Dangerously Quoting Out of Context

Following the misrepresentation of David’s intentions in the blog post “Status Quo” I am reproducing hereunder an appeal by David Friggieri.  

I invite all those quoting my article ‘Status Quo’ carried on the J’accuse blog to refrain from quoting this piece out of context. What I am saying is precisely THE OPPOSITE of what I am being accused of saying. No more, no less. If you would like me to spell it out for you, here it is: it is insane for critics of the Labour party to viciously attack everything that Labour stands for and does in the vile way they do. When they do this they are savaging half the nation. My piece is a clear criticism of those who attack Labour viciously and not of Labour supporters. My appeal is an appeal for a form of national unity and decency, no less. And I felt I could write it because it goes beyond party politics.

I would expect the persons involved in misquoting this piece to have the decency to set the record straight in the name of honesty, if nothing else.

David Friggieri

The original article is here: Status Quo

NOTE. Andre (Confessions of an Atheist) has amended his original post to correct the false impression previously given: True Story

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116 responses to “Dangerously Quoting Out of Context

  1. No Sandro. This kind of shit should not happen. The “dialogue” of today’s politics is ultra-diluted to the lowest of levels by this kind of misquoting and taking out of context. I am surprised that you of all people should come up with “Shit happens”. I thought that you too were against this kind of unfair politics of manipulation.

    Shit happens when there are shit-stirrers to make it happen. I’d like to see cleaner politics by convincing aforesaid shit-stirrers that this kind of politics is of benefit to know one and helps us to wallow further down in the mire and mud. That is what we mean when we say a decent, civil society. That is what we mean when we say that parties should lead by example. When even those who claim not to want any more of that kind of politics start to indulge in more of the same then we are heading for a very speedy downhill ride into that proverbial creek.

    We are wasting precious time on this issue one the last of two days we can discuss election matters. How’s that for Shit Happens Sandro?

  2. dispassionate

    Ejja nkunu rġiel, keb.. to err is human, to persist is…

  3. Claire Bonello

    Quoting out of context is just one of the ways in which the original message can be distorted. It is despicable.

  4. I’m sorry if the piece was quoted out of context. I quoted the piece because it was a very good post showing how ridiculous the attacks on MLP supporters are. My intention was to highlight how some critics perceive the Labour Party and it’s supporters – and having met with such a perception on that same morning I thought it summarised perfectly how people perceive the party and it’s supporters.

    I gave a link to the post – assuming of course people would actually read the whole post. I had read the whole post and I thoroughly enjoyed it – and I think that anyone who read it should not come to the conclusion that David was insulting anyone.

    I would like to apologise to David for any misunderstanding. It was not my intention to misquote the post and it was not my intention to sling mud or to be a “shit-stirrer”. Anyone who read “Status Quo” can see on black and white that David did not insult anyone.

  5. “This kind of shit should not happen.”

    But it happens, my friend. It is not my fault.

    Jacques, what election matters? Jahasra.

    Shit happens li xi hadd jaqbad u jehdok out of context. Kif gieli jaghmlu lili. Inkluz inti, pero’ naf fic-cert u nemminha fil-profond ta’ qalbi li inti tehodni out of context mhux ghax trid imma ghax bhal hafna ma jaqrawx sew dak li nikteb jien. Issa jew jiena ma nafx nikteb u nesprimi ruhi jew ma nafx

    Ha nghidlek Jacques x’inhi l-affari l-ghaliex id-diskussjoni dwar l-elezzjonijiet generali ma jirnexxux u naqbzu fuq punti xejn affattu relatati………………….GHAX MA HEMMX FUQ X’HIEX TITKELLEM!

    Jacques, inti u hafna hawnhekk vera ghandkom gharfien sew tal-politika. Tiddibattu bejnietkom u ma taqblux imma turu li hemm bazi tajba.

    Pero’ l-bazi tajba li ghandkom qisu bhal dak l-Accountant li jrid l-O Level tar-Religion biex jidhol l-universita’.

    Il-posts kollha li intom ktibtu ma japplikawx ghal dan il-pajjiz. Provi? Kif jghid Sant: hares madwarek.

    Meta nkun qed naqra l-posts taghkom hawnhekk, it-television ikun mixghul kemm fuq NET u l-windows media player fuq ONE u malli nara dawk il-folol u nipparaguna d-diskorsi tal-mexxejja politici mad-diskorsi taghkom hawnhekk, inhossni li qed nghix f’sistema politika totalment differenti.

    Dak li tiddiskutu intom hawnhekk ma jigix diskuss, l-anqas ix-xamma ma hemm, fir-realta’ tal-politika maltija. Ghax l-ewwel il-vot. L-ewwel Cetta ta’ Cafcah. U jekk ma twettaqx li twieghed u tirrangalha l-bankina, se titlef il-vot.

    Ha nkellmek fuq issue li nhossha ghal qalbi hafna u li ghandha x’taqsam ma’ l-elezzjoni u li jiena ftaht challenge ghad-diskussjoni hawnhekk imma hadd ma wegibni. Meta jiena ghedt: “Ahjar niddiskutu x’hemm fil-proposta tas-sahha milli jekk waslitx jew le fil-kabinett.”

    Ha nghidlek kif naraha jiena Jacques:

    Jiena ohxon hafna sewwa. Rajtni qisni tank hara. M’ghandix marda. Mhux se ngib skuzi. Inhobb l-ikel u niffanga. Issa, t-tabib kemm il-darba qalli “Imxi nofs siegha kuljum u kul healthy.”

    Jiena flok nimxi noqghod naqra l-blogs tieghek.

    Issa, jiena gejt avzat kemm il-darba. Inghajajt parir. Inghajajt kull ghajnuna possibbli. Issa jekk itini warning ta’ attakk f’qalbi u mmur naghmel l-ECG, iva la huwa tort tieghi nhallas.

    Ghax minhabba l-inkompetenza u l-ghazz tieghi, qed ihallas il-poplu Malti.

    Jacques, hija bizzejjed din bhala election matter biex nifthu diskussjoni?

  6. I have been contacted via email by both J’accuse and Daivd Friggieri in that the quote being circulated was taken out of context and that Friggieri’s argument was the opposite in that he is against such descriptions.

    My apologies to David Friggieri.

    I have asked Jacques to remove the sentence, but it seems J’accuse is happy not to censor when specifically asked.

    The quote was not taken oput of context by myself. I only read the True Story joke plus Friggieri”s quote. So check out the source and don’t stay within the confines of this blog.

  7. David Friggieri

    I was saying White and it was implied that I was saying Black.

    It’s as simple and depressing as that.

    Andre, after being incredibly sloppy with his writing and editing, has done the only decent thing possible to limit the damage.

    Kevin has assured me that the damage caused shouldn’t be too great. I would appreciate him doing what is humanly possible in this internet age to limit the damage where he thinks he can do so.

    We’ll wait and see.

    In the meantime, elsewhere, the muck-raking, mud-slinging and hatred (which I was condemning) continues…

  8. “Jacques, hija bizzejjed din bhala election matter biex nifthu diskussjoni?”

    Appuntu man, twahhalx fija issa ok?

  9. Sandro is obviously right about all our talk not applying to the vast majority of Maltese people.

    I blogged about this yesterday. We’re here because we have (or think we have) a good knowledge of politics or because we are floating voters etc. We question ourselves, “whom to vote for?” (Those who say it took them 2 seconds or less to decide, are only here to canvas for their beloved parties – the pulcinelli tal-partit). I bet at least 90% of the Maltese people decided whom to vote for before they even saw the parties’ proposals. It could be because they got beat up by a Labourite cop 25 years ago, or because 50 years ago Mintoff helped them feed their children, or because they’ll simply vote for who’ll let them obliterate migratory birds and so on. People vote for all the (in my opinion) wrong reasons.

    I don’t want to be one of them, Sandro, and neither do you. Talking here helps us with this, even though we know we’re at the mercy of Zeza ta’ Bubaqra in the end. You know how good it feels to let it all out in a long-ass blog. That’s feeling is good enough for me to go on.

