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We’re led by idiots

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Razzie's bedtime reading book for tonight

As you may be very well aware by now, I am not a fan of Josef Ratzinger detto “Nazinger”. Neither I am fond of the institution he represents. Having said that, I respect him as a Head of State, and as a religious leader of millions of people.

I think that by now, he must have been pinching himself incessantly, and he must have been asking his closest aides to slap him hard in the face to make sure that what he witnessed so far is real. In other words, he would want to confirm that he is not dreaming.

‘m more than sure that he must be thinking to himself that he was transported to the zone where normal things don’t happen very often.

When he met PM Gonzi earlier this evening, the Head of Government cracked the silliest of jokes. He said that “he hoped that the ash cloud currently causing air traffic chaos in Europe would delay his departure tomorrow, thus giving him the time to go to Gozo.” Acording to The Times online ” The joke was made during a private meeting at the Palace in Valletta before an exchange of gifts. The Pope smiled, but did not reply” – which is a clear indication that he was not amused. Let’s face it: this is the mother of all bad taste jokes. It’s a joke that one would crack with a friend or relative, or maybe (just maybe) an acquaintance, but not a dignitary. It sounds like a typical comment a classical nerd would pass to the gorgeous chick whom he has a big crush on.

But the best is yet to come. It seems to me that the two political leaders are challenging each other for the Twat of the Day Award. Joseph and Michelle Muscat were carrying their children while they went to meet the Pope. Worse still, Maltastar‘s bid to control the damage is even more ridiculous than their boss’s antics: “Commenting on the meeting, Dr Muscat said that he really appreciated the way the Pope treated and appreciated the presence of his children.” Where in the world would you see this? Not even Gaddafi or any like-minded eccentric idiot would do such a thing? I wonder whether this was a case of Nazinger passed a snide remark about the kids in the room, and the Muscats actually thinking that he was actually complimenting them for their innovative ideas. This is the sort of incident where a polite person would say: “ah! You brought your children. That’s interesting!”

This whole debacle looks like a typical scene out of Blackadder where Joey Baldrick pulls up a stunt to outdo his archrival after coming up with “a cunning plan”  following the news that that Lorry Blackadder made an utter fool out of himself. They truly are dumb and dumber.

As Sir Alan Sugar would tell his (The Apprentice) candidates: “you’re a bloody disaster . . . . .”

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17/04/2010 at 21:45

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Just give us concrete proposals . . . . not fluffy titles

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I'm progressive . . . . even my t-shirt says it

Joseph Muscat is constantly harping about this new movement for progressives and moderates, but to me it seems to be millions of light years away what is considered as being normal in the developed world.

A cursory look at the co-pilot is enough. Anglu Farrugia is the embodiment of anything that is diametrically opposed to progressive AND moderate. He’s an ex long serving cop (can cops ever strike anyone as being moderate or progressive?) and, worse still, he was on the forefront in the Force during the dreadful Mintoff / KMB years. And how can we forget his shenanigans immediately after the electoral was announced in the last election? His reaction was puerile for want of a better word.

The same applies to Alex Sceberras Trigona. His long flirtations with totalitarian regimes in the dreadful ’80s don’t exactly make him an eligible candidate for Mr Progressive or the Nobel Prize for Moderate people.

So if he really wants to gain credibility, Muscat has no other option but to produce a Jason Micallef sequel and replace Farrugia with a decent and truly moderate chap like Gavin Gulia. Ditto for  Sceberras Trigona who has to be replaced by someone who is truly moderate and has no skeletons in the closet.

But the buck doesn’t stop there. That’s just the beginning. Political parties and movements are all about policy. I is the movement’s policy that dictates whether it is truly progressive, not slogans  and self flattery.  Unless Joe Muscat comes up with concrete proposals to be implemented when in government, then this movement is as virtual as my avatar in Second Life.

