The way the news is going it might turn out to be an interesting end of the week. An interesting one for blogging, no doubt about that. Here’s my last tuppence before I leave for the long weekend.
The Nicholas Azzopardi affair is a hot potato. In the interests of justice I might form part of the minority who believes that the role of the media is to be limited to ensuring that justice is proceeding at its own pace. By that I mean that the reassurance that an investigation headed by a retired judge is under way should be enough at this point. Conjectures and theories will help no one. The ifs and buts can only amount to pure speculation and nothing good can come out of that. What is important is the reassurance that the combination of social forces ensure that our society is vigilant and that no wrongs are allowed to escape the scrutiny of justice.
As if that were not enough the police force also have the Mafia-like killing in Birkirkara to handle. It seems that there is not much evidence – they even lack proof of motivation for the crime. That’s going to be a tough one.
Handle the force with care. They are there to ensure the maintenance of public order and all scrutiny of their activity should be maintained within the strict parameters of this perspective. If improvements are needed then so be it. No need to go out with all guns a-blazing on this one.
Will go on this weekend. Labour in Labour called it a regatta (incidentally the LiL site keeps up its mini-spams on other blogs but still has no link list to blogs that I know of). It’s more like a marathon seeing how much time is left till the finish line. In Thermidor fashion I predict that not much will change this weekend barring some reappearance of the Ghost of Mintoff at some meeting. Sant might be tempted to make some star appearance somewhere – it will give us no better clue as to whether Joseph Muscat has been fully emancipated (lunga manu). Varist, Coleiro and the Falzon will continue to play second fiddle to the big Abela vs Muscat confrontation… pity there are no primaries for the weaker candidates to fall off earlier on. Imagine that. And now Fgura, Balzan and Tarxien for the next round of Labour’s primaries. Wouldn’t that be great?
Is still in bumbling mode methinks. It cannot be perceived as work as usual because it suffers from the absence of a working Parliament. PS Chris Said met the Institute of Journalists and could only promise that the Freedom of Information Bill will be first on the agenda upon reopening. Boy haven’t we had enough of promises. Speaking of Said, he also promised an overhaul of the DOI… might be promising. Wait and see.
MEPA reform is far from solved. The boathouses incident tripped Gonzi at the starting line. No amount of apologists will convince me that this was the right way to start MEPA reform. More of the same. We said it before the election and we will repeat it again. They are too comfortable in their shoes.
Headless and factionful. It’s interesting times they are living and we all know what the Chinese have to say about Interesting Times (if you don’t then you have been missing out on my Sunday prize articles). My fear is that the impetus for change will be lost once the guts to tread into areas were Labour has never been before is lost. The “traditionalist” crowd might become the heavy anchor weighing out the movement for change. The danger lies in the fact that one of the candidates might decide to use the traditionalist weight to tip the scales in his or her favour. You can sense this in the reluctance to completely cut away with the past, in George Abela’s sucking up to Mintoff in Qormi. On this level I think Evarist is the one who tries most to bravely test pastures new. He does claim to be a liberal socialist after all. Resentment of national scrutiny of the race is still high. Labourites still believe that it is “THEIR” party and forget that it is “everyone’s” opposition in this country were bipartisanism is practically entrenched in the constitution. Again. Pleasures yet to come.
J’accuse Goes on Semi-Holiday
All this to come to the point where I inform you that in all probability this will be my last post for a couple of days. I leave for Alghero tomorrow morning and am toying with the idea of leaving my laptop behind. I will be back on Monday evening so do not expect much blogging activity until Tuesday. If you really really miss reading the fun stuff you find on this page then don’t forget that there is always the Sunday Independent with a full page of J’accuse treats. (or keep up with the rest of the blogosphere by clicking here).
I’m off to an island where I hope the sun is shining. See you guys soon and please keep the place clean in my absence.
(Comment will be free in the meantime and I refuse any responsibility for comments that are posted while I am away).