Tak­ing the mickey out of PN sup­port­ers

Malta Independent - - LETTERS -

Any po­lit­i­cal leader who bases an ar­gu­ment on hearsay or ru­mours when ad­dress­ing his party sup­port­ers, par­tic­u­larly on spe­cial oc­ca­sions, would be in­sult­ing the in­tel­li­gence of his own sup­port­ers. This is pre­cisely what Dr Si­mon Busut­til did when he ad­dressed PN sup­port­ers, gath­ered in Flo­ri­ana dur­ing the In­de­pen­dence Day mass-meet­ing.

Si­mon Busut­til said that he had heard ru­mours that the gen­eral elec­tion could very well be held this com­ing Novem­ber! I am more than sure that Dr Busut­til knew he was tak­ing the mickey out of his own blink­ered sup­port­ers, when he knows that the bud­get had al­ready been an­nounced for October (in fact Bud­get Day was 17 October). And then there would be the Leader of the Op­po­si­tion’s re­ply to the bud­get speech fol­lowed by the Prime Min­is­ter’s re­ply to Dr Busut­til’s speech. So the ear­li­est date would then have to be in De­cem­ber when peo­ple would all be look­ing for­ward to Christ­mas and New Year’s Day fes­tiv­i­ties and not an elec­tion!

As if that was not enough, Si­mon Busut­til told his party’s faith­ful sup­port­ers that the PN “will be win­ning the elec­tion”! Of course, Si­mon did not base his claim on “ru­mours” this time but on wish­ful think­ing! The last time he had made a sim­i­lar pre­dic­tion was on 7 March 2013 at a mass-meet­ing in Naxxar, when he and Lawrence Gonzi as­sured PN sup­port­ers: “On 9 March we vote, on 10 March we cel­e­brate.” That was just two days prior to the elec­tion. Imag­ine this time, say­ing the same thing around 18 months be­fore Elec­tion Day!

When will Si­mon Busut­til start treat­ing the in­tel­li­gence of his own sup­port­ers with more re­spect?

Eddy Priv­it­era Mosta

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