Dom Mintoff: a political bully

The film Dear Dom has elicited contrasting reactions. It reflects the whims of the man. Initially being way ahead of his contemporaries, he ended up detached from the effects of the changes which he pursued.

He rightly wanted Malta to exit the soonest from its Middle Ages. The temporal powers of the Church run by an archbishop-prince and the colonial rulers were his first targets. Deliberately he opted to bully his way through. The bulldozer was Dom Mintoff’’s preferred operational tool and strategy. Initially used against the colonisers and the Church it was subsequently used by Mr Mintoff against his own people.

His oratory as well as his negotiating skills were central throughout his political career. He radically reformed and expanded the welfare state created by his predecessor as Prime Minister and Labour leader, Sir Paul Boffa, whom he toppled after accusing him of not being capable of standing up to the colonial masters.

Mr Mintoff’s strategy of seeking to improve the nation’s standard of living through integration with the UK stood in stark contrast to that of his nemesis George Borg Olivier who opted for independence as the tool to improve Malta’s living conditions. Mr Mintoff’s strategy to achieve integration failed and eventually he turned to Plan B: to follow the road leading to independence, patiently developed by Dr Borg Olivier. He couldn’t stand that, as playing second fiddle was not his game.

Dr Borg Olivier was patient. Mr Mintoff was not. Independence for Dr Borg Olivier was a gradual process starting with the essentials of self-government and slowly building up the county’s infrastructure: a prerequisite for its social and economic development. That was too slow for Mr Mintoff’s temperament. His attitude was one seeking absolute control at day one. His pace was much faster than Dr Borg Olivier could ever get accustomed to. This was reflected in Mr Mintoff’s style of negotiations, in his demands and in the stormy foreign relations which developed as a result of his approach.

Mr Mintoff’s followers embarked on many a violent spree. One may trace the justification of violence as a political tool in the debate and declarations leading to the Independence Round Table Conference, in particular in what are known as Labour’s six political points (is-sitt punti). Lino Spiteri interviewed in Dear Dom, qualifies this reference to violence as a necessary tool in the rebellion against the colonial powers. While that was indeed one of its earliest manifestations, unfortunately it eventually became a tool for all seasons, when Mr Mintoff lost control of the hangers-on which surrounded him, including the notorious members of his Cabinets, those who had their own “bully boys”.

Violence shamed Mr Mintoff and the Labour Party many a time, most notably when The Times was burnt down on Black Monday, October 15, 1979. In 1984 even his handpicked successor was embarrassed when supporters (labelled as the aristocracy of the working class) went berserk at the Archbishop’s Curia and destroyed all they could see.

Mr Mintoff was not capable of standing up to the criminal behaviour which slowly developed around him until it engulfed him and his party. This was recently described by former Air Malta chairman Albert Mizzi in an interview carried in The Sunday Times on March 25. Mr Mizzi stated: “I remember one time when someone mentioned something to him about corruption. He turned to me and said, is it true? I replied: ‘That what’s people are saying’. His response was: ‘What can I do if that person has helped me to build up the party? Can I take action against him?’ You see, this is small Malta.” That is Mr Mintoff at the mercy of his sycophants: those who helped him build his party and then proceeded to squeeze it dry until the pips squealed.

Bullying of opponents was an essential characteristic of Mr Mintoff’s method of government. Obviously those who benefited from his methods and actions think otherwise.

They consider it as a minor and insignificant blip. Those at the receiving end tend however to recognise it as an essential element of the man’s method. Positive politics is less relevant if the implementation method adopted is unacceptable. As a result Labour’s achievements under his leadership related to the welfare state and the general upgrading of the rights of working men and women will be forever overshadowed.

Coercive methods were characteristic of the man who sought to achieve his targets by hook or by crook. The shareholders of the National Bank of Malta, their heirs and all those who stood in his way are living testimony to Mr Mintoff’s methods. He bullied his way through all opposition: in his party, in Parliament, in civil society, in industrial relations and in the economy. His bullying of intellectuals bequeathed an inheritance of mediocrity to his Labour Party.

When the historical dust will have settled there will be one issue which sticks out in defining the man. It will not be the welfare state but his political bullying which shaped his party for a generation.

published in The Times of Malta, May 5, 2012

“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.”

