Il-politika dwar l-iżvilupp sostenibbli

Il-politika dwar l-iżvilupp sostenibbli hi materja li għandha tkun f’idejn il-Prim Ministru minħabba li tmiss ma’ kull qasam tal-politika. Hu interessanti li għal darba oħra r-responsabbiltà politika għall-iżvilupp sostenibbli reġgħet ġiet lura Kastilja, f’ħoġor il-Ministru Karmenu Abela, li nħatar Ministru fl-Uffiċċju tal-Prim Ministru. Sal-lum dan rari seħħ ħlief għall-perjodu qasir li fih Mario Demarco kien Segretarju Parlamentari għat-Turiżmu u l-Ambjent.

Robert Abela mhuwiex l-ewwel Prim Ministru li emfasizza l-ħtieġa li jingħata iktar importanza lill-iżvilupp sostenibbli. Ħadd minnhom, imma, ma rnexxielu!

It-terminu “żvilupp sostenibbli” huwa l-iktar wieħed mit-termini fid-dizzjunarju politiku li huma użati ħazin. Il-lingwaġġ politiku użat kważi qatt ma jasal biex ifisser u jispjega li l-politika dwar l-iżvilupp sostenibbli hi politika li tħares fit-tul: li kontinwament, huma u jittieħdu d-deċiżjonijiet, tagħti każ il-ġenerazzjonijiet futuri.

Il-gvernijiet ma jagħtux importanza biżżejjed lill-iżvilupp sostenibbli għax din m’hiex biss dwar illum imma hi ukoll dwar għada. Hi dwar kif il-ħidma tal-lum teħtieġ li issir b’mod li ma jkunx ippreġudikat għada u l-ġenerazzjonijiet futuri. Għada min rah? L-interess ta’ bosta minnhom iwassal sa ħames snin, jiġifieri sal-elezzjoni ġenerali li jmiss.

Dan hu punt li saħqet dwaru Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norveġiża u soċjalista demokratika li kienet Prim Ministru ta’ pajjiżha. Fir-rapport li hi ħejjiet għall-Ġnus Magħquda snin ilu dwar l-ambjent u l-iżvilupp, intitolat Our Common Future, emfasizzat li “Naġixxu b’dan il-mod għax nafu li mhu ser jiġri xejn: il-ġenerazzjonijiet futuri ma jivvutawx; m’għandhomx poter politiku jew finanzjarju; ma jistgħux jeħduha kontra d-deċiżjonijiet tagħna.”

Il-politika dwar l-iżvilupp sostenibbli mhix biss dwar l-ambjent: hi dwar kif inħarsu b’mod integrat lejn il-politika ambjentali, ekonomika, soċjali u kulturali. Tfisser li l-ħidma tagħna jeħtieġ li tħares fit-tul u li simultanjament trid tkun kompatibbli man-natura, l-ekonomija, l-iżvilupp uman u l-kultura tagħna.

L-iżvilupp sostenibbli hu dwar kif nistgħu f’kull ħin inkunu f’armonija ma’ dak li aħna mdawrin bih. Il-ħin kollu, u mhux biss meta jaqbel. Tirrikjedi s-sinkronizzazzjoni tal-politika kulturali, soċjali, ambjentali u ekonomika. Għax il-ħarsien tad-dinjità umana, l-apprezzament tal-wirt kulturali u l-ħarsien ambjentali huma essenzjali daqs l-iżvilupp ekonomiku.

Fil-qafas globali, kif ukoll Ewropew, il-politika dwar l-iżvilupp sostenibbli tfisser ukoll l-implimentazzjoni tal-miri dwar l-iżvilupp sostenibbli approvati mill-Ġnus Magħquda: 17-il mira imfissra f’169 oġġettiv. Din hi l-Aġenda Globali 2030 li dwarha l-Unjoni Ewropea ħadmet ħafna biex tkun maqbula mill-komunità internazzjonali. Filwaqt li l-Aġenda 2030 hi importanti kollha kemm hi, partijiet minnha għandhom importanza ikbar għalina f’Malta.

