So. You want to talk about issues. You want to stop the navel gazing? Fine. Let’s go then. A few questions.
1. Cabinet Memos: Let us say that we accept that Cabinet has a right to discuss even the wildest of possibilities and to dismiss them on the basis of how much the electorate will find them acceptable. I do at least. Gonzi claimed that cabinet never discussed an issue. There is ample evidence to the contrary. The problem for some poeple is not the issue itself (they are adult enough to recognise that the cabinet dismissed the idea) but a Prime Minister who denies the obvious. Is it or is not a credibility problem? Before you mention wigs and Sant – I don’t care. Is it or is not a problem of credibility when you deny it was discussed and facts show otherwise?
2. ONE Cameramen denied movement in Naxxar: And now for the tough one. The security guard in Naxxar claimed he had orders not to let the ONE cameraman to approach Gonzi. Pushing on the unacceptable so far but still within the limits (distasteful but hey whatever its their Untouchable Leader). He then proceeded to keep the cameraman from leaving a public building whenever he liked. He effectively held him under arrest against his will. A security guard acting for the Nationalist party and claiming he had orders from above. Condemn the Labour Ministers who hurl insults at students. Make a fuss about a DNA comment. But then its ok to hold a journalist against his will and prevent him from doing his job. I have not heard the apologist take on this one. Not a misprint – more like a democratic disorder. I want to know. Does it change your opinion of the squeaky clean Nationalist party? What would you be writing now if the journalist was a NET journalist held against his will after the umpteenth Sant non-interview?
Until now whenever someone on this blog has dared criticise the PN we get the PN apologistas branding them as either being a bunch of disgruntled immature beings or people with some hidden Labour agenda. You forget. I rule out Labour. I will not vote Labour. I want to engage with the Nationalists and see whether they are happy with this lot. Whether they are happy that part of their party’s election campaign does not win them much points on the grounds of democratic tolerance. Throwing the whole “Labour is bad” book at me does not work. I know that already. I just cannot see much to be thrilled about in the PN. Frankly I don’t care much about AD either. What I care about is whether I am the only mad person here who sees a lot of inconsistencies in PNs democratic credentials. Here’s a quick shortlist of what is wrong:
1. Intolerance – to people who think differently, to people who do not accept dualist thinking
2. Aggressive Negative Media tactics – not just versus the Labour party but versus the people who think differently. We have seen a gradual demonisation.
3. Determination to defend the status quo – From electoral changes to misinformation campaign.
4. Heavy Handed Naxxar Style Tactics – by 21st century standards of evolved politics Naxxar is the new Tal-Barrani. We have moved from the physical violence of the eighties to the moral and psychological violence of the naughties.
5. Catholic Doctrine – the PN insists in thinking that everybody subscribes to the same principles as themselves. They are unable to conceive the separation between church and state.
6. The reinforcement of a failed system of developing new politicians – the PN promises new faces but does not have much to go upon as it generates more and more yes men who climb the greasy pole by simply not criticising and not bringing new ideas.
That is a very roughly faced list of what irks some people. We have frankly had enough of being treated as Labour apologists or Ad campaigners. Stuff that. This is an open challenge to the apologistas. Call a spade a spade. We have no agenda for Labour or for AD. We are clearly engaging you upon the faults and deficiencies of a party that apparently aspires to be the best option to govern Malta for the next five years. Frankly we are not convinced. We’ve dismissed Labour, we see AD’s weaknesses (and the electoral ploy that makes them weaker) but we will simply not vote for PN by default. We need to be shown the money. Go on – tell us our vote is not worth the hassle… you know what they say about the straw and the camel’s back.
And you know what.. while the PN apologistas are busy trying to answer or hiding in a corner ignoring the question let this arrogant blogger also tell the ones that are so eager to see Sant and his merry band of misprints in government that they still don’t know what is coming. MLP apologistas take a deep look at yourselves and ask where have you been in the past five years when you could have been changing the party within and presenting a valid alternative to this paltry mess that claims to be a democratic party for the 21st century. Ask yourselves why in an election full of undecideds these undecideds who, to put it crassly, do not have it in their DNA to vote MLP still find it an impossibly nauseating non-option.
You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake.
You are the same decaying organic matter as everyone else, and we are all part of the same compost pile.