What a way to put Malta off coalitions for life
Published: July 19, 2012 at 8:24pm
The last four years have been the rocky road to hell for the government and, ultimately, for the country. And all this because of the personal difficulties of three members of parliament, egged on, aided and abetted by others.
We have had, effectively if not in name, four years of coalition government, and now we are about to have the proper thing, with Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando right where he wants to be, calling the shots and pretending to himself that he is doing the right thing.
Before the last general election, there was plenty of talk from AD activists and promoters who tried to sell the idea of a coalition government (again – they first tried it in 2003), saying that it would be brilliant if we had a government made up of MLPAD or PNAD, with AD holding the single-seat balance of power.
I thought that a nightmarish scenario and fortunately, so did most. The experience of the last four years have shown just what sort of hell this is. We really don’t need any of that kind of stress – what’s the point? Those who revel at the thought of having a varied parliament with plenty of parties should ask themselves now whether they really can take any more of this sort of thing for any longer.
Has it been fun? No. Has it been good for the country? No. The only thing that could have been worse than this is a Labour government.