‘Traitors’ in their midst

While the PN rank and file are pre­oc­cu­pied with the ‘traitors’ in their midst, the PN lead­er­ship is ap­par­ently wor­ried that the party is out of touch with re­al­ity, as in­deed it is.

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - NEWS -

The PN will no longer be a party of the elite, de­clared Dr Adrian Delia. Well, one can al­ways try to achieve that: the re­sults so far are there for all to see.

The party, said Dr Delia, would of­fer a voice to peo­ple at all lev­els of so­ci­ety – pre­sum­ably a voice for ‘traitors’ too!

To say that the Na­tion­al­ist Party is in a state of tur­moil would be a gross un­der­state­ment. It is now clear to ev­ery­one that the very few steps for­ward made by the PN un­der Si­mon Busut­til’s lead­er­ship were never ac­cepted by ei­ther the PN MPs or by its rank and file. Most con­sid­ered them an im­po­si­tion: the pol­i­tics of in­clu­siv­ity has not yet made it to the PN po­lit­i­cal lex­i­con. Most of the PN, un­for­tu­nately, still yearns for its anachro­nis­tic fun­da­men­tal­ist roots.

The PN’s peren­nial motto ‘ re­li­gio et pa­tria’ is in stark con­trast to the eth­i­cal plu­ral­ism and Euro­peani­sa­tion em­braced by ever-in­creas­ing sec­tions of Mal­tese so­ci­ety. The PN has ap­par­ently learned noth­ing from its re­cent ex­pe­ri­ences, most no­tably when Lawrence Gonzi’s fun­da­men­tal­ist dis­course ruled the day. No po­lit­i­cal party can ig­nore the rapid changes in our so­ci­ety. The val­ues of our so­ci­ety are in a state of con­stant trans­for­ma­tion, at times at a very fast pace, and this should be re­flected in the way in which we do pol­i­tics. The PN to­day is pay­ing the po­lit­i­cal price for fail­ing to recog­nise this fact and act­ing ac­cord­ingly.

Prod­ded by the likes of Ed­win Vas­sallo, the Mosta MP who con­stantly has Don Quixotic vi­sions of non-ex­is­tent wind­mills, the PN missed an­other op­por­tu­nity when the Do­mes­tic Violence Bill came up be­fore Par­lia­ment. As one PN MP ex­plained to me, the PN Par­lia­men­tary Group voted in favour of the Do­mes­tic Violence Bill at both the first and sec­ond read­ing stage, un­til Ed­win Vas­sallo pan­icked due to his vi­sion of wind­mills, as a re­sult tor­pe­do­ing his own par­lia­men­tary group.

The PN has now gone one step fur­ther. It is la­belling as ‘traitors’ those who have the courage to stand up and be counted, free from the shack­les of fun­da­men­tal­ism.

The cur­rent at­ti­tudes can be traced to the un­com­pro­mis­ing stance taken by Therese Com­mo­dini Cachia, who did not sup­port the Op­po­si­tion’s stand against the Na­tional Stan­dard Or­der in re­la­tion to Leave for Med­i­cally As­sisted Pro­cre­ation way back in Oc­to­ber 2017.

As a re­sult of the Op­po­si­tion free vote, eight PN MP – namely Claudette But­tigieg, Chris Said, Si­mon Busut­til, Karol Aquilina, Mario de Marco, Karl Gouder, Ja­son Az­zopardi and Therese Com­mo­dini Cachia – sup­ported the Do­mes­tic Violence Bill with the re­main­ing mem­bers of the PN Par­lia­men­tary Group vot­ing against.

To crown this com­edy of er­rors, the Leader of the Op­po­si­tion fur­ther de­clared that the ap­proved Do­mes­tic Violence Bill, im­ple­ment­ing the Is­tan­bul Con­ven­tion, would be one of the first that he would re­peal on tak­ing of­fice. Ap­par­ently Dr Delia is not aware that his ut­ter­ances have pushed that day (when he as­sumes of­fice) fur­ther into the fu­ture. It is pos­si­ble that the mem­bers of the next PN-led cab­i­net have not even been born yet!

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