The Nature of Green Politics

published on September 13, 2008

 

On being elected leader of the Greens in England and Wales last week, MEP Caroline Lucas stated: “There is a huge number of people out there who want to hear our message and we want to get better at getting it across. I want to get our message out about social justice. Everyone knows we are the party of the environment. What fewer people know is that if you are looking for the real progressive force in British politics today, it is the Green party”.

During the March 2008 general election, the PN took on board most of AD’s environmental policies. The MLP is now taking on board AD’s campaign on civil rights: divorce, gay rights, local council voting at age 16. AD’s campaign on rent reform has borne fruit. A consensus seems to be developing around AD’s electoral proposal on the energy surcharge: having a low or no charge for basic use and a high charge for excessive users.

An impressive contribution by a political party which has not yet made it to Parliament!

It is to early to state whether the PN and/or the MLP are trying to be greener than the greens. The emerging interest of the PN and the MLP in Green politics is positive as, in fact, this is coalition building by the back door!

It is to be borne in mind that Green parties are not restricted to environmental issues although, as stated by Ms Lucas, the environment is that area of politics with which Greens are mostly associated.

The Charter of The Global Greens, approved in Canberra in 2001, in fact identifies six principles forming the basis of Green politics: ecological wisdom, social justice, participatory democracy, non-violence, sustainability and respect for diversity. Viewed together, they form the basis of Green politics. All six are enshrined in the policy positions taken locally by AD.

Humankind is part of the natural world. We must respect all the other species forming part of this world. All forms of life are to be valued as all belong to the same natural world. This signifies that we must learn to live within the ecological and resource limits of planet earth and that we must ensure fulfilling the basic duty to respect biodiversity and life-support systems. Where we have little or no knowledge we must be cautious and tread carefully, thereby ensuring that we do not prejudice present and future generations. Basic to the achievement of social justice is the equitable distribution of resources. Social and environmental justice are thus intertwined.

Green parties the world over are firm believers in subsidiarity. AD will by the time of publication of this article have made public its proposals for a reform of local government. AD will argue for a strengthening of local government in Malta through devolution of additional responsibilities, clearer funding rules, Green tendering procedures at a local level and the need to introduce a referendum to decide on development projects having a significant impact on the locality.

The Greens respect diversity. Diversity of opinion. Ethical pluralism. Diversity in gender orientation. This has to be reflected in everyday politics. Hence, the Greens stand up against homophobia and support the right of gays and lesbians to be treated as equal persons of our community to which they too contribute through their daily toil.

The Greens favour divorce in contrast to those who believe in the theocratic powers of the state of imposing the beliefs of a section of the community on the rest. Those who believe in the indissolubility of marriage have a right to freely practise their beliefs. However, they have no right to impose their beliefs on the rest of the country. The state in Malta is still theocratic in this respect. It is about time that the winds of change open up the doors of ethical pluralism. Divorce has been recognised in Malta since 1975 but only for those who have the financial means to proceed to a foreign jurisdiction.

The effects of the March 2008 electoral campaign will take some time to sink into the psyche of the Maltese voter. It is not just about electoral promises which will not be fulfilled. Nor about scandals such as the Mistra one or the reversal of dubious pre-electoral decisions such as that on the development at Transfiguration Avenue in Lija. Voters are realising that the major parties avoided issues in March but subsequently had to face them. The shipyards debacle is a case in point wherein government intransigence had to give way to a civil society insistence on dialogue. Common sense eventually prevailed.

In the months ahead, the Greens in Malta will continue to face the issues and present to the public the progressive options which lie ahead.

Il-qawsalla skond Varist

 

 

Fl-Orizzont illum Evarist Bartolo, Membru Parlamentari Laburista kiteb artiklu intitolat Ħomor u ħodor … iżjed mill-blù!

 

Ma jgħid xejn ġdid iżda jagħmel riflessjoni ftit negattiva : jara l-ħomor u l-ħodor bħala alleati inevitabbli minħabba konverġenza ta’ ħsieb fuq materji bħall-ġustizzja soċjali, żvilupp ekonomiku, l-ħarsien ambjentali u l-libertajiet ċivili. Dan jiddikjarah fil-kuntest ta’ għan dikjarat li l-PN ma jkunx fil-Gvern.

