AIR MALTA : a reminder is always useful

 
 
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Thursday, February 17, 2011 ,

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Michael Mallia

Air Malta: The politicians’ milch cow

Finally, the Air Malta pigeons, whether leaded or otherwise, are coming home to roost. And during their flight over the years, starting from the early 1970s to date, we, the public, have had to pay the price to nurture what has been also a prime politicians’ cow, serving as one of the major founts of political (and vote-getting) patronage.

Yes. it is the politicians and not its employees who made the airline into what it has sadly become, verging on the brink of extinction. The concept of setting it up was very sound and far-sighted, indeed one major political plus. But the subsequent “use” of the airline as a politicians’ milch cow eroded the originally very sound idea.

I was asked into Air Malta’s board of directors in July 1987 by the late Joseph Fenech, then responsible for the airline. The 1987 board, chaired like most of those before it by Albert Mizzi, had to deal with two major political scandals. One was that some 250 or so employees (totally unrequired) were taken on by Minister Wistin Abela in the run up to the 1987 election. Two was the fact that a substantial number of the lowest level employees were given promotions in the same 1987 electoral run-up. This was done on the strength of a flimsy excuse for an interview, in each case, where employees were asked the equivalent of name, rank and serial number and, subsequently, promoted.

Just stop and add up what the 250 odd extras employed in early 1987 as well as those promoted at the same time have amounted to in cost and your mind starts to boggle.

But there is more, much more.

First of all, our 1987 board could perforce only do justice by those not promoted pre-1987 elections, of various hues and colours, by upgrading them to the level of those irregularly promoted. Even in so doing we found massive resistance from the resident trade union supposed to defend the rights of and rectify the wrongs and injustices done to employees.

As a board we also found something, if my memory serves me right, like 1,420 employees and we determined not to let this number rise despite substantial political pressure to the contrary. When we were removed in 1992 I believe we more or less left the employee level around the same we had found it; believe me a remarkable achievement!

I must add that, in 1987, I was one of the persons who was stating the airline should do with half of its workforce if it were to survive and this is quite close to the figure being mooted today – of about 700! I got to this figure simply by looking at the operations of other airlines of the time, such as Air Europe. Obviously, in those better times a gradual workforce reduction would have been planned.

In 1992, the mathematics started to take off again. The board of 1992-1997, chaired by Joseph N. Tabone, left the airline with some 1,750 employees, another massive increase of 300 employees plus. Now work out the figures for that too!

Then comes along the next board following the Labour Party electoral victory of 1996, chaired by Louis Grech, now of Euro parliamentary fame. This chairman was retained by the Nationalist government of 1998 till the switch of Air Malta minister, from Josef Bonnici to Austin Gatt. Some shocking financial remuneration numbers came out at this point of ministerial change, a far cry from the few hundred of Malta liri we received per annum as board members (which I ensured were paid to a charity). And, in Mr Grech’s tenure, Air Malta’s workforce rose to over 2,000 employees. Now work that out too!

The end result: an airline that should have functioned with some 600 to 700 employees ended up with a workforce of over 2,000 employees! Now that is really something.

Well done to all concerned!

Linking energy and democracy

 
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Carmel Cacopardo

 

Last weekend, Italian voters said no to nuclear energy for the second time since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 25 years ago.

Italy is not alone in refusing to handle nuclear energy. The Fukushima incidents have driven home the point that, even in a country that is very strict on safety standards, nuclear energy is not safe. Fukushima has proven that no amount of safeguards can render nuclear energy 100 per cent safe. Though accidents are bound to happen irrespective of the technology used, the risks associated with nuclear technology are such that they can easily wipe out life from the affected area in a very short time.

Last weekend’s no has a particular significance for Malta as this means an end to plans for the construction of a nuclear power plant at Palma di Montechiaro on Sicily’s southern coast, less than 100 kilometres from the Maltese islands.

