The government had a very big agenda for the third term, which also included the MEPA reform and a new rent law.The Prime Minister said this election served as a lesson to PN in terms of the risks of losing the majority of voters and added that the electoral system needed to be improved in order to avoid the risk of having a governing party who fails to secure majority support. (www.di-ve.com)
The reason given by Gonzi for changing the electoral system does not bode well for those who have a fair system of representation in mind. Without Sant in the way, with an election still five years off and with what is supposed to be the humble voice of a party that became a government of the minority much more would have been expected from the opening round. Instead we get a system that has to be “improved in order to avoid the risk of having a governing party who fails to secure majority support”. I would have preferred the phrase to be based on simpler, wider concepts that open the way for a mature debate: equitable representation comes to mind. Gonzi’s choice of words will leave us with the worry that we can expect tinkering to ensure once and for all that “meddling of other parties” (that seemed to be the main line of the analysis on NET on E-day plus one) is impossible and that the playground is restricted to two big parties. What can I say? I hope I am wrong otherwise we can expect many more abstentions next time round.
By the way, and here I will sound pro-AD again in order to play along with the idea that this blog is simply an AD set-up, did you notice the two topics highlighted from the new PM’s “very big agenda”? MEPA reform and New Rent Law. So much for Harry’s party being the useless, meddling party.
What absolute rubbish. Then they had the gall to say that the AD’s campaign evidently favoured labour. They had the gall to say that they could not form a coalition with a party who they disagreed with. This too is the result of our faulty electoral law. It has nothing to do with AD and shows a lot about the absence of sense in an electoral campaign where the only stake is the “winner takes all”. Now other blogs will be saying that AD elves sabotaged Gonzi’s speech in order that he sound inconsistent with his pre-electoral campaign.