 

Huwa dibattibbli jekk hux veru jew le li hemm konverġenza ta’ ħsieb. Għax huwa biss issa li l-MLP qed jitkellem fuq issues li ilhom snin esklussivament fuq l-aġenda politika ta’ Alternattiva Demokratika. L-MLP għal snin sħaħ ipprefera li joqgħod ħalqu magħluq għax beża li jitlef il-voti. U issa qed jiftah ftit ħalqu bit-tama li jappella għal dawk li jivvutaw AD. Kwistjoni ta’ konvenjenza pura, u xejn iktar.

 

Varist ma jitkellimx fuq materji importanti. Per eżempju ma jgħid xejn dwar il-fatt li l-Partit Laburista qabel mas-sistema elettorali preżenti sakemm ħaseb li jista’ jiggwadanja minna hu ! L-emendi kostituzzjonali ta’ qabel l-aħħar elezzjoni li bihom ġiet iggarantita l-proporzjonalita stretta liż-żewġ partiti (PN u MLP) u injorat lill-bqija saret bil-kunsens unanimu tal-MLP, inkluż bil-vot ta’ Varist fil-Parlament. Jiġifieri s-sistema elettorali preżenti m’hiex responsabbilta’ unika tal-PN iżda miegħu għandu l-MLP kompliċi fil-beraħ.

 

Għax minkejja dak li jgħid Varist l-MLP bħal PN jemmen f’sistema bi-polari. Jiġifieri sistema li tħalli spazju għal żewġ partiti biss. Għalhekk qed jirreferi meta jgħid “nemmen li jiena leħen fid-deżert”.

 

X’tiswa proposta ta’ alleanza programmatika meta din tiġi minn ħdan partit li kontinwament bil-mod kif jaħdem jippreżenta ruħu bħala l-uniku leħen alternattiv : jew miegħu jew kontrieh ?

 

Fl-elezzjonijiet għall-Parlament  Ewropew ta’ 4 snin ilu Alternattiva Demokratika kisbet 23,000 vot u fl-aħħar elezzjoni ġenerali ftit iktar minn 3,800 vot. Dawn huma kollha voti li jirrikonoxxu li AD għandha identita tagħha, differenti minn dik tal-Partiti l-oħra.

 

Jiġifieri l-ewwel pass li jridu jagħmlu l-partiti l-oħra huwa li jirrikonoxxu dan u ma jibqgħux għaddejjin b’politika li tbeżża’. Huwa inutli li nitkellmu fuq il-pluraliżmu jekk fejn l-iktar meħtieġ, jiġifieri fil-Parlament, l-MLP u l-PN jibqgħu jagħmlu minn kollox biex joħonquħ.

It-Tarżna ….. il-fejn ?

 

Fil-ġranet li ġejjin bil-mod jinħema l-futur tat-Tarżna.

 

Il-Gvern iddeċieda (a bażi ta’ rapport li qed jgħid li għandu) kemm irid ikun in-numru ta’ ħaddiema li jkollha t-Tarżna biex tkun attraenti għal xerrej prospettiv. Minn 1,600 illum trid tinżel għal madwar 700 qal il-Ministru. Kif ir-rapport wasal għal din il-konklużjoni diffiċli tgħid sakemm ir-rapport ma jkunx pubbliku. Ħaġa li s’issa għad ma saritx.

 

Kif tista’ tasal għall-aħjar daqs ta’ labour force meħtieġa meta m’huwiex magħruf min hu interessat li jieħu t-Tarżna f’idejħ ?  Dan iwassal għal konklużjoni waħda : in-numru ta’ ċirka 700 ħaddiem huwa biss eżerċizzju indikattiv li fil-prattika ma jfisser xejn. Jiena qiegħed niskarta l-unika alternattiva li jibqa’, jiġifieri li n-numru 700 huwa indikat minn xi kumpanija jew kumpaniji li huma interessati fit-Tarżna.

 

Jekk allura in-numru ta’ 700 ħaddiem li għandu jkollha t-Tarżna huwa biss indikattiv ma jagħmilx sens illi f’dan l-istadju, meta għadu kmieni l-Gvern jasal għal konklużjonijiet . Safejn naf jien ħadd għadu ma jaf mhux biss min huma l-kumpaniji interessati, iżda ukoll xi pjanijiet għandhom għat-Tarżna. Is-snajja’ li għandhom bżonn huma magħrufa imma n-numru jddependi mix-xogħol u l-kwantita tiegħu li s-sidien il-ġodda ser iġibu.

