Chaos vs serenity
There could not be a bigger contrast between what it happening in the Labour Party, including its work in government, and the Nationalist Party.
PN supporters used to mock Prime Minister Joseph Muscat when, before the election, he used to speak about serenity.
By now they should have realised that the serenity Joseph Muscat was speaking about is much better than the chaos the PN has been enveloped in since the massive defeat in the 3 June general election.
Since then, and it’s been more than 100 days, the PN has faced a long, bitter battle for the leadership which will not die out after tomorrow’s vote. What is even worse is that the PN has allowed itself and its supporters to be engaged in a divisive campaign that will be hard to patch up once the electoral process is over.
The behaviour of the top people in the PN – those who are holding on to their caretaker position following their resignation and until the elections for their replacement are completed – has not helped.
Caretaker leader Simon Busuttil has been accused by PN leadership contender Adrian Delia of campaigning against him. Caretaker PN administrative council president Karol Aquilina has also been accused by the same Delia of acting incorrectly. The party, dubbed as the “establishment” by Delia, has not lifted a finger to defend its own journalists whose professionalism was publicly targeted simply because they appeared in photographs with Delia.
The Malta Independent has published a series of articles with regard to the confusion that reigns on the voting register, with lifetime members claiming they have been deprived the right to vote while the PN insists that everyone who is entitled to vote will be able to vote tomorrow.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of chaos that has gripped the PN. No doubt, there are other currents and taking of sides, which have harmed the Nationalist Party.
Some may argue that all elections for party leadership are divisive, and many examples are mentioned on both sides of Malta’s political fence. Others say that the social media has helped fuel this election, and that the race the PN is embroiled in seems harsher simply because the comments made via the internet reach out more.
But let us not forget that the social media was just as powerful two months ago when Labour underwent its own election for deputy leader for parliamentary affairs, and the challenge involving Chris Fearne, Edward Scicluna and Helena Dalli never escalated to the extent this PN leadership election has reached.
And this goes to confirm the serenity that exists within the Labour Party. Of course, it is much easier to be serene in times of victory. Nonetheless, it is clear that, right now, Labour, without doing anything, is enjoying the momentum while seeing its main rivals destroy each other.