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Re-inventing the Malta Labour Party (and Maltese politics): an unauthorised tazebao.

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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27 Responses to “An Administration to suit the Vision, not a Vision to suit the Administration.”

  1. Dorothy Camilleri said

    Think change or lack of change will change you. It is good to hear that the dynamics of change within the Labour movement is passing through turbulance. Unlike wine, politics demand freshness, change in temperature, and, courage.With Joseph, being so young and full of energy, change will be like breathing or drinking for that matter. It is good to know that after more than 20 years of stagnant waters, Joseph will be the factor that will change the Labour movement and Malta!

    Dorothy Camilleri

  2. J. Borg said

    May I use this space to make a comment which is not related to this post.

    Recently I’ve heard a new rumour/street-spin, one of those in which the PN really excel. Something like the one they were spreading in the months before the EU referendum – that if we didn’t join the EU the Libyans would invade us (I wonder if they would have taken our PM with them to Tripoli in a xkora as they used to suggest some decades ago). Or something similar to the other rumour circulated before the last election, that Alfred Sant himself would see to reduce pensions once elected in govt.

    Anyway. The rumour I heard now is that all of this country’s malaise and likely economic problems are caused by immigrants/klandestini/is-suwed. It seems that, at least till now at a capillary level, the PN is changing its previous tactic of defending the immigrants so as to reduce criticism towards govt. for the handling of the situation. It seems that now some are finding the same immigrants as good candidates to serve as scapegoats. Everything will go as long as it will serve to keep this govt. in relatively good light.

    I think that Labour, and all the other progressive forces in this country, should actively fight back this scapegoatism. It will only serve to worsen the relations between Maltese and these newcomers…and to make Gonzi & co. look like crusaders fighting against yet another huge obstacle, maybe.

    J. Borg

  3. Abel Abela said

    fcb you wrote: “they chose individuals capable only of thinking in terms of their own narrow individualistic perspective” – unfair generalization about the administration?? what about some Labour members of parliament who get elected to the country’s elite of 65 – yes, by voters in their district, BUT thanks to the party – are they all immune from this ‘narrow individualism’??

    Abel Abela

    CARETAKER: Of course MPs are not all immune from ‘narrow individualism’! Nor are all members of the present administration driven by this ‘narrow individualism’. We’ll fight this ‘narrow individualism’ wherever and whenever we come across it.

  4. NEVILLE GAFA' said

    During the campaign for leadership and even after being elected, our leader talked about the necessity of a political earthquake inside the party. It seems that not all the delegates understood the message.To tell you the truth, if i were one of the previous administration i would not have contested my post again after getting the message.

    Neville Gafa

  5. Andrew Sciberras said

    I am of the opinion that a great big chunk of the MLP delegates are as yet unaware of what Joseph Muscat has in mind. Perhaps they have forgotten that he has been elected on the ticket of tremendous change for the party itself which he dubbed as an ‘earthquake’. The newly elected administration, for good or bad, has left many of us – Labourites or not – cringing with bitterness, leaving us to question whether the delegates actually want change at all.

    Joseph Muscat has been heavily criticized on all fronts for not exerting any pressure on the delegates and for not influencing the outcome of this election. I must admit that I also was critical of his laissez-faire stance on the matter. But then again, we should never as a party stoop to the level of despotic democracy.

    Now that he is faced with a problem, he must not just stare at it but swiftly seek for appropriate solutions. I am glad that steps are already being made in this regard and that the earthquake is going to be hastened. Change must not be done simply for the sake of change but with a purpose: that is to become electable. A system of checks and balances must be put in place so that no institution overwhelms the other save of course the Leadership which should naturally be at the forefront. Roles need to be revised and improved, cut down and new ones introduced so that what was once a cranky machine becomes well-oiled and fully functional. We desperately need an administration that has what it takes to make the MLP a credible, viable and well supported party.

    Joseph Muscat has warned us that some changes will be met with resistance and that many might frown. I say – bring it on.

