Watching/listening to the prime minister’s statement on the Budget…

Published: April 8, 2013 at 8:29pm

It’s quite an ordeal, because I have always found that sort of man utterly insufferable in every area of life: a man who really fancies himself and who doesn’t quite understand just how deeply unattractive he is because he’s fancied by those who are unfanciable themselves, and there are large numbers of them.

What mystifies me is how anyone can look at a performance like that and still be completely unable to read the facial expressions, the tone of voice and the body language, all of which shout ‘stay away from this one’ at a really profound level.

No wonder some people end up in such messes in their personal and business lives if they can’t pick up even such loud, neon-light signs to a person’s untrustworthiness, shallowness and duplicity.

The prime minister doesn’t even have a sense of the gravitas of the occasion. He sounds like somebody speaking at a club dinner, before the trophies are presented.

It is all quite tragic really. I suppose it is not so much that a country gets the government it deserves, but that the majority of people tend to vote for those who are made in their own image, whether they realise it or not.

22 Comments Comment

  1. one of us says:

    Can’t stand the smirking, the little ‘jokes’ and his laughing at them. I almost feel physically ill. And should he say Sur President or Mr Speaker?

  2. Mesmes says:

    “The first job that will be created is that of a new leader of the opposition.” Are we supposed to laugh or cry? Disgusting.

  3. H.P. Baxxter says:

    Kemm int sabih, Joseph. Il-veru xempju ta’ Übermensch Arjan.

  4. Sparky says:

    Is it so hard to pronounce naghmluha, saqajhom as is, rather than ‘namluwwa’ and ‘saqajjom’!? And i believe it’s ‘draw a line’ not ‘lines’. And all this gesturing, what’s he on about?

  5. Alexander Ball says:

    They wanted a change.

    They got fucked.

    That’ll make a change.

    • Calculator says:

      The problem is not so much that they’ll get fucked (I’d rather think they screwed themselves over and over by not improving themselves when they had the chance), but that we’re all going to get it.

  6. Nina says:

    I just cannot bear to watch, and barely listening. He has not changed much since his temper tantrum in 2005 at the EP.

  7. Tania says:

    Oh my gosh, I don’t know which of those two phrases are worse. Please, somebody get me out of here fast.

  8. dorian says:

    This government will create new jobs, including a new leader of the opposition, Dr Muscat jokes.

    Is this guy a complete prat .. to think we have 5 years of this intellectual and moral midget.

  9. Election Mode says:

    He had absolutely no idea what he was talking about. Throwing in a few buzz words here and there and doing his utmost to confuse whoever was listening since he had no clue as what to say. Obviously because he could not have prepared his speech.

    No teleprompter, no party.

  10. Mary Anne says:

    I agree with you. It’s tragic to have a prime minister clowning around on what is supposed to be such a serious occasion. Oh what a circus.

  11. ciccio says:

    His facial and body expressions give him away like an open book to those with a keen sense of observation.

    On TV, he came across like a drunk person among his mates – who I imagined had fallen asleep already with the level of alcoholic intake – cracking jokes and intimidating the sober bunch in the other corner of the pub.

  12. judy says:

    Even my 80 year-old granny can see it. I had to change channels as soon as JM started. Cannot stand him.

    • Carlos Bonavia says:

      I don’t know how people can stand to listen to this prat mouthing inanities when it really should be a very serious affair.

      I honestly can’t stomach the twat and have to change channel every time he comes on.

  13. Fran says:

    JM behaves like a spoiled brat, immature and childish. People who can’t see through him should be worried about their judgement in other areas of their lives.

  14. Ghoxrin Punt says:

    Do what I do. Don’t watch him. Life is too short to waste on watching him. Those will be valuable hours you’ll never get back.

  15. Charles PORTELLI says:

    One new casino and a yacht marina in Gozo, with the spectre of land reclamation to top it all. After all the crusades, Astrid Vella and Gozitan allies of hers have now fell very silent. They must be leaping with joy.

    I don’t know why I cannot remove this strange feeling from my head: with most of them being pl activists or pseudo-turncoat testimonials, my suspect is that environment was merely an excuse for them to take shots at the previous administration.

  16. Frans Cassar says:

    People, there is no one to blame but ourselves.

    Can anyone explain to me why most people keep on saying that the Nationalist were arrogant? What does that mean?

    Yes, PN ministers did not spend much time talking to people on the street, that’s because there were few ministers and there main job was to manage the country and not listening to people moaning about how the Arriva bus was late on this and that day.

    Lawrence Gonzi was focused on his duty to create jobs, keep a stable but growing economy and control on budget deficits.

    Now our PM, see it fit to make sleazy jokes on budget speech. Yes, it was certainly a change, but a bad change indeed.

    I despair.

    • Izzie says:

      He can afford to joke during this budget speech, the brat, because he found everything laid out on a silver plate.

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