Germany’s Christian Democrat/Liberal coalition government, faced with the resounding victory of the Greens in the Länd of Baden-Württemberg, has made a policy U-turn. As a direct effect of the Greens-led opposition to Germany’s nuclear programme, Germany will be nuclear-energy free as from 2022, by which date all existing nuclear power installations will be phased out. In doing so, the Merkel government has, once and for all, accepted the Green-Red coalition agreement on a complete nuclear phaseout.

Even Switzerland is planning not to make use of its existing nuclear plants beyond their scheduled projected life. The Swiss government will be submitting to Parliament a proposal not to replace existing nuclear plants. The process is scheduled to commence in 2019 and will conclude with the closure of the last Swiss nuclear reactor in 2034.

After the Tunisian revolution, Abdelkader Zitouni, the leader of Tunisie Verte, the Tunisian Green party, has called on Tunisia’s transitional government to repudiate the Franco-Tunisian agreement for the provision of nuclear technology by France. Hopefully, the same will happen when the Administration of Libya is back to normal.

There are other Mediterranean neighbours that are interested in the construction of nuclear plants. Libya and Tunisia were joined by Algeria, Morocco and Egypt in reacting positively to Nicolas Sarkozy, the peripatetic nuclear salesman during the past four years.

Malta could do without nuclear energy installations on its doorstep. Italy’s decision and the policy being advocated by Mr Zitouni are a welcome start. It would be wishful thinking to imagine Foreign Minister Tonio Borg taking the initiative in campaigning for a Mediterranean free of nuclear energy even though this is in Malta’s interest.

It is a very healthy sign that Malta’s neighbours together with Germany and Switzerland are repudiating the use of nuclear energy. Their no to nuclear energy is simultaneously a yes to renewable energy. This will necessarily lead to more efforts, research and investment in renewable energy generation as it is the only reasonable way to make up for the shortfall between energy supply and demand.

A case in point is the Desertec project, which is still in its infancy. The Desertec initiative is based on the basic fact that six hours of solar energy incident on the world’s deserts exceeds the amount of energy used all over the globe in one whole year. Given that more than 90 per cent of the world’s population lives within 3,000 kilometres of a desert, the Desertec initiative considers that most of the world’s energy needs can be economically met through tapping the solar energy that can be captured from the surface of the deserts.

The technology is available and has been extensively tested in the Mojave Desert, California, in Alvarado (Badajoz), Spain and in the Negev Desert in Israel where new plants generating solar energy on a large scale have been in operation for some time. The Desertec project envisages that Europe’s energy needs can be met through tapping the solar energy incident on the Sahara desert. The problems that have to be surmounted are of a technical and of a geopolitical nature.

On the technical front, solutions are being developed to address more efficient storage and the efficient transmission of the electricity generated.

The Arab Spring in Tunisia and Egypt and, hopefully, the successful conclusion of the Libyan revolution will address the other major concern: that of energy security. The movement towards democracy in North Africa can contribute towards the early success of the Desertec project in tapping solar energy in the Sahara desert for use in both Northern Africa and in Europe.

While Malta stands to gain economically and environmentally through the realisation of such a project, I have yet to hear the government’s enthusiasm and commitment even if the project is still in its initial stages.

Malta is committed in favour of the pro-democracy movements in Egypt, Tunisia and Benghazi. Being surrounded by democratic neighbours is a definitely positive geopolitical development. If properly nurtured, this would enhance Malta’s economic development, energy security and environmental protection concerns.

Il-MEPA u r-residenti ta’ Birżebbuġa : inkompetenti jew kompliċi ?

Fil-permess dwar id-dredging fil-Freeport il-MEPA imponiet kundizzjoni li ma jistax isir xogħol ta’ dredging waqt l-istaġun tal-għawm.

Minkejja dan il-Freeport ser jagħmel ix-xogħol xorta, waqt l-istaġun tal-għawm .

Il-Freeport minkejja l-kundizzjonijiet tal-permess jidher li “irranġa”.  Il-kundizzjonijiet tal-permess tal-MEPA ġew ma  jiswew xejn !

