Electoral Moleskine No 7 – It’s OK (corrected version)

It’s ok for the Prime Minister to publicly recall defectors back from AD. It’s not ok for AD to “poach” potential voters from another party. Another illogical consequence of these issue-less elections.

It’s difficult to type a post in the middle of an apres ski bar with loud music going on. I just spent a day in Grenoble since it was rather cloudy and I needed a break from skiing (read my calves and my ankles needed a break). Tomorrow it’s back to the green slopes to practice he quick swerves and change of direction. That should be a speciality of mine.

The world moves on while we gaze at the islands’ navel and imagine what life would be sans the old guard. Musharraf did not hang on to his post. Neither did Castro. There is hope yet. Old regimes ignorant of the real democracy cannot last forever. Feel free to criticise my parallelism between MLPNs stranglehold on Maltese politics and the various Chavez, Pervez and Fidels. To me there is no difference on a voting level. The episode of gloating remains that. An abuse of the system further perpetrated by an electoral campaign devoidof all positive significance.

Here’s one for all of you to ponder – it comes straight from the mouth of my favourite political philosopher of the moment Edward De Bono. Suppose we agreed that all voters who voted for the party losing the election would pay 10% LESS income tax for the next 5 years. How would that change the voting pattern? I cannot hazard a guess myself.

There’s many more alternative ideas where that came from. Mostly they are developments of earlier ideas of political philosophers repackaged for the 21st century by Malta’s own De Bono.

The more I read comments on this mother of all blogs (that’s for you gyb) the more I hope that we will be able to sustain this argument after the elections. I need more feedback on whether there is any change in the pulse of the electorate. Is the PN scaremongering campaign working? Are more people being pushed to the Labour fold for change’s sake (the cosmetic kind)? Are AD making any gains? It’s hard to fathom from 3000 metres above sea level.

That’s all for now. There’s a limit to the amount of eurotrash I can take… can’t concentrate much more and need a lie down for the long day ahead sliding down the slopes in Oz.

Cheers. I’m over and out in minus three.

ERRATA: The electoral dilemma as originally typedout in the heat of the bar lacked an important phrase. It now reads the way it should – voters for the losing party would pay 10% less income tax for the next 5 years. Thee. Dilemma repristinated.

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2 responses to “Electoral Moleskine No 7 – It’s OK (corrected version)

  1. ‘Suppose we agreed that all voters who voted for the party losing the election would be pay 10% income tax for the next 5 years. How would that change the voting pattern? I cannot hazard a guess myself.’

    This is the sort of rubbish DeBono likes to call lateral thinking? I appreciate the sarcasm, if it was intended, but it’s no ‘alternative solution’. Kudos to the man for making his millions out of promoting ‘common sense’, which, as the adage goes, is not so common.

    And that, come to think of it, is what comes to mind when elections roll around.

    Re: pulse of electorate – I trust you’ve gauged the university student populace’s feeling on the issue. The UoM remains a blue fortress… a right-wing university when European universities are bastions of liberalism. Topsy-turvy politics once more! 🙂

  2. “a right-wing university when European universities are bastions of liberalism.”

    I wonder whether the average Maltese university student would know what “liberalism” is … he’d probably think it’s related to an obscene Maltese word he catcalled while booing at Alfred Sant.

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