  10. “I don’t want to be one of them, Sandro, and neither do you. Talking here helps us with this, even though we know we’re at the mercy of Zeza ta’ Bubaqra in the end. You know how good it feels to let it all out in a long-ass blog. That’s feeling is good enough for me to go on.”

    Grazzi Keith talli xi hadd indenja ruhu jkompli fuq argument tieghi.

    Keith, il-punt tieghi mhux dan kien pero’.

    Jiena m’ghedtx li ghandha titwaqqaf id-diskussjoni matura. Jiena just ghedt lil Jacques li l-election matters ma jistghux jigu diskussi ghax MA HEMMX ELECTION MATTERS.

    L-affarijiet maturi li hawnhekk qed jigu diskussi huma izjed affarijiet dwar suggetti specifici li m’ghandhomx x’jaqsmu ma’ l-elezzjoni. Jibdew fuq kuntest ta’ elezzjoni u jigi zvijat…imma ovvja ghaliex jigi zvijat.

  11. I believe Daphne has done a lot to degenerate this “political debate” into the lows we find today.

    I always recall the tit-a-tat of course, but with Daphne there is a sense of horrid intellectual fascism… the Italians use the phrase nicely (fascismo intellettuale) – its meaning goes deeper in Italian.

    On our side I see we are reacting to Daphne in the same vein and with the same vigour… and so do all Labour supporters who ever read what she writes. So on her part, she gets what she deserves, but then you get people like David Friggieri who get the blunt too in this knee-jerk reaction to intellectual fascism.

    That’s how it’s played out. These are not letters to editor, but knee-jerk, Internet reactions in a world going fast, faster and faster still.

    My advice to David: grow a thick skin, man, and stop worrying over the past. (and in this fast world, an hour is already passato remoto).

    cheers to all, including the horrid Daphnites.

  12. David Friggieri

    Keb –

    These things can be very damaging.

    If I say “I hate Liverpool supporters” and meant “I hate Liverpool supporters”, I’d handle the responsibility, thick-skin and all. If not I wouldn’t have written it in the first place.

    But if I say “Guys, why all this hate?” and it’s taken to mean “I hate Liverpool supporters”, then I get mightlily pissed off and angry and will attepmt to clear my name in all possible ways.

    It’s as simple as that.

    What does “then you get people like DF who get the blunt too…” mean? Ma fhimtx.

    David The Rhino

  13. My heart goes out to you David. It seems that the more one tries to be reasonable, cool headed, and mature, the greater the chances that one is misinterpreted. A quick scan of the comments in the Confessions of an Atheist blog show just what keb means by “a world going fast, faster and faster still”. He was so caught up in this merry go round that he didn’t even bother to click the link and read the source of the quote, but simply took it at face value and steamrolled ahead with the suppositions, the 2 and 2 together make 12, and the resulting accusations.

  14. I think, that what we need first and foremost in this country is a greater civic awareness and more responsbility as citizens which includes a sense of seriousness at the ballot boxes! We have to colour everything and we do not look at the pros and cons. let us take, as an example, this campaign – all we have heard from the opposition is a list of “What to do” without the related “How to do it”; I would have expected more strategy and policy from a person who alledges to be a Harvard graduate! and then when all else fails..what do we do…we sling mud around, thick and wet in places! I doubt that anyone really has got anything on anyone, but we call everyone’s bluff and carry on regardless! I always mention the time when I lived in the UK…it was the height of the Thatcher years and labour was not really a force to be reckoned because they lacked leadership and foresight..it took them a good number of years before anyone trusted them (and now that may have been too hasty, we think)..a new beginning needs to start from within and any politician needs to understand that change does happen once you are prepared for it and can face the future with determination……i have compared both manifestos and i know what i would choose, which one is credible and which one has strong leadership to carry on with the economic and social growth we have seen over the last few years! I trust that many of you do do form part of that decent society which can recognize that way which is open….?

  15. David,

    ha nghidlek haga.

    Naf li forsi mhix importanti ghalik u mhux se ssolvi s-sitwazzjoni.

    L-ewwel nies ninghaqad ma’ Alex, Jacques u l-bqija pero’ nassigurak li KEB, li nafu sew hafna, ma kellu l-ebda ntenzjonijiet hziena.

    Nafu sew lilu.

    Il-problema f’dis-socjeta’ huwa li tant kemm ahna busy u kulhadd ibellaghlna li xi hadd jghid xi haga u nifhmuh bil-kontra.

    Mhux qieghed hawn biex niddefendih. Pero’ anke’ mieghi jaghmilha, u jaghmilha hafnaaaaaaa lol, imma naf cert li mhux b’intenzjoni.

    Hallikom mill-kospirazzjonijiet u ejja ninghaqdu.

  16. hija l-isfortuna ta’ l-internet u l-facilita ta’ one click opinion making (kif nghidilha jien). kulhadd mghaggel, kulhadd mohhu biex jghid u mhux biss jisma’. meta taghmilha persuna wahda, zball normali ghax kulhadd bniedem. izda meta jaghmilha pajjiz SHIH, qed niffaccjaw problemi serji ma’ wiccna. Slow down, take it easy, thallux id-dinja tigri bikom. m’ahniex ballun f’sieq Maradona!

  17. Jien minix sorpriz li affarijiet bhal dawn jigru. Jien dejjem nipprova nargumenta b’mod oggettiv fuq il-politika, kemm matul legislatura ta’ gvern u anke waqt elezzjoni. Pero waqt l-elezzjoni qisu tant ikun hawn deni illi hadd ma jibda jirraguna. Argumenti sura ma jezistux. Nies li s-soltu jghidulek ma tinteressanix il-politika juru “their true colours” u jibdew ixejjru l-imkatar. Sahansitra anke ma’ tad-dar spiccajt iddecidejt li nillimita kemm nista l-argumenti fuq il-politika, ghax kif appena nghid xi haga kontra Gonzi jew il-PN nibda nigi akkuzat li sirt Laburist. Sfortunatament, f’daz-zmien, hadd mhu kapaci jkun oggettiv. Bizzejjed tmur fuq il-website tat-Times u tara nies jitmashnu fuq il-U turn ta’ Sant ghax mar ghand il-kummisarju meta jekk hemm xi hadd li ghandu ghalxiex jisthi fuq din il-bicca tax-xoghol huwa JPO ghax m’hemm xejn li jindika li huwa vergni. Fil-kultura taghna li nittrattaw il-partiti politici daqs li kieku kienu timijiet tal-futbol, ixxejjer il-bandiera anke jekk ikunu qed jaghzqu fil-hama. Imma l-futur tal-pajjiz mhux xi trofew ta’ kampjonat. Jekk l-ghazla tkun wahda tajba, kulhadd ha jgawdi. Jekk l-ghazla tkun wahda hazina, kulhadd ha jbati. Sfortunatament, il-maggoranza tan-nies, fid-deni ta’ elezzjoni, u quddiem il-karta tal-vot, ma jaslux ghall-konkluzjoni taghhom b’mohhhom.

  18. dispassionate

    This blog is a refreshing parallel umiverse from the depressing realityn in the streets outside…but what lies outside is reality. When it comes to the crunch, we’re back to the tribal instincts….

    The following excerpts from a Malta Today interview with anthropologist Prof Boissevan, describes the situation succinctly.

    “Prof. Boissevain says it is common for small scale, family-centred societies to view things in black and white, or rather, in Malta’s case red and blue. He has found similar traits in Greece and Sicily.

    “A country with no perception of grey areas and middle ground is doomed to antagonism. Perhaps an experiment with a different electoral system that would give space to other political parties would decrease the corrosive political factionalism. As things stand, Malta is a one-party State for five years,” Prof. Boissevain stresses.”

    This interview dates back to 2001. Little has changed since then.

