Rick’s comment – hailed as the most sensible by Daphne – is being bandied around the internet by PN enthusiasts as the reply to the promoters of the free vote. It is of course one that reaches a conclusion that PN’s environmental package is loads better than that of the Green Party. One thing you learn in strategy is not to fight people on their own turf or at what they are best in. Pity this sensible rationalisation chooses to iron over decades of environmental policy thought about by Ad. Pity it ignores that it took the EU whip to get PN going on things like Maghtab. Pity it ignores over 10 years of bulldozering the environment by PN. Pity the rationale behind it is so superficial.
But I am not here to tell you to vote AD. I am especially not here to tell you that if your priority is the environment the ONLY rational vote is for AD. My own priority is not the environment. It is governance and legitimacy. But I am a coward. A pussy. I will not give my number 1 choice to AD. I will not do it because I too don’t want to risk Sant in government. I will give it to the bunch of cowards who hijacked my vote. That makes me more of a coward. I will give it to them even though I know that they will not move one bit to improve that situation. SuperGonzi yes… StupidGonzi would be wishing for too much. He will wave a magic wand and suddenly become the champion of trees and fresh air but he will not change a system that will keep getting him elected so long as he has to face a band of fools in opposition.
So don’t vote for AD. Like me vote AD number 2. I am sorry for those who like Rupert who think that I ignore Labour. Labour is such a big disappointment I do not bother to talk about it. Labour is where PN is heading to. Only the PN still have a few (very few) ideas left that lets them distinguish themselves from Sant. In the battle of poor ideas they win on points after the bell has rung and the audience are knocked senseless. I gave up on Labour reform long ago. It will not happen unless there is a big mircale. A PN miracle will not happen either. We will be lumped with new apparatchiks and yes-men once the old ones are phased out. Only the new ones did not even fight the battle for freedom in the eighties… no these ones are an assorted bunch of ex-dj’s, closet homosexuals (nothing wrong in being one, just don’t endorse anti-homosexual policies), and idiots who climbed up the only greasy pole available to get to the PN top. They backed the right donkey and are almost there.
Don’t vote AD then. I suggest you vote number one for the least incompetent of the two big ones. That is how a rational vote is defined these days in the mainstream party approved media. It’s not really a choice as much as a negative appraisal. It speaks volumes about our current politics.
For the real vote, for the second ballot, the real one…. choose who your rational, intelligent conscience tells you. In this election we will keep our eyes on the number twos. We hope they go to AD everywhere. We hope they will last long enough to be seen. In the meantime we commit our real vote – the rational vote that has been hijacked and has been “loaned” to us graciously by the MLPN powermongerers to the least bumbling of the lot. So who shall it be? I’d give mine to the Green Version of Gonzi… the Incredible Hulk of 2008 but he’s not running in my district… so I’m tempted to give it to the last one to wear the green mantle… George Pullicino … the man with whom the buck of Vote George, Get XXX started… only this time I know it’s for real.
ADDENDUM: Tempted to vote for GP number 1 but essentially I will not. I need to identify the weakest link of the PN candidates in my district. He or she will get my number one vote in the hope that he gets eliminated and the AD candidate inherits my number 2 vote. For obvious reasons I cannot encourage too many 10th district voters to vote for the same PN guy as number one since this plan might backfire and we might risk another goof warming the parliamentary back benches. Sic transit gloria aelectionis.
P.S> Fausto if GP does not run in the tenth district please inform me. There’s too much europop in this bar for me to really bother checking. Anyway my number 1 vote is a token so replace GP with [member of hijacking party of choice]. And I end this post as YETI BAR (free wifi at Oz en OIsans) plays Thriller…. the best sold album ever… by the guy who barely made it out of court after accusations of kiddie-fiddling. Which goes to show that the popular choice ain’t always the biggest saint in town.