Compare and contrast

Published: July 23, 2014 at 1:13am

There is a stark contrast in both content and style between the speeches delivered by Prime Minister Muscat and Prime Minister Gonzi at the London School of Economics.

They highlight the difference between a tacky, two-bit politician financed by China and Sandro Chetcuti’s development lobby and a proper statesman.

Muscat’s speech drips with ill-placed sarcasm that jars with the place and context, sarcasm which even ends up in the version released by the government’s Department of Information.

His antipatija really doesn’t travel well outside Lilliput. He repeatedly comes across as what his new mates in Israel would call a klutz.

Gonzi’s speech was well researched and factual – a policy speech, not a Clever Dick speech, which also respects his hosts and the context in which it was delivered.

Read both speeches here:



18 Comments Comment

  1. Carmelo Micallef says:

    The difference is between a man and a piece of rubbish.

  2. Gordon says:

    i would say they are chalk and cheese

  3. La Redoute says:

    Leslie Skipper is using Muscat as a ventriloquist’s puppet. It is his biases and bitchiness, and not Muscat’s political convictions (he hasn’t any), that come out of Muscat’s mouth.

  4. Calculator says:

    The difference is almost immeasurable. It’s the difference between a statesman and an arse-hole.

    Moreover, Muscat states, “I will approach the subject with the attitude of a 40 year old European.” In examining this particular phrase, shall we:

    a) Isn’t he supposed to be going ‘global’? Where are his credentials in relation to European values? Would China be pleased with his assertion? What’s this ‘European’ rubbish?

    b) He finally admits that he is 40 years old. Hardly the young and hip PM he wants us to believe he is, is he?

    Oh, and I loved the comment next to the phrase, “reforms have to do with sharing or even ceding responsibilities to
    supra-national institutions. That takes a lot of courage, and sometimes something more than that”: “is
    this a vote of confidence in the PN?”

  5. C C` says:

    There is no need to read the speeches. Dr & Mrs Gonzi are educated people who know how and when to talk. The Muscats are opposites who like to be seen and/or heard even when it’s inappropriate.

  6. Kif inhi din? says:

    Most Prime Ministers have speeches written for them but most would exercise correct judgement and alter and amend them as they see fit. Not so with Joseph Muscat who has been weaned on a teleprompter.

  7. H. Prynne says:

    I bet he thinks he is being witty when he insults English food and English football.

    [Daphne – Did he insult English food? I missed that. English food is a thousand times better than Maltese food nowadays, in restaurants anyway, and better again in Scotland, where the fresh ingredients are incredible. Il-vera bniedem injorant, besides being really rude. What is he talking about anyway? Most Maltese people eat rubbish, which is why their health is so bad, and the cooking of the average Maltese is plain awful with no attempt at making it better.]

    • La Redoute says:

      Muscat himself is a perfect example of bad eating habits. Nature made him short and squat. He became fat all by himself.

    • P Bonnici says:

      I love traditional English food, it is much better than Maltese food. I have been eating it for the last 35 years.

      The fact that the English did not have such a sophisticated cuisine, they are making up for it now. They have gone over the top (I am sick and tired of it) with non-stop food programmes and newspaper articles on newspapers. They also invented a word for food lovers ‘foodie’. I hate this word with passion.

    • J says:

      Yes, he did insult British food. Keep your pastizzi and ross il-forn*, Joey. I’ll have the scones with clotted cream and fresh jam, the scallops, the fresh juicy beef, the venison, the sweetest strawberries and cream, more varieties of potato than you could imagine, the rest of the lovely veg, the amazing ice creams (well done Malta, a stone’s throw away from Sicily, for completely screwing this one up), and – yes – the lovely real sausages, the fish suppers, the pies. What an idiot.

      He thought he was smart in commenting on Scottish independence and the UK’s relationship with the EU, and suggested a two-speed Commonwealth. That’s going to be popular. And to what end exactly?

      * but please share the octopus, Mediterranean fish and rabbit. And the tomatoes.

    • Tinnat says:

      My goodness, is this man insensitive. A little Mintoff in the making, and I suppose he is proud of that. Coming to think of it, min jaf x’issajjarlu l-mara. Jew ommu?

  8. Newman says:

    What a poor contribution by Joseph Muscat, B.Com, B.A.(Hons), M.A., Ph.D (Bristol), KUOM, Prime Minister of the Republic of Malta – shallow and full of platitudes.

  9. CiVi says:

    He should get someone to read his speeches beforehand and have them edited.. what an insulting idiot he is.

    And such a simpleton is representing the better half of Malta.

  10. catherine says:

    “I cannot imagine myself living in a country with Mediterranean work practices and English food.”

    Well he obviously likes the food in Malta, if appearances are anything to go by.

    What an ignorant pig. “Ehe ghax l-Inglizi mhux fish and chips jieklu, ma jafux jieklu, mhux bhalna hijjjj”. All said while wolfing down 4 pastizzi.

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