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Posted by fcb on August 28, 2008

The end of August holidays is nigh! Let the good rejoice and the bad tremble for we’ll be back next Monday, September 1st.


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An Administration to suit the Vision, not a Vision to suit the Administration.

Posted by fcb on August 10, 2008

Inspired by the ideal of transforming Malta into a European country we need not be ashamed of, Joseph candidated himself for the position of Leader of the Labour Party with the determined intention to be Prime Minister in 2013 at the latest. It was clear to him,  as it was clear to all who supported him, that to reach that goal he would first of all have to re-invent the Party. He would have to restructure its organisation at all levels. He would have to midwife a new culture within the party, a way of thinking that would make it possible for Labour to participate in a broader movement of moderates and progressives, a political home for all men and women of good will.

He never suggested it would be an easy task. We never expected a triumphal march. Restructuring an organisation (actually, we should speak of an institution) is a complex process. Institutions are complex clusters of diverse interests and alliances, rivalries and friendships, scores to settle and old debts to honour, noble ideas and miserable prejudices, habits and rituals, memories, lies and truths. You cannot hope to set out to ‘redo’ an institution (warning beforehand that you will cause nothing less than an ‘earthquake’) and not expect resistance. We expected resistance and we met resistance.

It was not, it must be said, the sort of resistance we expected. It was not the principled resistance of traditional schools of thought or of alternative visions of the future. It was the resistance of individuals without identifiable ideas of their own, without traditions and certainly without visions. It was the resistance of individuals whose ideals can be summed up as follows: I want to keep my place. Well, everybody was warned that an earthquake was on the agenda. Nobody in his right senses could have failed to understand that the Administration of the Party could have been spared the impact of the earthquake. We need an Administration to suit Joseph’s Vision, not a Vision to suit the existing Administration.

It would have been better had the Delegates chosen individuals with the qualities necessary to oversee a change in their own role. That they chose individuals capable only of thinking in terms of their own narrow individualistic perspective, has merely complicated matters and made them more painful than they need have been. Mainly for the individuals themselves.

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Support Joanne Cassar! Join the SOLIDARITY MESSAGE MARATHON!

Posted by fcb on August 1, 2008

Labour in labour supports Joanne Cassar’s right to marry her partner!

Joanne Cassar was born male. Following gender reassignment surgery she was legally declared female.  Now she wants to marry a man she loves.In 2006, the Marriage Registrar refused her application for marriage. In 2007, she filed an application in the Civil Court requesting that the Director of the Public Registry be ordered to issue the banns. Her application was upheld and in February the Court ordered the issue of the banns. In May of this year, however, the decision was revoked.

Joanne is not giving up. If necessary, she has declared, she will take her case to the European Court of Human Rights.

Labour in labour is taking the symbolic initiative of organising the JOANNE CASSAR SOLIDARITY COMMENT MARATHON! It’s simple, just post a comment in the SPECIAL PAGE we have just opened today (go HOME and the click on JOANNE CASSAR SOLIDARITY COMMENT MARATHON!) telling us what you think about Joanne’s determination to have her human rights respected by a member state of the European Union, Malta.

Your comment should state clearly where you stand on this issue. Are you in favour, or are you against? Our goal is to collect 1000 signed comments in favour of Joanne Cassar’s cause. You may disagree, if that is what you think is right, and we will still publish your comment. For a comment to be approved and counted, it has to carry your real name, your ID card number, a real e-mail address and possibly a telephone number where we can reach you if in doubt that you really exist. Only your name will be published. All personal information will be destroyed in the presence of a notary within two weeks of the end of the Marathon.

The Marathon will come to an end on the last day of September 2008 or as soon as we upload comment Number 1000. When the Marathon is concluded we will also publish the number of comments against Joanne Cassar’s cause. We trust that the publicity generated will contribute to foster a progressive European mentality in this country.

The Labour in labour Collective

1st August 2008

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