Lawrence Gonzi plays chess with his Cabinet colleagues. He considers them as pawns to be used when and should the need arise.
Consider Labour’s motion of no confidence in then Interior Minister Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici. Government had an alternative motion presented by PN maverick backbencher Franco Debono. Labour’s motion criticised government on policy and performance and concluded by censoring the Minister. Debono’s motion was heavily critical of government policy and performance but did not spell out anything specific on the Minister.
If Lawrence Gonzi was after calming the waters he would have selected Debono’s motion to be discussed first in Parliament. Instead he specifically opted for Labour’s motion. He sacrificied his Minister unnecessarily presumably to gain some sympathy from supporters!
Tonio Borg is also being used by Lawrence Gonzi. Tonio Borg was nominated as EU Commissioner designate in order to vacate his post as Deputy Leader of the PN. As amply pointed out in most of the press his choice is the worst possible. His actions and utterances on civil rights and immigration are not only anachronistic, they are unacceptable in a modern democratic society. He has a lot to explain.
And to crown it all there is now the Kazakh inquiry.
Gonzi plays chess with his Ministers. They are his pawns. He uses them as part of his political gambits.