René Rossignaud the latest Voltagabbana
So the Nationalists have finally found someone to switch to their side – or so they think. The sacrificial rabbit is former AD Swieqi Councillor René Rossignaud. The resignation letter (reproduced below thanks to the ecstatic Minn tal-Familja Contribution) does not seem to be simply RR’s doing. How do I know? I do not know what RR’s writing would look like but I firmly believe that this letter was crafted simply to be used by PN to hammer the message home to the “unconvinced nationalists” to keep their preference votes away from AD.
Whoever drafted the letter is not the smartest kid on the block and looking for an ounce of real motivation for quitting AD in this letter is like looking for a fart in a jacuzzi. Why is RR quitting AD? Because come election time, AD – as a political party contesting the election – is trying to win votes from its opponents. No shit Sherlock. There I was thinking that a political party would sit back and hope that an invisible number of voters would come and make their point. Apparently, Harry and his nasty band of watermelons are trying to hijack the PN vote. Or so the others think.
The leap of faith beyond the obvious fact that appeals for change can only work on intelligent thinkers of the electorate is evident. AD are not an independent party trying to attract the electors most prone to vote for them. No they are STEALING votes from another party. And if this party is PN it is tantamount to Mortal Sin. Like Gollum drooling over his Prescioussss (there I join the LOTR club too, the drafter of RR’s letter believed that basing RR’s resignation on the mortal sin of stealing votes from PN is enough to convince the unconvinced to go back to the fold.
Unfortunately it is just this very automatic arrogance that pushes people away. We don’t owe you Europe, we don’t owe you our cushy jobs in Luxembourg, we don’t owe you a flight home to vote on Election day, we don’t owe you anything. It’s politics guys, you’ve got to deserve the vote. Shouting “Mine Mine Mine” and “Stupid Stupid Stupid” gets you nowehere… especially because we’re a bunch of arrogant wankellectuals who strongly believe that a vote is ours to give and no amount of yelling and shaming from thre Cathedral at Dar Centrali will change that. I’m sorry for René Rossignaud. He seemed like a nice quiet guy who believed he could change the world until he wasprobably sidlined by one of those luminaries of the Church (Gonzi’s Opus) and made to see the light again.
Meanwhile, that other voltagabbana of note, Carmel Cacopardo, has set an ultimatum on Gonzi. Either the outgoing PM publishes a MEPA report that has been suppressed within the next 48 hours or CC will publish it himself. Speaking of MEPA, George Pullicino blogs that “Dr. Gonzi qal li f’legislatura ohra hu se jiehu din l-MEPA taht ir-responsabilita diretta tiegħu bħala President tal-Kummissjoni Nazzjonali għall-Iżvilupp Sostenibbli. Irrid nghid li kont jien stess li ssuggerejtlu jaghmel dan wara 10 snin responsabbli minn din l-Awtorita’, fatt li Lawrence Gonzi rrefera ghalih. ” (GP suggests that it was him who told the PM to take MEPA reform in his hands after GP had spent 10 years responsible for it). Sweet – the underlying theme can be said to oxymoronic.
So CC, AD’s prize turncoat is busy uncovering the sad reality of MEPA at the same moment that Gonzi impliedly admits that much is amiss and needs reforming in his able hands. Ad’s turncoat is all about a policy that has a deficit in the Prime Minister’s own words. A deficit we hear about in every election campaign but only now merits attention since the party that blows the alarm warning loudest has become a real threat to the establishment.
And the establishment? Well they sent their minions out to find someone who could be behind a public letter apologising to the PN for having tried to steal their votes away from them. Their votes. I repeat. And then we are supposed to worry about RR’s letter? Give us a break will you?
RR’s Letter (Fausto translated it to English):
Permezz ta’ din l-ittra jien qiegħed nirriżenja b’effett immedjat mill-Alternattiva Demokratika, kemm bħala membru kif ukoll bħala kunsillier għas-Swieqi.
Din id-deċiżjoni qed neħodha wara ħafna ħsieb, għaliex m’għadnix naqbel mal-mod kif l-AD qed titmexxa bħala partit. Jien dħalt fl-AD għaliex verament emmint li stajt naħdem favur ċerti prinċipji. L-ewwel pass li ħadt favur dan kien fuq livell lokali. Kif taf, dan irnexxieli nagħmlu u ta’ dan jien kburi. Infakkrek li jien ġibt wieħed mill-ogħla riżultati mill-kandidati kollha fl-aħħar elezzjoni lokali fis-Swieqi.
Imma issa li riesqa l-elezzjoni ġenerali, inħoss li l-AD biddlet l-istrateġija tagħha. Saret partit li jinteressah biss li jirbaħ xi forma ta’ poter akkost ta’ kollox, inklużi li tipperikola l-istess prinċipji li temmen fihom l-AD. Jien ma nistax nibqa’ naħdem fl-AD meta din illum saret biss strument biex jissawwat il-Prim Ministru Lawrence Gonzi u l-Partit Nazzjonalista, mingħajr ma tifhem il-konsegwenzi li din l-istrateġija tista’ ġġib fuq il-pajjiż.
Jien qed nirriżenja mill-AD għaliex m’għadux partit li jaħdem biex jikkonvinċi bil-prinċipji tiegħu, imma jaħdem biss għall-voti ta’ partit ieħor, partikolarment tal-Partit Nazzjonalista. M’għandi xejn kontra li l-AD iżżid fil-voti, kieku ma’ kontx noħroġ mal-AD u niġi elett kif għamilt. Imma m’inix lest li nikkopera mal-AD għall-kaċċa sfrenata tal-voti tal-PN, mingħajr ma’ nagħti każ tal-konsegwenzi.
M’inix lest li naħdem f’partit u nkun b’hekk responsabbli li ntella’ partit ieħor fil-gvern, li jerġa’ jifridna mill-Ewropa li tant l-AD stess emmnet fiha.
Kunsillier Alternattiva Swieqi”