Il-MEPA għal darba oħra uriet li hi b’saħħitha ma min hu dgħajjef (ir-residenti ta’ Birżebbuġa) u dgħajfa ma’ min u b’saħħtu (mal-Freeport).

Ir-riforma tal-MEPA jidher li ma swiet għal xejn. Għax min hu b‘saħħtu baqa’ jagħmel li jrid. Il-MEPA jew hi inkompetenti inkella kompliċi.

“Raise in Honoraria for Cabinet Ministers Uncalled For” AD

Press Release/Stqarrija Stampa 9/6/2011

 Alternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party said that the raise in salaries for Cabinet Ministers, as proposed by the Nationalist Government is uncalled for.

Michael Briguglio, AD Chairperson, said that “it is ironic that whilst workers were given a miserable 1.16 Euro weekly increase in the last budget, and when Malta’s COLA mechanism is not reflecting real cost of living increases, the same Government is giving a 500 Euro weekly increase to Cabinet Ministers.”

“AD agrees with the Labour Party proposal for a Commission to study Ministers’ and MPs’ salaries. However, we also believe that parliament should be reformed in order that it can become a full-time professional institution, and not one made up of part-timers, many of whom consistently fail to attend parliamentary sittings. We believe that salary increases and adjustments of Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament should be related to the quality of the work delivered by office holders and MPs.”

 

“Iż-Żieda fil-paga tal-Ministri tal-Kabinett barra minn lokha” AD

Alternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party qal li ż-żieda fil-paga li ingħatat lill-Ministri tal-Kabinett, hekk kif proposta mill-Gvern Nazzjonalista hija barraminnlokha.

Michael Briguglio, iċ-Chairperson tal-AD, qal li “hija ironika li filwaqt li l-ħaddiema ġew mogħtija żieda miżerabbli ta’ €1.16 fil-ġimgħa fl-aħħar budget, u meta l-mekkaniżmu tal-COLA ma jirriflettix il-vera żieda fl-għoli tal-ħajja, l-istess Gvern qed jagħti €500 żieda lill-Ministri tal-Kabinett.”

“L-AD taqbel mal-proposta tal-Partit Laburista biex titwaqqaf Kummissjoni biex tanalizza s-salarji tal-Ministri u tal-Membri Parlamentari.  Iżda aħna nemmnu wkoll li hemm bżonn issir riforma fil-Parlament biex dan isir istituzzjoni professjonali li tiffunżjona fuq bażi full-time minflok ma kif inhu llum magħmulminnparlamentari li jahdmu part-time u li ta’ sikwit jonqsu milli jattendu s-seduti parlamentari.  Aħna nemmnu li żidiet jew bidliet fis-salarji tal-Ministri tal-Kabinett u Membri Parlamentari ghandhom ikunu relatati mal-kwalita u l-livell tax-xogħol li jagħtu dawn l-istess Ministri u Membri Parlamentari.”

World Environment Day: “Government’s environment policy is beyond repair” : AD

World Environment Day: “Government’s environment policy is beyond repair” AD  

On occasion of  world environment day, Alternattiva Demokratika – The Green Party said that one should reflect on what has been carried out, what has been omitted and on what was just done for the sake of it in terms of environmental policy. Whilst the Environment was projected to be one of the foundations for political action of GonziPN it is now clear to everyone that it is cracked and beyond repair.  

Carmel Cacopardo, AD spokesperson for Sustainable Development and Local Government, said that “environment responsibilities for GonziPN is like a political football with responsibilities moving on from one Minister to another. Environmental responsibilities are fragmented in various Ministries increasing the difficulty for implementation of policy.   

Focusing on the water situation one still observes the large quantities of water in our streets which are channelled towards the sea almost every time it rains. This happens notwithstanding laws which have been on the statute book for over 130 years which require water harvesting measures in every building. MEPA still issues compliance certificates relative to buildings which are not provided with a rainwater well however it shifts the blame onto MRA.

This week the Prime Minister inaugurated the sewage purification plant at Ta’ Barkat limits of  Xgħajra. It was a good step but it was only done in order to fulfil EU obligations and not out of an environmental conviction. Substantial financial resources were applied with the resulting purified waters being dumped directly into the sea as to date the government is still considering this water as having no economic value.”

