They Cannot be Serious

From the Times:

MLP leadership hopefuls asked not to speak to the press
The electoral commission overseeing the process for the election of Labour Party leader has written to all those showing an interest in contesting the election, asking them not to give comments to the press. The letter, signed by Joe Falzon, chairman of the commission, is dated April 1 but is being taken seriously by the candidates.

Comments will follow later. Meanwhile I am off for birthday dinner.

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14 responses to “They Cannot be Serious

  1. Sandro Vella Says:
    April 3, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    “XXXX them!

    Sandro”

    Was XXXX meant to be LOVE or KISS?

  2. It just meant that Jaccuse is dinnering with his wife and it is not fair I speak rude when I know he cannot censor me for a few hours.

    So,……………

  3. danny attard

    is this a 1st April joke or what? amazing minds. How do they manage to come up with such ideas. If the PN would want to frame-up labour, i’m sure the PN would struggle to compete. With friends like these the MLP certainly does not need enemies 😦

  4. Dining Sandro, Dining. God, Daphne’s moderator would have a field day with your comments.

  5. hehee

    Dinnering with your wife.

    He corrected Dinnering. Haha

    I am God.

  6. You mentioned Daphne’s name.

    You are missing the comments eh!!!!!!

  7. danny attard

    appears to have been lifted. A good sign that someone is listening. In this age of open communication, the last thing we want is a behind-close-doors attitude. Let the debate and contest rage. It can only better the final decision made for the sole benefit of our nation. Having said that I do appreciate the efforts by some quarters to instigate divide to strengthen hand on the rudder, yet that is a reality us as a nation will have to live with. No temporal power is eternal.

  8. dispassionate

    My plea for the MLP is simple: either become a credible alternative to the government, or else make way for one. The time for puerile internal party political games is clearly over. Malta’s democracy is at stake here.

    The development reported in the Times , together with reports on attempts to disqualify GA from contesting the leadership position indicate that a serious crisis is round the corner for Malta’s democratic system. If the other leadership contenders set themselves up as accomplices to this blatant anti-democratic behaviour through their tacit consent, any eventual winner will be discreited from the outset. In effect, this will leave PN as the sole viable party in the offing for the next five years, and that prospect will fill only the most die-hard of core PN supporters with glee.

    These internal party moves are not only a sober indictment of the neandertal mentality in the MLP administration, but also demonstrate a crass lack of respect for the inteliigence of the MLP grassroots. The choice is now obvious for the other contenders for the leadership post – either they simply ignore this directive, or else show ther craven spineless qualities by going along with it despite their private reservations. Worse, some of the contenders might actually exploit this move to their advantage.

    The hope of neutral onlookers is that the contestants do the only decent thing in the circumstance and openly defy or counteract this retrograde restriction. Their leadeship qualities are being put to the test here.. If this does not come about, it is time for the reformist elements within MLP to save their honour by resigning, creating an authentic alternative progressive Social Democratic Party in the process – and thereby relegating the hardecore of old Labour to perpetual wilderness.

    All the signs from the recent election demonstrate that MLP should read the writing on the wall. Either they reform to become a genuine centre-left force on the same wavelenght of their counterparts in the European Socialsts, or they will end up splitting up. The later eventuality would at least allow a decent and credible alternative to take shape, and hopefully pave the way for a more mature and rational political environment to take root.

  9. Dispassionate is right. The gagging order is absolutely uncalled for and will prevent a fair contest. It makes no sense not to allow different candidates to expound their vision, explain their plans. This is the only way in which the delegates can evaluate their respective merits and demerits. If the MLP persist with this attitude then I see a very bleak future for it as a credible opposition party. Sometimes I feel that the MLP is on a protracted suicide trip. While it is true that much of the MLP’s message is distorted or selectively edited by the media, this is no excuse for banning prospective candidates from commenting.

  10. danny attard

    some touches to my previous contribution 🙂

    Having said that I do appreciate the efforts being made by some quarters to instigate divide (within the Labour Party) to strengthen (NP’s) hand on the rudder, yet this is a reality we as a nation have to live with. No temporal power is eternal.

  11. The most unlikely conspiracy theory in the world…

    Could it be that a mole at The Times of Malta informed the Labour Party that the newspaper was going to do a Piers Morgan on the candidates:

    http://lifeandhealth.guardian.co.uk/relationships/story/0,,2270133,00.html

    Now that would’ve been fun…

  12. danny attard

    ‘An unlikely conspiract theory’ would have made me think.

    ‘The most unlikely conspiracy theory in the world’ makes me smile 🙂

  13. Dispassionate states – All the signs from the recent election demonstrate that MLP should read the writing on the wall. Either they reform to become a genuine centre-left force on the same wavelenght of their counterparts in the European Socialsts, or they will end up splitting up. The later eventuality would at least allow a decent and credible alternative to take shape, and hopefully pave the way for a more mature and rational political environment to take root.

    How true

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