Ħu, per eżempju, l-immaniġjar tal-ilma. Hu essenzjali li nifhmu li huwa meħtieġ li r-riżorsa tal-ilma nieħdu ħsiebha sewwa u li l-użu li nagħmlu minnha jkun wieħed sostenibbli. Sfortunatament, sal-lum, l-immaniġjar tal-ilma f’Malta huwa kkaratterizzat minn doża mhux żgħira ta’ inkompetenza. Hemm aċċess kważi bla kontroll għall-ilma tal-pjan filwaqt li kwantità kbira ta’ ilma tax-xita jintrema l-baħar: kemm direttament permezz tal-mini li tħaffru għal dan l-iskop kif ukoll permezz tas-sistema tad-drenaġġ. Ir-regoli dwar il-ġbir u l-ħażna tal-ilma tax-xita applikati mill-awtoritajiet għal bini u żvilupp ġdid ħafna drabi mhumiex osservati. L-awtoritajiet ftit li xejn jagħtu kas.

Il-politika dwar it-transport hi qasam ieħor fejn l-ippjanar li ma jħarisx fit-tul jeħtieġ li jkun sostitwit billi tkun applikata l-politika ta’ żvilupp sostenibbli. Il-Pjan Nazzjonali tat-Trasport, li jibqa’ fis-seħħ sal-2025, jiġbdilna l-attenzjoni tagħna li nofs il-vjaġġi li nagħmlu bil-karozzi privati jdumu inqas minn kwarta. Dan jindika li inizjattivi biex ikun imrażżan it-traffiku fuq livell lokali u reġjonali jista’ jindirizza b’mod effettiv il-konġestjoni tat-traffiku fit-toroq tagħna bil-vantaġġ doppju ta’ titjib fil-kwalità tal-arja fejn din hi l-iktar meħtieġa.

Il-Pjan Nazzjonali tat-Transport jgħidilna li f’dan il-qasam, tul is-snin, ftit li xejn ħarisna fit-tul. Dan wassal, jgħidilna l-pjan, għal nuqqas ta’ direzzjoni strateġika u bħala riżultat ta’ dan żviluppajna l-inkapaċità li jkunu indirizzati materji diffiċli bħalma hi dik li tikkonċerna t-tnaqqis tal-karozzi privati. Min-naħa l-waħda għandna dan il-ħsieb sostenibbli dwar l-ippjanar tat-trasport, imma imbagħad min-naħa l-oħra l-Gvern ġie jaqa’ u jqum u għaddej bi programm ta’ nfieq sostanzjali fl-infrastruttura tat-toroq bl-iskop li tiżdied il-kapaċità tagħhom u bil-konsegwenza li d-dipendenza tagħna fuq il-karozzi tibqa’ tiżdied.

Dan kollu żejt fil-bażwa għax ġie ippruvat tul is-snin, bi studji li saru f’diversi pajjiżi, illi l-iżvilupp tas-sistema tat-toroq ma tnaqqasx il-konġestjoni tat-traffiku, imma isservi biss biex il-problema tkun posposta inkella tiċċaqlaq minn żona għall-oħra.

L-affarijiet huma agħar fil-qasam tal-ippjanar għall-użu tal-art. Gvernijiet suċċessivi wrew li ma kienux kapaċi jrażżnu l-iżvilupp esaġerat. B’wiċċ ta’ qdusija artifiċjali t-tmexxija politika tiddeskrivi lilha nnifisha bħal ħbieb tan-negozji (business friendly) inkella, kif smajna din il-ġimgħa ħbieb tas-suq (market friendly) u dan biex jippruvaw jiġġustifikaw in-nuqqas ta’ azzjoni adegwata. Qalulna li l-industrija tal-bini tant ħolqot impjiegi li qed tikkontribwixxi b’mod effettiv għal titjib fil-kwalità tal-ħajja.

Imma, kif bla dubju nafu lkoll, l-industrija tal-kostruzzjoni kienet fuq quddiem nett tkattar il-ħsara lill-pajjiż permezz ta’ żvilupp esaġerat bil-pretensjoni li l-ħsara ambjentali ikkawżata minnhom nagħmlu tajjeb għaliha aħna, l-bqija. Sfortunatament, ġew mgħejjuna minn gvernijiet suċċessivi li kontinwament fittxew kif jagħmluhielhom iktar faċli biex igawdu l-frott ta’ ħidmiethom. L-ippjanar tal-użu tal-art kif ipprattikat f’pajjiżna mhux sostenibbli u iktar ma jkun imrażżan malajr, ikun aħjar għal kulħadd.

In-nuqqas tal-politika għall-iżvilupp sostenibbli tinħass prattikament fl-oqsma kollha. Jeħtieġ li llum qabel għada nħarsu fit-tul f’kull deċiżjoni li tittieħed. Kien pass tajjeb, pass ‘l-quddiem li r-responsabbilta politika għall-iżvilupp sostenibbli marret lura f’Kastilja, fl-Uffiċċju tal-Prim Ministru. Imma dan għandu jkun biss l-ewwel pass. Il-bidu, segwit minn hafna iktar passi.

