|PN should stop pressing the button|
After much meditation I came to the conclusion that the root of this pitiful situation that the PN find themselves in can be found to the events of summer 1998 when the PN after losing, unexpectedly, the October 1996 elections to newcomer like Alfred Sant, unbelievably found themselves back in government in September 1998.
The 1998 event has imbued in the PN leadership a sense of false superiority and they started firmly believing that:
- PN has a God given eternal mandate to govern this country
- PL have no right or skills to ever be in charge of governing this country
- Anybody with Labour sympathies must be deficient on their intelligence quotient and cannot be trusted in any executive positions so that all promotions and appointments should be reserved for intelligent PNers.
- If for any reason the electorate were to trust the PL to govern, than the search for a higher order national priority to have the PN in government justifies the PN sabotaging a PL government even if in the process some 'temporary' harm is inflicted on our country. To the PNers, the end of having a PN government according to God's will as shown in 1998, justifies the means to harm the country.
The blog of Daphne Caruana Galizia (DCG - God bless her soul) is the most obvious example of such frame of mind that Labourites are children of a lesser God, and that PNers have a natural superiority in terms of intelligence, skills and abilities.
Another example is the pretensions of ex-shareholders of the National Bank of Malta who expect courts to award them hundred of millions of euros in compensation for what they believe that a Labour Government in 1973/74 expropriated from them without fair compensation. Little do they heed the facts that a Labour government had to intervene to save the Bank from evident bankruptcy and at least protect depositors, creditors, borrowers and the general economy from disaster while wiping out shareholders who carried the risk and allowed their bank to be mismanaged. This happens all the time in Europe where not only shareholders have to carry the load but also in a priority order, subordinated and senior bondholders, creditors and in the end also uninsured deposits.
The main challenge for Adrian Delia, as new way (?) leader, is to extract the PN from this sense of false superiority and accept once and for all that we are all Maltese with same rights and obligations. Those who will not accept this reality have no place to be in politics.
Malta needs a strong and constructive opposition, that can be viewed as an alternative government thus keeping the executive on its toes. There is no space in Maltese politics for attitudes as those exposed by the PN MEPs. There is ample space for genuine PNers who really want to save their party from financial and political destruction.