Under the Hot Sun even Umbrella Parties Wilt

The MEP election run is still in low gear yet the Great Umbrella Party of Priests and Liberals is already beginning to feel the heat. Of course I am referring to none other than the Party that tries to please all and whose hodge-podge of conveniently chosen principles and promises should be entitled The Great Oxymoron of Conflicting Truths for the Gullible Voter and Fanatic Supporter. Now I can truly understand why erstwhile commentators so firmly believe that the PN is truly a liberal party albeit in cassock and sandals.

I’m sorry but the Chinese-like manner of naming things can be infectious and ever since I read of GonziPN’s renaming of the National Library as the National Palace of New Thinking I am on a roll. That is not what I am here to talk about however. I am here to show you why it is still difficult to please all of the people all of the time or – as I wrote some days ago – why you can fool some of the people some of the time but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.

So back to Edward Demicoli. The brave young turk took a stand on hunting. Against it he was and convincedly so. He is one of the kings’ men in a race for MEP running on a PN ticket to join that other Great Umbrella in Europe known as the PP. Someone else who had sheltered under the same Great Umbrella (the national one) in an earlier race held last year was irked by Ed’s position vis-a-vis all things hunting. Here’s what a local newspaper reported (my underlining):

Nationalist MP Philip Mifsud had confirmed with the party’s general secretary that the PN had not changed its stand on spring hunting before writing an article criticising his own party’s MEP candidate Edward Demicoli. Mr Mifsud yesterday wrote in The Times criticising Mr Demicoli’s categorical stand against spring hunting, accusing him of “compromising” the party to “gain some personal political mileage”.

It transpired that PN general secretary Paul Borg Olivier was aware of the bad vibe Mr Demicoli’s declaration created among Nationalist hunters. Mr Mifsud was elected for the first time to Parliament in the last election from the seventh district, a hotbed for hunters and trappers.

“I am not contesting whether Mr Demicoli is right or wrong on the issue but as a party we promised hunters and trappers that we will defend their right to spring hunting and we have to keep it. The article was my personal reaction but it also reflected that of my constituents,” Mr Mifsud said when contacted yesterday. He said constituents were annoyed by Mr Demicoli’s declaration that he will work to stop spring hunting.

Ouch. So in other words are we to understand that the Nationalist Party has a clear policy to protect the right to spring hunting? Are we Paul? If so, then aren’t we in a bit of a quandary when we choose to vote for Ed Demicoli come June? Will Ed toe the party line or stand up for his admirable principle? This is what Ed thinks:

“I believe everybody is entitled to his opinion so I will not dwell on the article. What is important is that people have a right to know who they are voting for and how they are going to be represented. I have made my personal opinion against spring hunting and on several other issues clear. Now it will be up to the people to decide come June”

Of course you are entitled to an opinion you schmuck (and I say schmuck lovingly and in a very friendly manner)… sadly the voter is also entitled to know whether you will be voting according to your conscience or in line with the latest dictat from Gonzi’s PN. Somehow I get the feeling that this umbrella business can be very unwieldy – to the point that the PN might leave it up to the ECJ to decide its policy on hunting:

Contacted yesterday, Dr Borg Olivier confirmed the version of facts as given by Mr Mifsud. Dr Borg Olivier said the PN’s position on hunting and trapping is “the same as that negotiated and agreed by the government with the EU and is part of the Accession Treaty”. The interpretation of this position is now subject to a case before the European Court of Justice, Dr Borg Olivier added.

Eh? Trust me when I say this… nowhere in the remit of the ECJ is there written that it is bound to interpret the position on hunting and trapping of any umbrella party. If the PN cannot be clear, black on white, where it stands then I am sorry for candidates with balls and guts like Ed Demicoli but voters cannot really afford to throw their ballot in favour of an umbrella that will fly off with the first gust of wind….

When the sun shines, we’ll shine together
Told you I’ll be here forever
Said I’ll always be a friend
Took an oath, I’ma stick it out till the end

Now that it’s raining more than ever
Know that we’ll still have each other
You can stand under my umbrella
You can stand under my umbrella

(Ella ella, eh eh eh)
Under my umbrella
(Ella ella, eh eh eh)
Under my umbrella
(Ella ella, eh eh eh)
Under my umbrella
(Ella ella, eh eh eh, eh eh eh)

This post also appears in the Malta Chronicle.

2 responses to “Under the Hot Sun even Umbrella Parties Wilt

  1. Pingback: The Malta Chronicle

  2. Demicoli ħareġ ‘kontra l-kaċċa illegali’ tard wisq, l-aktar meta hija diġa’ illegali. Allura x’qed jgħid Demicoli: li l-arloġġ se jitreġġa’ lura dwar din il-kwistjoni, u nużaw il-Qorti Ewropeq tal-Ġustizzja bħala paraventu biex nistaħbew warajh? Il-PN irid jiddeċiedi jekk iridx jingħoġob jew mill-ambjnetalisti jew mill-kaċċaturi, u jgħidu bid-dikjarar. Għaliex ma tistax, kif qed naraw u kif spjega tajjeb jacques, toġħġob lil kulħadd.

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