Elsewhere on the blogosphere, She Who Continuously Craps on the Greens was elated and gleeful because columnist Mark Anthony Falzon (MAF for short) had something to say about Sammy Meilaq and Tony Zarb and threw in a comparison with the greens:
And the door of Castille? I think it should be left to Graffitti and Alternattiva Demokratika to play the Reds. They are for the most part mollycoddled University types, for whom rallies are just another bit of fun and a chance to wear their Che Guevara T-shirts. They also have nothing to lose. Unlike, unfortunately, dockyard workers
“It wasn’t me who said it” yelled the apologist ecstatically – so it must be right… is the implication. Well not really. MAF is not infallible and in this case all he has done is use a common stereotype propagated by people like DCG in order to drive home a point… not about the Greens but about Sammy and Tony. The point being that the Dockyard workers’ livelihood is at stake and they cannot afford gaffes like announcing all out war in the streets. Ask yourself a simple question: when was the last time the Greens threatened to own the streets and knock down Castille? See… the stereotype works in your mind but not in practice.
The stereotype was useful to drive a point home but unfortunately for Daffers and the rest of the “Get The Greens Out of Politics” crowd it remains just that – a prejudiced stereotype spun by the partisan friendly press.
Incidentally… did Daffers really miss an earlier paragraph in the same article by MAF?
Second, the past 20 years or so have seen the rise of the media as a kind of third estate. Not surprisingly, given that most of the people behind the process were and are paid-up (and paid back) Nationalists, the current government is a master hand at playing the media to its advantage.
It’s not me who’s saying this, is it? Then again, you know what we all think about stereotypes.