When a party has been in government for two long it runs the risk of developing a multiple personality or schizophrenia. None of the two conditions are ideal for the general well being of the party.
Whether it is suffering hallucinations of being “holier than the pope” or “more liberal than a brothelkeeper in Soho” the Nationalist party’s multiple facet often boils down to trying to please all of the people all of the time. I do recall an old hand at the PN works in my time who listed Bob Marley as one of his firm favourites. Sadly the person in question passed away so I am not sure whether there is anyone left in Pietà who can sing: “You can fool some of the people some of the time but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time”.
Unless of course the “you” in question has sufficient masks to make us believe that “you” and “you” are not the same person. Take Mater Dei for instance. It was inaugurated in all pomp and circumstance last year (that’s less than 12 months ago) by the Nationalist Party in Government (N-PiG for short). A few months down the line Social Policy Minister brought back from the dead in one of those N-PiG transformation moments is announcing “a revolution” at Mater Dei. The N-PiG will tackle the problem of long waiting lists for operations.
It takes a big big party to be able to be the problem and solution in one. It takes a huge huge party to not notice it. In a way it’s a bit like the fat fat man who cannot see his own private parts whenever he goes to take a leak – most times he might end up making a mess.
Then there is the Edward Demicoli (MEP hopeful) business. Sure the hunters are generally pains in the arse and sure, J’accuse cannot wait to see their sport banned because like bull-fighting and fox-hunting it is as anachronistic as someone riding a penny-farthing. Sure all of that and more. Yet they are not the only ones in this business to fall short of making sense to the reasonable voter.
The pre-EU referendum descriptions given by MIC in order to please the hunting community are documented. There might have been a legitimate expectation that the EU might give in to the whole Spring Hunting thingy but then again any mind worth its salt might have foreseen the difficulty of gettng away with it – you just had to read the law innit? Let’s just say that a more cautious explation would have been more appropriate.
So what happened? I do not blame Ed Demicoli who is quite a hard-working individual. An employee of MIC he was and there is no doubt at whose bidding he was working. The plan was one – please everybody now… talk later. A bit like putting your weight behind a tearful JPO … at least until the elections. It all boils down to one thing I’m afraid.. you cannot trust anything the Nationalists promise you before an election. Their credibility is fast whithering away with the JPOs, the false assessments on electoral weights and voting, and environmental promises in public while promising away pieces of seashore to the biggest lobby group….
We might have been out on a news-commenting slowdown… but we have noticed this and more. Remember… you can fool some of the people some of the time…. but j’accuse ain’t some of the people is he?