No wonder she hasn’t a clue – she left Malta as a child
Published: April 12, 2012 at 10:02am
It turns out that Mrs Bland never actually lived in Malta, except between birth and the end of her primary school years. We were given to understand that she’d left at 17 for some protest in Greece and never returned to live here.
But now she’s let slip that she was sent away to school and that was that.
From her interview in The Sunday Times last Sunday:
You spend most of your life out of the country. What made you leave?
Work opportunities and education. When I first left I was very young and there was the interdiction of the Labour leaders. I couldn’t go to secondary school here without going to a church school and since our family was being persecuted, my parents thought it best for me to go abroad.
There’s such a lot to talk about here, isn’t there?
1. It was all right for some.
2. While Mintoff played the man of the people, he sent his daughters to school in England, because the options available in Malta were not up to scratch.
3. Persecuted? Hardly. That’s the myth Mrs Bland has grown up with. She wasn’t around when the real persecution began happening and continued for 16 years.
4. Why couldn’t she go to secondary school without it being a church school? Surely she’s not saying here that the Man of the People and Mrs Mintoff thought the state schools which were good enough for everyone else were not good enough for their precious darling.
5. Mrs Bland was 19 when her father became prime minister in 1971. So why did she have to stay away from Malta for her education and work opportunities? Surely this isn’t because her father wrecked the University of Malta and under his administration there were no work opportunities.
Here’s another strange answer.
What was life like as Dom Mintoff’s daughter? Did you feel privileged or victimised?
I was like any other girl, really. In my current house visits, my constituents say they remember me running around the bastions barefoot. (…)
What a very odd way to frame it. If somebody were to ask me about my childhood, I would say:
I used to run around barefoot down on the rocks.
And not ‘The neighbours remember me running around barefoot down on the rocks.’
Does Mrs Bland have no memory of this herself? Is it only because others say they remember her that way that she knows about it? How peculiar.
She’s not a member of parliament yet, but she has constituents already, Alla jbierek. And she’s given away which district she’s been selected to stand for: her father’s old stomping-ground, the Bormla area, which means SHE’LL BE RUNNING AGAINST JOSEPH MUSCAT.
No. 1 Joseph
No. 2 it-tifla ta’ Dumink