Those happy, funny guys at media.link have taken up an interesting hobby. Basically every time a coalition government is in trouble they are going to give this news item more prominence than they would have before. The stress will be on COALITION and not on the particular political situation in the country. The reason for this editorial choice is evident: the concept of Coalition has to be demonised in the mind of the people. Don’t expect any documentaries about stable democracies in most other countries of the EU. Expect instead to hear of Serbia’s woes, Pakistani patchwork (anti-Musharraf) and of course Italy.
My gripe here is not about coalitions and their worth but because this is an excellent example of abuse of the media by political parties for misinformation purposes. The media and its reputation has been one of the worst victims of this past electoral campaign. The party campaigns relied on their media and radio-controlled journalists heavily to generate NETspeak and ONEspeak – witness One’s insistence on”caretaker Prime Minister” and NET’s “No Regrets” campaign. It had nothing to do with news and a lot in skewering mentality. The Nationalists know what it means when the media decide to play with people’s minds like when a decision is taken not to mention Eddie Fenech Adami by name on Nationalist television.
To get back to the main argument – coalition – as an option for governance merits an objective out of the box discussion. It does not seem we will get that far, especially with people obsessed with two-party governance. The same people who believe that they have the pulse of the crowd in hand and can affirm that the people only want parties in government”. Thank God that the discussion forum is wider and we can start talking about the “polyphonic” nature of the electorate and how this can be addressed.
In the meantime remember: “Coalitions are Bad, Bad, Bad”.