Ippubblikat fuq Illum : il-Ħadd 19 ta’ Jannar 2020

The politics of sustainable development

The politics of sustainable development is a matter for the Prime Minister’s direct consideration as it is wide-ranging and concerns all areas of policy.

It is quite interesting that once more sustainable development has taken up residence at Castille, being the responsibility of Minister Carmelo Abela, who has been appointed as a Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister. This was very rarely the case to date except in the short period during which Mario de Marco was Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism and the Environment.

Robert Abela is not the first Prime Minister who has emphasised the need to give much more importance to sustainable development. To date, however, none of them has delivered.

Sustainable development is one of the most abused and mis-used terms in the political lexicon. Political discourse continuously fails to project the politics of sustainable development as having a long-term view and continuously factoring future generations in the decision-taking process.

Governments do not give sufficient importance to sustainable development as this is not just about today. It is rather about how today’s activity should not prejudice tomorrow and future generations. This is not sufficiently on the radar of today’s politicians. Their interest, generally, does not span more than five years: that is until the next general election.

This is a point underlined by former Norwegian social democrat Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland in her seminal UN Report Our Common Future who emphasised that “We act as we do because we can get away with it: future generations do not vote; they have no political or financial power; they cannot challenge our decisions.

The politics of sustainable development is not just a matter of environmental concern: it involves a holistic consideration of environmental, economic, social and cultural policy. It signifies that our actions must have a long-term view and be simultaneously compatible with the forces of nature, the economy, human development and our culture.

Sustainable development is about living in harmony with all that surrounds us, at all times, not just when it suits us. It requires the synchronisation of cultural, social, environmental and economic policy. Shielding human dignity, appreciating our culture and environmental protection are as essential as economic development.

Within a global and EU framework the politics of sustainable development also involves following and implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals: 17 goals and the associated 169 targets. This is the global 2030 Agenda to which the European Union contributed substantially. While the whole 2030 Agenda is important, some aspects of it are relatively more important on a local level.

Consider water management, for example. It is imperative that we realise that we need to manage our water resources in a sustainable manner. To date gross incompetence has characterised water management in Malta. Access to the water table is still substantially a free for all, while storm water is mostly dumped into the sea, either directly or through the public sewer system. Rules for rainwater harvesting within the framework of land use planning are more honoured in the breach, without the authorities taking the minimum of enforcement action.

Transport policy is another area where short-term planning needs to give way to the politics of sustainable development. The National Transport Master Plan which runs until 2025 draws our attention that 50 per cent of private car journeys involve trips that are shorter than 15 minutes. This indicates that taking initiatives to reduce vehicular traffic at a local and regional level would be of considerable help in addressing road congestion and improving air quality where it matters most.

The National Transport Master Plan emphasises that the approach to transport planning and policy in Malta has, to date, generally been short-term in nature. This “has resulted in the lack of strategic direction and the inherent inability to address difficult issues such as private vehicle restraint.” On the one hand we have this “written” sustainable approach to transport policy, yet on the other hand government has embarked on an unsustainable spending spree of infrastructural development to increase the capacity of our roads, as a result ensuring that car-dependency continues unabated.

Addressing traffic congestion through expanding the road network only results in shifting the problem: either physically to another area, or else moving it in time.

The cherry on the cake is land use planning. Successive governments have been unable to restrain overdevelopment.

Sanctimoniously they describe themselves as being business friendly or market friendly to try and justify their lack of adequate action. The building industry, we are repeatedly told, creates so much jobs that it “contributes to the quality of life”.

As we are all well aware the construction industry has been a major force in ruining this country through over-development and through expecting us to foot their environmental bills. Unfortunately, they have been aided by successive governments who continuously seek ways to make it easier for the industry to plunder their way through. Land use planning is clearly unsustainable and the sooner it is restrained the better for all.

Sustainable development is conspicuous by its absence in practically all areas of policy. The politics of sustainable development still needs to be ingrained in the day-to-day policy-making structures. Assigning political responsibility for sustainable development to a Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister could be a good first step forward. However, there is still a long way to go.

published in the Malta Independent on Sunday : 19 January 2020

Il-kaz ta’ Karmenu Abela u l-Istandards fil-Ħajja Pubblika

Karmenu Abela baħbuħ. Mhux politiku li jimbuttak. Anke meta ma taqbilx miegħu. Kelli diversi opportunitajiet li iddiskutejt xi punti miegħu. Dejjem sibtu raġjonevoli.

