Labour’s next proposta: free childcare for washing-machines, so that women can have them watched while they go to work
Kurt Sansone of The Times (who likes to spend Labour press conferences head to head with Labour communications coconut Kurt Farrugia, perhaps because it makes him feel tall) reports:
Joseph Muscat laughed off the Nationalist Party’s proposal to lower electricity tariffs at night, saying the party would probably give families alarm clocks.
Parents, he said jokingly, were unlikely to allow their children to watch television after 10pm in order to save on electricity.
Interviewed by TV presenter Miriam Dalli under the tent in Pieta yesterday, the Labour leader took a dig at the PN’s night tariff proposal saying it was unclear by how much bills would be reduced.
“The PN will probably distribute free alarm clocks for people to wake up at night and use household appliances then.”
Ho, ho, ho. Kemm huma amusing, hux? It’s the sort of joke I expect to hear while waiting in line at the post office among the ladies who left school at 12 and have done nothing but wash floors and make minestra since. And that’s probably why he said it, to appeal to them (as though he doesn’t do that already).
I am quite sure that Joseph Muscat knows washing-machines have timers and that it is common practice the civilised world over to set appliances to run at night, because that’s when electricity is cheapest.
In the modern world – yes, even in Malta – people run their washing-machines and dishwashers at night routinely in any case, because they’re at work during the day.
But Muscat likes to give the impression, on the one hand, that he’s a Brussels highflyer, and on the other hand, makes believe that he lives in a world where women spend the day babysitting their washing-machine and making sure to stay hard by it in case something goes wrong and it leaks.
Imbasta bil-free childcare halli n-nisa immorru x-xoghol. So who’s going to babysit their washing-machines and do their hasliest while they’re out at work?
I can see what’s coming next: LABOUR WILL GIVE YOU FREE SUPERVISION OF YOUR WASHING-MACHINE SO THAT YOU KNOW IT’S WATCHED CLOSELY AS IT WASHES YOUR CLOTHES WHILE YOU’RE AT WORK.
The Labour Party is so bloody atavistic, conservative and old-fashioned that it’s beyond belief. The devil is in the detail, as the saying goes. And it’s in these details that you see how Labour and its people really think: post in-nisa huwa d-dar matul il-gurnata, joqghodu ghassa mal-magna tal-hasil.