Or the economy of truth. In my quest for an acknowledgment that our electoral laws need reform, that the main political parties have absolutely no intention to effect such reform and in pointing out that the MLPN would rather abuse of this anomaly than change it I have always striven to discuss openly with people from all sides of the political spectrum. That is probably why, inevitably, for the Nationalists I am a Labour Wolf in AD clothing, for the Labourites I am a Nationalist in fancy dress and for the AD supporters I am not committed to their cause.
That has become a secondary aspect of this whole issue. J’accuse has always been party-neutral as could be seen from the very first post in the blog (note ABC – the difference between post and blog). Sure, we have agreed with this or that party once in a while but that does not make J’accuse an apologist for any particular party – it only takes a schizophrenic conspiracy theorist to see some kind of party robot in this blog… or a Nationalist apologist with a vengeance.
Ever since her appearance in this blog, Daphne seems to have purposely misconstrued its use and purpose. J’accuse is not di-ve.com or Campus FM or a newspaper columnist who can be told what to say, publish or write. When di-ve was being gagged or Campus FM newspaper commentators censored Daphne was nowhere to be heard defending the right to speak. Here is what she said on November 4th 2007:
The Leader of the Opposition said at a “political conference” in Lija that when he is prime minister, “those who don’t agree with something that the government does will be allowed to voice their opinion.” Gosh. Thanks ever so, Fred. Allow us to voice our opinion, you say? Words fail me.
Where has he been living since Malta joined the free world? We no longer live in those dark, dark days when he was president of theLabour Party and nobody could say or write what they thought because ofhis repressive party and the government it formed. I imagine he expects wild gratitude and celebration in the streets because he has given us permission to criticise him when he rules Malta. That puts my mind at rest. I won’t be locked up and whipped. Now I’ll vote for him, for sure.
I agreed with what DCG wrote that day. Of course it’s ridiculous to think that anyone not agreeing with government or criticising a government policy should worry about having his ideas bashed or told he is stupid, dysfunctional or labelled a supporter of the other side. I did not know of course that it in 2008 it would seem that you probably need permission to criticise the PN too. You won’t necessarily be silenced but you will be accused of being attracted to “cold, hard amoral” Sant.
No. So blogs cannot be so easily controlled. They are not owned by Go Mobile and you cannot make the same kind of pressure on the editor as you can possibly exert on a Sunday paper. So what does Daphne do? What could a propagandist (paid or unpaid) do to influence forum that has been detected to be out of control of the mainstream? How do you tell a renegade forum to shut up? You insult it and indulge in an exercise of mass character assassination. It involves painting a group picture of the blog and its contents and then shooting it down as a whole… Free thinking?… no si, let Daphne tell you who you are… here’s what she has to tell Le Jacobin (my highlights):
the views on this blog are representative only of the people on this blog, all of whom have long since decided where they stand despite pretending to dither and doubt. I am not here to persuade them otherwise; I am here to annoy them because I can’t bear smug and self-satisfied complacency, or the tone of supercilious superiority with which certain issues are being discussed here – the very tone, indeed, which is used by Alfred Sant.
Never underestimate my insight into human nature (or my sense of self-parody). The point hasn’t escaped me that a few of the young(ish) men on this blog are primordially attracted – consciously or subconsciously – to Alfred Sant because he fits their profile. They can’t admit this, even to themselves still less to others, because it bothers them. They are attracted to him (cold, hard amorality, no emotions, lack of ties to other human beings) for the same reason they are repelled by the ‘family man’ image of Lawrence Gonzi.
Also, le Jacobin, the people posting comments here are not the only ones visiting this blog, not by a long shot. Individuals like the ones you see here are not ‘persuadable’, even if I could be bothered to try, which I’m not. They just get a cheap thrill out of having people run after them to persuade them (you can have my vote, no you can’t, yes you can, no you can’t). Basically, we’re talking about attention-seekers here – the p***k-teasers of politics. And because I have the personality of my Staffordshire bull terrier, I just love to bait them. And they love being baited. So you see, it’s an interdependent relationship.
Which brings us to why Daphne is here. It would seem that the people she wrongly generalises into one group are political prick-teasers and are just there to be baited. Which is why Daphne cannot engage on a simple question like the issue of proportional representation and the Nationalist party’s abuse thereof. Her superhuman passion which involves insight peppered with self-parody is only there to annoy and bait. Sadly this campaign has forced me to review my impression of Daphne. This last comment was the also the last straw.
Sandro asked over and over again in his Kiss Me Licia style (not my words) why I was ignoring him and concentrating on Daphne. I was deceived by the cover Sandro. Daphne presents herself as someone who bases her ideas on reason. You present yourself with aggression and get lost in mazes of the blame game much more rapidly than her. In the long run, however, if Sandro managed to shed his persecution mania, let noisy bull terriers lie and think calmly before barking out, he would finally manage to get his message related to free thinking through in a much more palatable way. On the other hand once you remove Daphne’s cover of self-important assumptions, remove her bark and taunt, remove her sexist conceptions and schoolyard mentality… yep once you remove that there remains an empty vacant plot ready to be built upon by the next Environment Minister… whoever that may be.
That’s the last post I’ve wasted on Master Baiters (could not resist that one) and taunters… if you want more of the same go to her Seven Day blog… and if you want to read some mysterious report Sandro Vella claims to have about why I’ve joined the Independent go to his blog on the 7th March… I for one will be there because I have absolutely no idea what he is on about.