L-istorja tas-Sunday Times dwaru ippubblikata l-bieraħ għal uħud ma tfisser xejn. Tant ilna nitkellmu fuq il-Bank Pilatus, Keith Schembri u Konrad Mizzi, u Egrant u 17 Black. Bla dubju affarijiet ħafna iktar serji minn struttura temporanja tal-injam fuq il-bejt tad-dar ta’ Karmenu Abela l-Ministru, madwar tlett snin ilu.

Jekk ħadd ma rreżenja fuq affarijiet serjissimi hawn xi ħadd li jaħseb li Karmenu Abela ser jirreżenja fuq erba’ biċċiet injam?

Sfortunatament l-opinjoni pubblika saret immuni għal dawn l-affarijiet. Qiesu ma ġara xejn. Għax jekk qiesu ma ġara xejn għal 17Black, il-Bank Pilatus, Egrant, Mizzi u Schembri kif nistgħu nistennew li dan l-inċident jirreġistra fil-moħħ tan-nies bħala materja projibita li dwarha hu ġustifikat li jkun hemm riżenja?

Meta Karmenu Abela aċċetta li jsirlu dan ix-xogħol id-dar għamel ġudizzju żbaljat (bad judgement), anke jekk ħallas l-ispejjes tal-injam, anke jekk ix-xogħol sar is-Sibt, jiġifieri mhux waqt il-ħin tax-xogħol. Għax hu mistenni li Ministru tal-Gvern iġib ruħu sewwa u ma jagħtix il-messaġġ żbaljat li l-impjegati tal-Ministeru qegħdin hemm biex iservu lilu personalment.

Mhux ta’ b’xejn li l-Kummissarju dwar l-Istandards fil-Ħajja Pubblika għadu ma nħatarx wara snin ta’ tejatrin.

Standards? Xi Standards? Morna l-baħar.

Is-sejħa għar-riżenja tal-Ministru Carmelo Abela

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Permezz ta’ Beppe Fenech Adami, l-Opposizzjoni qalet li l-Ministru Carmelo Abela għandu jirreżenja, u dan għax il-mewt b’suwiċidju li seħħet illum fl-isptar Monte Carmeli hi xhieda tal-inkompetenza tiegħu. Iktar u iktar, qal Beppe Fenech Adami, għax din hi t-tielet mewt ta’ persuna miżmuma taħt kustodja f’dawn l-aħħar xhur.

Il-mewt taħt dawn iċ-ċirkustanzi hi ta’ tħassib kbir. Peró naħseb li Beppe f’dan il-kaz għaġġel ftit biex wasal għall-konklużjoni li hu neċessarju li jirreżenja l-Ministru.

Infetħu żewġ inkjesti dwar il-kaz u naħseb li kien ikun iktar għaqli li nistennew il-konklużjoni tagħhom qabel ma nikkonkludu eżattament x’ġara kif ukoll dwar jekk kienx hemm min (b’li għamel jew b’li m’għamilx) ikkontribwixxa għal din il-mewt.

F’dawn iċ-ċirkustanzi hu primatur li ssir sejħa għal riżenja.

Hemm ukoll il-periklu li s-sinifikat politiku tar-rizenja jkun żvalutat jekk jibqgħu jsiru dawn it-tip ta’ sejħiet ta’ spiss.  Fil-kultura politika Maltija r-riżenja politika qatt ma rabbiet egħruq fondi. Din m’hiex xi attitudi li faqqset illum iżda ilha magħna s-snin. Hu għalhekk iktar għaqli li ssir insistenza biex l-inkjesti jkun konklużi fl-iqsar żmien li hu umanament possibli, u dan biex meta jkunu magħrufa l-konklużjonijiet  ikun stabilit min għandu jerfa’ r-responsabbiltà.

 

The recycled summit

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The Valletta Migration Summit is over. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has described it as a ‘historic summit’. It seems to me that it would be more accurately described as the ‘recycled summit’.

In one of the last speeches at the Summit, on Thursday morning, Senegalese President Macky Sall encapsulated in a few words the sentiments of the African side when he stated that African nations would have no need of aid if multinationals corporations active on the African continent paid their fair share of taxes and a fair price for the natural (African) resources. Of course President Sall left out an important last sentence: he avoided any reference to corrupt politicians generally in sync with these multinational corporations.

