Keith Grech has been blogging sometime now on Cacoethes Scribendi. In his first reaction to the PL announcement of the list of candidates for the elections for the European Parliament Keith describes the list as “impressive“. He goes one step further by stating that Labour has ” has managed to achieve the right mix of talent and experiences” in this motley crew.
Of course “motley crew” is my addendum – don’t expect Keith to come up with such kind of colourful phrases about the choice of his party for the next chicken run erm sorry election. Keith is my laboratory rat in this particular post but what I say for Keith’s generous assessment could apply for the assessment by a commentator on the other side of Malta’s duo-chromatic political spectrum.
They have a way with shooting words and ideas you see, and if you do not stop and think you tend to just let the information knock you senseless before you can even think of exercising your mental abilities to assess the candidates. What exactly is “the right mix of talent and experiences”? Is that an inclusive definition? As in right because it includes all that is necessary to appease a hungry voting public? But what would that mean? If every candidate has one or two traits that contribute to the whole then surely the public could find itself short-changed even if a maximum of five find their way to Brussels or Strasbourg.
It’s easy to say “right mix” but then what is the right mix? Is it an exclusive justification? Exclusive as in a good mix because it leaves out unpleasant unwanteds like lets say pro-choice individuals, homosexuals, transvestites or pornstars? What is the right mix Keith? Or maybe I should be asking the reader? What is the right mix?
Perhaps we are being too harsh. After all there is only so much the umbrella parties of ours can do to hit every electoral segment under the sun. The mother of five, the nurse, the doctor, the deejay and the party lackey. Hell the Labourites even have “the one who made way for Inhobbkom Joseph” in their midst. Some will come along and tell you that they have “vast experience of the EU institutions” as PN’s RMTT did last time round in 2004 (presumably those nights studying Craig and De Burca must have contributed to this “vast experience”). Others might tell you that they only campaigned against EU membership for the good of the country and are now on the Labour ticket because … erm because what?
Arnold of AD will be having a hard time explaining why his electorate keeps shifting (that’s a polite way of explaining why he swings from country to country in the hope of getting elected somewhere). Maybe that’s a European quality the others miss after all.
It’s an honest question really. What qualities will the Maltese be looking for in the next MEP candidates? Will the nihil obstat from party luminaries suffice? Will the bluff and banter of the party campaign machines be loud enough to blur the choice between next comet and lackey buffoon? Who knows… in the meantime we just have to make do with the mix…
… haven’t we always?
This post also appears in The Malta Chronicle