I dared, I ski-ed and I returned. So what have the Nationalists ever done for us? Isn’t that what it is all about. The Euro they tell us… it seems we beat older members of the EU to it but barring countries who opted to stay out I do not see who they are talking about. As for the Euro… yes Fausto… the people chose to get into the Euro. Deny it will you? At least that is what I voted for… a Malta firmly entrenched in the EU with the Euro and free movements (unhindered by illegal taxes). It’s not as though it’s a detour on the planned steps that formed part of the path of EU membership and beyond. Even bumbling Labour can only criticise joining the Euro by saying that they would have waited a little longer (oh but to be different).
Daphne squeezed a list of economic and educational achievements. Great. If I had Justin’s diplomacy I would say that these points are taken and well taken. They are just what makes PN the less dangerous alternative. Their achievements in politics are in the right directions. In the meantime my argument is that the baggage they carry is getting bigger and bigger. Lately Daphne and Patrick have taken to reminding me that I live abroad or that I am a couch critic. So be it. My job is to point out the insufficiencies of this party that seems to believe that it is the only answer to Malta’s future.
Let me give you a parallel you might understand. What I am talking about here is the equivalent of “The Cost of Non-Europe” report. Staying on these same lines of politics and debate as we have had for the past fifteen years is a slow development. We neglect huge swathes of potential policy-making. We ignore that our society is a changing society. Our parties have long defaulted on the line of political values – politics is not just about what you know about people and how you sell them the line they want most, but it is also about the values that underpin policies. Ask any member of the PN council how today’s policies fit in with christian-democrat values and barring Ranier Fsadni (if he is a member) I doubt you’d get any answer.
I don’t care about Sant. I don’t care about AD. I can afford not to care. I am not suicidal nor am I delusional. I am a wankellectual with ideas about the future. This election is a win-win situation for me. The absence of big issues that made it necessary to choose the horse that would drive them home has brought out the ugly face of the dearth of ideas in local politics. Employment, literacy… which normal government does not have those goals? Am I minimialising Nationalist achievements? Yes. Because they cannot be made to run away with the idea that they are gods’ gift to Malta when they run the government along the lines of the OBVIOUS.
Where is the debate? Where is the internal review? Answer me this: Does the nationalist government believe in a help-yourself society with clear rules and level playing field? Yes? Why then so much shifting of the goalposts over the years? Why the impotent Competition Office? Why the sad situation in broadcasting? The fake pluralism? Or does the nationalist government believe in an interventionist state to help the weakest? Is the PN aware that not everyone is in line with its thinking on marriage? Shall I go on? Or do you prefer discussing economic estimates?
Thank God there is Sant to compare to and to scare us all off…. as I said Daphne… you cannot write a piece about PN without implying that there is the shadow of Sant overhead. The goodbye piece that Sandro liked so much was all about what we will not see in the next 5 years of PN government should it happen. I have not bothered to answer all your insinuations about intelligence, or suicidal tendencies… they all fall back to the Gonzi vs Sant argument. Out of point. They are lost on me. Should I tell you that I am far more intelligent than you because I see beyond that argument? Maybe I should. Probably I am. I am not bothered about biting a nose to spite a face… I am bothered about people not being able to see beyond the tip of their nose (excuse the Maltesism).
This election is already come and gone for me. The non-issue of who to vote for has long been chronicled in this blog. It is part of the shameful charade that is our democracy. You can dress it in Mgarr Ferry Terminals, employment figures (??) and a quest to make people stay in school (wow) but the underlying charade that is fast becoming the opium of our political ideas will remain there. My warning and that of others like David and Justin and Mark will remain valid long after the carcades have died down and Gonzi is off to inaugurate another pontoon.
1. Daphne says: “Take care to distinguish between being paid to hold opinions and being paid to write about them. I have a few libel suits pending against people who failed to make the distinction.”
21st century thuggery? The libel suit…another relic of the MLPN regime. Give me Kuomitang orders any day.
2. Advertising Interlude.
Vote PN. You can choose who to vote for in five years time. Partito Nazionalista… cosa vuoi di piu nella vita?
3. Daphne (again): Dwardu: if you think I’m so boring, don’t read what I write. This was a free country the last time I looked and nobody is forcing you to log onto http://www.independent.com.mt. If your view were the universal one, I wouldn’t have been retained as a columnist for almost 20 years, generating the same response from readers that I did in the beginning. I’m not showing off here, but countering your rude and ill-mannered remarks.
Interesting plug for the Indy – the world is changing slowly but surely 🙂 20 years D? Is that the same paper for 20 years or is it some time with one and some time with the other? As in your retainer was not continuous for 20 years… why was that pray? A switch in readership? Honest questions I promise. Need some refreshing of the old brain cells. Fausto?
4. Y chromosomes? Feminism was established to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream. Where’s Jason Micallef when you need him? 🙂