Not joyful but sinister

Published: February 15, 2013 at 11:13am

This is what’s meant by the truism that those who can’t remember (or don’t know) history are condemned to repeat it.

How do you imagine the Red Guards began – or the Brown Shirts?

I’m not saying that this is the road that we’re heading down. I’m saying that if Joseph Muscat wants to head down that road, he’s taken the first step already and has the raw material.

This video, of manipulated young people striding down a street en masse with painted faces that look like masks, is not joyful. It is subtly sinister.

38 Comments Comment

  1. The Big Fat Gay One says:

    If this is what they’re promoting, and he will be in government, I will henceforth leave the island and renounce my citizenship. This is not the Malta I want to live in.

    Sinister indeed. Brividi!

  2. SPAM says:

    1.19 – The university student who tried to embarrass the Prime Minister during the university debate; you can see her reluctance to shake Dr. Gonzi’s hand.

    She most likely thought that Dr Gonzi would duck the answer so they can air it on One News but their plan (not hers alone) failed miserably.

    She is like one of those key chains: you find her everywhere, on stage, videos, must say a proper mascot for our Dear Fearless Leader.

    Labour always tend to use young women to pull these stunts. A while back it was another student trying to ridicule Austin Gatt.

  3. PWG says:

    What utter rubbish. What a bloody put off. What a sham. What a fake Muscat is.

    • I`m already fed up of them- and they`re not even in government yet. says:

      I`m already fed up of them and their invading presence here, there and everywhere – and they`re not in government yet.

      Tomorrow will indeed belong to them if they are handed power on a silver platter by fickle and short-sighted switchers – unless the latter come to their senses and realise the long-term consequences of their moment of folly.

      I`m already sick and tired of this fake movement which is nothing other than the MLP with a few cosmetic changes ready to seize power once again.

  4. Tinnat says:

    I’m sorry, I can’t bear to listen to his patronising voice.

  5. Albert Farrugia says:

    Yes very scary indeed. I mean i myself get the creeps each time i look at those painted faces in the national colours of teams playing in the World or European Cup!

    [Daphne – Football supporters don’t get to run countries, Albert. Don’t put your Labour ignorance on parade again, please.]

  6. Toyger says:

    I think the one shown at 1:18 is the same student that asked that question about the buzullotti during the university debate.

    [Daphne – Yes, she is. The same young people are being recycled for different purposes.]

    • FP says:

      Daphne, the PL is “heavily promoting” a clean environment, and so the more recycling they do, the cleaner the environment.

      And it’s not just young people that they recycle. Just look at the front bench.

      One might say that the PL is THE environment-friendly party.

    • ciccio says:

      Yes, she is also at 0.20.
      Has the Muviment already organised the Labour Youths?

  7. SunKing says:

    Whilst I find that the comparison with both the Nazi Youth and China Red Guards clips is rather stretched, I do agree that the Joseph Muscat clip does look, and sound, subtly sinister.

    Moreover, I completely agree with Santayana’s quip that those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it. It is so true, on so many levels, in life experiences.

    • La Redoute says:

      The clips are nearly identical.

      You have been deceived by the Labour film which was staged to look natural and spontaneous. It was choreographed, directed, and edited, just like the other two clips were.

    • Jozef says:

      It’s straight out of V.

      In the film however, the revolution proceeds when the people take off their masks.

      In this one, people are reduced to a flag.

      The common factor would be the dissolution of parliament.

      Oh look it’s midnight.

  8. ciccio says:

    If JosephMuscatDotCom treats us all like Maltese, why has he been parading those whom he considers to be former Nationalists, including Deborah Schembri?

    This Movement reminds me of nothing less than how Hitler and his “Nazi movement” got absolute power, after systematically eliminating all opposition. They got into power through a democratic process, but we all know how it ended.

    This “movement” concept is not based on ability to govern, but on the ability to weaken and eliminate the opposition.

    Mintoff too had tried to build a “moviment tal-haddiema” at the time when communism was still going strong. Joseph must have heard about the idea during one of those Mintoff meetings to which his grandmother used to take him, and must have thought, “hmmm, I like this ‘novel’ idea. I think its time has come.”

  9. toyo says:

    kemm nihu pjacir narah dak il video u inhossni kburi li jien malti

    [Daphne – Yes, you illustrate my point precisely. What about this video makes you proud to be Maltese? Nationalism for its own sake? That’s right wing, not progressive and liberal. You are a perfect unthinking candidate for the Red Guards.]

  10. Malta Taghna Biss - PL says:

    Red is slowly coming back.

  11. JoeM says:

    In the 70s and 80s Labour had the Brigata Laburista. Did this mean that Malta became Fascist? or Communist? or that demorcracy had to be reintroduced after bloodshed and war? Since democracy was never in danger in Malta, the PN won the elections in 1987. Say whatever you like, but democracy was never threatened. Don’r forget that the MLP used to make a big issue back then of those who wore the Ġakketta l-Blu. Organising people, especially the youth, has always been the open dream of both parties on this island. Now we’ve gone full circle and it looks like Labour will be voted back in government in March. Why do you have a problem with that? I’m sure that if it won’t work out, the People will vote Labour out of government when the time for the next elections comes around. Till then, just sit back and relax.

