This is not my comment, but I wish it were

Published: June 30, 2017 at 3:35pm

A reader (quite a prominent one right now) has just sent me this message after reading a few of my posts about Adrian Delia.

You’ll probably find that Adrian is only an extreme example of the prevailing attitude right now. All potential Nationalist Party leaders seem to have this conciliatory spirit about them – it’s the crushing power of Muscat’s fascism that has carried with it the minds of too many people whose business it is supposed to be to know better.

It’s a collective embarrassment these people seem to be suffering from for not being Muscat.

I agree. Imagine if Eddie Fenech Adami had tried to defeat Mintoff by being as much like him as possible, or wavering in confidence because Dom Mintoff had 150,000 howling Laburisti lighting candles to him in between wrecking shops, homes, Opposition Party clubs, newspaper buildings and the Courts of Justice.

Why was Dr Fenech Adami the perfect counterfoil for Mr Mintoff? Because he was his precise equal and opposite. They were as tough and calculating as each other and – here’s the killer point – Fenech Adami made it OBVIOUS TO ALL, ALL THE TIME, EVERY STEP OF THE WAY that he held Mintoff in complete and utter contempt and would have happily thrown him under a bus were it not for his religious convictions.

The perfect counterfoil for Joseph Muscat is also his precise equal and opposite and somebody who makes it clear and obvious to all that he holds him in utter contempt. The medium is the message: if the Opposition leader does not make it obvious that he holds the Prime Minister in contempt then people will ignore all messages as to why they should do so themselves.

Look at Joseph Muscat: he made it obvious that he despises Simon Busuttil (“Imur jiehdu f’sormu”, “Chicken”, “Your hands are sweating”) and his audience absorbed that contempt and ran with it.

If the leader of the Nationalist Party will insist on being polite and civilised to his opposite number, then his audience will follow suit, and will treat him with respect. This is terrible strategy.

20 Comments Comment

  1. Sonic says:

    Yes, but who is this person? and I mean not the identity of the person who wrote this but is there a person with these traits? who is running or going to run for the leadership? That’s the crux of the matter.

  2. I wouldn’t know because I wasn’t around, but something tells me that they wouldn’t have picked him if they couldn’t tell he had what it took to fight both Dom Mintoff and Guido Demarco simultaneously. Because the real team was those two.

  3. Leaving the Christian terminology behind would help, because those who are not Christian can’t relate to it. Even Maltese Christians in their majority don’t understand that expression because they don’t know enough English.

  4. photog says:

    Can we check if Claire Underwood is a tesserata? I can picture Muscat shrivelling under one of her looks.

  5. “The scale of the electoral loss” – Madonna, xi dwejjaq ta’ pajjiz imnejjek minn guf ommu, excuse my language.


    The way people are talking – through the seat of their frigging trousers – you’d think that the Nationalist Party got 20% or perhaps even 15% of the vote and has been permanently decimated. Go and look at where the once-mighty parties of Francois Hollande and Sarckozy are on the scale of the French vote right now.


  6. Jim says:

    I’ve had a drink or two, so I’ll be frank. Don’t shake the prick’s hand. Nothing good can come of it.

  7. Martin Scicluna isn’t very clever, and he’s also very nasty: a fatal combination.

  8. D Cassar says:

    I don’t think Mintoff and Fenech Adami where THAT different. They were both demagogues – although Fenech Adami stood out better in contrast to the then flailing Mintoff. In hindsight though, they both held the same power over their loyalists and more, and their influence lingered for far longer than they were still in power.

    In terms of violence, yes they were different, but despite Fenech Adami being perceived as a pacifist – he wasn’t exactly one – he was a fighter.

    My point being, equal and opposite in many ways – and the only counter you could have to Mintoff could only be another strongman of sorts in Fenech Adami.

  9. I think you need to learn how to read – in the OECD PISA study sense of comprehending the embedded meaning in text.

    I never said anybody should use foul language. I said that people like me are not scandalised by “Imur jiehdu f’sormu” – on the contrary, it’s what lots of people I know say to the television screen when they see Muscat bitching on it. So using it as an example of how ‘shocking’ Muscat is just doesn’t work.

    And if these same people (including me) were to have seen video footage of Busuttil in that situation, we would actually have concurred rather than saying “Ma, x’gharukaza.”

    There is such a thing as a “Mur hudu f’sormok” attitude that doesn’t actually use bad language. It’s my attitude, for starters.

    And a mealy-mouthed attitude towards ‘language’ is more off-putting to some people than the language itself. People swear most at the polar ends of the social spectrum – they just use different terms – bear that in mind.

    Prissiness is a major turn-off in any context outside a maiden aunt’s drawing-room or a convent, and that includes politics.

  10. Despicable is the wrong word. Nobody tries to be despicable.

  11. A really false comparison. Fenech Adami had been in politics since the 1950s and a member of parliament since 1969, when he became leader of the Opposition in 1977.

    But where was Adrian Delia even as recently as last month? Doing sweet FA while registering the domain on 16 May in hope and anticipation that the Nationalist Party would lose big time so that he could pop out three weeks later and tell us that he got a calling – from what, a burning bush?

    He thinks I was born yesterday. Idiots like Adrian Delia always screw up on the details.

  12. Yes, that is exactly my attitude, and it’s one which works.

  13. L.Gatt says:

    Well, if Nationalist MPs and the non-MP-aspiring party leader keep using that term “imweggha” what do you expect? I can’t stand it either.

  14. How can he prove Muscat to be right? If anything, “create the impression that Muscat is right” and not “prove Muscat to be right”.

  15. He’s their friend. And he put Luke Dalli on the payroll at his office after March 2013.

  16. Speak for yourself. I am never influenced by Labour spin. That’s one of the reasons they hate me.

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