    Andrew Sciberras

  6. skipper said

    The problem seems to be that most of those who support Joseph and his earthquake are outside the party machine. We need to help him by making our voice heard. We might need to add to the earthquake by putting pressure on the “machine” showing them what the labour VOTER wants THAT IS TO WIN THE NEXT GENERAL ELECTION. We might even consider organizing our own EGM ( kind of a virtual party) inviting delegates, officials and even MPs to hear our arguments and see our point of view.

    At the moment the 893 delegates do not seem to have a clue on what the thousands who vote or might vote labour want. They do not even know what their own leader needs or wants.

    Skipper

  7. skipper said

    THE 12 STEP PRIMER FOR MASTERING CHANGE »
    Starting Fires: Leadership and Pyrotechniques
    Second order change always requires doing something in or to the system previously not done, everything else is simply a repeat performance. Peter Berquist, The Postmodern Organization

    We want to learn to start fires as often as possible. 1st order change, while periodically effective, rarely produces the kind of permanence we desire. Here are some of the things to look for:
    When attempting to implement a change, and stubborn resistance seems to prevail, ask this question “Is my approach applying a ‘more of the same’ solution?” Are you simply yelling a little louder, applying a little more grease to the same squeaky spot or trying to motivate the same tired component into effectiveness? These are “more of the same” solutions.
    Step back and refuse to look at pieces of the system and instead view the entire system. “More of the same” is usually inability to see the forest because of moving from tree to tree. Component enhancement, fixing and tweaking are always pendulums and never fire. Remember our Pendulums and Fire discussion? Ask instead how could the whole system or situation be altered? This usually occurs through the introduction of a new component into the system. This by definition changes the relationships through the system of the various components.
    Last, always look at the place of greatest resistance in the system. This is generally the place the fire should be lit. Change will be massive and swift. Often a “why didn’t I see that before” will result once the change is implemented, proving you finally set a fire and are on your way to systemic 2nd order change.

    Skipper

  8. THIS IS THE ARTICLE EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT

    Earthquake warning
    The Times Monday, 11th August 2008

    The elections of the Labour Party administration today week were thoroughly followed by the public and the media. The interest shown confirms the relevance of Labour in our society. Some were happy with the outcome. Many others were disappointed.
    There were those who were surprised that I did not take an active role in the process. I did this consciously since I do not think that it is a leader’s business to impose on others. Now that the decisions have been made, my work on internal re-organisation begins: the earthquake that some are expecting, and many others have come to believe that will never happen. The latter are in for a surprise.
    As I sit down writing this article on Friday afternoon, I am convinced more than ever that Labour needs a deep reform in the way in which its structures work. We need to become a modern organisation that reflects the aspirations of our society. There should be no internal point of view in contrast with what is felt outside the party. The first should reflect and interpret the second. That is why I will be calling on the National Executive to call an Extraordinary General Conference in the weeks to come in order to implement a series of wide-ranging changes. These will make Labour the most dynamic organisation in the national political spectrum and will show that we mean business.
    The changes I will propose might surprise some. I initially intended putting them forward prior to the election of the new administration but that would have meant delaying these elections a couple of months, and inevitably conditioning them. The sentiment within the party was that such a delay was not desirable. Now, I will push on with these changes.
    My proposals will include a re-definition of the way in which our electoral base – and society at large – is represented within the party structures, the way we take decisions, the way we interpret the role of our organisation, changes in the roles of officials in elected posts and the implementation of a proper managerial structure within the party.
    It will be an earthquake in no uncertain terms. But it will not be change for change’s sake. It will be change with a purpose. It will be an important step that shows that Labour is willing to hear, change and make things happen. It goes without saying that there will be those who will not be very keen that these changes take place. There will be some within the organisation who have grown comfortable with the status quo and think that the election of yours’ truly meant more of the same. They will try to discourage us. They will say that we are taking a leap in the dark. I am sorry for them, but decisions will be taken and changes will be made.
    The time for change has come. If anything, last week’s elections hastened it.
    • In the meantime, other earthquakes in the Labour Party have already started taking place. We are adopting a positive attitude and will continue to do so.
    The huge steps forward made by the party in its outreach in the past weeks will be solid foundations on which we will build.