Water has been mismanaged throughout the years and unfortunately the current government does not indicate any change of that direction.

Michael Briguglio, AD Chairperson, said that “AD therefore wishes to focus on this matter of concern on the 2011 World Environment Day. In line with the vision of sustainable development and ecological modernisation, we believe that the importance of water should be seen through the combination of environmental, social and economic dimensions.”

Jum Dinji ta’ l-ambjent: “Il-politika ambjentali tal-Gvern hi mfarrka” AD  

Fl-okkazzjoni tal-jum dinji ghall-ambjent, Alternattiva Demokratika qalet li dan il-jum għandu jservi ghal riflessjoni fuq dak li sar,  dak li kellu jsir u ma sarx, jew inkella sar biex wieħed jgħid li taparsi sar. Meta wieħed iżomm f’moħħu li l-ambjent suppost li hu wiehħed mit-tliet pilastri ta’ GonziPN u jagħti ħarsa ftit lura biex jara kif dan il-pilastu ħadem, isib li mhux talli kien hemm falliment sħiħ f’dan il-qasam, imma l-pilalstru ta’ GonziPN ixxaqqaq u qed jitfarrak ftit ftit.

Carmel Cacopardo, Kelliemi ta’ l-AD għall-Iżvilupp Sostenibbli u Gvern Lokali, qal li “l-ambjent għall-GonziPN sar qisu ballun politiku: ir-responsabbilta’ għalih tgħaddi minn Ministru għal għand ieħor. Illum ir-responsabiltajiet ambjentali huma  mifruxa bejn ħafna Ministeri b’mod li tiżdied id-diffikulta biex din titwettaq.

Nieħdu is-sitwazzjoni tal-ilma. Volumi kbar ta’ ilma għadhom isibu ruħhom fit-triqat u jintremew fil-baħar wara kull ħalba xita. Dan minkejja liġijiet tal-pajjiż li ilhom magħna il-fuq minn 130 sena li jgħidu li kull binja irid ikollha bir biex fih jinħażen l-ilma tax-xita. Minkejja dan il-MEPA xorta għada toħroġ compliance certificate lil dawk li meta jibnu ma jkollhomx dan il-bir! Il-MEPA twaħħal fl-MRA.

Din il-gimgħa rajna l-ftuħ uffiċjali mill-Prim Ministru tal-impjant tat-tisfija tad-drenaġġ f’Ta’ Barkat limiti tax-Xgħajra.  Ħaġa tajba, għalkemm din saret biss minħabba l-obbligi tal-UE u mhux minħabba xi konvinzjoni. Ammont sostanzjali ta’ riżorsi finanzjarji ġew użati biex filwaqt li d-drenaġġ jissaffa l-ilma msoffi jintefa’ l-baħar, għax skond il-Gvern dan l-ilma m’għandux valur ekonomiku.

Tul is-snin l-ilma gie użat hażin u ma jidhirx li dan il-Gvern fi ħsiebu jibdel id-direzzjoni.

Michael Briguglio, Chairperson ta’ AD, qal li “għalhekk, Alternattiva Demokratika tħoss li għandha tiffoka fuq l-importanza ta’ l-ilma fl-okkazjoni ta’ Jum L-Ambjent 2011. Permezz tal-viżjoni favur żvilupp sostenibbli u modernizazzjoni ekologika, AD temmen li l-importanza ta’ l-ilma għandha titqies permezz tad-dimensjonijiet ambjentali, soċjali u ekonomiċi”.

Ir-referendum dwar id-divorzju : Riflessjonijiet (5) Anke’ Machiavelli kien jistħi

 Meta Lawrence Gonzi għamel il-proposta oriġinali illi d-divorzju jkun soġġett għal referendum huwa iġġustifika ruħu billi qal li l-ebda wieħed mill-partiti fil-Parlament ma kellu l-mandat elettorali fuq il-materja. Kien qal kliem fis-sens li mhux sewwa illi l-Parlament japprova leġislazzjoni li dwarha l-poplu ma kellux ċans jesprimi ruħu.

