predicament it is facing. There is in “irrititating” swathe of voters who are inclined to “experiment” with their vote, thereby incurring the risk of ending up with big bad Sant as PM by default. One way of dealing with this is by ratcheting up the level of histrionics and intensifying scaring tactis ( the lesser-evil argument). Well, it’s not going to work this time for a number of reasons I won’t go into here (such as, for example, these are not the type of voters who appreciate emotional blackmail). So why not focus on the issues? All elections are ultimately on issues. Track records and personalities play their part, but issues also form an essential ingredient. So the way forward is simple – accomodation on the issues as opposed to emotional bullying. I’m quite sure that if PN starts addressing the issues that have rankled the silent middle class for such a long time -such as overdevelopment, primordial means mass transport, air quality – with a number of concrete proposals, a significant proportion of these voters would only be too glad and, yes, relieved, to fall into line, despite the dismal track record so far on these points. But for reasons of arrogance and financial dependence on the building industry, such an opening will not take place. The bottomline boils down to the following questions.

    Is PN prepared to invest in new mass transport systems?
    Is PN prepared to invest in altermative energy to the same extent as other front-runners in the field ?
    Is PN prepared to accept that no further development should occur in overdeveloped areas without the resident’s consent?
    Is PN prepared to reverse its controversial ODZ decision?
    Is PN prepared to tackle the issue of ovedevelpment by freeing up the 58,000 vancant houses by means of rent reform and proportionate tax levers?

    These are not issues dreamt up by AD in a power-grabbing scheme – these are issues that affect the quailty of life of citizens as much as the other issues that the PN loves to harp on. So let’s leave emotions and immature sulks aside, Daphne. PN has a way out of this predicament if it wants. All it needs is leadership, imagination and courage to think outside the box. To take a page from Obama, people need some HOPE on the above issues!! But instead of hope, PN offers fear of the other. I guess Gonzi is no Obama.

  29. come on Daphne grow up yourself. Stop telling everybody how and to whom he should vote. Your snobbish and downright rude. We will do whatevere we like with our vote. Yes vote AD and then you will see witha coalition. It will bring you down a peg or two. Just who do you think you are

  30. David Friggieri

    Daphne argues that the next election is a contest between two men. If you prefer Gonzi, vote for his party. If you prefer Sant, vote for his folks. But using Daphne’s line of thinking on all things Labour, this would mean at least another 20 years of PN rule.

    2008: Lawrence Gonzi vs. Alfred Sant. Vote Gonzi
    2013: Lawrence Gonzi vs. Michael Falzon. Vote Gonzi
    2018: Lawrence Gonzi vs. Joseph Muscat. Vote Gonzi
    2023: Lawrence Gonzi vs. Joseph Muscat. Vote Gonzi
    2028: Lawrence Gonzi vs. New Kid on the Block who was Joseph Muscat’s poodle: Vote Gonzi

    By which time Lawrence Gonzi will be known as The Last European Emperor and we’ll all be bored out of our wits.

    But there is a rather stark reality which people must face: before a violent cultural revolution rips through the Labour Party, we’ll be stuck with the same faces on both sides of the fence. If Sant is victorious next March, any radical change in Labour will be postponed indefinitely (15 years minimum) while the Nats will simply reason (not entirely without justification) that the people simply wanted change for change’s sake. If Sant is crushed next March, we can hope for a minor change of the guard in the MLP and perhaps a few ministerial changes on the PN side.

    AD can bring about a small change if it’s elected. It’s also a vote for an ideal and for a very decent man.

    But…what Malta needs is a cultural change which is much, much harder to bring about. A radical overhaul of the MLP would probably be the best place to start. The problem in Malta is more about the people running the duopoly than the duopoly itself…

    Just imagine if the choice next March was between Lawrence Gonzi and Jose Luis Zapatero.

    I’m not sure we’d be harping on about wasted votes in that scenario…

  31. Dear Daphne, i remember a similar argument during the 80’s by Labour supporters to fellow Labourites that went something like this….”its true that things are not so great today but remember the 60’s, for us socialists it was much worse.”

    Actually, there’s much difference. In 1987 the only Nationalist MP who had served in a Cabinet was Censu Tabone and he did not last the legislature. In 2008 Alfred Sant has already been PM (1983 seems so long ago but then he already militated in Labour — and not as a footsoldier but as President of the Party), almost all Labour frontbenchers have served in the 1996-98 Cabinet, some have served in the Karmenu Mifsud-Bonnici cabinet and two (Debono-Grech and Joe Brincat) even served as Ministers under Mintoff. So, think of the record of these people in 1996-98 and think whether they’re deserving of a second chance.

    But back to the general drift of the original posting (i.e. Jacques waving a red rag in the face of his readers). First, it is highly unlikely the Greens elect an MP. And it’s not because of our electoral system: if Malta were to apply the system proposed for the EP (national proportional representation with a 5% threshold) no seats (or anywhere close) for them.

    If you think Gonzi’s as bad as Sant, don’t mind having as a Justice Minister a man who was police inspector in the 1980s, another one who set up the Brigata Laburista sometime in the late 1950s, an FM who’s fully convinced in 2003 the Maltese said “no” to the EU and who’ll now spend precious time try (in vain) to re-negotiate the negotiations in which his Party refused to take part, etc. Well, go ahead and vote Green. To the others, you can’t say you have not been warned.

  32. One last point – I would like someone to comment on Michael Falzon’s assertion that the electoral system is skewered in such a way that the MLP is bound to have an absolute majoroty of seats if more than two parties are elected. If that is really the case (which I doubt) , Daphne has only Joe Saliba to thank for his foresight in ensuring that even this last chance for PN to defy all historical political trends and somehow survive after 20 years in power, is also dispensed with !

