30 Aug Your life on hold for four and a half years
Stop and think. Does this government use the stick for four and a half years and the carrot for the last six months? You are just a guinea pig? You have no rights, but just a vote, the vote. So that Edgar Galea Curmi can stay in Castille forever, having migrated there from Louis Galea’s ministry in Norman Bezzina’s time?
Does the government pretend it has the right to put your life on hold for four and a half years by creating problems for you or denying you your legitimate rights, then coming to the rescue a few months before the election when it needs your vote, only to give you back what it had stolen from you?
The Maltese people invoke their rights, they do not plead for charity or beg for favours. We have stopped being a colony for years now. The government has no right to foster and cultivate some internal neo-colonialist mentality and a great divide between ruler and ruled. In democracies that divide is bridged by representation and accountability.
No one should be applauded for solving the problems he himself has created, more so if created on purpose. Those who create problems should pay for their shortcomings, and should surely never expect to be applauded when they pretend to solve them.
I have been insisting for the introduction of limited and regulated trapping for four years. This can be found in speeches in parliament and in the media. It is all documented. Now I hear that government is considering this proposal, another of my various valid proposals over these years. This only proves one thing : that someone has been capriciously denying trappers their legitimate rights, and putting their life on hold for years so that he is in a position to give them whate he has been denying them on election eve.
It’s trapping time. Not birds, but votes.
If trapping is introduced now, on election eve, I will consider filing in parliament a motion of no confidence in whoever was responsible for denying trappers for these years the enjoyment of their hobby in a sustainable and regulated manner possibly in the way I had laid down in a detailed plan to the Prime Minister years ago and in parliament. Sustainable trapping, in full respect for the environment could have been introduced years ago if government had put in palce a decent capture breeding programme.
I have been a bird enthusiast and bird breeder all my life so I have quite a good idea about the subject. And I can safely say that the people who have been deciding about hunting and trapping have absolutely no clue what they are talking about, starting from Richard Cachia Caruana.