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stands that I and other backbenchers have taken in this legislature might have seemed unorthodox by the standards of an outdated Maltese political culture, but history will tell how they served to bring our parliament closer to normality, bringing it more in line with what happenss in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.