    Comment here would have been too long so the answer has been posted on my blog.

  33. PN should do a Chavez and remain in power for ever. Then why bother with AD?

  34. Michael Falzon is right. MLP will have a majority of seats even if AD gets someone elected. That is the rationale behind the Wasted Vote Theory. Do you understand or do I have to repeat it another twenty times????

    Very interesting post by David, molto condivisibile. Pity you ruined it at the end with Zapatero…..

    One other thing. Please stop this pathetic cliche that the PN are pursuing a negative campaign. Nothing could be further from the truth. Its not PN’s fault if the MLP is completely devoid of ideas and the few it has are complete nonsense.

    Tiny touch of spam – nice to see and read you Mark.

  35. Anton. The huge billboards with photos of Labour ex-ministers is negatve. Daphne’s fear mongering is negative.

  36. well daphne is another time contradicting herself … she has spent 20 yrs ridiculing maltese for not reading and thinking freely .. but then when the maltese reading population starts questioning the nationalist party’s dubious practices she starts calling them the chattering classes and that as long as they dont have any mature children they are less qualified than her to decide what’s best for their future ..

    notice that about 5 yrs ago she wrote a column saying that ad symphatisers are usually young and without any children implying that they are not yet mature to decide .. she is repeating the same argument again but since probably some of the same ad followers might have children now she is saying that the ad fathers and mothers have to wait till their children grow up before they could become better qualified for some important decisions re: our country’s future

  37. David Friggieri

    Anton –

    For Zapatero you can insert ‘Obama’, ‘Veltroni’ or ‘Brown’ if you wish

    A me gusta mucho Jose Luis: incarna una sinistra che significa qualcosa di concreto nella battaglia ideologica e pratica di un paese

    Invece da noi trionfa il regno del cinismo kitsch

  38. David –

    Veltroni e` un degno avversario, colto, intelligente e preparato.

    Nella destra manca un vero leader. Fini ormai e` un centrista a tutti gl’effetti, ha snaturato in modo indecente e unilaterale il suo partito. Sa di non contare piu` nulla e temendo un emorragia di voti da AN si e` aggregato a Berlusca….per non perdere la faccia e il potere…
    Di Storace ed Er Pecora e la loro nuova formazione politica non so che dire.
    L’unico politico in Italia che e` da sempre coerente, e` Umberto Bossi. Onore a lui………magari avessimo qualcuno col suo carisma a Malta…….

  39. E’ anche contro il partito di Casini, però, che Berlusconi si è scagliato: “Bisogna spiegare agli elettori che i voti al di fuori del bipolarismo rappresentato dalle due grandi colonne è pericoloso, sprecato e inutile. Ai cittadini dobbiamo spiegare che non devono sprecare il voto per formazioni che non possono garantire il governo del Paese”.


  40. Daphne’s article in today’s Malta Independent ends with “well, actually what you have is a right to vote, full-stop, and that right, like all other rights, comes with obligations: in this case, to vote responsibly”.

    I think there’s an error in the last sentence. It should read: wellm actyually what you have is a right to vote, full-stop, and that right, like all rights, comes with obligations: in this case, to vote as mummy Daphne tells you to”.

  41. I assure Daphne that I am very mature, I have six young children and I want them to live in a country where democracy is respected. The MLP/PN alliance wants to bully me into submission, and force me to vote PN or MLP, I have always voted PN, but this time me and my wife will vote AD in protest against the MLP/PN alliance .
    Heaven forbid Labour are elected, but PN mus also be given a lesson about democracy, I hope other voters would think the same and give the PN a bit of a shock, we will not be pushed around, despite our fear of Alfred Sant and the MLP.

  42. “Heaven forbid Labour are elected”, Michael, and then off you and your wife go to help make Alfred Sant prime minister. Your six children deserve parents who are more responsible than that. Despite your “fear of Alfred Sant and the MLP”, if enough people think the way you do, that is precisely what you are going to get.

    And incidentally, what MLP/PN alliance exactly? From where I’m sitting, it looks increasingly like an MLP/AD alliance, with AD doing its utmost to persuade people as they have persuaded you, giving Alfred Sant a leg-up into Castille. I don’t think it’s very wise to try to teach somebody a lesson by punishing yourself, your wife, and your six children, who probably don’t even have a vote to use to counter their parents’ lack of wisdom.

  43. Daphne,
    we will vote AD because we have a natural revulsion at the PN and MLP trying to intimidate us in voting for one of the two largest parties, votes should be given equal value, and therefore we feel we must protest against the deal between MLP and PN to make votes towards a smaller party like the AD invalid ,
    we agree with you that our vote for the AD will probably backfire and will be wasted an may help the MLP going into government, but it is the lesser of two evils, if we give the vote to the PN it would only re-enforce their efforts in suppressing smaller parties,
    believe me we dont want the MLP in power, we are of your generation and like yourself were shot at in Zejtun and my wife and myself both suffered vindication by the MLP in government while we were student-workers in the 80s, but the lesser of two evils would be to give the vote to AD and give the PN and MLP a lesson in democracy,
    this is not to say we admire the PN for having led the country into the EU, the euro and for us personally , into prosperity, however democracy is sacrosant, I know deep down in your heart you agree Daphne

  44. Victor Laiviera

    Michael, I assure you that your fears are totally unfounded. Malta needs a change and that change can only be provided by the MLP. Have courage and do not resort to half-measures.

    I know that, after 20 years of mismanagement, corruption and arrogance, it is hard to believe in Malts’s capacity for serious self-governance, but iy can be done.

    Give the people who can do it a chance to prove it.

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