 

Ilu magħruf żmien (minn qabel ma Malta issieħbet fl-Unjoni Ewropeja) illi wara l-31 ta’ Diċembru 2008 ma jistax ikun hemm iktar sussidji għat-Tarżna, tant li waqt il-kampanja elettorali għall-elezzjoni ta’ Marzu 2008 kienu ċari il-posizzjonijiet tal-partiti :

 

PN : kwiet u kliem mill-inqas ħlief li m’huwiex ser ikun hemm downsizing (ċjoe tnaqqis),

MLP : li jinnegozja perjodu transitorju ġdid mal-Unjoni Ewropea; dan ovvjament għax l-MLP dehrlu li l–Gvern immexxi mill-PN ma għamilx użu tajjeb mill-perjodu transitorju,

AD : l-Appeldore report tas-snin 90 huwa l-mudell li fuqu trid titfassal is-soluzzjoni għall-problema Tarżna u dan billi l-ħaddiema li ma jkunux meħtieġa għal xogħol fuq il-vapuri jinstabilhom xogħol alternattiv u produttiv.

 

Din hi s-sitwazzjoni illum. Is-soluzzjoni teżisti u ma tinvolvix spejjes ikbar milli l-Gvern qiegħed jipproġetta. Li hemm bżonn hu rieda tajba li sfortunatament mhux dejjem tidher li qegħda hemm.

 

 

Ħaġa waħda hi ċara : jekk il-problema ma tissolvix m’hu ser jirbaħ ħadd. Ser jitlef kulħadd. Jitlef il-pajjiż, jitilfu l-ħaddiema tat-Tarżna u titlef il-Union.

 

Iżda hu possibli li jirbaħ kulħadd madwar il-mejda. Dan jista’ jsir biss wara li jiġi mwarrab it-theddid u l-paroli vojt li qed jiġi sparat minn kull naħa.

Greening the Surcharge

 

Published on Saturday 12 July 2008

by Carmel Cacopardo

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The surcharge is back in the news after reaching its highest level yet : 95 per cent. Over the past months two alternatives were proposed, with the government now proposing a third in the form of redesigned tariffs.

The MLP, during the March 2008 electoral campaign, proposed that the surcharge ought to be halved. This meant that all of us would have to foot the bill for everybody’s consumption through increased subsidies. The second proposal was brought forward by AD, the Green party: that surcharge rates should be adjusted to benefit low users at the expense of the high consumers.

The change of MLP leadership brought about a change of views on the subject. New MLP leader Joseph Muscat, in a meeting with an AD delegation led by Arnold Cassola, stated that the AD surcharge proposal was a very reasonable basis for discussion. To his credit, Dr Muscat is inching Labour towards an adoption of AD’s surcharge policy.

The two remaining proposals are complementary. The government’s proposal to redesign tariffs can be integrated with the AD proposal producing a green pricing strategy. The rates to be established next October can be constructed in such a manner as to encourage low consumption and penalise high use of water and energy.

Water consumption can be substantially reduced through encouraging the use of rainwater not just in homes but also in offices and commercial establishments where possible. The provision of a rainwater cistern is a compulsory feature of the Maltese building code. It has in fact been codified since 1880. No building should be without a water cistern of a suitable size to retain rainwater incident on its roof. Yet, when the rainy season commences, flooded streets and overflowing sewers are a familiar sight. This being clear enough proof that, in lieu of collecting rainwater in a water cistern, a number of property owners just pour their rainwater onto the streets or, worse still, channel it directly into the public sewers. This does not only signify the loss of a natural resource but it is also the cause of considerable expense and dangers through the flooding of streets.

An overloaded sewer increases the load on sewage purification plants and, consequently, the energy required to purify the sewage before its intended use.

While emphasising the need for enforcement to ensure that water cisterns of an appropriate size are constructed in new buildings, I believe that the carrot is more effective than the stick.

Encouraging the use of rainwater and reflecting such encouragement in the water pricing policy would signify having low water rates for low consumption. This is already partially existent in the current pricing structure as the first cubic metres of water consumed per person in every household is subsidised. However, when the surcharge was introduced it did not consider this a feature worth emphasising and in fact the surcharge was applied indiscriminately irrespective of consumption.

