this week: A camel through the eye of a needle
The daunting task ahead
The national referendum and election campaigns have commenced,
and with them so have the ugly incidents and retributions from both
The accusations of provocation by a Super One TV crew at a PN demonstration
are not to be taken seriously when one takes a close look at the level
of arrogant questions that take place whenever a troupe of journalists
meet Labour leader Alfred Sant.
The same silly conditions of when and how to ask questions have been
partly imposed on the media by both the PN and MLP political machinery.
Instead of seeing some common sense from both sides, we have been cornered
into a trench warfare mentality.
The campaigning from both the political parties has become more intense
and slogan-based. But both lack the content.
MLP leader Dr Alfred Sants message seems to have become more refined,
were it not for the banal comments of his deputy leader Joe Brincat
- who saw it fit to remind us that Commissioner Gunter Verheugens
father and grandfather were bombing Malta during the war.
His cruel comments only serve to fuel the anti-Labour media into yet
And this is only the preliminary part of the campaign.
The worst part is still to come - with the election campaign that will
follow the referendum campaign.
More rabbits in the
What is also rather evident is that both parties are planning
some magical moments with some welcome surprises. If, as the Nationalists
argue, the Labour party is only interested in moving into Castille,
then the way to do it is to change tack on the Europe Union issue.
A U-turn on the EU issue might sound hypocritical, but it would be welcomed
by most voters who see Europe as the raison detre. There also
seems to be a general belief that alternating power bases is not such
a bad thing after all.
But there is little evidence that this will happen.
And it seems likely that a veritable victory in the referendum would
lead the Nationalist to a victory at the polls.
And if that happens, then Malta will have to concern itself with two
realities: adapting to the European requisites and to another five years
of Nationalist government, this time without Eddie Fenech Adami. The
veteran Prime Minister and national leader is expected to take a position
on the back burner after May 2004.