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Yet, with all the promises that were made before the last general election, little but nothing is being done by the present PL government to improve the situation of the environment. This is because they have been in cahoots with the building industry since before the 2013 general election, and possibly before that, when civil society was promised a better environment for us all. It is obvious that it was for this reason that Anglu Farrugia, who is today’s parliamentary Speaker, had back then complained that his party had become too close to the contractors. It is clear that the PL government’s commitment to protect our environment, an electoral promise made by Joseph Muscat before the last general election, was nothing but a ruse intended to gain the support of the environmentalist lobby. It is also clear that whilst Joseph Muscat was promising a better environment for us all, he was committing himself to the building lobby to destroy our environment even further.
On account of alleged corruption in land speculation, our environment has been deteriorating for decades, and the political classes have had a lot to blame for this. The problem is also caused by a species of selfentitlement that money brings to some, to the detriment of all of us. We all have heard alleged stories of bribes, and when developers are unable to get their way, they threaten their way through. Through these manipulative and aggressive means, some developers have transformed our beloved country into a concrete jungle, and for this they ought to be ashamed of themselves. They ought to be ashamed of themselves, because they have been considering the lives of people as unimportant, if this means making more money. This government should also be ashamed of itself for being solely pro-business, whilst they are disregarding the suffering that a bad environment is bringing to our country.
Alas, nothing matters for this government but money. As far as they are concerned, ‘it is the economy that counts, stupid’, and nothing else matters. After all, people will get used to any kind of environment, and if they don’t, they might as well lump it. This is precisely what Joseph Muscat’s words were, when Astrid Vella of Flimkien għal Ambjent Aħjar tried to push forward the idea of a social impact assessment. This is what she said during a protest in Sliema, and to be honest I believe her on this. Joseph Muscat considers wealth as being more important than people’s suffering from cancers, asthma, respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, etc. After all, they could get used to having these ailments, as they are privileged to enjoy an efficient and professional health system, thanks to the greediest health minister(s) we have ever had. Money could justify the uglification of our urban spaces, the desecration of the little countryside we’ve got. And, in all this, Joseph Muscat doesn’t get it that the solution is urban planning, implemented with the best interest of people in mind, not only for only one group or another, but for all of civil society.
This present local scenario, or fiasco I must say, brings to mind a poem by Robert Burns in which he addresses a mouse that builds its winter nest in a wheat field, only to see it destroyed by a ploughman. Sounds familiar?