Nothing Underneath

Posted on April 7, 2008 by


Sandro Vella kicks off the first in a series of TMC articles dealing with the Labour Leadership Campaign TMC reminds its readers that it is open to contributions. These articles will also be appearing on the Beta site

China blocked access to YouTube so that its citizenry would not be able to see what is going on in Lhasa. A dictatorship cannot survive without controlling the flow of information and so control information China did. The Chinese flag is inspired by the labour quarters. The few stars on it are representative of partnership with europe.

The nationalists are in government and the labourites are in opposition. They talk about the same subjects. One wants to set up the reception class and the other doesn’t. One says that they will make a garden on mount Maghtab and the other says that it wants a golf course instead. One says the incinerator in Gozo is online while the other installs a new one in Marsa. One says that it doesn’t want divorce while the other wants it but cannot say so. None of them talked about partnership for peace or the gas pipeline leading through Maltese territory. They both want the Lisbon treaty and they both want more money. The tax payer is like a piggy bank labelled “Smash after election”.

After the electoral loss, the labourites “understood” that the people did not want change. But they understood that people only wanted to continue building on changes already made. Meaning if Gonzi built the Mater Dei hospital and forgot to build a children’s room, the labourites wanted to provide that room so as to continue that which was done by the previous government. They would fund it from the increase in the price of medicines.

The labourites understood. They understood everything: They understood nothing! The people did not want change or even a continuation on change but wanted an alternative to populist politics – a politics of promises easily made and readily broken. The opposition should no longer invest its money in the inclusion of a hospital room but should invest time towards demolishing the mortuary room that has been killing the initiative of medical researchers independent of pharmaceutical big wigs – independents who want to cure people and not process them in a gamble designed in the name of milking ever more unholy profits.

The problem with leaders is that none of them mention the good of the country. The party comes first and foremost. And so the party becomes stronger. And so the party achieves supremacy – its direction firmly stuck in the netherlands.

The name of the leader alone is up for discussion. Not the future. Not the problems. The labourite quarters are currently copyrighted – frozen in a time capsule. The labourites cannot vote for their next leader just as the people could never vote for their country’s policies. They are so very lucky that others would take that great responsibility of choice from off their little shoulders.

The song may change. The colours may also change. However the faces shall always remain the same and so shall the ideas shall remain the same. Nothing that is not superficial will change. In the name of keeping a desperate grasp upon the power to do what they want they will do everything they can so that the turds keep surfacing upon the sea of ignorance.

The labour party insists that it wants to be an inclusive party. Inclusivity for them means knocking on people’s doors and chasing people down all in the name of telling them that things will change now that there is a new leader. Yet what sort of change would we expect if the nationalists also knock on these same doors and told them that things will be changing? The difference is that the people will realize that we no longer live in an island where politics is red and blue. We have evolved and everything and politics now has a purple body and two heads, one red and one blue – but ultimately mlpn purple.

The labour party instantaneously aged by 20 years. It stood naked in front of the electorate, its wrinkles accentuated, its legs as scrawny as those of chickens and with dark rings beneath the eyes, all exposed for the scrutiny of the thinking electorate. The television viewers would wish to see the camera person close in upon Jason Micallef and Tony Abela during one of the many commercial breaks on a TV programme only to whisper into their ear: “The party is finished. Spare yourselves further embarrassment.”

Only Joseph Muscat can cover up this physical agedness. Joseph Muscat is a youth and since he is a youth so too is he modern.  Anglu Farrugia took to YouTube in his quest for modernity – the holy grail of eternal youth. The leader is just a façade.
The electoral candidates were not capable of engaging in dialogue in the homes of people. “Remember me.” Does not count as dialogue. A slice of cream custard cake on a plate and out they go again with the abattoirs until another five years pass when they come back for second helpings.

The people crave an alternative just a child stares cravingly at delicious treats on display at a confectionary. The country needs an opposition leader who knows how to speak from the heart: “I love my wife and I love my family but I shall be bringing in divorce because it’s not about me and it’s not for me to interfere with YOUR life!”

The person who risks losing votes deserves to be called a leader because he chooses not to follow votes like Pac Man followed those little yellow dots on old video games. He risks losing the vote not because he won Partnership but because he knows and values the meaning of principle. Cornelius Colbert – “Better a dead man, than a live coward.” He did not make any U-turns as those were his last words.
The labour party is in need of a wind of inspiration, a model, who was not a coward and was a dead man. The labour party needs a figure of historic repute who was a dead man not because of any lack of charisma but because he sacrificed himself not for his party but for his country. A figure like John Fitzgerald Kennedy, whom one hopes did not study at Harvard University.

Kennedy had several things to say: “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”; “If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.”; “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”; “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.” Of course, shortly after he was assassinated his country got tangled in the Vietnam war.

The labourites also quoted Kennedy but they adapted to the present times so as to be modern: “Ask not what your party can do for you – ask what you can do for your party.” This is not worlds apart from what the nationalists practice and now we are tangled in partnership for peace.

Blood money – Together everything is indeed passable.

Sandro Vella
6th April 2008 for The Malta Chronicle