Il-pjan dakinnhar kien illi jekk il-Parlament japprova l-liġi tad-divorzju proposta minn JPO, qabel ma din tidħol fis-seħħ kien meħtieġ li jkun hemm referendum biex dak li jkun approva l-Parlament jesprimi ruħu fuqu l-poplu.

Alternattiva Demokratika dakinnhar qalet li ma taqbilx li deċiżjoni dwar drittijiet ċivili jkunu soġġetti għal referendum. Għax dawn huma drittijiet ta’ minoranzi li għandhom ikunu affermati anke’ jekk il-maġġoranza ma tkunx trid.

Lawrence Gonzi dakinhar skandalizza ruħu kif seta’ jkun hawn xi ħadd f’dan il-pajjiż li ma jaqbilx mal-użu tal-għodda demokratika tar-referendum.

Joseph Muscat għamel il-kontijiet u rrealizza li Gonzi kien qed jipprova jaħdmu. Għax ir-referendum li ried Gonzi kien isir biss jekk il-Parlament japprova l-liġi tad-divorzju proposta minn JPO. Muscat kien jaf li kien hemm numru ta’ Membri Parlamentari Laburisti li kienu kontra l-proposta ta’ JPO u Varist Bartolo. Dan il-fatt kien jassigura li l-pjan ta’ Gonzi jaħdem u r-referendum għalkemm imwiegħed  ma jkunx jista’ jsir.

Il-manuvri interni fil-Partit Laburista wasslu biex minflok ma Gonzi ħadem lil Muscat, għal darba Muscat ħadem lil Gonzi (bil-għajnuna ta’ JPO u Jesmond Mugliette). Għax il-Parlament approva mozzjoni imressqa mill-Kap tal-Opposizzjoni li l-ewwel immorru għal referendum, u mbagħad, wara, jekk dan ikun approvat, tkun tista’ tibda d-diskussjoni fil-Parlament dwar l-abbozz ta’ JPO u Varist Bartolo.

Issa Muscat kien jaħseb li r-referendum m’hux ser jgħaddi . Ta’ l-anqas hekk stqarr f’wieħed mill-edizzjonijiet ta’ Inkontri immexxi min Joe Grima fuq Super One

Issa billi r-referendum approva d-dħul tad-divorzju f’Malta, dak li Gonzi u Muscat ilhom jipposponu irid jiġi ffaċċjat.

Muscat u l-parti l-kbira tal-Opposizzjoni jidher li ser jivvutaw favur (Marie Louis Coleiro ser tastjeni u Adrian Vassallo ser jivvota kontra). Carmelo Abela taż-Zejtun, to his credit iddeċieda li jbaxxi rasu għar-rieda popolari u ser jivvota favur.

Il-backbench tal-Gvern imħawwad. Skond Beppe Fenech Adami qed jitkellem waħdu. Ma jafx x’ser jaqbad jagħmel. Jekk tissejjaħ division l-ewwel isem min-naħa tal-Gvern li jissejjaħ hu dak tal-Onor David Agius. Ikollu jiddeċiedi waħdu x’ser jagħmel. Għax ma jistax jagħmel bħal ta’ qablu. Għax dak li jiġi qablu alfabetikament hu l-MP tal-Labour Carmelo Abela. Għalhekk din il-ġimgħa kiteb fin-Nazzjon u qal li ser jivvota  favur.

Dawk li qed jgħidu li ser jivvutaw kontra qed iwaħħlu fil-kuxjenza. Lil dawn jiena ngħidihom li l-kuxjenza issa ma tidħolx. Il-kuxjenza kellha sehem importanti sakemm il-Parlament iddeċied li jaħsel idejh bħal Ponzu Pilatu u flok ma jieħu deċiżjoni huwa talab lill-poplu jespimi ruħu f’referendum.