  19. Nifhem perfettament dak li qed jghid Gold Roast.

    Kemm il-darba f’dawn l-ahhar gimghatejn pruvajt nuri lil membri tal-familja tieghi jew hbiebi li bil-PN m’ahniex f’genna tal-art. Jibdew jisimghuni imbaghad jghiduli xihaga tipo “imma kieku taht il-labour inkunu ghar” jew “hemm il-korruzjoni vera, imma taht il-labour ikun hemm iktar” et cetera. Hemm xi certezza fuqha din? Issa qed nghidha jien li iddecidejt li mhux ha nivvota Labour, imma nistghu nieqfu nitnejku b’ina nfusna?

    Hawn wisq nies jivvutaw f’certu mod minhabba xihaga li grat jew meta kont ghadni qas twelidt, jew meta qas kienet ghadha twieldet ommi. U hemm wisq tfal ta’ dan-nies li jivvutaw kif ghallmuhom jaghmlu il-genituri taghhom, li jhallu haddiehor ibellghalhom l-opinjoni taghhom.

    Kulhadd jiswa vot wiehed biss f’elezzjoni. Tista tmur ixxejjer il-bandiera f’elf meeting, jew tiehu il-kafe ghand il-ministru ghax xorta vot wiehed biss tiswa. Il-vot huwa tieghek u tieghek biss. Ghamel dak li huwa l-ahjar ghazla ghall-pajjiz mhux ghall-partit. Partit Politiku mhuwiex bhal tim tal-football li tibqgha zzomm mieghu bilfors, anke meta jinqabdu jixtru ir-referees u jispiccaw inizzluhom Serie C2.

    Bnedmin intelligenti huma floating voters biss. Issa jekk wara hafna hsieb floating voter kull 5 snin kumbinazzjoni dejjem issib ruhu jiffloatja lejn l-istess partit, ma jimpurtax. L-aqwa li l-ghazla ghamilha oggettivament.

    Mela tivvota MLP ghax imnalla kien Mintoff fi zmien ta’ wara il-gwerra?

    Mela tivvota PN ghax tawk xeba il-laburisti meta kont student fis-77?

    Daqshekk iebsa tivvota ghall-5 snin li gejjin?

  20. Flok floating voter nippreferi nuza intelligent voter jien. Dan ifisser li l-ohrajn injoranti? Iva. Kif qal Keith, jista wiehed jinzerta jivvota l-istess partit iktar min darba, basta jghamel hekk fuq ragunijiet tajba, u mhux ghax hu puppet ta xi partit.

  21. @Keith

    Hekk hu. The typical argument of the person traditionally voting Nationalist.

    “Kieku hemm il-Labour fil-gvern qieghdin ghar.”

    “M’ahniex qieghdin tajjeb imma jekk jitla l-Labour ha nfallu.”

    “Ghax jekk jitla l-Labour ikisser dak kollu li ghamel tajjeb il-PN.”

    “Ghax Charles Mangion qalli li ghandi DNA hazina.”

    I mean what’s so difficult to sit down and think: “What do I prefer? Two years of Sant government? Or four years of Gonzi? Should Gonzi be given a second chance? Should Sant be given a second chance? Should I give my vote to one of the smaller parties? Should I even vote?”. Both have been tried and tested. Both have their good and bad qualities. No one’s taking a plunge into the unknown here.

  22. David, you asked what I meant by “then you get ppl like DF who get all the brunt”

    it means that when you have someone like Daphne disparaging and pissing on half the nation, you get knee-jerk reactions to it, especially on the web. With that misplaced quote you got the brunt that should otherwise be reserved for ppl like Daphne and Daphnitres in generally.

    See that you are not a Daphnite, but still got what Daphnites deserve, then you got the brunt undeservedly.

    Hope that’s clearer.

  23. Sorry for typos… should read: Seeing that you are not a Daphnite,…”

  24. David Friggieri

    Irridu nifhmu ukoll, l-ahwa, li d-demokrazija ma tfissirx biss li kulhadd ghandu dritt jitfa’ vot kull hames snin. Biex tithaddem sew, id-demokrazija ghandha bzonn hafna elementi ohra li jahdmu sew. Jacques, jien u ohrajn qed nippruvaw nuru li bhalissa d-demokrazija Maltija hija batuta, jew batuta hafna. Ghal hafna ragunijiet li ssemmew fil-bloggati ta’ l-ahhar tliet xhur. U dan kollu johrog car u b’mod vjolenti meta toqrob l-elezzjoni.

    Imma hemm it-tama li l-affarijiet jistghu jinbidlu.

  25. …and to be fair on everyone, it is noit that Daphne is intrinsically a “bad person”. I think, other than her clear obsessions, what she says comes out hard because she hammers it well.

    Without sounding self-appraising I should add that I myself at times wrote hard-hitting comments and articles which created heated reactions when my intentions were to hammer a point rather than destroy a person.

    I think Daphne is not realizing how destructive her pen is (other than her being blindingly prejudiced).

  26. “Imma hemm it-tama li l-affarijiet jistghu jinbidlu.”

    Tliftha dik it-tama habib jien.

    Nixtieq niltaqa’ mieghek jekk ghandek il-pjacir.

    Jiena m’inix dak biss li jitkellem pastaz u johloq strategiji biex ikecci n-nies minn hawn hehehe

  27. “I think Daphne is not realizing how destructive her pen is (other than her being blindingly prejudiced).”

    Naqbel mieghek man.

    Jiena u nippostja l-artikli taghha fil-web-clone qrajt erba’ artikli li jiddeskrivu lil Jason u lil Jo Said faqawni bid-dahq. Kwazi l-istil tieghi ghandha f’dawk l-artikli specifici. Il-mod kif tiddeskrivi eccetra. hehe u mbaghad jista’ johrog li ghandha ragun f’dak il-kuntest partikolari.

    Imma ghandha rasha tad-dimonji l-mara hi. Ma tridx titghallem mill-Master of the Blogs.

  28. David Friggieri

    Sandro –

    Ideat godda trasmessi b’mod konvincenti. Dak li ghandna bzonn. U dak li qed nippruvaw naghmlu.

    Ma rridx ninstema’ qisni Gwanni Pawlu II u nghidlek “Never Be afraid” imma insomma dak hu l-messagg.

  29. Jien ghandi tama imma fil-generazzjoni tieghi u ta’ warajja u dawk li ghad iridu jigu.

    Fi kliem iehor iridu jisparixxu hafna xjuh u nies tal-mezza eta qabel il-maggoranza tan-nies ikunu oggettivi. It-tfal ta’ dawn in-nies oggettivi x’aktarx jitilghu oggettivi bhall-genituri taghhom. Probabbli nkun sirt xih qabel inkunu poplu fejn il-maggoranza tivvota f’mod inteligenti.

    Qabel dak iz-zmien ha jkun ghad hawn wisq nies li jahsbu li tal-Labour kollha hamalli u njoranti tas-South, u wisq nies ohra li jahsbu li tal-PN kollha ghanjin tal-pepe mic-centru et cetera et cetera.

  30. Il-problema ta Defni hi li darba kull hames snin tibda tohrog il-hdura u tinsa xi tkun qalet hi stess fis-snin ta qabel. Tipprova tilghaba tas-superjuri, imbghat darba kull hames snin tibda tattakka personali lil min ma taqbilx mieghu.

    U ma nsemmux l-aktar punt farsesk, li hu li tghajjar bil-parrokki u “eye-brows” meta hi mhix xi miss universe!

  31. Keith, qed toħlom xbin. Niftakar wara l-elezzjoni ta’ l-87, kulhadd beda jgħid li issa Malta dawret il-folja, il-poplu se jkun inqas partigjan, il-politika ssir matura u nidbew nivvotaw b’mohhna. Arani nidhaq. L-affarijiet mhux se jinbidlul. Iz-zghar telghin tarahom differenti mix-xjuh? Lanqas xejn. Is-sistema fiha nnifisha tipproduci dan il-partigjanizmu u injoranza. Skuzani li qed ninstema’ negattiv imma ma narax soluzzjoni ghajr li kollha kemm ahna, kull min jemmen li hemm bzonn bidla VERA (u mhux lip service) u REVOLUZZJONARJA, jipprattika filosofija ta’ non-parteċipazzjoni. Izda mhux wahdu. Hemm bzonn li ninghaqdu, grassroots of the disenfranchised, u nsemmu lehinna.

