An at­tempt at re­viv­ing Ed­die

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PN Deputy Leader Beppe Fenech Adami has con­firmed with The Malta In­de­pen­dent that the Fenech Adami fam­ily will soon launch a web­site called ‘Ed­die Fenech Adami’, which will fea­ture tapes of the for­mer Pres­i­dent’s speeches.

Ed­die Fenech Adami is a for­mer Pres­i­dent, a for­mer Prime Min­is­ter and for­mer Leader of the PN. His po­lit­i­cal high­lights were in the tur­bu­lent 1980s when he led the Op­po­si­tion to be­come a na­tional move­ment against the then Mintoff oli­garchy and later as Prime Min­is­ter when he se­cured Malta’s EU mem­ber­ship.

He has been out of the lime­light for quite a while, with very few ma­jor ap­pear­ances, one of which be­ing at the Flo­ri­ana Gra­naries just prior to the 2013 Gen­eral Elec­tions when he was pre­sented to PN diehards in a last bid be­fore the big­gest elec­toral de­feat suf­fered by the party.

“Un­for­tu­nately to­day, when one goes on­line, you get the im­pres­sion that the only mass meet­ing speech he gave was at the Gra­naries, or his fa­mous bud­get speech. Over the past few months, and which I was pri­mar­ily re­spon­si­ble for do­ing, we started for­mat­ting the old VHS tapes of the 1980s mass meet­ings into a dig­i­tal for­mat, which will be launched with the site,” Dr Beppe Fenech Adami said.

He is the for­mer Pres­i­dent’s son and is cur­rently one of two Deputy Leader of the Na­tion­al­ist Party. The new web­site comes with a launch party which will take place on Thurs­day 24th Novem­ber in Md­ina.

A quick glance at the in­vite sent to many of those who worked with the PN icon, one notices that the PN is not in­volved in this ini­tia­tive. Could it be that not ev­ery­one at the PN head­quar­ters is happy with this re­vival?

But Beppe Fenech Adami de­scribed the new web­site as a fam­ily project and said he doesn’t think the PN should have been in­volved, even for ex­am­ple, fi­nan­cially.

Asked why he has de­cided to do this now given that the for­mer Pres­i­dent has been out of the scene for quite a num­ber of years, Dr Beppe Fenech Adami said: “As time is run­ning out. If we don’t do this now, it will prob­a­bly never be done. It was a ques­tion of get­ting down to it. Back at home we had shelves of mass meet­ing speeches which I think are an im­por­tant chap­ter in Malta’s po­lit­i­cal his­tory. This will now be shared on the web for ev­ery­one to en­joy.”

From the out­side, this can be viewed as yet an­other push at bring­ing the name Ed­die Fenech Adami back into the spotlight. Re­cently, a book ti­tled Ed­die: LIs­torja f’1000 Ri­tratt, was also launched. The book is full of pho­tos from mass meet­ings and his­tor­i­cal mo­ments with Ed­die Fenech Adami be­ing the pro­tag­o­nist al­ways por­trayed sur­rounded by party loy­al­ists.

The book was edited by for­mer PN In­for­ma­tion Direc­tor Frank Psaila and is heav­ily en­dorsed by the party ma­chine. PN Leader Si­mon Busut­til said dur­ing his In­de­pen­dence speech in Septem­ber that the party has “switched its elec­toral ma­chine and will not put it off un­til the elec­tion.”

Ed­die Fenech Adami be­came PN Leader in 1978. He was elected Prime Min­is­ter from 1987 un­til 1996, and again from 1998 un­til 2004. Sub­se­quently he was Pres­i­dent of Malta from 2004 to 2009 and was suc­ceeded by for­mer Labour Deputy Leader Dr Ge­orge Abela.

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