Il-kuxjenza kienet importanti nhar is-Sibt 28 ta’ Mejju.

Imma malli ħareġ ir-riżultat tar-referendum issa m’huwiex iżjed kaz ta’ kuxjenza iżda tal-kredenzjali demokratiċi tal-membri parlamentari. Min m’huwiex lest li jivvota IVA  dwar il-liġi tad-divorzju qed juri disprezz lejn il-volonta tal-poplu u m’huwiex kapaċi jkun rappreżentant tal-poplu fil-Parlament.

L-għażla hi waħda sempliċi jew jivvutaw IVA kif ġew inkarigati jagħmlu mill-poplu permezz tar-referendum inkella jirreżenjaw. L-appoġġ għall-volonta’ popolari trid tkun totali, bla kundizzjoni.  Hekk intqal fl-2003 meta sar ir-referendum dwar is-sħubija ta’ Malta fl-Unjoni Ewropea. Dakinnhar konna korretti. Hekk ukoll għandu jingħad u jsir illum.

Bil-gabrijoli bil-kuxjenza li qed jagħmlu Gatt, Gonzi u l-bqija naħseb li anke Machiavelli kien jistħi !

Ir-referendum dwar id-divorzju : Riflessjonijiet (4) Flimkien kollox possibli

Il-kampanja referendarja favur id-divorzju kellha l-appoġġ ta’ persuni ta’ kull kulur politiku.

Għalkemm Alternattiva Demokratika kienet l-uniku partit politiku illi esprima ruħu bla riżervi favur l-introduzzoni tad-divorzju sa mill-1989, irid ikun rikonoxxut li l-Partit Laburista kien kważi hemm ukoll. Il-Labour kien f’posizzjoni skomda għax bħala partit ta’ massa ma riedx igerrex lil dawk li jappoġġawh iżda ma jaqblux mad-divorzju. F’dan is-sens id-dikjarazzjonijiet pubbliċi tal-Kap tal-Opposizzjoni favur id-divorzju rinfurzati minn dikjarazzjonjiet simili mingħand diversi membri parlamentari laburisti għenu mhux ftit biex l-IVA jirbaħ ir-referendum.

Minkejja li l-PN iddikjara ruħu kontra d-divorzju, numru kbir ta’ partitarji nazzjonalisti injoraw dan il-fatt u għamlu ta’ rashom: appoġġaw l-IVA u ftaħru fil-pubbliku li għamlu dan. Speċi ta’ ħassew sodisfazzjon mhux biss li kienu qed jivvutaw favur id-divorzju talli fuq kollox kienu qed jagħtu daqqa ta’ sieq lill-element konfessjonali fil-PN.

Il-moviment favur l-IVA twieled f’dan is-sens ta’ spirtu ta’ kollaborazzjoni bejn persuni ta’ fehmiet politiċi differenti iżda bi skop identiku. L-identifikazzjoni flimkien ta’ Evarist Bartolo mill-Partit Laburista, Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando mill-PN flimkien ma’ Michael Briguglio uYvonne Arqueros Ebejer minn AD kienet okkazzjoni ftit rari f’dan il-pajjiż. L-eliminazzjoni  tal-fruntieri li jifirdu fil-bidu nett tal-kampanja referendarja kien messaġġ li rari nisimgħu fil-politika Maltija.

Huwa eżempju prattiku ta’ kif tista’ issir il-ħidma politika. Dak li huwa rari f’Malta f’pajjżi oħra jiġri iktar spiss għax jeżistu konverġenzi fuq diversi materji. B’sens ta’ rieda tajba m’għandi l-ebda dubju li hu possibli li jinħolqu ħafna iżjed opportunitajiet ta’ kif flimkien kollox huwa possibli.

Ir-referendum dwar id-divorzju : Riflessjonijiet (3) Koabitazzjoni

28% tal-elettorat ma għamilx użu mill-vot.

Kont nippreferi li kieku ivvutaw iktar nies għax nemmen fil-vot bħala l-ikbar għodda għall-bidla mill-qiegħ li dan il-pajjiż għad għandu bżonn. Imma qatt ma jiena ser nasal biex ngħid li min ma vvutax kien irresponsabbli kif għamel Mons Anton Gouder.