The expense to the exchequer through applying lower rates for those who shift or have shifted their water consumption from mains water to rainwater will be more than recouped through lower costs in producing water, less waste water to treat at sewage purification plants and less flooding of streets after a heavy rainstorm.

In respect of energy bills, current basic rates differentiate between low and high users, yet the surcharge mechanism ignored this too. Rates charged vary for the first 6,400 units per annum at which point the maximum rate is applied.

In addition, those installing photovoltaic panels receive a financial grant to encourage installation. They are connected to the national grid as a result selling any excess electricity generated. Excess electricity so generated is deducted from electricity bills on the basis of one unit generated compensating for every unit consumed. This is positive although it is still far off from current practice elsewhere. In other countries, notably in Germany, electricity generated through photovoltaic panels or wind turbines is paid for at a much higher rate. This not only encourages the generation of renewable energy but it is also an environmental statement to the effect that the conventional method of generation of electricity has hidden costs which are not yet reflected in the price structure. Part of these hidden costs are medical costs related to respiratory diseases to which power station emissions are a major contributor.

In the alternative set-up of revised tariffs, the pricing structure must support those who strive to minimise their environmental impacts. The new water and electricity pricing policy must not be just another accounting exercise. It must also be a reflection of the government’s environmental policy, one of the instruments through which it can manifest that it is serious when it proclaims to one and all that sustainable development is on the top of its agenda.

Distributing energy saving bulbs, whenever this will happen, is not sufficient.

The author, an architect and civil engineer, is the spokesman on sustainable development and local government of Alternattiva Demokratika – the Green party in Malta.

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you may also read through the following posts which deal with the same subject :

https://carmelcacopardo.wordpress.com/2008/03/26/dik-il-bozza/

https://carmelcacopardo.wordpress.com/2008/05/26/surcharge/

https://carmelcacopardo.wordpress.com/2008/06/22/l-mlp-u-l-proposti-tal-ad-dwar-is-%e2%80%9csurcharge%e2%80%9d/

https://carmelcacopardo.wordpress.com/2008/06/26/revizjoni-tas-surcharge/

https://carmelcacopardo.wordpress.com/2008/07/02/inharsu-l-ambjent-ghax-hekk-tajjeb-u-ghax-jaqblilna/

L-MLP u l-proposti tal-AD dwar is-“surcharge”

 

Arnold Cassola, Chairperson ta’ AD flimkien mad-Deputati Chairpersons Mario Mallia u Stephen Cachia il-bieraħ iltaqgħu mat-tmexxija tal-Partit Laburista fil-Ħamrun. Min-naħa tal-Partit Laburista kienu preżenti l-Mexxej Dr. Joseph Muscat, id-Deputati Mexxejja Dr. Toni Abela u Dr. Anġlu Farrugia u s-Segretarju Ġenerali Jason Micallef.

Fl-istqarrijiet li nħarġu mill-AD u l-MLP ġew imfissra l-posizzjonijiet taż-żewġ naħat.

Ġew diskussi l-kriżi fil-prezzijiet ta’ l-ikel u ż-żejt u kif din qed taffettwa l-livell ta’ l-għixien ta’ l-impjegati u specjalment dawk ta’ dħul baxx u medju.  

Imma ġie diskuss ukoll kif il-mekkaniżmu tas-surcharge jista’ jkun aktar ġust billi jippremja lil min juża l-enerġija b’mod għaqli minflok kif inhu bħalissa fejn kulħadd iħallas l-istess rata ta’ surcharge irrispettivament mill-konsum.

Il-Mexxej tal-MLP emfasizza illi l-proposta tal-AD fl-aħħar elezzjoni, u ċjoe li s-surcharge m’għandiex titħallas bl-istess mod minn kulħadd, iżda li għandha tkun tiffavurixxi lil min ma jaħlix hi bażi tajba għal diskussjoni fil-pajjiż.

 

Ovvjament (ngħid jien) m’huwiex possibli illi s-surcharge titnaqqas bin-nofs, b’daqqa ta’ pinna. Min jaħli għandu jerfa’ l-piż iżda min jieħu l-prewkazzjonijiet biex ma jaħlix għandu jkun ippremjat.

Tajjeb li l-MLP qiegħed jirrikonoxxi l-proposti tajbin tal-AD .

