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Voting in progress: MLP Extraordinary General Conference

Posted by fcb on May 9, 2008

water for the wheel of Party democracy.

General conferences bring water to  turn the mill-wheel of  democracy in the Party.

Voting is in progress at the Centru Nazzjonali Laburista, Hamrun, on a motion presented to the specially convened Extraordinary General Conference to amend Article 1 of Chapter 6 of the Party Statute. The proposed amendment, if approved by the Party Delegates, will mean that the Leader will henceforth be directly elected by all paid up members of the Party (presently around 19,000) rather than by the approximately 900 representatives of the Party membership elected by locality and district branches as well as Party organisations including MPs.

21:45 May 9, 2008

We have been reliably informed that all contestants except George Abela have already cast their vote. Dr Abela, not being a delegate, does not have a vote. We will publish the results as soon as we get them.

22:00 May 9, 2008

The results:

FOR THE MOTION: 165

AGAINST THE MOTION: 620

ABSTAINING: 8

00.30 May 10, 2008

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5 Responses to “Voting in progress: MLP Extraordinary General Conference”

  1. Paul Degabriele said

    One step forward towards a functioning MLP. As far as I am concerned, the sooner a leader is elected, the better it is for those who are blatantly being discriminated against – not necessarily only Labour supporters only – and for our micro island state!

    This is especially true and urgent now that GonziPN’s only allies are the land speculators and some of the politically stronger, sleazy and corrupt MPs. Never in the history of the island has a party been elected on an agenda so completely based on “pjaciri mhux drittijiet” and associated “hmieg”.

    Let’s got on with it. We have wasted enough time already.

    Paul Degabriele

  2. Etienne Pullicino said

    Nobody in her/his right senses would disagree with Paul Degabriele about the need for the Labour Party to move on as fast as possible now to the election of its Leader and then do what an Opposition is, constitutionally, meant to do: OPPOSE!

    What I disagree with is Paul’s suggestion that we have wasted our time since the announcement of our electoral defeat. It has not been a waste of time at all. Evidently there were around 120 (out of about 900) delegates who were ready to sacrifice precious time and energy in order to make enhance the chances of victory for one-time deputy leader Dr. George Abela. They had every legal right to do so and were immediately granted that right by a Party (whose image of hardness is quite frankly just an urban legend).

    Democracy, dear Paul, is NEVER a waste of time.

    Regards,

    Etienne Pullicino

  3. Angelo Mallia said

    The Nats and their choir of fat cats, stray cats, randy cats, neutered cats, skin and bones cats, pure breed cats, not-so-pure cats, strict-observance-Roman-Apostolic-Catholic cats, not-so-strictly-RC-observant cats, cats of the old Mizzinian school, cats of the once-antagonistic Stricklandjani breed, moderate cats, in-your-face dafnian cats etc will now condemn the 620 Labour delegates regularly chosen by regularly paid-up members from over 60 local sections, 13 district committees, party organisations (women, youth etc) plus the parliamentary group and the candidates’ section for having brutally suppressed 165 Labour delegates.

    Angelo Mallia

  4. Victor Cuschieri said

    Guess what? Lou Bondi poked his nose into the goings on at Labour’s extraordinary general conference of last Friday and collected enough material to churn up a tv analysis of Labour’s current travails. Wonder of wonders he asked Dr Andrew Borg Cardona, aka il-Bocca, aka I.M.Back and universally known for his antipathy towards anything remotely connected with Labour to comment about the conference. He also roped in a certain Norman Vella, a journalist from the Xarabank stable who did his best to pass as a socialist but failed miserably. He is such an awful actor that he would not be even allowed a walk on part in a local parish stage production. There was also a journalist from the Times who turned out to be the most level headed of the panel. Biased Beck lived up to his expectations. Throwing digs at Labour so puerile that would make even an 11 year old cringe with embarassment. But it was Norman Vella who gets the teddy bear for the most inane comments of the evenings. The xarabank journalist was all out for the delegates for having the temerity to vote against the George Abela inspired motion for an amendment to the NLP. To hell with democracy according to Norman. he went as far to suggest that all the 900 Labour delegates should have resigned after Labour’s defeat at the polls last March. One simple question to Norman’s wisdom. Who would have run the show with every one from the Leader to the doorman staying at home to play sudoku? Norman spoke a lot about “klikek” but stopped short of telling us which Klikka would have stepped in to fill the void left by the leadership, administration and delegates of the Malta Labour Party, who according to him should have all packed up and left.

    Norman Vella from Xarabank claimed to be a socialist. Good luck to him for his choice but tough luck to the party or the klikka supported by a person with such a abysmal grasp of poltics

  5. Alfred Calleja said

    So we have a better picture now. According to Saviour Balzan (Maltatoday – Wednesday, May 14), the young gentleman who made such an impact, albeit a negative one, on Lou Bondi’s parody of unbiased tv journalism last Monday is the son of Mr Karmenu Vella, former GWU media and services section secretary. Nothing wrong with that one might say but his ranting and raving, much to the satisfaction of the gourmand on his right, Norman Vella was out to settle a score.

    Let us draw some conclusions shall we?

    Lou Bondi’s anti Labour bias is undisputable. It is of no use of him telling us that he invited Labour officials for his show and they refused. He should not have expected otherwise so his invitation was a mere formality to give some sort of credibility to his yet another not so veiled attack on Labour. Of course no one has the right to dictate to Lou or impose on him the composition of his panel, but putting this young man whose father had a very acrimonious parting from the GWU and who is now on George Abela’s band wagon next to Dr Andrew Borg Cardona is an affront to objective analysis. It is true that sons do not carry the sins of their fathers but the way that Mr Vella junior behaved left no doubt that he is carrying a massive boulder on his shoulders and for whom he was rooting.

    This brings me to the very sad state of affairs at PBS. The situation there has degenerated into a sham and a mockery of impartial state broadcasting. It was not enough to make PBS an annex of the Nationalist Party stamperija by flooding it with Nationalist broadcasters like John Bundy, Eileen Montesin, John Demanuele and Charles Saliba, the newsroom at PBS has been transformed to a shadow of NET News with the appointment of Natalino Fenech as news manager and registered editor. For the uninformed Natalino enjoys an annual salary of 48,900 Euro surpassing Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi’s take home pay. Former PN anchor Keith Demicoli and former communications coordinator at George Pullicino’s Rural Affairs Ministry Sergio Mallia were roped in just before the March elections to make the Nationalist presence at the state television newsroom even stronger. Of course mentioning Lou and Peppi’s Where’s Everybody’s omnipresence in national television would be superfluous. Instead of mitigating this sad state of affairs by appointing an impartial editorial board, the new Minister of Education and Culture appointed Prof. Joe Pirotta as chairman – he had refused this job in 2006 but seems to have had a change of heart now – with Mary-Anne Lauri and Charles Mizzi – another GWU dissident as members. Now here comes the crunch. George Abela said that when it comes to the appointment of the PBS editorial board the government acted with good sense. Could George Abela’s approval be linked to the fact that another GWU dissenter is on board? Is George Abela a catalyst for persons prone to splits and splinters? I am only asking.

    One can only draw two conclusions from this sad state of affairs in our state broadcasting (pardon the pun – it was half intended). Whoever is elected to lead Labour next month must put the reform of state broadcasting as his or her top-priority. Such blatant manipulation and machinations must not be allowed any more.
    Judging by George Abela’s appraisal of the situation, I do not think that he is the ideal person to drive home such a reform.

    A. Calleja

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