The Tao of Dom
Published: September 16, 2012 at 1:33am
“Had it not been for the steadfast support of President (Muammar) Gaddafi, his Revolutionary Command Council and the people of Libya, we would have literally starved into surrender.”
– Dom Mintoff, addressing the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, September 28, 1978.
“French and German workers don’t have more than two balls each.”
– Dom Mintoff, addressing drydocks workers in Cospicua, March 15, 1973.
“Children should be trained at an early age in the merits of socialism.”
– Dom Mintoff, addressing the annual conference of Young Socialists as the church schools dispute hotted up, March 16, 1984.
“Constitution? I don’t give a fuck about the Constitution!”
- Dom Mintoff, speaking to the directors of the National Bank of Malta at his office, December 1973
“It is not my style to crush opposition. All my life I have striven to convince. This country is too small to remain divided for long. I hope you believe me.”
– Dom Mintoff, writing to Mabel Strickland after The Times building was set on fire and ransacked by a mob of his supporters, October 18, 1979.
“Shut up, Luns! Who the hell do you think you are? Are you God? I am not going to be treated like some Indonesian nigger.”
– Dom Mintoff, shouting at Nato secretary general Joseph Luns during negotiations in Rome, December 1971.
“How could Malta remain neutral if it joined the European Union?”
– Dom Mintoff, speaking to university students during the EU referendum campaign, February 18, 2003.
“What happened was the result of spontaneous actions after provocations and systematic incitement by the Leader of the Opposition in his newspapers and the incitement of Nationalist MPs in the Council of Europe.”
– Dom Mintoff, speaking after Opposition leader Eddie Fenech Adami’s house was ransacked by a mob of Mintoff’s supporters on October 15, 1979.
“When we took office, we had an English Governor-General, an English Queen, English currency, a Bank of England man as the head of our central bank … We had a police force run by a commissioner who stated openly that his loyalty was to the British crown and nobody else. This was only eight years ago. Now Malta is a republic. Everything has changed. Nothing is British anymore.”
– Dom Mintoff, interviewed by The New York Times, 1979.
“If only this dream were to come true! It would make all members of the Labour Party dance with joy, unfold the Union Jack and embrace every Briton armed or unarmed.”
– Dom Mintoff, writing in The Knight about his dream of Malta’s integration with Britain, February 1954.
“If Britain continues to play games like these, we will remove the George Cross from the Maltese flag.”
– Dom Mintoff, speaking in Parliament, March 4, 1980.
“I wish to tell the opposition that if I had at any time hurt them, I did so in the heat of the moment, and not out of hatred.”
– Dom Mintoff, making his resignation speech as prime minister, in parliament, December 22, 1984.
“Today there are two Europes, the Europe of Cain and the Europe of Abel. The Europe of Cain is oppressive, the Europe of Abel, progressive. We can come to an arrangement with the latter.”
– Dom Mintoff, speaking in Parliament, November 7, 1978, during the Cold War. The Europe of Cain was the democratic west, and the Europe of Abel was the Soviet bloc, behind the Iron Curtain.
“I will not govern unless I have the majority behind me.”
– Dom Mintoff, speaking before the 1981 election. His party went on to govern all the same for five-and-a-half years after that election despite obtaining fewer votes than the Nationalist Party.
“I can guarantee that when the Labour Party is in office there will be jobs for everyone.”
- Dom Mintoff, addressing a Labour Party meeting in Birkirkara, February 24, 1964.
“I do not agree with the Budget measures and I cannot vote in favour of them unless I am taken seriously and my proposals seriously considered.”
– Dom Mintoff, criticising Labour Prime Minister Alfred Sant’s Budget in Parliament, November 13, 1997. Franco Debono echoes him today.
“This is the beginning of a Socialist generation.”
– Dom Mintoff, addressing a Labour meeting in Mosta, February 28, 1976.
“I warn the black right wing forces that at the slightest sign that they are helping the Nationalist opposition in Malta to break laws, the workers’ movement will even ask the devil’s help to smash them.”
– Dom Mintoff speaking at a Labour Party meeting in Valletta, January 30, 1982.
“The Labour Party chose to follow the constitution and democracy.”
– Dom Mintoff, addressing General Workers’ Union delegates on January 27, 1982, a few weeks after Labour remained in office despite the Nationalist Party receiving an absolute majority of votes.
“We have a right, if we want it, to membership of the Arab League.”
– Dom Mintoff, interviewed by MEED (Middle East news, data and analysis), May 23, 1980.
Some of these comments were originally sourced by The Sunday Times and published in that newspaper.