01 Nov What happens in normal Parliaments : the House of Commons
53 Conservative members of Parliament vote against their Government in the House of Commons. They voted with the Labour Opposition.
Will they be banned from contesting the next election?
Where is Andrew Azzopardi, Kenneth Zammit Tabona and Ranier Fsadni with their medieval political views and oppression and the same song of party loyalty? Party loyalty must be understood in the context of a constitutional set up and a political culture of resignations.
By the way I realised I have a Zammit Tabona painting in my collection : but it’s a landscape, and to be honest it’s one of my favourites.
Recent stands that I and other backbenchers have taken in this legislature might have seemed unorthodox by the standards of an outdated Maltese political culture, but history will tell how they served to bring our parliament closer to normality, bringing it more in line with what happenss in normal parliamaents around the world.
I am proud of having given my humble contribution in a campaign which three years ago I had called : THE DIGNITY OF PARLIAMENT. Unfortunately I have had to suffer and endure personal attacks and insults because sometimes people are resistant to change. The time will come when they will realise, this change is the way ahead and the change will become part of our system. This is worth all the sacrifices .
Parliament is not government’s servant. Parliament is the government’s watchdog.
Hopefully in ten or fifteen years’ time this culture, which I and others have done so much to push in recent times, will be established in our country.
Joe CassarPosted at 17:20h, 10 November
franco, ta `gonzi pn se jissikawk bil goff izjed ma joqrob il -budget, u jekk terga iccedi w ma twaqqax il-gvern, se tkun mistmerr kemm mill pn kif wkoll mill bqija tal- poplu
Patriott MaltiPosted at 00:02h, 05 November
I absolutely agree with you Franco. The Parliament procedures (Standing Orders) need to be updated up to today’s realities. The Parliamentary Question are a typical example absolutely a whole joke. Most of the PQ get answered months later and forgot about which should be as such. PQ should be answered there and then like the PM in the UK does.
Uti, non AbutiPosted at 19:01h, 01 November
Ma dawk il pampaluni li semmejt int inzid tnejn ohra jien PEPPI XARABANK SKADUTA u BONDINU
Chinese JarPosted at 18:20h, 01 November
You miss the point, Dr Debono, that those Conservative MPs voted that way safe in the knowledge that they would NOT bring down the government.
You, on the other hand, plan to vote to bring down your government, which is very different.
Franco DebonoPosted at 19:03h, 01 November
till now the government is still ther. no?
i have given loads of chances
Joe VellaPosted at 19:38h, 01 November
xini din? int min int bix tati cans lil xi had sa fejnaf jena avukati ma jatux cansijit dak jamluh limhalfin jew ed tejd al minitstru gAtt??
Eddy PriviteraPosted at 17:08h, 01 November
Il-mistoqsija addattata wara dak li ktibt dwar il-membri Konservattivi li vvutaw mal-oppozizzjoni laburista fil-parlament Britanniku, hi din: imma INT ghandek il-kuragg taghmel bhalhom, jew bhal Gonzi, se tkun pacpact biss ?
percitaPosted at 18:50h, 01 November
Wishful thinking sur Eddy Privitera! Kemm ghandek ismek sabih. Kien ikun isbah kieku jinkiteb EDDIE.
mario farrugiaPosted at 22:21h, 01 November
dak kien lahaq papa jew?
Alouette IIIPosted at 08:15h, 02 November
ma jistax jilhaq papa.ghandu certifikat ta giddieb tal-prima klassi mill-qorti.
FloydistPosted at 11:29h, 01 November
Us and Them
And after all we’re only ordinary men
Me, and you
God only knows it’s not what we would choose to do
Forward he cried from the rear
And the front rank died
And the General sat, as the lines on the map
Moved from side to side
Black and Blue
And who knows which is which and who is who
Up and Down
And in the end it’s only round and round and round
Haven’t you heard it’s a battle of words
The poster bearer cried
Listen son, said the man with the gun
There’s room for you inside
Down and Out
It can’t be helped but there’s a lot of it about
And who’ll deny that’s what the fightings all about
Get out of the way, it’s a busy day
And I’ve got things on my mind
For want of the price of tea and a slice
The old man died
tonyPosted at 13:09h, 01 November
PlatunPosted at 11:14h, 01 November
That is political maturity and open-mindness and reflects a healthy democracy.
My greatest worry if Lawrence Gonzi wins another term , is who is going to oppose him in Parliament if he repeats any of the misguided decisions taken during these last four years.
Who ? Beppe Fenech Adami ? Carm Mifsud Bonnici ? Mario De Marco ? Tonio Fenech ? Zammit Dimech ? Jason Azzopardi ? Simon Busuttil ? David Casa ? Gejtu Vella ? George Pullicino ? Chris Said ? Claudio Grech ?
I am worried. TERRIBLY WORRIED !
FrancistPosted at 10:07h, 01 November
Il Prim jikkumpara ma pajjizi ohra,meta jaqbillu biss.
BETTER FUTUREPosted at 13:28h, 01 November
It’s uncanny, how he always chooses losers.
floaterPosted at 09:58h, 01 November
ghal-gid tal-Pn u tal-pajjiz u tas-sewwa nahseb wasal iz-zmine li jhabbar
Is she going to revert her surname to Vella?Posted at 09:51h, 01 November
Dik li ma nafux jekk ser tigi kunjoma Vella qed tinkwieta ghax minghajr il-klikka trid tfendi ghal rasa u ma tbillx subaghja f’direct orders…..ajma x’inkwiet
BETTER FUTUREPosted at 13:29h, 01 November
Soon even these direct orders will be kaput.
NuffataPosted at 09:36h, 01 November
There is no parallel with the Maltese Parliament and the House of.Commons. A Prim Minister coming from the latter parliament would have resigned a year ago. But ours likes playing chess or snakes & ladders. What matters most for him is that he remains there – at the topmost post. He thinks that he is the Prim Minister of the PN and not of the whole of Malta. He is mixing party matters with national interests.
BETTER FUTUREPosted at 13:30h, 01 November
Not just party matters, but also very important (to him) personal matters.