Month: June 2017

A People’s Party

A People’s Party

Political parties do not exist for their own sake. They are an enabling tool for the functioning of democracy. It helps to understand where they came from. Commons elected to Westminster were chosen, not for belonging to this or that party, but for being the favourite representative of their constituency. But in a chamber of …

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Note to the PM: We’re not idiots

Note to the PM: We’re not idiots

On election’s eve, Joseph Muscat, wanted to make sure the justified rumblings among employees and people who economically depend on the gaming industry changed nothing in the outcome he wanted out of the election. Not for him electoral loss because of the economic consequences of the corruption in his government. So he resorted to the …

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Two weeks

Two weeks

It’s been two weeks to the hour that this blog has been around. It was two nights after the election result and the first morning back to work and the old routine. Everything was the same again but everything was different. I’ve now been away from the local political scene for over 4 years. I …

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Catch them young

Catch them young

When they had to choose between the obscurantist proto-communist puppets of Libya and western liberal democracy the first time voters of 1981 and 1987 did not have a tough choice. They are 48 to 58 now. When we had to choose between Europe and vaguely described, poorly argued shades of xenophobic isolationism, the choice for …

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Damn right I’m angry

Damn right I’m angry

The Archbishop had to intervene to tell us hate speech is not such a great idea. He did so after Tony Zarb came back from his retirement to incite the lynching of David Casa and Roberta Metsola for doing a Fredo Corleone and taking sides against the family. Alfred Griscti then predictably branded the Archbishop …

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European voters

European voters

The first electoral appointment for the newly re-configured PN, will be the European Parliament elections in 2019. Naturally incumbents, candidates and aspirants will probably already be thinking how they can position themselves to try to carve a space for themselves in the big blue chamber. It’s also by extension a significant position in the national …

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The left flank

The left flank

There is a vacuum in our political framework and nature, to coin a phrase, abhors a vacuum. Labour is thoroughly invested in the irrepressible and irreversible exploitation of the little space that we have. Economic libertarianism has become the central philosophical precept of the political program of the Labour party and profit has become its …

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Change continues

Change continues

There are two stages in the life of a political party. True life is cyclical so one stage gives way to another over and over again. A political party is either implementing its political program or writing it. A political party does not lose its reason for being when in opposition. All this apocalyptic dejection …

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So what does the PN stand for?

So what does the PN stand for?

I remember I was upstairs in the balcony of the hall of the old Stamperija. It was the General Council meeting of the PN after the 1996 election. I sat with the press because I was not even a signed-up member of the party at the time, let alone a Councillor. But it was a …

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To the Labour voter who disapproves of corruption

To the Labour voter who disapproves of corruption

This one goes out to people who voted Labour understanding, perhaps only privately, the seriousness of what had already been proven with respect to Konrad Mizzi, Keith Schembri and Brian Tonna. You are a big, big, big chunk of the voting population. If 55% of our voting population is too obtuse, ill-informed, susceptible to have …

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