Issa nistennew x’ser jagħmel il-Gvern, li ħabbar li qiegħed jikkonsidra jekk u kif ser jirrevedi t-tariffi u/jew is-surcharge fuq id-dawl u l-ilma.  Nittamaw li hu ukoll jiftaħ għajnejh għall-proposti tal-AD li saru u huma fl-interess tal-pajjiż.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L-elezzjoni għal Mexxej tal-MLP

 

 

Il-kampanja elettorali għall-elezzjoni ta’ Mexxej tal-MLP għaddejja.

 

Diversi laburisti li jiktbu fil-ġurnali, fil-blogs jew fuq it-Times online jurtaw ruħhom li xi opinjonisti esprimew ruħhom fuq il-kandidati ddikjarati. Li nikkummentaw fuq il-pożittiv u n-negattiv tal-kandidati hu fih innifsu tajjeb. Li hemm ħażin fil-fehma tiegħi huma l-insulti u t-tmaqdir personali prinċipalment fi blog partikolari. Naħseb li ma nistgħux nistennew aħjar minn uħud u ħafna drabi jkollna nieħdu paċenzja u nissaportu. (Ngħid ikollna, għax naħseb li kulħadd huwa interessat f’dak li qiegħed jiġri, u ftit huma dawk li jaqblu mal-linja ta’ insulti li hemm min jeddeletta mhux ftit bihom.)

 

Il-votazzjoni tal-bieraħ fil-Konferenza Ġenerali tal-MLP fejn ittieħdet deċiżjoni biex ma tiġix imwessa’ l-bażi elettorali għall-elezzjoni tat-tmexxija tal-MLP jiena nqiesha bħala waħda strateġika, u mhux waħda ta’ prinċipju. Hi l-istess deċiżjoni li kienet ittieħdet fil-PN f’nofs is-snin 70 meta saru emendi statutorji fl-istatut tal-PN biex tneħħa d-dritt tal-Kungress li jeleġġi l-Kap tal-PN. Il-Kungress tal-PN dakinnhar kien magħmul mit-tesserati kollha tal-Partit. Dakinnhar ukoll dik kienet deċiżjoni strateġika. Hemm il-possibilita illi kieku ma saritx, ir-riforma tal-PN ma kienitx tieħu d-direzzjoni li ħadet.

 

Min appoġġa t-twessiegħ tal-bażi elettorali fl-MLP fl-2008 jew iddefenda l-bażi elettorali wiesa’ fil-PN fl-1975 ma għamilx dan minħabba li qalbu taħarqu għad-drittijiet tat-tesserati, iżda għax ra l-possibilitajiet tiegħu jimmoltiplikaw bis-sistema li mexxa l-quddiem.

 

Issa li fl-MLP hemm idea il-fejn in-numri qed ixaqilbu, l-istorja issir interessanti iktar.

 

Huwa fl-interess tal-pajjiż kollu li l-MLP jkollu Mexxej li jġibu l-quddiem u li jagħtih lura l-kredibilita. Għalhekk dan l-interess fil-proċess.

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Il-Vot hu tiegħek

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Il-vot hu tiegħek biss. Il-Partit Laburista m’għandux voti. L-anqas il-PN.

 

Ikollhom il-voti li n-nies tiddeċiedi li tagħtihom. Xejn iktar, xejn inqas.

 

Il-voti li ser iġġib l-Alternattiva Demokratika fl-elezzjoni li ġejja la huma ġejjin mill-PN u l-anqas mill-MLP. Iżda ġejjin mingħand dawk il-votanti li l-Alternattiva tirnexxielha tikkonvinċi.

 

L-Alternattiva ma tbeżża’ lil ħadd : la b’Alfred Sant, la bil-babaw u l-anqas b’Lawrence Gonzi. Il-parti l-kbira tan-nies titbissem meta jkun hemm min jipprova jbeżża’. Għax iż-żmien tal-biża’ ilu li għadda ħafna snin.

 

Min jipprova jbeżża’ tilef il-fiduċja li jikkonvinċi. Irid inessi dak li għamel billi jiddevja l-attenzjoni mid-difetti tiegħu għad-difetti ta’ ħaddieħor. 

 

L-AD, li f’isimha jiena kandidat tistiednek biex tivvota b’konvinzjoni. Mhux kontra min ma taqbilx miegħu, iżda favur dak li taqbel.