Political Expediency & MEPA
From today’s editorial on the Sunday Times (regarding Cacopardo’s decision to publish a report):
“His former boss, Joe Falzon, who had staunchly defended Mr Cacopardo last year when Mepa refused to renew his contract as an investigating officer, has gone on record as saying that the architect should not use a document he acquired due to his position for the sake of political expediency.”
Let us forget for a moment that the report should not be published for political expediency but because if something stinks then the people should know it. Let us, but let us also think about this new principle that is being bandied around by the Times editorial. So politicians should not use information or documents acquired for the sake of political expediency. Bravo. Neither should they use money they manage or departments they run. Adverts for Smart Malta should not even be planned on the eve of an election. We should not have had to resort to the BA to stop that. See what I mean? This is a case of people in glasshouses. Especially since this useful principle only services when public information is used to show that something is wrong in the government.
PN find it easy to admonish the MLP accusers of corruption who fail to make reports to the police. They make fun of MLP’s supposed policy of zero-tolerance. And they are right. But then, that the same PN and its spin machine is so baffled when someone chooses to go public rather than wait any longer for the government to drag its feet or hide the dirt under the carpet… ahh then it’s political expediency. Never mind that the recent news regarding MEPA show us that this government itself admits that there is a huge need for reform. An admission during an election is tantamount to no admission at all. As Daphne says… not credible. Not when you spent ten years making fun of the treehuggers and protecting whatever was wrong in MEPA. No sir.
Politically expedient is announcing reform during elections only to give the same old thing after you are in government. That sirs, is politically expediency. Coming down like a ton of bricks on someone who is tantamount to a whistleblower is political expediency.
This too is what current politics is about. Yes, Patrick Tabone, voting for AD now has been rendered practically useless. Yes, it is easy to plead for reason and to vote for those who can switch from saint to bully on matters of political expediency and representation. Yes, probably many of us will reluctantly end up giving a number one vote to some PN nincompoop because no matter how much PN policy and strategy is in the shit, MLP policy is even for the worse (do you read me Victor Laiviera). We will give our number two vote of hope to AD. We are pissed off for being forced to do this. Pissed off at this mess. We are ungrateful freaks who cannot recognise what the previous generation fought for because their Holy Grail is more of the recycled old nonsense. They got locked up overnight by wicked policemen. We got called stupid for wanting to have a free vote not tied to Nationalist political expediency.
What we are busy doing now is forcing the admission that the system does not work. Diplomatically we can, like Patrick, say that the election is not the best time. We knew that. But for all the opposite reasons we knew that it would be the best (and only time) to give the establishment a run for its money. To get the so-called “apparatchicks” and “defensor fidei” to finally admit the obvious. That the system is only allowing two stagnant parties to continue to stagnate. That the choice ois no choice at all (not even Hobson had it so bad). And once the election is gone, if we all forget all this and go on with our lives… then it’s all going downhill from there.
Who’s up for the next stage?
Meanwhile. I had my firts lesson. My legs are killing me and I am now off for a hot chocolate and some warm food. Then a sauna. The joys of election in the land of Oz.