Earlier in the week had seen the 20th anniversary of the judicial killing of environmental activist Ken Saro Wiwa and his colleagues, who were executed on the orders of a secret military tribunal on the basis of trumped-up charges in Nigeria on 10 November 1995. Ken Saro Wiwa and his colleagues had  stood up in defence of the Ogoni people against Anglo-Dutch multinational Shell, who ignored one and all in its intensive corporate greed.

The conclusions of the Valletta Summit are nothing but a re-cycling of measures that have been discussed for some time: EU leaders have continued to focus on returning migrants and outsourcing problems to frontline states. This is an approach that the EU had previously attempted with Libyan dictator Gaddafi who, way back in 2010, had demanded €5 billion as his price-tag to stem the flow of immigrants across the Mediterranean. In contrast, the initial carrot dangled before African heads of state was a mere €1.8 billion. Another €3 billion was simultaneously being offered to Turkey by Frans Timmermans Vice President of the EU Commission.

Bargaining with non-EU countries in the hope of trading EU funds in return for re-admission mechanisms is not the right approach. The original EU proposal of linking funds to a take-back of immigrants who did not qualify for asylum had to be withdrawn as the African side of the Summit refused the bait.

The causes of immigration into the EU are various. They range from repression and civil war to the accumulating impacts of climate change – primarily drought and the resulting collapse of domestic agriculture. Matters are made worse as a result of tribal rivalry, as well as the absence of the strong institutions of a democratic state. Consequently, the resulting vacuum is filled by corrupt politicians who, after taking their fill from accommodating multinational corporations seek to top up their spoils through additional contributions from Brussels.

The situation is tricky for the EU as there is no one else to talk to. It is for this reason that the Action Plan tied the proposed €1.8 billion assistance to specific projects subdivided into sixteen priority areas built around five priority domains.

Will this Action Plan solve anything? It is too early to tell, as it is a long-term issue which will be implemented within a number of timeframes specified in the plan itself. The main point of contention remains the immediate short term, during which the pressures on the EU borders will keep increasing to the point that, as Donald Tusk indicated, the whole Schengen process is under threat.

In this context it is pertinent to underline that Malta has recently been spared the troubles as the flow of immigrants ending in Malta has decreased to a trickle as a result of Italy taking up all immigrants that it has intercepted or rescued in Malta’s search and rescue area. The reasons why Italy is behaving in this manner are not yet officially known: the rumour mill has it that oil exploration rights are part of the equation. Originally, Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela had indicated that there was some informal agreement with Italy only for him to come back and state that he had been understood.

As stated by Guy Verhofstadt, former Belgian Prime Minister and Liberal leader in the European Parliament : “The EU leaders have let us down.”

While the Valletta Summit has agreed to a reasonably detailed Action Plan which can form the basis of action in the long term, it has failed at containing the migration crisis in the short term.

published in The Malta Independent on Sunday: 15 November 2015

Ostakli għall-Ombudsman

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Ir-rapport annwali tal-Ombudsman għas-sena 2013 għadu kif ġie ippubblikat riċentement. Ma nafx għalfejn hu miktub bl-Ingliż. Kopja tar-rapport għaddiet lill-Ispeaker tal-Parliament fil-bidu ta’ dan ix-xahar.

L-uffiċċju tal-Ombudsman issa ilu mwaqqaf mill-1995, għoxrin sena. Nistgħu ngħidu li dan l-uffiċċju għandu r-rwol ta’ kuxjenza tal-amministrazzjoni pubblika. Iservi ta’ gwida biex ikun assigurat li s-servizz li l-pubbliku jingħata jkun l-aħjar possibli.

L-Ombudsman hu uffiċjal tal-Parliament u illum il-ġurnata jinkludi s-servizz ta’ tlett Kummissarji f’oqsma speċjalizzati (Edukazzjoni, Saħħa u Ambjent/Ippjanar). Is-sena li qed jirrapporta dwarha hi l-ewwel sena li fiha qed ikun ikkonsolidat is-servizz ta’ dawn il-Kummissarji Speċjalizzati li jafu l-bidu tagħhom għall-polemika dwar l-Uffiċċju tal-Verifika tal-MEPA lejlet l-elezzjoni ġenerali tal-2008.

L-Ombudsman fir-rapport tiegħu jemfasizza l-ħtieġa li jkun dejjem ċar dwar id-dritt ta’ aċċess taċ-ċittadini kollha għall-uffiċċju tiegħu u dan biex ikun possibli għalihom illi jitolbuh illi jeżamina l-mod kif huma qed ikunu effettwati mill-amministrazzjoni pubblika.