If Muscat really wants to lead the progressives to the promised land, it is fair to expect that the electoral manifesto in a few years’ time would include the following proposals:

  • the introduction of divorce (a concrete proposal instead of his current gimmick )
  • a legislation in favour of same gender marriages – the formation of a LGBT group is not enough to eradicate discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; it’s yet another empyu gimmick
  • the total abolition of censorship on any form of art
  • the total abolition of archaic laws regulating political and religious satire, and carnival attire
  • a legislation that regulates prostitution so as to protect the prostitutes from their pimps, and their clients from an increased risk of STDs
  • the total removal of censorship on media on the basis that whoever wants to broadcast  and/or distribute pornographic material can do so through dedicated channels with the necessary parental control and anti-paedophile procedures in place
  • a law that allows private establishments to apply for special licenses that will make it possible for them to operate as strip clubs – at the moment we have a typical Rocker watered down version of these clubs and it is absolutely ridiculous
  • the decriminalisation of possession of soft drugs for personal use
  • a law that allows for abortion to take place in the following cases: rape; where there is strong scientific evidence that the baby will be born in a vegetative state; where complications caused by the pregnancy endanger the mother’s life
  • the removal of any restrictions on shop opening hours; if the owner of the grocer shop  down the road wants to operate his business on a 24 x 7 basis, then he should be allowed to do so

By the standards of our European cousins, most of the above points are not progressive at all. If anything, they’re moderately progressive. They’re akin to our big achievement of freedom of speech in 1987 when the whole of the developed world had been enjoying this right for decades.

I can write reams about each and every point mentioned above to explain and justify how it is high time to give the inhabitants of this rock a push towards normality. The claim that EU membership is not a la carte should not only be applied to economic principles. There’s a social dimension to it, as it has a direct impact on the way we lead our lives.

It is so easy to come up with slogans and to give yourself fancy titles. I can call myself superman, but that won’t give me the faculty to fly at the speed of light. The essence lies in actions not words.

Written by mickeymalta

23/02/2010 at 14:22

How dare they?

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Gonzi's PC desktop picture

Gonzi's PC desktop picture

Earlier this afternoon I happened to listen to Gonzi’s address during the extraordinary general council. As expected, this was essentially a long list of reasons why we should all vote for the Nationalist candidates in the upcoming EP elections.

At one point, he made a ‘revelation’ which I found shockingly disturbing. He said that during its last vote in the European Parliament, someone had the temerity to propose an amendment to condemn one of the pope’s recent statements. As if that’s not enough to scandalise the former president of the Catholic Action, a fellow Rocker went a step further.

One of the Labour MEPs actually voted in favour of this amendment while our hero PN MEPs voted against. In view of this, he warned, people should be careful who they vote into the EP as this is also an issue of values. While he stopped short of explaining which statement the EPs were asked to vote against, he also failed to mention which Labour MEP voted in favour. For the record, he also expressed his concerns about Labour’s strategy to attract the liberal vote. Instead of criticising Labour for the huge gap between its progressive claims and its redneck behaviour, he opted to fly the conservative flag.

This kind of behaviour is yet another proof to me that we’re in a sorry state of affairs, and that our Prime Minister’s loyalty lies with the Vatican and not the EU.  It seems that Gonzi was not the only member for the EPP-ED to be offended by the amendment. Their press release on 5 May refers to the Liberals’ proposal to condemn the pope’s claims about condoms as a preventive measure against AIDS as being “totally unacceptable”. This is a good enough reason not to vote for PN candidates.

Ironically, Gonzi himself was reported to disagree with the pope’s claims when he discussed the issue with the Sewedish Foreign Trade Minister, Ewa Björling. So I don’t know what this fuss is all about.

The PN seems to be unaware that the increasing number of liberals on this island tend to hail from Nationalist families, and his utter disgust at liberalism is diametrically opposed to the image of inclusion that he’s been trying to portray for these last two years.

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17/05/2009 at 15:58

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An assault course for expats

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An expat's reaction after finding out about the assault course he'll have to endure to be able to settle in The Rock

An expat's reaction after he learned about the assault course he'll have to endure to be able to settle and work in The Rock

Gonzi is promising you that his MEPs will be working hard to bring more jobs to The Rock. How he expects people to buy into this hogwash beats me, as anyone with a basic knowledge of politics would know that it is not the MEPs’ job to attract businesses but government institutions like Malta Enterprise, Malta Financial Services Authority, Lotteries and Gaming Authority, Malta Tourism Authority (to a certain extent), and others.

I would have expected il-prim to announce a comprehensive reform in government practices and legislation before promising anything of this sort; but our politicians keep thinking that the people who inhibit the island that thinks of itself as having a higher standard of education than the rest of the world are complete idiots.

Attracting foreign investment should be all about convincing big companies to set up units of strategic importance employing hundreds of people from the local labour market. To do this, they would have to send some of their top executives here to run the operation; and in order to convince these individuals who lead a comfortable life abroad to settle here, they need to receive an attractive package.

