Somebody at Malta Today understands that it's not all about Lawrence Gonzi

Published: February 1, 2011 at 6:00pm

James Debono/Blogs/

But the cherry on the cake was the crass way the Labour leader expressed himself on events in North Africa.

In the face of an epochal moment which sees one of the most corrupt and oppressive regimes clinging to power in the face of one of one of the most dramatic demonstrations of people’s power since 1989, our Opposition leader laments the fact that the government has not unleashed a massive tourism publicity campaign with the intent to draw tourists to Malta, in the light of the on-going instability in North Africa.

This exposes a lack of political stature in the face of global events.

For while there is nothing wrong in diverting tourists to Malta by advertising our wares, there is something farcical in a future Prime Minister ignoring the bigger picture of democracy coming to North Africa and talking about reaping short-term benefits.

This is Labour’s typical way of addressing the nation, as if it was talking to a nation of zombies whose world view is confined to what happens in the few square metres around them.

It is the same when Labour ignores international factors like the hike in the price of fuel when it rightly lambastes government for lack of planning in the energy sector. It is this attitude which makes Labour look crass and a far cry from the alternative government we deserve.

13 Comments Comment

  1. Paul Portelli says:

    Well said, James. The sad thing is that they simply don’t get it. And worse still it doesn’t look like they ever will. Not in our lifetime, anyway.

  2. gel says:

    The problem with Malta Today is Saviour Balzan, with the chip on his shoulders and so bitter that his sponsor, John Dalli, did not make it to become the leader of PN.

    Also his partner, Roger Degiorgio, agrees with this.

  3. Louis Camilleri says:

    That’s what Labour will turn Malta into, if given a chance: the slut of the Mediterranean.

  4. ciccio2011 says:

    We have already had too many examples of this crass attitude, including leaving the prime minister, the King of Spain, and a plane full of passengers waiting for him to turn up, and his on-again-off-again appearances at public ceremonies late last summer after an alleged leg injury which, however, did not stop him from taking a cruise.

  5. mc says:

    This evening, the Opposition proposed the appointment of a high-powered permanent commission made up of the Ombudsman, the Auditor-General and the Chief Electoral Commission to decide on the salaries of holders of political office, including ministers and MPs.

    It seems to me a nonsensical proposal. These people occupy posts whose responsibilities and mode of operation are defined in legislation. Labour wants to put them together in a committee, like in a big pot of stew, to decide on something which is totally outside their remit.

    Why not put in the secretary, the messenger and the cleaner who work in parliament for good measure?

    Following the let’s-play-parasite-on-other-peoples’-misfortunes gaffe, I am convinced more than ever that these people haven’t the foggiest idea what they are doing.

  6. Stephen Forster says:

    Shame it was a blog and not the editorial.

  7. ciccio2011 says:

    The Opposition, led in this case by Anglu Farrugia, has just proposed “the appointment of a high-powered permanent commission to come up with a mechanism to establish the remuneration of the President, the Prime Minister, ministers, parliamentary secretaries, the Speaker, the leader of the opposition, related holders of political office and the honoraria of MPs. The remuneration would be relative to salaries in the public sector. The proposed salaries would be made public immediately and would come into force from the next legislature. Opposition was proposing that the Commission would be made up of the Ombudsman, the Auditor-General and the Chief Electoral Commission, all of whom hold institutional posts.”

    How can persons holding Constitutional posts, hence of equal standing to those of the Cabinet members, PM, Leader of the Opposition and MPs, decide on the pay of the latter?
    Especially when one considers that the roles of the Ombudsman and the Auditor-General depend on their independence from Parliament and executive government?

    Why does the Opposition believe that the next legislature will coincide with the right time to make salary changes to MPs and ministers?

    Another piece of poor thinking from the Opposition.

  8. rigu says:

    I have just heard that the Opposition want to hang onto an allowance for Air Malta flights for the remainder of the year in lieu of free flights – because of the qada imwergha fl’Air Malta. Addio generosita u s-solidarjeta mal-poplu.

  9. anthony says:

    The sooner somebody tells this Joey that Malta, the Mediterranean and the rest of the world stretch beyond Burmarrad the better.

  10. Fair deal says:

    Qedin sew issa, veru ma jafux jisthu . Mela l-ewwel wahda Marie Louise Coleiro harget tghid biex lill-parlamentari innehulhom l-ghotja ta’ 4 tickets tal-Air Malta. Issa qed
    jitgholbu 1500 euro bhala travelling allowance. Zgur li erba tickets tal-Air Malta ma kienux jiswew 1500 euro. Zieda bill-pulit. Hallas, ja poplu.

  11. fran says:

    The problem with Malta Today is Roger and Saviour. I think Roger should be ashamed of himself being party to the crap that is usually printed on Malta Today. Whilst talking about problems, the problem with the Labour Party is definitely that f**kwit Muscat.

  12. joshua agius says:

    Watch and forward to your friends

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