F’dan is-sens l-Ombudsman jirrapporta dwar żvilupp inkwetanti.  Il-każ tal-ilment dwar il-promozzjonijiet fl-Armata għadu pendenti. L-ex Ministru Mallia kien oġġezzjona li tingħata l-informazzjoni biex l-Ombudsman ikun jista’ jagħmel l-investigazzjoni. Qed jingħad li hemm kunflitt bejn żewġ liġijiet: dik tal-Ombudsman u dik dwar l-Armata. Dan kliem li ilu jingħad żmien mhux ħażin.

Issa li hemm Karmenu Abela,  Ministru ġdid flok Manwel Mallia, ikun xieraq lid an il-kapitlu jingħalaq darba għal dejjem.

 

Leo Brincat w iċ-chewing gum

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Leo Brincat kellu raġun meta nhar it-Tnejn 7 ta’ Lulju 2014 fil-Parlament emfasizza li għal bosta l-iżvilupp sostenibbli huwa bħaċ-chewing gum. Iġebbdu u jmeċilqu u meta jispiċċaw, la huma u wisq inqas min jismagħhom ma jkollu idea x’qalu. Id-diskussjoni ta’ nhar it-Tnejn fl-opinjoni tiegħi, kienet waħda minn dawn it-tip tad-diskussjonijiet.

Leo Brincat għamel tajjeb li emfasizza kemm huma meħtieġa l-istrutturi biex titfassal u titwettaq il-politika tal-iżvilupp sostenibbli.

L-Istrateġija Nazzjonali għall-Iżvilupp Sostenibbli ilha li tfasslet. L-obbligu li jinħolqu l-istrutturi meħtieġa biex din l-istrateġija tibda titwettaq ilu magħna mill-2007. Kien ikun għaqli kieku l-kelliemi tal-Opposizzjoni spjega għaliex ma sar xejn matul il-perjodu 2008-2013 minkejja li l-PN fil-Gvern poġġa l-iżvilupp sostenibbli bħala mira ewlenija tiegħu. Imma sfortunatament ma kienx kapaċi jagħmel dan. Il-kwalita’ tal-kontribut (jew in-nuqqas tiegħu) li jagħtu l-kelliema diversi fil-Parlament ħafna drabi hi rifless tal-importanza li l-partiti jagħtu lill-materja. Il-faqar tal-kontribut ta’ l-Onor Charlo Bonnici jirrifletti n-nuqqas tal-importanza li l-PN dejjem ta’ lill-iżvilupp sostenibbli. Nifhem li bħall-predeċessur tiegħu, Simon Busuttil m’għandux minnfejn jagħżel. Irid jaħdem b’dak li għandu. M’hemmx x’tagħmel.

Carmelo Abela min-naħa tal-Gvern ukoll qagħad idur mal-lewża. Meta tagħsar dak li qal ma issib xejn. Robert Arrigo ipprova jimla ftit minuti billi tkellem fuq it-turiżmu, iġebbed ftit l-argumenti bħaċ-ċhewing gum.

Ryan Callus miss punt importanti meta emfasizza li l-fatt li l-iżvilupp sostenibbli ma jiffurmax parti mill-Uffiċċju tal-Prim Ministru m’huwiex pass tajjeb. Dan minħabba li l-politika tal-iżvilupp sostenibbli tmiss l-oqsma kollha tal-politka u huwa biss il-Prim Ministru li għandu l-awtorita’ politika li jiddirieġi u jikkordina bejniethom dawn l-oqsma.

Għoġobi l-aħħar kumment ta’ Leo Brincat. Li l-iżvilupp sostenibbli jwassal għal iggvernar tajjeb. Kejl tajjeb illi kieku nagħrfu nużawħ nirrealizzaw kemm għadna lura.

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Għal iktar informazzjoni dwar l-iżvilupp sostenibbli, fuq dan il-blog tista’ taqra s-segwenti:

30/6/2014 : Green Talk but no more.

04/01/2014: Tomorrow may be too late.

14/12/2013: Tackling the Green skills gap.

02/11/2013 : Towards a Circular Economy.

01/12/2012 : Sustainable water policy required.

17/10/2009   : Sustainable Development Politics.

29/06/2009: The politics of Sustainable Development.

02/05/2009 : Tackling Sustainable Development

21/06/2008 : Sustainable localities & regionalisation.

 

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 !