27 Jul ‘I may make mistakes but my heart is true’
Some time ago i was watching Profs Henry Frendo on a local television station discussing the political events at the time. I thought that his considerations were rather superficial, and in a telephone link, later on in the programme i said this much, if i remember correctly.
But there is something Profs Henry Frendo doesn’t know.
I was interested in politics as far back as I can remember. I come from a staunch nationalist family and at home whatever Eddie Fenech Adami said or did, it was gospel. I have vivid memories of the disappointment of the 1981 election when i was still seven. When i grew up, my interest in politics increased.
But instead of involving myself in the conventional way, maybe becoming member of a sectional committe or something of the sort, i used to read politics and follow international politics. That is where my interest in the law on party financing started, since I used to folow Italian politics closely in the early nineties.
At 24, a university law student in the final years, i contested my first election (1998) with the PN. It was a dream come true.
Some months later it was a candidate from the same district, Louis Galea, who as Minister for Education conferred my degree as doctor of laws!
Back to Profs Frendo. One of the books which has been a constant reference over the years is his book ”Party politics in a Fortress Colony – the Maltese Experience’ delineating almost a decade of Maltese politics. The first time i read it some twenty years ago, and it never stopped being a constant reference.
And there is a paragraph in page 23 that is my favorite quote from all the book describing Dr Fortunato Mizzi, the founder of the Partito Nazionale (P.N.):
‘ An idealist by disposition, a nationalist by conviction, Mizzi was acknowledged to be ‘very straightforward’, said to be ‘incorruptible’, and always showing a devotion to duty. MIZZI LIKE MAZZINI BELIEVED IN DUTY AND LIKE HIM HE MIGHT HAVE SAID ‘I MAY MAKE MISTAKES BUT MY HEART IS TRUE. He belonged not with ‘the men of rights’ but with ‘the men of duty’.’
A point of reference for all politicians