  32. “Jien ghandi tama imma fil-generazzjoni tieghi u ta’ warajja u dawk li ghad iridu jigu.”

    Nispera li mintix qed tirreferi ghall-“anti-establishment” university students li biddlu dibattitu f’mass meeting tal-PN.

    Nixtieq hafna li dak li qed tghid hu veru. Pero “the budding politicians” jidhru l-istess pezza ta’ dawk ta’ qabilhom, jekk mhux ghar, ghax dawk ta’ qabilhom almenu kellhom xi forma ta’ vizjoni. U l-bqija taz-zaghzagh, tihom flixkun birra u maktur u erhilhom ixejjru waqt il-mass meeting. Issaqsihomx x’inhi l-ideologija tal-partit u jekk taqbilx ma dak li jemmnu fih, ghax daqs li kieku saqsejthom l-aktar mistoqsija ambigwa.

  33. dispassionate

    Ħaqq Defni!! Ħa nħalluha bi kwieta din il-povra mara? Kważi kważi qed nibda nitħassarha.. issa kuntenta l-blog tagħha (għad ma kelliex ċans nidħol fih -not my cup of tea, naħseb) u “live and let live”!!

  34. Mhemmx ghalfejn ma tivvotax, alex. Tista tghazel li tghati l-1 lil partit iehor. X’differenza tghamel billi ma tivvotax?

    Tajjeb li ssemma lehnek, u jien ta kuljum immur kontra l-kurrent (zur il-blog tieghi u tkun taf – skuzani tar-reklam, jacques 😉 ) Imma billi ma tivvotax x’se jigri. Xorta l-maggoranza tiddetta.

  35. Jacques said: “We are wasting precious time on this issue one the last of two days we can discuss election matters. ”

    Hey hey hey! What is this about? This business of no political commentary on voting day doesn`t extend to people on the internet who are outside the country does it? They can take my life but they will NEVER take my internet connection.

    JACCUSE COMMENT: No Matthew. Actually the blog can be read in Malta and therefore is technically subject to the same laws (it would be different if it were a foreign blog written by a foreigner). Midnight on Thursday will be the last posting time for J’accuse. Until Sunday.

  36. dispassionate

    typo: issa kuntenta bil-blog tagħha

  37. The reason why we should stop mentioning D****e is that we are fuelling her importance. People of this kind should be ignored until they feel that their growl is being lost in the wilderness.

  38. No, Gold Roast. Let her have her fun. The higher you rise, the harder you fall 😉

  39. “skuzani tar-reklam, jacques@”

    heheheheheheheh no comment.

  40. “The reason why we should stop mentioning D****e is that we are fuelling her importance.”

    – Jiena din fhimtha qabel Jacques ghalhekk kont nigi naqlalha hawn gew flok fil-blog tieghi.

  41. U iva, billi nghamel riklam jien, ghamlet tant Defni! 😉

  42. “Sandro –

    Ideat godda trasmessi b’mod konvincenti. Dak li ghandna bzonn. U dak li qed nippruvaw naghmlu.

    Ma rridx ninstema’ qisni Gwanni Pawlu II u nghidlek “Never Be afraid” imma insomma dak hu l-messagg.”

    Habib,

    jiena ideat ghandi hafna u fid-dinja mignuna tieghi nemmen li huma konvincenti. Il-problema hija li jekk tikkonvinci b’mod dokumentat lil PN die hard li l-inceneratur johloq il-particelli z-zghar u jeqirdek bil-mod il-mod u jirnexxielek tikkonvincih, ftit wara jara lil Pullicino on TV (mhux jiltaqa’ mieghu personali) li dan kull ma jghid li l-inceneratur ma fihx perikli u ma jaghtix rendikont, just jghid hekk, dak il-PN die hard se jemmnu. Ovvjament l-istess fuq in-naha l-ohra tal-kamra.

    Allura man, nahseb jiena, l-ideali li niehdu d-dinja bin-nejk.

  43. Le, mhux niehdu d-dinja bin-nejk Sandro. Nisplodu l-incineratur!!!

  44. David Friggieri

    Alex – int hiereg dritt minn Clockwork Orange, jew?

  45. No my brother, daqshekk gravi m’inix. imma l-ispirtu punk gieli jitheggeg u jesprimi ruhu.

  46. Too late for that Gold Roast (ignoring Daph… ooops… D****e). MLP should have thought about that a long time ago. She’s there, she exists, she’s made it her mission to destroy Sant… Ignoring that fact at this stage would be playing the ostrich.

    Yet is not all that simple for HER… that woman… (hehehe). There’s what is know as ‘overkill’ and ‘blowback’ – in politics they often go together: that’s when a strategy backfires. So let’s see what happens next.

  47. Idejat godda ghandi kemm trid jien. Hu di, li semmejt fuq scaremongering forum li hadd ma indenja ruhu jikkummenta fuqa ghal xi ragun –

    il problema tal-AD. Voti ghandom daqsxejn imma huma wisq mifrudin mal-pajjiz. Is-soluzzjoni huwa semplicizisimu – jaqbdu u imorru jghixu f`ximkien fejn hemm hafna djar u fabriki vojta, bhal Albertown jew Hal Far. Jekk KOLLHA jaghmlua, ikollom sigu.

    Lahas hemm ghalfejn tirringrazjani Harry. Ippakja issa u forsi jistaw johorgulekk documenti tal vot godda qabel is-Sibt.

  48. Ideja tajba Matthew, imma mhux prattika.

  49. Jacques,

    ma tridx tinsiha hux?

    Nifhmek habib. Nifhmek. Ostra kif qatatlek linja man!

    Sorry for pasting but I cannot resist the laughter:

    I am going to answer this one, Jacques. Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, as a member of parliament – the elected representative of the people, in case you have forgotten – is not a security threat at a press conference.

    In your eagerness to carry on flogging your own particular dead horse, you have overlooked the essential point that Corinne made: that our entire attitude towards press conferences is wrong. Ours remains the Russian approach, the totalitarian approach. Vetting people as a security threat, as you pointed out, is one thing. Vetting them on the grounds that the speaker might object to their presence is another.

    I’m sorry, Jacques, but in your rush to sound ‘more clever than the rest’ you have simply ended up sounding craven.

    http://daphnecaruanagalizia.com/?p=19#comment-389

  50. hehe Sandro. It’s one of those urges that starts deeps down when you see someone twisting facts in their favour like that. I cannot resist. Not the woman… the argument. I love debate you see… some call it navel-gazing some call it reasoning. Depends on how strong their arguments are…. and here for you is my answer to the above….

    You just can’t resist can you? No Daphne. Press conferences are just that. I did not say JPO is a security threat did I? I said press conferences are sessions where the interlocutor meets the press to answer questions posed by the press. PN knew that. That is why they had to get a non-journalist a Press Card. As I said, follow world events… press accreditation… it happens everywhere… I too hesitate to bring family into the equation but ask any NET journalist who has been to cover EU Summits if it is easy to join them in areas reserved for the press.

    Press conferences are for the press in 21st century media… and not in the Soviet Union.

    You know the worst thing about dead horses?

    They stink.

  51. Simply the best.

  52. Issa wasalna s’hawn? Mill-hazin ghall-aghar. Aktar konvint li wasal iz-zmien li dan il-gvern jitnehha.

  53. In this case it might backfire. Harry Vassallo is not Alfred Sant – and I’m sure many pale blue voters wouldn’t take too kindly to this case.

