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Now we know how the failed coup was born

A friend of mine suggested to watch last Monday’s edition of Bondiplus because he found Tony Zarb’s antics quite entertaining. I didn’t.

Beyond his childish misdemeanour, I was shocked to find out that the GWU in tandem with the anonymous Movement For All And Sundry in Opposition were banking on some disgruntled PN backbencher(s) to vote in favour of Joe Muscat’s motion on the electricity tariffs. Tony Zarb actually claimed that he had just assisted for a “betrayal of the people” while, a few minutes earlier, Hon Charles Mangion claimed that his Movement/Party was not surprised at the vote.  I don’t believe him. They may have not been surprise last Monday, but the main reason behind Muscat’s motion was to get a PN backbencher take revenge on Gonzi.

Anyone who thinks that Muscat’s motion was intended to stir a debate in Parliament that would have been translated into lower charges for us must believe that the pretty girl next door is the tooth fairy. Muscat was hoping for a 1996 re-run. They planned to raise their supporters’ morale and get them all emotionally charged up for election on the day before the vote by organising a ‘national protest’.

This is no conspiracy theory. If one considers the following points, he or she will start to see a very dark and scary picture forming in front of him or her:

  • a number of PN back benchers are (or were) angry at their Party leadership
  • Franco Debono already pulled a stunt and others supported his behaviour (overtly and covertly)
  • MP Jean Pierre Farrugia already hinted that he may vote against the Government – although on a different issue
  • the people who attended the protest were given the impression that there’s a national front against the Government
  • this mirrors the united front of all the constituted bodies bar one (accidentally, it was the GWU, remember?) who openly supported the Government’s call for a YES vote in the EU referendum
  • the day after, the Opposition’s motion is approved by Parliament after one or more PN MPs vote against the party he or she represents
  • there is no option for the Prime Minister but to take some action
  • the Movement’s supporters are all hyped up and they’re calling for an early election
  • polls show that the PN popularity is at an all time low
  • the GWU called its supporters to accompany its officials on Monday – the day Parliament will be taking a vote – all the way to Parliament

However, things did not go according to plan and this grand scheme crumbled. Zarb’s language on TV – both non-verbal and verbal – gave me the impression that he was utterly and bitterly disappointed at the vote. He also went as far as hinting that one or more Nationalist MPs was going to endorse Muscat’s motion.

The day before, he used harsh language during his protest address a priori on those who would eventually vote against the motion. Did he actually think that PN MPs would be peeing in their pants because he called them traitors? Let’s face it, judging by his track record, whenever Tony Zarb berates someone it should actually be taken as a compliment. Common sense tells you that you should be very concerned if someone who consistently gets it wrong, and who furthermore is a blatant mindless puppet on a string, praises you. His compliment should ring alarm bells as you would have – almost certainly – screwed up big time. I will gladly pay for a cruise around Alaska (for 2 people on full board) to award the first person who and manages to find one single measly achievement in Tony Zarb’s record. Zarb’s contribution to the country is way worse than zilch.

The very principle of organising a protest in the current economic climate shows how irresponsible both the GWU (and the anonymous Movement that pulls its strings) are. While I agree that the Government could have and should have handled the energy issue better, this is not the right time for public shenanigans.

Additionally, the anonymous Movement is supposed to be in the middle of a “political earthquake” that marked un bel zero on the Richter Magnitude Scale. They’re obviously not ready to govern – especially at this point in time. This so-called Movement is supposed to be discussing and formulating it new policies. If they were true professionals, a general election at this point will actually be bad news for them.

It was very clear on Monday evening that the plan was to get a MP from the PN’s side to approve the motion thus giving the Prime Minister no option but to resign or go to the polls. I reiterate that this is sheer irresponsibility. On second thoughts, I’ll go one step further. This is sheer madness.

Muscat is trying hard to convince us that he’s business friendly, he’s moderate and progressive at the same time, that he has the business interest at heart. In so doing, he hopes to gain respect of the middle class. This move exposes him and his posse of mustaccuni for what they really are: a bunch of disillusioned power mongers with a massive chip on their shoulder who want to ride on people’s back to reach the forbidden fruit. You know what? This kind of behaviour makes the forbidden fruit even more inaccessible. They’re nowhere near grasping the meaning of Aesop’s story where a greedy couple kills the goose that lays golden eggs.

These are the same people who have been consistently on the wrong side of history for the past thirty years. That includes Muscat rallying for Mintoff while holding his granny’s skirt. If they wanted to turn their anonymous Movement into a true government-in-waiting in order to convince those who never trusted them to make an exception, they should have taken a different approach.

It would have been much wiser from their end to come up with concrete proposals on economic recovery, present them to the public and us decide on who has the better ideas. We have a brain, you know. We can actually think – unlike the mob who clinches any possible occasion to hurl insults at “the enemy”. From a neutral standpoint, I understand them. They have to vent their frustrations – especially after last election where they were fed false hopes.

The Opposition could have scored big brownie points by using its clout and contacts to attract more business on the basis of our political stability and good labour force. This would have created wealth and we would have admired them for doing so.

We would have even been motivated to give them the opportunity to create further wealth in three years’ time by lending them our support – and I use the word lending purposely as we lend our support to politicians. Instead, they chose to do what they know best: shoot themselves in the foot and then proceed to hang themselves.

Worse still, these are the very same people who claim to have the workers’ interest at heart. BULLSHIT. The only thing they have at heart is that forbidden office at the far-away land of Castille.

Gonzi and his Government are no shining stars but like thousands of other people, I prefer to have arrogant gits for Ministers than spiteful assholes who don’t give a hoot about the consequences of their actions as long as they satisfy their glut – at my (and your) expense.

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Written by mickeymalta

04/03/2010 at 17:16