M’hemmx x’tagħżel bejn il-PN u l-PL (tgħidilna l-Mument)

anton refalo

 

Il-Mument tal-bieraħ qaltilna li dak li kien akkużat bih Toni Debono fir-Renju ta’ Għawdex għadu għaddej.

Fil-fatt, jgħidilna s-super-reporter tal-Mument Joe Mikallef, f’dawn l-aħħar ġimgħat l-Iskwadra ta’ Kontra l-Frodi tal-Pulizija investigat informazzjoni li kienet waslitilha li f’Għawdex kienu saru xogħolijiet fi propjeta privata permezz ta’ ħaddiema u riżorsi tal-Gvern.

Il-Pulizija, jgħidilna s-super-reporter, għandha f’idejha numru ta’ files, li ġabret mill-Ministeru ghal Għawdex, dwar il-każijiet li qed tinvestiga.

Iktar ma jgħaddi żmien iktar qed ikun ċar li r-renju ta’ Anton Refalo mhux differenti mir-renju ta’ Giovanna Debono. Fi ftit kliem m’hemmx x’tagħżel bejn il-Partit Nazzjonalista u l-Partit Laburista, qed jghidilna Il-Mument.

Xejn ġdid. Fil-fatt ilna nafu li f’ħafna affarijiet m’hemmx x’tagħżel bejn il-PN u l-PL. It-tmexxija tar-renju t’Għawdex hu wieħed mill-eżempji.

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Biex leħen l-Alternattiva Demokratika jinstema fuq NET u ONE

Broadcasting Authority-Malta

Alternattiva Demokratika talbet lill-Awtorita’ tax-Xandir biex tassigura li leħen AD jinstema fuq ix-xandir pubbliku viżiv matul il-kampanja elettorali li ser tibda għada. Dwar dan qed nistennew risposta mingħand l-Awtorita’ tax-Xandir forsi ma jibqax ikollna programmi bħal Xarabank li jagħti 50 minuta lill-PN, 50 minuta lill-PL u lill-AD l-mizerja ta’ 8 minuti. Forsi ma nibqgħux bi programmi bħal Dissett li jistieden biss lill-PN u lill-PL u mingħandna jieħu kumment qasir rrekordjat. Jew program bħal Bondi+ li jidhirlu li ġeneralment għandu jinjorana.

Żmien ilu Alternattiva Demokratika kienet għamlet l-istess talba fil-konfront tal-istazzjonijiet l-oħra  tat-TV. L-Awtorita tax-Xandir dakinnhar kienet ħarġet direttiva dwar dak li għandhom jagħmlu l-istazzjonijiet tat-TV inkluż dawk politiċi.

Fil-fatt nhar is-6 ta’ Frar 2012 l-Awtorita’ tax-Xandir kienet iddeċidiet dwar ilment imressaq minn Alternattiva Demokratika billi :

  1. Ikkonkludiet li waqt kampanja elettorali, wara li jkun ħareġ ir-writ,  ta’ l-inqas darba fil-ġimgħa fuq NET TV u ONE TV  fi programmi ta’ diskussjoni li fihom ikun hemm rappreżentanti ta’ partiti oħra għandu jkun mistieden rappreżentant ta’ AD u
  2. L-istazzjonijiet l-oħra kollha għandhom jistiednu rappreżentant ta’ AD kull meta jiddiskutu temi ta’ natura politika jew public policy waqt kampanja elettorali.

Nistennew ħalli naraw kif l-Awtorita’ tax-Xandir ser timplimenta din id-direttiva tagħha fuq in-NET u l-ONE.

Tonio Borg: his nomination and Malta’s reputation

Stephen Calleja heads the editorial team at Standard Publications, publishers of the Malta Independent as well the The Malta Independent on Sunday.

He considers himself to be “independent” so much that he did not bat an eyelid in accepting to present a TV discussion programme on the PN political TV station NET TV: l-Iswed fuq l-Abjad. Its independence can be attested by considering his choice of speakers and his myopic consideration of the  issues discussed.

In today’s edition of the Independent on Sunday Mr Calleja speaks of “restoring Malta’s reputation” when discussing the consideration by the EU institutions of Tonio Borg’s nomination as John Dalli’s successor on the EU Commission.

Calleja’s point is that The Green’s criticism of Tonio Borg’s nomination and credentials will tarnish Malta’s reputation.

It seems that those defending Tonio Borg’s nomination, including Mr Calleja, consider that he has only one positive point, that he is Maltese and they expect all to rally behind this nomination on the basis of his nationality.

Calleja fails to give due weight that Tonio Borg has destroyed his own candidacy by his utterances and actions as a Minister. His actions on immigration  when he supported Berlusoni’s agreement with Gaddafi’s Libya to send back immigrants to Libya to be tortured is compounded by the 2002 Eritrean refugee mishap documented by Amnesty International amd UNHCR. Tonio Borg as Malta’s Minister for the Interior  was responsible for sending back Eritrean immigrants. Some were tortured others disappeared.

Tonio Borg’s utterances against tenancy rights of same sex couples during the rent reform debate in Malta’s Parliament may have been forgotten by Stephen Calleja.  Calleja may even consider as unimportant the fact that Tonio Borg defied the referendum result and opposed divorce legislation.

In view of Tonio Borg’s record as pointed out above I do not consider that his nomination was the appropriate one.

When Lawrence Gonzi, notwithstanding the above decided to proceed with Tonio Borg’s nomination he was gambling Malta’ reputation.  He should have nominated someone else. There are plenty of suitable candidates amongst Malta’s  404,000 population.

It is on Lawrence Gonzi’s doorstep that Stephen Calleja should direct his criticism. But obviously, as he is “independent” he will find considerable difficulty in doing so.