Squeezing Labour’s balls

squeezing the ball

 

Last week’s hunting related incidents and the reactions of Joseph Muscat’s government is clear indication that Malta’s Labour Party is fed up of being blackmailed by the hunting lobby. It is realising, just eighteen months into this administration’s life that the hunting lobby has been squeezing Labour’s balls for far too long. It seems that Labour has finally found the appropriate time to ensure that the hunting lobby let go.

But will they?

Its much more than the need not to embarrass Commissioner-designate Karmenu Vella in next week’s hearing at the European Parliament. It is in fact the direct result of Juncker’s challenge through the determination of Vella’s portfolio.

Earlier this month the Guardian, in what is most probably the most accurate assessment of Juncker’s strategic thinking, stated that “Juncker is effectively calling the bluffs.”

The Guardian, analysing Juncker’s nominations, has concluded that Jean-Claude is putting a number of national governments on the spot. Specifically referring to the British, French, Hungarian, Greek, German and Dutch designate-Commissioners the Guardian argues that Juncker has strategically placed them in charge of policy areas which their national governments have a problem with.

Even though the Guardian did not refer to Karmenu Vella’s portfolio it is pretty obvious that Vella fits the bill perfectly. Karmenu Vella as Environment Commissioner will have very little room to manoeuvre in order to accommodate Muscat’s hunting and trapping commitments and hence if Muscat opts to continue to defy the EU environmental acquis he will be in for a lot of trouble and embarrassment.  Karmenu Vella will be the reluctant executioner. Joseph Muscat clearly wants to avoid this.

This is Juncker’s gamble as a result of which the squeeze on Labour’s balls may get worse.

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Bit-tromba flok bis-senter

birds through binoculars

 

Il-bieraħ il-Pulizija tellgħu il-Qorti 10 persuni, deskritti bhala kaċċaturi, in konnessjoni mad-dimostrazzjoni fil-Belt kontra s-sospensjoni tal-istaġun tal-kaċċa fil-ħarifa, kif ukoll dwar l-inċidenti vjolenti fil-Buskett. (Nota: s’issa għadu ma ttella’ ħadd il-Qorti fuq l-inċidenti tal-Buskett. Dawk imtella’ l-Qorti s’issa huma dawk li kienu involuti fl-inċidenti l-Belt. Il-Pulizija għadha qed tinvestiga.)

L-akkużi jinkludu li attakkaw kif ukoll li weġġgħu ġurnalista u żewġ fotografi.

Naħseb li ħadd minn dawk li jinstabu ħatja m’għandu jintbagħat l-ħabs. L-aħjar sentenza tkun waħda ta’ servizz fil-komunita, 100 siegħa kull wieħed bit-tromba jħarsu lejn għasafar ta’ kull xorta. Birdwatching taħt superviżjoni.

Fiċ-ċirkustanzi naħseb li dik tkun l-iktar sentenza ġusta: bit-tromba flok bis-senter. Bla dubju n-natura tista’ tkunilhom ta’ għajnuna kbira biex jikkalmaw ftit kif ukoll biex ikollhom ftit ċans japprezzaw dak li qed jikkampanjaw biex joqtlu.