Let’s face it. If you are asked to leave your country and work in some god-forsaken land, you need to be convinced that you stand to gain. Otherwise why should you bother? Furthermore, a golden opportunity has just arisen. London is Europe’s business capital, and the 50% tax introduced by the Brown government is said to scare heavy hitters away to settle in other counties where they would pay less tax. It’s all over the papers in the UK and I was expecting our wise guys in Castille to snatch the opportunity to take the biggest possible slice of this cake. Unsurprisingly, none of this happened. If Gonzi ‘s government is not being fast to grab these opportunities on its home ground, you can imagine how effective its party MEPs are going to be hundreds of miles away; when they’re just a very small cog in an extremely complex machine. Will you stop trying to take us for a ride, please?

Imagine that you are a top executive in a big company, based in a comfortable office in one of Europe’s big cities, and leading a comfortable life. One fine day, your boss comes up to you to ask whether you would like to run the new operation that the company is considering to set up on The Rock. Being the professional executive that you are, you don’t take hasty a decision, and you start doing your homework to see if you’re going to be better off or not.

After you ask consultants to do some research, you will be presented with the following reality:

Work permits – even though you are an EU citizen, you will need a work permit. Without it, you will not be able to work and this is renewed on a yearly basis. Hence, on paper, if it is not renewed, you will not be able to work in The Rock. This essentially means that you are expected to leave your normal life at home and put yourself at the mercy of some civil servants who will decide whether or not to renew your permit every year. If they decide not to renew your work permit, you practically have two options: leave The Rock or get a new career in the underworld.

You ask your consultants to give you more information about work permits and they tell you that the system is quite strange and archaic. If you get a work permit, you are only allowed to work for that particular company that applies for it. Therefore if you want to change employer, you are once again at the mercy of the civil servants at ETC. If they decide that there are locals who can do your job, they are technically justified to refuse your application. Then you’ll be without a job because you would have resigned from your employment, applied for a new work permit which got refused. However, your consultants tell you that you don’t need to worry about all this because you’re an EU citizen and this whole procedure is just an indirect form of taxation. Just a gimmick. You will be safe and as an EU citizen as your work permit will be issued automatically.

You’re happy about this, but then you realise that you want John Horowitz as your deputy. He’s from Israel, and works with another company. You worked together in your previous employment and you’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to bring him into your organisation.

The consultants explain to you that non EU work permits are not issued in 3-4 weeks as in the case of EU residents. They may take from 3 to 6 months because of international police checks. So technically, poor Mr Horowitz will have to go through the recruitment process, and after he accepts the negotiated package (which usually leads to disengagement from one’s employment and the employee would then be looking forward to the next move), he would then have to wait for a long time before he actually relocates. And if the work permit is refused? Tough luck. He’ll end up jobless; unless he first applies for the work permit and resigns after this is issued. In practice, this means that you can have John after about 5 months you would have offered him the job (he has to work his notice, you know).

If, on the other hand his work permit application is accepted, once again Mr Horowitz is at the mercy of the civil servants every year. Rumour has it that the Torquemadas at ETC are not generally happy to renew permits after 3  years to non EU citizens as then they become permanent residents on their fourth year. WOW! The infidel is infiltrating the holy land and we need to act fast.

We have such a complex system that can be easily replaced by, say, a five year working visa. People will be given a visa to work with any employer in The Rock, and this is renewed every 5 years. But since this is the zone where normal things don’t happen very often, a practice that make sense is anathema.

Residence permit – this is another hurdle in the long and tough assualt course that expats (and their spouses) have to endure when settling here. You and your partner, if any, have to apply for a residence permit immediately after you receive your work permit, and you (together with your partner) are expected to go to Valletta, every year to get your residence permit renewed.

ID Card – while in Valletta, it is advisable that you walk a further kilometre down the road to hand in the papers and pictures for your identity card. The guys at Evans Building will then send you a letter at home and you have to go back after a week to retrieve your id card. Apparently, this is to confirm that you actually live in that residence.

Tax Registration – as soon as you leave Valletta, you then have to head off to the Inland Revenue Department in Floriana to get your tax number, which will then make you eligible for your NI number which can be obtained at the Social Security office in your district upon presentation of your work permit and ID card. Sigh!

Relocation – needless to say, if you’re settling in a different country you have to ship over your personal belongings. Customs will make your experience interesting with their creative charges and declarations about your ‘importation’ when in fact, the only thing you’re importing is your own personal stuff. These personal possessions are likely to include your car. You will be shocked to find out that it is easier (and better value) to sell your car for a pittance than paying the registration tax based on outrageous local evaluations of your car.