Meta nipprova nifhem għaliex in-nies ma vvutatx insaħħah il-fehma tiegħi.

Dawk li ma ivvutawx  jidher li prinċipalment għamlu hekk għax ħassewhom mhedda mill-Knisja u mill-aġenti tagħha, dawk tal-LE. It-theddid dwar id-dnub, it-tqarbin lill-anzjani, insulti dwar briganti u ilpup liebsin ta’ nagħaġ.

Sfortunatament il-Knisja f’Malta wasslet il-messaġġ li m’hiex kapaċi tikkoeżisti ma min għandu opinjoni differenti. Wasslet il-messaġġ li hi interessata biss f’sitwazjoni fejn tiddomina u tiddetta. Trid li l-valuri li tmexxi l-quddiem is-soċjeta jkunu esklussivament dawk li tapprova hi. Għadha Knisja tal-poter li tippretendi li tordna u tbezza’.  Messaġġ li l-iktar ħareg ċar bil-mod kif  ġieb ruħu l-Vigarju Ġudizzjarju Mons Arthur Said Pullicino: l-ewwel bil-prietka lill-avukati, l-maġistrati u l-imħalfin  fejn ħeġġiġhom li għandhom ikunu minn ta’ l-ewwel li jinvokaw l-oġġezzjoni tal-kuxjenza . Wara kompla bid-deċiżjoni li ċ-Chairman  tal-Moviment IVA  l-Avukat  Deborah Schembri  ma tistax tipprattika fit-Tribunali Ekklesjastiċi.

Il-vot tar-referendum ifisser ukoll vot kontra l-poter temporali tal-Knisja f’Malta. Poter li de facto l-Gvernijiet ta’ Fenech Adami u Gonzi fittxew li jindukraw. Għax bħalma fis-snin 70 u 80 kellna l-Gvern Laburista u l-General Workers Union li kienu miżżewġin (u spiċċaw bid-divorzju fl-1992), illum il-ġurnata għandna l-Gvern  Nazzjonalista u l-Kurja li jagħtu l-impressjoni li qed jikkoabitaw.     

Ir-referendum dwar id-divorzju : Riflessjonijiet (2) għall-kwiet fil-Messiku

llpup iebsin ta’ nagħaġ. Briganti. Hekk qalilna l-Isqof t’Għawdex lilna lkoll, il-Kattoliċi favur id-divorzju. Diskors li impressjona ħafna lill-merħla tiegħu li  68% minnha qablet miegħu. Imma l-bqija tal-pajjiż irvella għal dawn l-insulti. Għax mhux kulħadd nagħġa. Kollha għandna moħħ u l-parti l-kbira minna kapaċi nagħmlu użu minnu.  

X’jiswa li fl-aħħar minuti tal-kampanja referendarja tintalab apoloġija jew biex nuża kliem l-Arċisqof Cremona “infittxu r-rikonċiljazzjoni” jekk hu ċar li m’hemmx l-iċken intenzjoni li wieħed jirrimedja? Għax issa l-Isqof t’Għawdex ġie rappurtat li qal waqt pontifikal fil-Munxar li m’għandu l-ebda dispjaċir, u jekk meħtieġ jirrepeti dak li għamel u qal.  

Sfortunatament l-Isqof t’Għawdex jittratta lill-fidili ta’ nagħaġ mhux ta’ bnedmin li jafu jaħsbu u jixtarru. Nissuġġerilu li joqgħod ftit fis-skiet kif kien tal-parir Dun René Camilleri:  biex forsi fis-skiet u l-ġabra jagħraf ftit dak li s’issa għadu ma indunax bih. Imbagħad forsi jaħsibha xi ftit differenti. Jista’ jkun li  għandu bżonn ftit riflessjoni fil-kwiet bħal dik li ntbagħat jagħmel Patri Mark Montebello ġewwa l-Messiku.