    Jacques, you may also want to see this – http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=10718810910&ref=nf – “Voting PN (and PN only) during Elections Day”

  54. Ninsab taħt xokk wara din l-aħbar ta’ Harry; jista’ jkun wasalna s’hawn? *speechless*

  55. I’m not surprised at all. After all Harry is not a drug trafficker called Queiroz. He does not deserve a presidential pardon, not even for a crime he did not commit.

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    What Harry says about nearly being arrested on the eve of election

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    Waqt konferenza stampa f’tas-Sliema Dr Harry Vassallo Kap ta’
    Alternattiva Demokratika qal li il-kampanja elettorali waslet fil-qiegh
    taghha meta llum gie infurmat minn gurnalist tan-Net TV illi multa
    imposta fuqu mill-qorti kienet giet ikkonvertita f’sentejn habs. “Din
    kienet ahbar ghalija ghaliex id-decizjoni tal-qorti li ttiehdet hames
    xhur ilu biex il-multa ssir prigunerija avzawni biha l-pulizija erba
    sieghat wara li kien telaq il-gurnalist tan-Net television” qal Dr
    Vassallo. “Din in-nasba ilha tinhema ghal hames xhur billi minflok gejt
    avzat immedjatament bli kien sehh il-qorti, il-fajl thalla f’xi kexxun
    ghal meta jkun utli ghall-Partit Nazzjonalista fl-izjed kampanja
    elettorali moqzieza li qatt mexxa.”

    “Mhux veru dak li deher fil-website tal-Partit Nazzjonalist li dawn
    il-multi gew imposti fuqi ghaliex ma thallsitx taxxa tal-VAT minn
    kumpanija jew minni personalment. Dawn il-multi gew imposti fuqi ghaliex
    kumpanija li ma kellix x’naqsam mat-tmexxija taghha ghal ghaxar snin
    naqset li tibghat ir-returns tal-VAT. waqt li kont nahdem maggha u kont
    immexxi din il-kumpanija dejjem inbaghtu r-returns u thallset kull taxxa
    dovuta. Minhabba li ismi baqa’ jidher bhala l-persuna li tibghat dawn
    ir-returns il-proceduri ttiehdu kontrija u wehilt il-multi jien.

    Illum fl-4.15 gew zewg pulizija l-ufficcju u tawni kopji ta’ zewg
    Dokumenti Biex Persuna Tinzamm il-Habs it-tnejn li huma jgibu d-data ta
    l-10 ta’ Ottubru 2007. F.12.00 kellna konferenza stampa fl-istess
    ufficcju li ghaliha ghall-ewwel darba f’din il-kampanja elettorali
    attendew gurnalist u kamerman tan-Net TV. Wara li saret il-konferneza
    stampa il-gurnalist tan-Net talabni kumment u staqsieni kontx naf dwar
    kundanna biex jien nintbaghat il-habs. Fil-fatt ma kont nafx bl-ebda
    kundanna bhal din ghaliex il-pulizija ma kienux ghadhom kellmuni u minn
    meta jidher li saret id-decizjoni tal-qorti hames xhur ilu jien ma gejt
    mgharraf b’xejn.

    Madankollu bsart li dak li kien qieghed jirreferi ghaih il-gurnalista
    kellu x’jaqsam ma’ kaz ta’ multi imposti fuqi bhala l-persuna registrata
    mad-Dipartiment tal-VAT peress li kienux gew ipprezentati r-returns ta’
    kumpanija. Jien kemm il-darba tlajt il-qorti dwar dan il-kaz u spjegajt
    li ma stajtx nipprezenta kontijiet ta’ kumpanija li ma kellix x’naqsam
    maggha ghal izjed minn ghaxar snin.Bil-ligi kif inhi bhalissa l-qorti
    jidher li ma kelliex ghazla hlief li timponi l-multi u ghalhekk tlabt
    il-mahfra tal-president billi kont qieghed nigi mmultat eluf ta’ liri
    mhux ghax ma thallsitx taxxa izda ghax ma gewx ipprezentati r-returns fi
    snin meta jien ma kellix kontroll fuq din il-kumapnija li minna kont
    rrizenjajt bhala direttur.

    Fil fatt il-mahfra giet michuda u jien ipprezentajt rikors
    ghar-rikonsiderazzjoni tal-kaz

    Minn meta sirt kap ta’ Alternattiva Demokratika ma kellix hin
    nipprattika l-professjoni tieghi u wisq anqas li nkun involut
    f’attivitajiet ta’ negozju. Id-dhul tieghi sar ta’ Lm400 fix-xahar bhala
    impjegat tal-partit. Mhemmx mezz li jien inhallas dawn il-multi li
    jlahhqu mas-Lm6000. Illum sirt naf li l-multi mhux imhallsa jissarrfu
    f’sentejn habs

    Waqt li huma mijiet ta’ nies li ghaddewhom minn inkwiet bhal dan u
    ohrajn hallsu multi kbar meta ma kellhomx jaghti centezmu f’taxxa,
    nahseb li jien biss sibt ruhi mgharraf minn sitwazzjoni bhal din minn
    gurnalist tan-Net TV gurnata qabel elezzjoni u 5 xhur wara d-decizjoni
    tal-qorti.

    Jien kont u ghadni tal-fehma li mhix haga ragonevoli li xi hadd jigi
    mmultat l-eluf tal-liri ghaliex il-burokrazija titlob li jimtlew
    ir-returns vojta fil-hin u lanqas li xi hadd jinbaghtat il-habs meta
    fil-fatt m’ghandux jaghti ta xi taxxa li gabar jew fuq dhul li kien
    ghamel. Jien ma qlajt xejn u ma gvart l-ebda VAT fis-snin kollha li
    ghalihom gejt immultat eluf ta’ liri.

    Sa llum gamilt il-battalja tieghi fil-privat b’inkwiet knir ghalija u
    ghal xhur u snin shah. Ma stajtx naghmel kampanja pubblikka dwar din
    is-sitwazzjoni minhabba li ghandi interess personali u dirett fiha. Izda
    llum li l-Partit Nazzjonalista ghogbu jinqeda b’din is-sitwazzjoni
    personali tieghi nifrah li saret haga pubblika u li b’hekk nista
    nwieghed li naghmel kampanja biex l-infurzar tal-ligi jsir b’mod
    ragonevoli u fejn tkun nieqsa xi bicca karti ma jigi ttrattat hadd bhala
    xi kriminali vjolenti.

    Rigward l-ordnijiet biex nintbaghat il-habs jien rgajt tlabt li tigi
    rrikonsidrata t-talba tieghi biex dawn il-multi ezagerati ma kisrrunix u
    ma jaghmlux hsrar lill-familja tieghi. Bien inhallashom meta ma
    kkommettejt l-ebda reat, ma sraqt l-ebda centezmu taxxa u ma ghamilt
    ebda qliegh jidhirli li hi piena tal-wahx u kontra r-raguni.

    Ma nafx il-President tar-Republika joghgbux li jikkonsidra l-kaz tieghi
    jew le. Jekk ghal darb ohra jkun jidhrilu li haqqni nmur il-habs ghal
    sentejn ghax haddiehor ma mliex formola tat-taxxa jien inmur il-habs. Li
    nista’ nghid minn issa hu li jigri jigri f’din l-elezzjoni, mmurx
    il-habs jew le jien ser naghmel kamanja biex burokrazija qattiela bhal din

  57. Nahseb ftit li xejn hemm x’tikkumenta rigward dan li hawn miktub hawn fuq u fuq il-website tat-Times. PN “the lesser evil” hmmm … hallina trid!

  58. There have been 254 formal requests for Presidential pardons since 2004: an average of 85 a year. Of these, 141 were granted and 113 refused. The overwhelming majority (132) of granted presidential pardons concern pardons or reductions in prison sentences for VAT related offences.

    http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/midweek/2007/07/25/t2.html

  59. Basta nilghabuha ta DemoKRISTJANI! Grazzi talli ghamiltuhieli iktar facli kif se nivvota.

  60. Claire where did you get that article from?

  61. PN have a couple of days to explain to me why an order dated October 2007 was delivered on the eve of the elections.

  62. Victor Laiviera

    Harry never carried EFA on his shoulders like a certain drug-trafficketr/armed robber/attempted murderer.

