It’s early days for Joseph. There’s no Technicolour Dreamcoat (there’s a tie though) but we are getting to hear many, many words. I’ve written time and again that judging the man from now is an exercise for spurious insinuations and the columnist equivalent of horoscopes and stargazers. He’s already been classified by someone as appealing to a very particular crowd of non-labourites. It’s the same tune of singles/unmarried/idealists etc … you’ve got it… the very same “objects of hate” that were lumped together last time round.
Of course according to the very same classifiers being realist might boil down to assessing the length of a candidate’s suit trousers and schoolboy attitude. Much could be written about many politicians in our parliament and their sense of style. Thank god that Politics and Sex and the City do not fall under the same heading. What we have seen till now is an irritatingly ambitious smart alec who has slipped not so comfortably into leadership shoes. Whether you can judge the man on that is questionable. Opinions on taste will vary – I do not find much that is appealing insofar as aesthetics and style are concerned and I think we are a very very long way from seeing eye to eye on the matter.
It seems that Joseph Muscat is not exactly what women (non-labourite of course) want and quite frankly I wouldn’t give a Sarah Jessica Parker’s ass. Insofar as who or what I will vote for in 2013… I have absolutely no idea. There is no handkerchief stashed in my drawer waiting for a carcade and I have no vested interest in this or the other party getting seats in parliament let alone in its governing the country.
What I am concerned with is the way we do politics in Malta. I have written that both parties are far from running at otimum performance. What I am interested in right now is whether Joseph’s biblical (ouch) words translate into any form of change in the Labour mentality. Because a change in Labour mentality will shift the standard that little bit higher. It might get the nationalist party to try a change of its own. It might even get our politics to a different level. That the nationalist apologists are busy harrying down Joseph even before he has had time to roll up his sleeves and work is interesting and amusing. That they will try to bully people into thinking that they are objects of hate if they toy with the idea of giving him a chance is sad.
Joseph has a long long road ahead. Image concerns are not top of the bill of priorities. His speeches to the Labour crowd will best be forgotten – hopefully by improved, less corny deliveries. When it comes down to substance J’accuse will be here too to lend a hand to constructive critics. In the meantime it is good to see that there is another political factor that gets nationalist tits in a twist to the extent that they have begun to compile the Character Assassination and Voter Bullying dossiers long before the next electoral test. Keep them on tenterhooks I say,all the rest is a load of bull… and Sex and the City.
Sex and the City: On Priorities
“Charlotte: Imagine, being blind and not being able to see a beautiful day like today. Can you think of anything worse?
Anthony: Stonewashed jeans and a matching jacket.”