05 Aug 2012 The party is being renewed or destroyed?
The PN is renewing itself so much so that Austin Gatt will be taking care of electoral campaign with/instead of Paul Borg Olivier, and he has already put our mind at rest that his children are already at the heart of the party too. Labour’s whispering campaign says Austin Gatt will be even stronger within the party after the next election.
Four years isn’t such a long time for people to forget that the PN’s last election campaign basically hinged on dumping all those people who had made the PN great to substitute them with new faces. That is what GonziPN was supposed to be about. New faces and a new way of doing politics. But has it?
The people of the fifth district wanted renewal, they wanted a new face and that is why they elected me overwhelmingly in the last election. There were no prairies in the last election but heavyweights contest : Ninu Zammit, Louis Galea, Helen Damato and others.
Four years ago the fifth district cried for change, overwhelmingly, and they chose me as their voice.
When I tried to change things with valid ideas I found an Iron Curtain. The new faces who obeyed as yes men were appointed ‘abbatini’, whilst the Chief Priests remained the same.
Now what!? More new faces of disposable candidates and promises of renewal!? They are the Chief Priests’ bait to lure votes so they can retain their hold. After that throw away. As the Italians say ‘usa e getta’.
It took me ten precious years of my life in politics to get elected and expect to be listened to and try to reform. Ten years in the shadow of politcal heavyweights with all the difficulties that involve.
Having to start a legal office on my own instead of employing myself with some high profile lawyer or architect and trying to steal his clients later as others try to do, even trying to bask in their master’s achievements.
However will people swallow the ‘renewal’ and ‘new faces’ bait agin? What renewal? This is the march of the opportunists brigade. Where were these people? How did this country move on without them? The PN should NOT become a band of opportunist johnnie-come-latelies.
I contested my first election fourteen years ago. A twenty four year old university law student.
Because if you are still a pre-novice on the door step phantasizing about grandiose plans of renewal then something might be wrong in the psychological circuitry!
If you have just discovered you like politics at 40 or even later, was never before involved in politics, and the only thing you’ ve done is being approved candidate or maybe not yet, besides sending some vindictive message to the victim by mistake, and you think you are going to renew the party, then you suffer from megalomania and egocentrism bordering on delusions, and maybe just maybe you might soon need to seek psychiatric care. Or else you are going to steal the ideas of others!
Maybe George Pullicino was right about candidates submitting themselves for ‘scientific tests’ after all!
A friend of mine went to a new candidate in his mid-fifties and is not a lawyer. He told my friend he was contesting with PN so he will stand up to them if the party starts to abuse. My friend told him : ‘Are you serious? Havent you seen what they tried to do to those who stand up to them!’