  63. Keith
    I reproduced the press release issued by AD during a press conference this afternoon.
    What I would like to underline is the fact that a Medialink journalist turned up for the first time at an AD press conference (an earlier one) and asked Harry Vassallo what his reaction was to being sentenced to two years imprisonment. He said he knew nothing about it. Four hours later the police came up with that judgement…. everybody can reach his own conclusions. As to presidential pardons, I don’t want to go into the merits of any particular case, however it is standard practice to apply for a presidential pardon in VAT cases (the magistrate has no discretion as to what type of punishment he can apply – if the contravention exists – then the fine must be imposed). And well – Queroz got a pardon, but Harry Vassallo seems to be a bigger threat….

  64. Earlier I had stated that a PN-paid thug locking a ONE TV cameraman inside Villa Arrigo was the lowest event of this electoral campaign. Didn’t expect it to get any worse but it did.

  65. Claire can you post the rest?

    Your comment ended short.

  66. This one I mean:

    Li nista’ nghid minn issa hu li jigri jigri f’din l-elezzjoni, mmurx il-habs jew le jien ser naghmel kampanja biex burokrazija qattiela bhal din…….

  67. Too bad Harry was not a PN canvasser as Zeppi l-Hafi was.

  68. Big dilemma… Where the hell do we place this?! Is this election news or just news?!? DIVE didn’t take long to decide… or perhaps GO’s corporate policy has just gone soft for a while.

    http://www.di-ve.com/Default.aspx?ID=72&Action=1&NewsId=50115&newscategory=36

  69. Ejja claire fejn sparixxejt.

  70. Maltarightnow are mum about the Harry Vassallo business. How strange …

  71. Bhalissa Fredu Sant fetah flixkun Dom Perignon tal-52.

  72. This makes Dick Cheney look positively angelic. Well no, not that much, but almost.

  73. Isma guys, ghadni kemm nitfa kumment twil fuq id-Dafni Blog u se nitfghu hawn ukoll biex forsi jiswa ghal xi haga f’dan iz-zmien ta’ Ahmar u Blu (u tikka Ahdar u tlellix).

    Fil-Qosor, Dafni kwotat lil Plato, Burke u Jefferson f’kuntest hazin… cioe kuntest Santosizzat. Fl-ahhar tal-kumment tieghi hemm salt quotes ohra – u qed niftakar ohrajn ferm ahjar imma hemm limitu kemm tahli hin.

    >>>>>>

    Daphne, you embarrass Plato, Burke and Jefferson; you’re quoting them in the wrong context. I’ll explain why.

    Those words relate to powers that legislate and rule. They were not meant to describe petty Red-Blue squabbles on an island province where the Centre-Leftish Right battles the Centre-Rightish Left over the better side of an egg.

    They aim to interpret aspects of tyrannical rule… the relationship between states and the people they govern through the laws they enact and the spirit in which they execute those laws.

    Malta forms part of the ‘United States of Europe’ (to be), complete with the “FBI” (europol) and with one future common defence, and common wars too (that’s the Lisbon Treaty – it’s fact not “conspiracy theory”).

    The Maltese government already has very limited legislative power and it will have much less power (in areas where it matters most) after the Lisbon Treaty enters into force on 01.01.2009 (with subsequent benchmarks, eg. 2014).

    Moreover, the EU of which Malta forms part also forms part of Westen civilization, led by the USA (and that’s where the trends for the future lie, if only you seek).

    The USA and the EU have been harmonising legislation for at least the past six years. The West is gradually uniting under TWO centralised, supra-national governments (very big and powerful). Norwell will love it, give and take racism – which does not suit the powers that rule.

    So here are some more quotes. Just a quick sweep… even if they’d be lost on you. I’m sure your antennae would interpret them through your Santoscopic lenses, equipped with feelers for such fantasies as bewigged marionettes and Lions of Change.

    EU Constitution?

    “The Constitution is the capstone of a European Federal State”
    – Guy Verhofstadt, Belgian Prime Minister, Financial Times, 21 June 2004
    (He could have said it better: a centrlised federation, or as Barroso famously described it last July, “an empire”)

    “The good thing about not calling it a Constitution is that no one can ask for a referendum.” – Italian Interior Minister Giuliano Amato, Vice presdient of the Convention that drafted the Constitution for a new EU which they called “European Union” (x’kummmbinazzjoni!).

    Lisbon Treaty?

    “Looking at the content, the result is that the institutional proposals

    of the constitutional treaty… are found complete in the Lisbon Treaty, only in a different order and inserted in former treaties. […] Above all, it is to avoid having referendum thanks to the fact that the articles are spread out and constitutional vocabulary has been removed. […] They are therefore imposing a return to the language that they master and to the procedures they favour, and in doing
    so alienate the citizens further.”
    – President of the Convention that drafted the EU Constitution, Valéry Giscard D’Estaing, Le Monde (27.10.2007).

    Freedom?

    Let’s look at the US past for that is where the EU future lies (give and take the Soviet added flavour):

    “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism” – Thomas Jefferson

    “The real rulers in Washington are invisible and exercise their power from behind the scenes.”– Justice Felix Frankfurter, U.S. Supreme Court.

    “Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” – President Woodrow Wilson

    “War on Terror”?

    Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
    ~ Benjamin Franklin

    A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
    ~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised “for the good of its victims” may be the most oppressive.
    – C. S. Lewis

    “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
    – John Adams (1814)

    “In a totalitarian state, it doesn’t matter what people think, since the government can control people by force using a bludgeon. But when you can’t control people by force, you have to control what people think, and the standard way to do this is via propaganda (manufacture of consent, creation of necessary illusions), marginalizing the general public or reducing them to apathy of some fashion.”
    — Noam Chomsky (in better days, when the bludgeon and the cage were used less, and political correctness was only starting its transformation into totalitarianism).

    And from the devils’ mouths:

    “The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State.”
    – Dr. Joseph M. Goebbel

    “The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.”
    – J. Edgar Hoover

    “We are on the verge of global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order”
    – David Rockefeller (Him)

    “What luck for rulers that men do not think.” — Adolf (Him)

    So, you see, tyranny in Malta is not about Sant or Gonzi. It’s about the laws being enacted and those as yet to come, compounded with the decisions to be taken by intricate powers who we not only do not know, but do not even know we ought to know.

    Vote Harry, get Freddy!

  74. Has anyone saw Gonzi’s press conference yesterday? During his answer to an AN’s question, Gonzi mentioned that there are politicians that had VAT arrears to pay. What a coincidence!!!

  75. I just deleted what I had written earlier in relation to the sad news of the arrest warrant issued to Dr Harry Vassallo. I opted to include the following link instead.

    http://euobserver.com/9/25770

    How come GonziPN never mentioned Malta’s performance in relation to social equity, labour market performance and environmental sustainability, as well as innovation. Apparantely, Malta is ranked last.

    The full table can be found in this article:

    http://www.maltastar.com/pages/msrv/msfullart.asp?an=19400

    Iva, flimkien kollox possibli. Qed infallu. Jien nisthi nghid li jien Malti jekk Malta tibqa l-ahhar, sena wara sena.

  76. Isma guys, ghadni kemm tfajt kumment twil fid-Dafni Blog u se nitfghu hawn biex forsi jiswa ghal xi haga.

    Biex nifthemu: Dafni ikkwotat lil Plato, Burke u Jefferson fil-kuntest hazin – u cioe fil-kuntest Santosizzat (dawn kienu fil-kuntest tal-liberta u t-tirannija).

    Fl-ahhar tal-kumment tfajt salt quotes – not the best, ghax qed niftakar ohrajn ahjar, imma dak hemm.