Tax bands – even though on paper you may think that you will be much better off because of the 35% maximum tax rate, upon taking a closer look you will realise that the tax bands are not wide enough to help you make good savings, and you’re practically on 35% after you earn the equivalent of a two month salary, while, at home it will take much more than that to reach the maximum capping. And since we’re talking about income, you may want to check the prices of clothes, electronic equipment, and leisure items.

I’m sure that the government will come up with every excuse to justify all this bureaucracy and harp on the necessity of such procedures. In true Rocker mentality, it will not listen to what customers have to say about its (dis)service. Instead, it will justify the reason for this dull and gruelling assault course. Even if one buys into the arguments, there is still no reason why the government shouldn’t at least make it easier for expats and set up one department to act as a one-stop-shop to offer a better service to expats who want to settle here.

If this is not enough to convince you to stay at home because you’ll be worse off if you move here, you have to forget about the continuation of any pension scheme you may have at home. Despite continuous promises about pension reforms, our legal framework doesn’t make it practical for individuals to invest in a pension scheme. So forget about all those years of potting money in a pension scheme.

There’s more! If you would like to start a family, or have children, you have to seriously think about it. The legal minimum for paternity leave is one day, and maternity leave doesn’t go beyond the 14 week minimum period stipulated by EU legislation. So if you’re a man and you’re here with your family without relatives and friends to support you, you have to contend with a miserable one paternity leave day to support your partner when she’s giving birth. If you want to support her as soon as she leaves hospital, you have to take annual leave. At home, you generally have between one to two weeks (paternity leave) to do so.

If you’re a woman, you only have 14 weeks maternity leave. Then you have to go back to work. The only option is to avail yourself of a three month unpaid parental leave period to extend your maternity leave – without getting paid. So if you intend to breastfeed your baby, you have to come up with creative means to do so.

Needless to say, the maternity and paternity leave entitlement stipulated by law are the minimum standards, and companies are free to go beyond that. Then, if and when you do offer adequate entitlement, you get accused of distabilising the labour market by local employers. Which employer would be happy to receive such a compliment?

The unbearable reality of being an expat goes beyond government policy. Opening a bank account is an arduous task, and if you’d like to have a credit card that is easily given to a Rocker earning a fraction of your salary, you would have to deposit equivalent of the credit limit in your account and the bank freezes it in case you decide to escape The Rock. This is true, believe me. This defeats the whole purpose of having a credit card. How the banks do not realise how ridiculous they are, goes beyond my wildest dreams.

It doesn’t stop there. If you want to get a basic prerequisite service like a fixed telephone line, you have to leave a €1,000 deposit.  Once again, you are seen as (and made to feel as though you are)a person whose sole intention is to rip everyone off and vanish into oblivion in the dark hours of the morning.

Admittedly, it would be unethical of the government to dictate policy for private entities, but the government is there to lead. First and foremost it does not lead by example, and neither does it encourage other institutions to stop treating expats like would-be crooks. In an earlier comment, I explained how ‘foreigners’ have to pay double the deposit that Rockers pay for a simple service like crutches from hospital.

Worse still, it is the government itself that treats expats like crooks whose only intention is to steal money and leave unnoticed. In case you didn’t know, the company directors are personally appointed by Inland Revenue as tax representatives of their non-Rocker workers. This means that they are personally responsible for the tax declarations and fiscal activities of their non-Rocker employees. How enticing is that!

This disgust towards non-Rockers has recently reached its peak recently in the PN’s accusations of other European parties’ vote in the EP, where it was decided that legal immigrants should have the right to vote. Despite that the PN tried to disguise this issue as a decision that affects illegal immigrants, it’s not. It’s a decision that affects people who work and therefore pay taxes here. So why shouldn’t they have the right to vote in EP elections? By right, not only should they should have the right to vote for EP elections, but also for the local elections.

Anyone living here should have every right and entitlement to decide who will lead the country for the next 5 years. Why shouldn’t people have the right to decide on the future of the country they’re working, living, and raising their family in?

Despite being the party that took us into Europe, Gonzi and his PN is anything but a modern, open party that embraces European values (which includes the mobility of citizens). Their policies are as protectionist as Mintoff’s. The latter was wanted to protect local trade, and Gonzi is being protectionist over the labour market. This is as bad as Mintoff’s narrow minded approach on trade.

