Chaos vs seren­ity

Malta Independent - - COMMENT -

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.

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