They didn’t obey him, so he resigned
Published: July 19, 2012 at 8:12pm
Wasn’t that just to be expected, the moment Jeffrey said back then that if the Nationalist Party executive did not expel Richard Cachia Caruana, then he would have to think about his own position?
Basically, he wasn’t submitting his request for expulsion to the normal rules of procedure.
He was ORDERING the Nationalist Party to expel Cachia Caruana, with implied threats and menaces.
When the vote against his request was unanimous, which must have really shaken him given how shocking he thought – in his own tragic self-delusion – his amazing revelations to be, he said, right, I’ll show them.
So this man’s idea of due process is ‘do what I say or I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll bring the house down’. He calls himself liberal and progressive, a ‘true Nationalist’, but it’s quite obvious from his attitude why he feels more comfortable sharing his bed with Labour politicians, literally and figuratively.
He thinks Labour: the imposition of will as distinct from democracy. Jew taghmlu li rrid, jew inhassar.
He told the prime minister that he has resigned from the Nationalist Party because he feels he can’t “militate in” (who speaks like that, for heaven’s sake, if not members of the Brigate Rosse) a political party which has been “hijacked by Richard Cachia Caruana and Austin Gatt”.
Sorry, MISTER Richard Cachia Caruana and DOCTOR Austin Gatt, because nobody ever taught this man that when you use full names in that context, you don’t use Mr and Dr. Those come subsequently, when you have used the full name and then move on to using the surname only.
But enough of that.
Jeffrey Pullicino (Orlando Smith) must always convince himself that he’s doing the right, honourable, correct, heroic and gentlemanly thing, but he invariably gets it wrong and behaves like a knave, blackguard and total scum. But as long as he approves of himself, he seems oblivious to the opprobrium he has drawn down on his shoulders.
And when he does catch a glimpse of the contempt in which he is held, instead of blaming himself and his own dreadful choices, he projects blame, transfers guilt and plays the martyr.
Can any member of parliament possibly have behaved more badly than Jeffrey Pullicino (Orlando Smith) has behaved over the last four and a half years? Where does he go from here – into the welcoming arms of Consuelo Herrera, Robert Musumeci and Joseph and Michelle?
It sounds like a life of hell, cut off from where he really wants to be, but still holding out hope that when Lawrence Gonzi is defeated at the next election with his help and his vote, the new party leader will have him brought in on a donkey to the waving of palm fronds.
He told the prime minister, in his resignation letter, that 5,100 constituents gave him their first-preference vote, and so he will “out of respect for the clear mandate they honoured me with, continue to collaborate in the implementation of the measures outlined in the PN electoral programme for 2008″.
Unfortunately, Jeffrey doesn’t get the quintessential point that we didn’t give our first-preference vote to him. We gave it to the Nationalist Party.
I did not vote No. 1 Jeffrey. I voted No. 1 Nationalist Party. This means I don’t want Jeffrey as such filling my representative’s seat. I don’t want him at all, actually. I want a Nationalist MP sitting in it.
So what he should be doing, if he truly wishes to honour his obligation towards us, is resign his SEAT and not the party whip, so that our wishes can be honoured by having a PN MP represent us in his stead.
Pullicino Orlando should answer this simple question: when people gave him their No. 1 vote, what came first – their vote for the PN or their vote for him?
I’ll answer it for him: their vote for the Nationalist Party.
He has said he will support the government, in a sort of coalition format, until the end of the term, out of respect for those who voted for him and the PN electoral programme. But if the government presents a bill that is not in the electoral programme, then he expects to be consulted.
This is, of course, more self-deluding hogwash. His constituents did not give him a mandate to present a private member’s bill on divorce, and yet he did so.
His constituents certainly did NOT give him a mandate to collude and plot with Joseph Muscat over drinks with Michelle and Carmen and cause as much trouble for the government as humanly possible.
And the very suggestion that we – I, of all people, for instance – gave him a mandate to hatch a plot with the Opposition to force the resignation of Richard Cachia Caruana is outlandish and outrageous.
We did not give him a mandate to be a thorn in the nation’s side and give this country four years of look-at-me hell as he revved up to exercise his grudges in full view of a contemptuous and horrified constituency.
And not content with doing all that, he pushed the envelope even further and asked the Nationalist Party to, basically, choose him instead of Richard Cachia Caruana, rejecting the latter and championing the former.
That could never have happened, and if his thinking were not entirely warped by bitterness and hate, he would have been able to see how wrong it would have been to do that, how very immoral. What he told the party, basically, was that the price for his support was Richard Cachia Caruana’s head. Having obtained that head in one forum, he wanted it again in another.
But that was one wedding-present too far.
Jeffrey’s resignation letter:
Haz-Zebbug , 19-7-2012
After much consideration it is with sincere regret that I must tender my resignation from the Nationalist Party, effective immediately. My reason for doing so stems from the fact that I do not feel comfortable militating in a party which has been hijacked by Mr. Richard Cachia Caruana and Dr. Austin Gatt.
Without detracting from the attributes both these individuals may have, I do not subscribe to their way of doing politics.
I am aware that this difficult step will mean that I am no longer a member of the PN Parliamentary Group. I will, thus, be informing the
Speaker of the House, Hon. Michael Frendo, of my resignation from the PN. I will also be requesting a meeting with him in order to plan a way forward, given the circumstances.
5,100 constituents gave me their first preference vote in the last general elections, which I contested on the PN ticket. I will, out of respect for the clear mandate they honoured me with, continue to collaborate in the implementation of the measures outlined in the PN
electoral programme for 2008. Given the circumstances, I expect to be consulted by you should any measure which is not specifically mentioned in the electoral programme require my support in Parliament.
This onerous decision should not, in any way, be interpreted as a reflection of the respect I have for you on a personal level, which
Dr. Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando M.P.