Now that you know what expats have to endure, do you still think that Gonzi wants to entice international companies to invest here, when other countries do their best to support foreign investment? In this comment, I only mentioned the ordeal that individual employees have to go through. I didn’t even tap on the bureaucracy to obtain the necessary licenses and permits.

Why should they choose us over other jurisdictions that are more friendly towards expats? It’s high time to cut the crap and face the harsh reality of our insular, xenophobic practices.

Written by mickeymalta

03/05/2009 at 16:19

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Gonzi: the big Mintoffian

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The message and quality of this billboard are mediocre and smack of Mintoffianism

The message and quality of this billboard are mediocre and smack of Mintoffianism

The main reason why Labour has been stuck in opposition for the last 20 years is mainly due to Mintoff and his legacy.

Just speak to people who are scared shitless of Labour, and they will lay it out for you. The negative attitude towards life, low self esteem, confrontational policies, exaltation of mediocrity, its protectionist mentality, hostility towards business and anyone who’s successful, wrong alliances, etc have been some of the many reasons why so many people resent Labour.  I can keep on writing a never ending list on Mintoff’s ills.

As you may have guessed by now, I am not a Mintoff fan, but neither am I a Gonzi fan. I am, ironically, a huge admirer of Eddie. It’s true that he’s too conservative for my liking, but his leadership qualities far outweigh his conservative outlook. As someone who, for the record is not a Rocker (but his name escapes me) once hailed him, Eddie was a giant statesman. I also like Lou Bondi’s definition of Eddie’s achievements: he took the country from tal-barrani to Brussels. Very well put from our guy in braces.

Back to Gonzi. I must say that he was very lucky to have Alfred Sant as an opponent in the last general elections; and he’s also lucky to have Joseph Muscat as his counterpart now.  Had there been a strong leader challenging Gonzi, he would now be recognised as The Rock’s biggest serial loser. Some people are lucky, aren’t they?

I pointed out our skewed outlook of the EU in a number of posts on this blog already, and I’m not the only one to voice these opinions. Other opinion writes have been expressing the same views on a number of different occasions as well. The PN’s slogan for the EP elections cannot be any more Mintoffian.  Worse still, during yesterday’s conference, Gonzi was boasting about the money we managed to absorb from the EU. It reminds me of Mintoff boasting about the jobs and the money he brought over from his visits to dodgy countries like Libya or China at the time. Literally, the “ara x’iddubbajt sakemm kont hemm, Guz” mentality. If you may recall, people were still in that frame of mind until the mid 1990s. They used to literally ask “what did minsters bring with them?” after a visit to any particular country. They also used to make fun of the Maltese terrier that was given as a gift to the then Prime Minister by his Australian counterpart. So you can understand why I feel very uneasy to see a GonziMintoff merge unfolding before me. Behold the birth of a new scary creature: Gonzilla.

Although Eddie used to refer to EU funds and job opportunities when he was campaigning for membership, he never projected the EU as a flea market where jobs and bargains were up for grabs. While used to refer to the obvious economic gains, he used to make it a point to speak about the big picture: political stability, safeguarding of democracy, and balance of political powers. Now that’s a real leader and a statesman.

Our glorious PM doesn’t seem to be chaffed about the EU’s major objective. Like any greedy Rocker, he sees the EU as a money milking cow from which we can suck out money and more money. Where the EU is concerned, all he speaks about is jobs and funds. It may be understandable to talk about jobs in the current scenario, but as country leader, he should be inspiring people to broaden their horizons. His approach is materialistic and shallow. I will keep on saying this till I’m blue in the face, till the cows come home, and until pigs will fly: a huge number of people didn’t tick the YES box in the referendum because of economic reasons only. They were looking at a bigger picture.

When I saw the PN billboard for the first time this week, I was shocked. I cannot fathom the message that the PN is trying to convey. Does it expect its MEPs to go round knocking on doors asking the reps of other countries to invest here? It is not the MEPs’ jobs to attract employers. That’s Malta Enterprise’s job.

Furthermore, if Gonzi really wants to attract businesses, he needs to get his house in order first. He needs to ensure that the basics are right, and guess what: they’re anything but. I can speak from a first hand basis as this is what I have to contend with every single day. Our practices in general – both on a governmental level and on a private enterprise level, especially the banks – are anything but expat friendly. They’re xenophobic, discriminatory, and as protectionist as Mintoff’s approach towards information technology and free trade.  We need to fix these issues first. Then, we can talk about more foreign investment. There aren’t many incentives for expats to relocate here.