  12. Francis Saliba MD says:

    The Hitler Youth and the China Red Guards have their local cheap imitators

  13. Mister says:

    This is not made up. Google is actually serving adverts on the video you linked to…. and guess to whom?

    So they actually used keywords in their google ads campaign… which matched this video….

    God help us.

  14. I thought I was going to be treated to some more “Mainwaring rhetoric” … but you’re right on this one. The painted faces are scary.

    [Daphne – Yes, because they are like masks, and masks + groups have negative connotations. I’ve always had a thing about masks, and associate them with evil.]

  15. JC says:

    Has anyone else realised that some of the people in that Labour video, whose faces are painted in white and red, were also at the univeristy debate? So spontaneous.

  16. meh says:

    Malta has been “taghna lkoll” since Eddie Fenech Adami brought the country together in peace, so Muscat’s claims for a “Malta Taghna Lkoll” are superflous and not needed at all.

  17. Joe Farrugia says:

    As far as I know the Maltese flag has the George Cross on the top left corner. The flag painted on the faces of these youths is that of the Labour party. So much for Malta taghna lkoll.

  18. Edward says:

    What Muscat really wants is not the be the youngest PM in Malta, but the only PM in Malta.

    Alienate the Nationalist Party but not the population so that we can all leave the Nationalist Party wallowing in its own fears.

    His message today is what Eddie Fenech Adami’s was in 87, which has guaranteed the PN many victories. He has got Malta and turned it on its head. The klikka of Lorry Sant and KMB has now become the klikka of Gonzi, the division in Malta that was created by the PL has now been created by the PN.

    What he forgets is, the Nationalist Party has given everyone in Malta, not just its supporters, all the opportunities we see around us today and when people spoke of a klikka in the 80s, it was an actual klikka and not one invented by disgruntled MPs.

    When will the PL learn that the PN did not make the past up, that KMB and Mintoff actually were autocratic leaders and that it is to blame for its failures?

    • Jozef says:

      Muscat is closing in on any future form of criticism.
      The implied promise is that it won’t be necessary, he’ll listen.

  19. Someone says:

    Did you notice that some of them have the George Cross while others not?

    I have three theories:

    1. They started with doing the crosses, but then found it too hard after a while, just like it will be governing a mature European country, as opposed to being a Super 1 journalist.

    2. They started with doing the crosses, but then decided not to continue as the George Cross symbolises “indhil barrani”.

    3. They started with doing the crosses, but then someone realised they were looking too much like Heath Ledger’s rendition of The Joker.

    My only saving grace is that I am watching this from afar and that my children’s future is safe from the maelstrom to come but I am honestly saddened at what is about to hit my family and friends.

  20. Albert Farrugia says:

    Good thing we are in a country where anything goes. Accusing a legitimate political party in a democratic country of being similar to the Nazi party would mean criminal prosecution in some countries. But whom the Gods would destroy, they first make mad.

    • vanni says:

      ‘Party’, what party?

      It’s a one man show. And it isn’t our fault if the message the man is sending is similar to that once given by the Nazi machine. And just so that you know, in some countries, THAT is illegal.

    • La Redoute says:

      It may have escaped your notice that the Malta Taghna Lkoll masquerade was produced by the Labour Party.

      If it looks like something out of Hitler Jugend, the producers have only themselves to blame.

  21. David says:

    “Patriotism has nothing to do with Conservatism. It is actually the opposite of Conservatism, since it is a devotion to something that is always changing and yet is felt to be mystically the same.”
    ― George Orwell

    [Daphne – Nationalism is not the same as patriotism.]

  22. ken il malti says:

    Will the Horst Wessel song now be translated to Maltese?

  23. Gahan says:

    Don’t ask me why, but this video puts me off. Could it be that there is no spontaneity?

    Or perhaps because Joseph does not have fire in the belly.

    Muscat doesn’t look like he really feels the words he’s uttering.

    Let’s put it this way, he’s not a natural. It’s just not in him.

  24. Matthew says:

    Joseph Muscat’s campaign has a major flaw.

    When you invite people to join your movement, you are automatically ostracising anyone who decides not to form part of it. Indeed, what’s the point of having a movement if everyone can be a part of it?

    Either everyone is in and there’s no difference between being in or out or some are in, some are out and those who are out are discriminated against.

    I’ll give a simple analogy.

    Let’s say the political parties want us to take up a sport.

    JosephMuscatDotCom is telling us to join his football team. This automatically leaves out all those people who are not interested in or have no skill in football. These will inevitably be ridiculed and bullied by the football players either eventually coercing them into joining the football team or ostracising them even further.

    The Nationalist Party, because it is a party and not a movement or a cult, is proposing building facilities for tennis, rugby, gymnastics and so on leaving the choice of sport entirely up to each individual and holding each sport in equally high esteem.

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