    >>>>>>>>>>

    Daphne, you embarrass Plato, Burke and Jefferson; you’re quoting them in the wrong context. I’ll explain why.

    Those words relate to powers that legislate and rule. They were not meant to describe petty Red-Blue squabbles on an island province where the Centre-Leftish Right battles the Centre-Rightish Left over the better side of an egg.

    They aim to interpret aspects of tyrannical rule… the relationship between states and the people they govern through the laws they enact and the spirit in which they execute those laws.

    Malta forms part of the ‘United States of Europe’ (to be), complete with the “FBI” (europol) and with one future common defence, and common wars too (that’s the Lisbon Treaty – it’s fact not “conspiracy theory”).

    The Maltese government already has very limited legislative power and it will have much less power (in areas where it matters most) after the Lisbon Treaty enters into force on 01.01.2009 (with subsequent benchmarks, eg. 2014).

    Moreover, the EU of which Malta forms part also forms part of Westen civilization, led by the USA (and that’s where the trends for the future lie, if only you seek).

    The USA and the EU have been harmonising legislation for at least the past six years. The West is gradually uniting under TWO centralised, supra-national governments (very big and powerful). Norwell will love it, give and take racism – which does not suit the powers that rule.

    So here are some more quotes. Just a quick sweep… even if they’d be lost on you. I’m sure your antennae would interpret them through your Santoscopic lenses, equipped with feelers for such fantasies as bewigged marionettes and Lions of Change.

    EU Constitution?

    “The Constitution is the capstone of a European Federal State”
    – Guy Verhofstadt, Belgian Prime Minister, Financial Times, 21 June 2004
    (He could have said it better: a centrlised federation, or as Barroso famously described it last July, “an empire”)

    “The good thing about not calling it a Constitution is that no one can ask for a referendum.” – Italian Interior Minister Giuliano Amato, Vice presdient of the Convention that drafted the Constitution for a new EU which they called “European Union” (x’kummmbinazzjoni!).

    Lisbon Treaty?

    “Looking at the content, the result is that the institutional proposals of the constitutional treaty… are found complete in the Lisbon Treaty, only in a different order and inserted in former treaties. […] Above all, it is to avoid having referendum thanks to the fact that the articles are spread out and constitutional vocabulary has been removed. […] They are therefore imposing a return to the language that they master and to the procedures they favour, and in doing
    so alienate the citizens further.”
    – President of the Convention that drafted the EU Constitution, Valéry Giscard D’Estaing, Le Monde (27.10.2007).

    Freedom?

    Let’s look at the US past for that is where the EU future lies (give and take the Soviet added flavour):

    “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism” – Thomas Jefferson

    “The real rulers in Washington are invisible and exercise their power from behind the scenes.”– Justice Felix Frankfurter, U.S. Supreme Court.

    “Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” – President Woodrow Wilson

    “War on Terror”?

    Those who give up essential liberties for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
    ~ Benjamin Franklin

    A state of war only serves as an excuse for domestic tyranny.
    ~Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

    Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised “for the good of its victims” may be the most oppressive.
    – C. S. Lewis

    “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.”
    – John Adams (1814)

    “In a totalitarian state, it doesn’t matter what people think, since the government can control people by force using a bludgeon. But when you can’t control people by force, you have to control what people think, and the standard way to do this is via propaganda (manufacture of consent, creation of necessary illusions), marginalizing the general public or reducing them to apathy of some fashion.”
    — Noam Chomsky (in better days, when the bludgeon and the cage were used less, and political correctness was only starting its transformation into totalitarianism).

    And from the devils’ mouths:

    “The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the State.”
    – Dr. Joseph M. Goebbel

    “The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists.”
    – J. Edgar Hoover

    “We are on the verge of global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order”
    – David Rockefeller (Him)

    “What luck for rulers that men do not think.” — Adolf (Him)

    So, you see, tyranny in Malta is not about Sant or Gonzi. It’s about the laws being enacted and those as yet to come, compounded with the decisions to be taken by intricate powers who we not only do not know, but do not even know we ought to know.

    Vote Harry, get Freddy!

  77. I sincerely think that we hit rockbottom with this last piece of News re Harry Vassallo!

    My friends…. there is one thing and one thing only that all this razmataz is all about. It is all about POWER. He who holds on the seat holds all. POWER is a druq and even worse.

    I am all for change but as some comments above have already stated, it is difficult to come by. I am sorry but its all gloom and doom.

    Who is left to deal with the shortcomings of our polititions after all? Its us plebs who hit the s##t.

    I am disgusted and will not be part of this dirty game. After all “Every country has the government it deserves.” so be it

    Good Luck Malta

  78. Note to those passing comments in the Times website:
    Saying this is the work of MLP makes as much sense as saying it was the work of the Zionists! Dik il-qarnita is-sewda! Dawk l-ghedewwa taghna!

    Catch my drift?

  79. Lol yeah … the depths of Maltese idiocy saying it’s an MLP conspiracy! But certain blinkered Nationalists, they would blame MLP even if a pigeon shits on them while walking through Valletta.

    Oooh jahasra … xi darba kont nahseb li l-Laburisti boloh u njoranti!

  80. The only logical explanation I can find for this is that, from their polls, PN realized they lost waaay too many votes to AD, they realized they didn’t have a chance in hell of winning this election. So they figured they had nothing to lose by pulling out this hidden card.

  81. this is not pulling out a hidden card Keith. this is vengeance. this is lower than low. this government’s arrogance has surpassed any decency. The timing is so perfect. the PM yesterday mentions politicians that owe VAT and today we see an arrest warrant being delivered to a politician a few hours after a NET reporter asks him about the case. incredible. but there again with Gonzipn everything is possible.

  82. Also, the fact that 4000 more voting documents than usual will go uncollected (most of which from PN strongholds) had something to do with it.

  83. Rupert: PN wouldn’t have done this if it weren’t in dire straits.

  84. GonziPN are in dire straits.

  85. Even more than before. But I think, the way they saw it, they had nothing to lose by trying.

  86. I think the Maltese are in dire straits.

  87. no Gold Roast, the winds of change are blowing hard.

  88. Yes Rupert, I agree. Probably, the way things are evolving, MLP is indeed the lesser of the two evils. But, lets face it, if Alfred Sant wins it, he will win it by default not because he has impressed much as a politician. So yes, even the Maltese are in Dire Straits.

  89. Rupert,
    to be fair, Gonzi mentioned politicians owing VAT when he was adressing AN’s journalist. Everyone took that as a direct reference to a particular AN candidate. I’m not defending PN or anything. I’m just saying let’s be a bit careful in making assumptions.

    On a personal note, I’m still wondering if PN could really act so foolhardy. I mean, a boost like this was beyond Harry’s wildest dreams.

  90. R (are you Raphael?) I was not making assumprions. I was just amazed by the coincedences of this whole event.

  91. R, I disagree. It’s obvious that PN caught wind from some poll or another that AD are gonna get too many of their votes. When 4000 more voting documents than usual go uncollected. When most of those documents go uncollected from PN strongholds. When you add all up all these together, PN didn’t act foolhardy. It simply had nothing to lose by giving it a shot.

  92. We could see that PN realized AD were gonna get loads of their votes because Gonzi changed his view on a coalition with AD.

    THEY CAN FORGET A PN-AD COALITION NOW!

  93. Din ta’ Harry Vassallo tinten.

    L-ewwel nett, dan mhux kaz ta Frodi. Jigifieri ghad li gie processat bil-ligi kriminali dak biss ghax il-ligi tal-VAT imbazrwa (bhal m’huma hafna ligijiet supersonici ricenti).

    Dan suppost kien mill-idu kaz amministrattiv, imma qed nghixu fi stat faxxist komunist minghajr ma nafu.

    It-tieni, kien jigwaddanja kulhadd li kieku l-Qorti setghet ghamlet mandat ta’ qbid fuq prorejta jekk jidhrilha li ghandha tiehu.

    Qed nghix f’Tirannija minghajr ma nafu.