Is Gonzi taking us for a ride, or is he so far removed from reality that he expects businesses to set up shop locally without sending top executives from other operations? I have a lot to say about this so I’d better stop here for now.

More details about the getting our house in order business will follow tomorrow . . . . . .

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02/05/2009 at 00:37

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Gonzi is out of synch

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A symbol of total submission towards the Catholic Church. Does he bow in front of and kiss the hand of every other head of state? Would he have done the same had he met the Dalai Lama? If not, then why should the pope be any different?

A symbol of total submission towards the Catholic Church. Does he bow in front of and kiss the hand of every other head of state? Would he have done the same had he met the Dalai Lama? If not, then why should the pope be any different?

This morning, PN Leader Lawrence Gonzi resorted to the same old and boring rhetoric that stifles a political party’s forward-looking approach in order to convince potential voters to vote for his EP candidates.

He reminded his supporters that if they don’t go out to vote in hordes this June, the same thing will happen as in the previous EP elections. The PN leader seemed quite ticked off at the prospect of having the same party which campaigned against EU membership and subsequently did not respect the referendum vote having more MEPs than the party that promoted the EU agenda in the first place. Ironic, isn’t it? But who said that life is fair?

I will reiterate for the umpteenth time that the end result of these elections will not have the slightest effect on any possible decisions that may or may not affect this country. The reason why the political parties want to make these elections look like a nudge slightly lower than the general elections is to satisfy their ego and tick another ‘success’ box in their checklist.

Back to Gonzi. I think that it is high time for the PN to stop talking about the past. It was somewhat understandable to do so while Alfred Sant was still leader of the Labour Party; as it could have been argued that the country was still at risk of having that same person who did those idiotic mistakes at the driving seat as Prime Minister. Now things have moved on. Even though Joseph Muscat was a Sant loyalist, and even though Muscat’s writings supported Sant’s skewed positions in the past, the PN should start thinking about convincing people to vote for it because it is the best party with the best people and the best policies; and not just because Labour has consistently been on the wrong side of history for the past 30 years. For a party that has been in government (mainly because it had no valid opposition) for the last 20 years to focus on the past is unwise at best.

Gonzi expects those of us who voted yes in the EU referendum to vote PN by default. The tragic thing is that he has no clue about how wrong he is. Despite that a number of people have been pointing out consistently on a number of different occasions, he seems to want to ignore the fact that a number of people voted in favour of EU membership in the hope that this would take us closer to the continent.

Instead, as soon as we joined the EU Gonzi and his team seemed to have turned into a bunch of Mullahs and decided to strengthen the barricades to keep us as distant as possible from the secular model that is so widely practiced in the majority of the other states within the EU. As I said in an earlier post, we are closer to the Vatican than to the EU itself. The government chooses to be close to the EU only where economic matters are concerned. There’s more to life than money, Mr Prime Minister, even though you preach about values and the ills of materialism. Maybe it’s high time that you start leading by example.

The Nationalist camp (both through its MEPs and the Cabinet) has been raising the middle finger towards those who advise secularism. If Gonzi decides to send his Social Policy Minister to discuss ethical issues with the Holy See, then he should ask the Catholic Church for support. He cannot go on ignoring a growing section of society as he pleases, and then asks for its support only when he needs it.

He cannot expect every single person who endorsed the EU membership to support his candidates for voting consistency’s sake. If anything, those who – like me – will abstain to voice our protest at a Taliban government are being consistent. We saw the EU as a vehicle that will lead us to secularism. The government is doing its best to obstruct this process, hence we do not support the government. Logical isn’t it?

If the PN wants to form a government that truly represents everyone (as promised by GonziPN in the last electoral campaign), then it needs to respect the will of an ever-growing group of individuals.

Apart from secularist reasons, there is also the protest vote. Many people use EP and local council elections to voice their protest against the incumbent government which, incidentally, is not a star performer at the moment.

Additionally, the PN must keep in mind that the only reason that the majority of voters did not vote it out in the general elections as well is that there was no alternative government. It would have been 1996 all over again; or maybe even worse as Sant got even more bitter, and the chip on his shoulder was snowballing with every day that went by.

That is the main and possibly the only reason why the PN is still in government after two decades.

Written by mickeymalta

19/04/2009 at 16:01