    Ghal kollox noghqodu!

  94. election 2003 only 2300 ie 0,8% of votes remained uncollected and 4% of the population did not vote. this time around uncollected votes will be at least double that amout. if this is a sign of the trend PN is in deep shit. This is just payback time

  95. Rupert, I am not Raphael, he usually signs in full name. And I presume unlike me he already came to his conclusion 🙂

    Guys, something like this had to be planned months ahead. But you seem to suggest that they resorted to this out of feeling in dire straits, facing last minute polls or the uncollected votes panic. Yes the 2 things are not mutually exclusive, but still it’s hard to imagine PN acting so stupid.

    Anyway, if this was PN’s work, shame on them.

    Allow me some time to mull it over please. There’s still time till Saturday…
    Good night.

  96. Well, Gold Roast, I’m not a sympathiser of Sant, but it’s not his fault for being camera shy and phobic – that is the reason why he is awkward. And it is why he tries to avoid questions – for fear of a slight. Remember: he’s constantly under heavy fascistic attack. And the way he himself attacks, he gives his enemies a lot of ammunition. Case in point is the JPO saga. Il-part time farmer jaf kif ghandu jattakka u jilghaba tal-martri!

    Sant is more of an administrator than a politician or a stateman.

    And with “Malta fl-Ewropa”, famus, ghax dak huli ghandna bzonn: amministratur tajjeb. Il-bqija la foreign policy m’ghad fadlilna, la poteri legislattivi fl-oqsma fejn jghodd…

  97. …and one other thing. They’re portraying him as an evil man – ragel ta intern hazin, etc etc… this disgusting vilification is not true. Sant is essentially a good man. Not the xalatur type, and when he tries to be cool jaqa ghan-nejk miskin – ghax ma jafx. He’s a bookworm type, period.

  98. arah il-gonz x’jghannaq lil Pullicino George.

    Jacques qed nistenna bil-herqa Part II u Part III jien.

    Ghax inti ghedt li ghada l-ahhar li se tippostja dwar politika.

  99. @keb

    Never in my posts have I mentioned Sant as an evil man. I do not believe he is evil either, no matter how much people try to demonize him (and here I won’t mention any names lest I give them more importance than they deserve). I don’t believe a “ragel ta’ intern hazin” would still have the utmost respect of his wife (and an intelligent one for that matter) after an annulment. I just feel that he has failed in many aspects to be taken seriously, but I believe 100% that he’s incorruptible. On the other hand, we can see where the EU has put us in the Lisbon scoreboard. Which means that not only are the PN corrupt and arrogant, but also not as economically competent as they portray themselves to be.

  100. Matthew Aquilina

    Stop defending Dr. Sant all you people. Daphne will be disappointed and heart-broken witnessing such acts.

  101. Matthew

    I’m not defending Dr. Sant. I’m just pointing out his pluses and minuses, like Dr. Gonzi also has. Now if not believing that Sant is the devil incarnated makes me a Santist …

    U ghala ***** dejjem tridu ddahluha fil-kredu?

  102. Matthew Aquilina

    I was joking and being sarcastic hehe.

  103. Gold Roast

    I never said that you mentioned anything of the sort. Just adding a comment in line with your previous comment (can’t cut and paste on this blog with Internet Exp.)

    You know what, I wasn’t going to take that plane to Malta to vote, even though I have a ticket. But this venom urging me to fly all the way and vote labour.

  104. I know. 🙂

  105. @keb

    Wasn’t saying that either. I just wanted to make it a point that my not-so-high opinion is not because I see him as the devil incarnate.

  106. georg sapiano on Mar 6, 2008

    I fully subscribe to Daphne’s vision of a society which allows its citizens unshackled access to public events like political press conferences. Quite honestly, I forgot the heated argument Daphne says we had. Not because it happened about, yupp, eighteen years ago, but because it must have been one of those ideas you entertain for a while and then drop. Certainly it is no mainstay of my political credo today.

    True, it is a tad idealistic to believe in free access for all as described by Daphne but, hey, Im contesting an election on less than six hundred liri simply because I don’t want to lie when called to take the mandatory election spend oath( our law obliges candidates to spend only 600 liri on their campaigns. Who am I to criticise idealism in politics ?

    In practical terms then, we’ve seen Xarabank work on a weekly basis. It proves that the principle can work if we want it to. The rest, security arrangements, sufficient space for these events etc, is all detail. Lets get on with it.

    So Daf ,please, don’t keep whipping the man with ideas of his boyhood. Otherwise, this blog is even better than your column.

    Georg

    My reply:

    Georg,

    I would trouble over da’ hood (childhood) of your ‘own’ children. As it stands you do not even seem to know that Sant and the MUT have been in discussions over the reception class for a good two years now.

    Sandro Vella

  107. Georg said, “Daphne… this blog is even better than your column.”

  108. 6,300 voting documents still to be collected

  109. – Waqt konferenza stampa fuq TVM it-Tlieta filghaxija Gonzi jghid li hemm politici li ghandhom problemi bil-VAT. (sa fejn naf jien l-ebda kandidat ta l-AN m’ghandu problema bil VAT. http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/2008/02/24/t1.html )

    – Il-qorti ma tinformax lill Harry ghal hames xhur shah bil-verdett

    – Il-gurnalisti tan-NET jattendu ghal konfeenza stampa ta’ l-AD ghall ewwel darba fil-kampanja elettorali u jinfurmaw lill Harry bil-verdett tal-qrati.

    – Il-puluzija tistenna li Harry jigi infurmat min-NET.

    Dan huwa terrorizmu politiku tal-wahx! Dan kollu jimplika li f’din il-moqzizata ippartecipaw il-PN, il-media.link, il-qrati tal-gustizzja u l-puluzija. Jekk Sant huwa mostru u periklu ghalik u ghal uliedek allura Joe Saliba x’inhu? Din mhiex demokrazija. dan huwa stat dittatorjali li jitterorizza l-avversarji politici bil-habs.

    Joe Saliba, RCC u PSI mhumiex stupidi… hadu riskju ikkalkulat hafna….cioe jafu li ser jitilfu l-elezzjoni u riedu jzommu l-AD barra mill-parlament. Jafu ukoll li ser ikun hemm backlash min votanti intelligenti pero xi daqsxejn hsara ha taghmel dejjem….u nahseb li jekk ghad kien hemm cans mikroskopiku li l-AD jitilghu mill-10 distrett dan issa sparixxa ghal kollox.

    Jekk hemm xi verita fl-ispin tal-PN li jghid li l-MLP huwa wara dan kollu allura il-media tal-PN hija mmexxija mill-MLP ghax kienu huma li faqqaw l-ahbar u mhux Charlon Gouder jew xi brigadist iehor. Jekk hu veru li din il-moqzizata hija holqien djaboliku ta’ l-MLP allura Gonzi huwa pupazz ta l-MLP ghax hu kien li tefa l-botta waqt konferenza stampa fuq TVM u mhux Sant.

    Jekk din il-moqzizata hija xoghol il-kummissarju allura Gonzi u l-gurnalisti tal-PN huma ikkontrollati minn Rizzo.

    Kollox jipponta lejn Joe saliba et al. Sfortunatament kif dejjem gara fl-istorja ta pajjizna qatt m’ahna ser nkunu nafu l-verita. Jekk trid aktar min dan ivvotta MugabePN.

  110. I have just posted this on The times website re Harry’s warrant for arrest. I also thought it would be relevant here (and because it takes them ages to put up the posts so I have no idea when or if it will appear)

    There are more conspiracy theories posted on this site than a Mel Gibson movie. I have always known that we Maltese are, by nature, a suspicious people, but what many of the comments reveal is that many have completely lost their trust and faith in our political system.
    No wonder so many are disillusioned and frankly nauseated at the depths to which this “election campaign” has sunk.

  111. Matthew Aquilina

    LOL@MugabePN

  112. Even PutinPN fits like a glove.

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