    Joseph Muscat

  9. Leli said

    Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better. – King Whitney Jr.

    Go for it Joseph!! Show us what you’re worth.

    Leli

  10. Pauline Vella said

    Thinking outside the box, always provokes a reaction. First,”It’s completely impossible.” Second, “It’s possible but not worth doing.” Third, ” I said it was a good idea all along.”
    Hopefully,the last stage will come easy, especially for those who are always used to pictures without a perspective. Let us all embrace change, failing that, we will be all doomed.

    Pauline Vella

  11. Abel Abela said

    re: Earthquake Warning

    Dear friends let me get this straight….
    a large number of delegates were there some of the bloggers here were not yet born;
    many of the present delegates saw the party lose 3 consecutive general elections;
    same delegates elected a bright, talented, magnetic 34yr old leader in June;
    same delegates elected his deputies;
    same delegates elected the administration and executive;
    so …the whole process is complete, and the leader can finally set down to lead and carry out all the changes he deems necessary, right? Wrong!
    Because – according to the leader himself in this article – the same delegates have yet to be asked at a future date by the executive upon his request …. to meet, make up their minds, and hopefully consent to and approve whatever the leader proposes to do to put Labour back in govt in five years time.
    So – no perestroika unless the politburo says yes???

    Normally in Malta Catholics pray for rain. And then they get the October floods!

    Abel Abela

  12. Andrew Sciberras said

    @Abel Abela

    “Because – according to the leader himself in this article – the same delegates have yet to be asked at a future date by the executive upon his request …. to meet, make up their minds, and hopefully consent to and approve whatever the leader proposes to do to put Labour back in govt in five years time.”

    That is perfectly correct. Otherwise his whole campaign for the leadership post would have been a farce. He said time and time again that he does not stand for the status-quo and that he would propose radical changes for the party structures which mightn’t be to the liking of some people. If the leader was not supreme and did not have the power to direct his own party into the manner he deems most fit than Labour will continue losing election after election due to lack of direction and control.

    The strangest thing that is on most of our minds is how did the delegates come to choose this leader, with a completely new-school vision and direction and yet surround him with shadows of a murky past. Joseph Muscat has certainly acknowledged this problem and is determined to seek solutions. Could he have influenced the outcome of the administrative elections? Should he have done so? Wouldn’t it have saved him much trouble and chaos if he had done so? These are all questions that merit debate and I’m sure that there would be a mixed reaction.

    On a lighter note I was very happy to read an opinion on the Times penned by a friend of mine, Nikita Zammit Alamango, a young politician elected into Labour’s National Executive. She clearly expresses her dream for a future progressive Malta, a dream which I’m sure many of us share. More people like Nikita is what Labour needs. Happy reading:

    http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20080813/opinion/on-war-and-dreams

    Andrew Sciberras

  13. Marie Abdilla said

    I also read and found Nikita’s article to be very interesting. Unfortunately I’ve never met Nikita but I’ve been following her articles since she started writing in the Times. When all hell broke loose because young people like her voiced their opinion and PN gatekeepers DCG and IM Beck turned on the “elves” spin she stood her ground and wouldn’t be intimidated. Good work girl! Labour needs more spunky people like you! Cheers.
    Marie

  14. THIS IS NIKITA’S ARTICLE EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT

    Wednesday, 13th August 2008

    On war and dreams

    In his treatise Vom Kriege (On War), the 18th century Prussian war strategist Carl von Clausewitz famously defined war as the continuation of politics by other means.

    In our island, true to its status as a young nation trying to consolidate its own identity in its laborious voyage towards statehood, the reverse might be true: politics is the continuation of war by other means. Until only last March our two political armies rode, charged and plunged in the battery-smoke. Bodies lay broken on the battlefield in the process and arguably, amongst the casualties lay the credibility of the political class as a whole.

    It’s time everyone in the political arena realised that we are not at war. We are in politics.

    It has been said that nothing happens unless we dream first. And I’m sure that the majority of the population has a small dream to the effect that the political parties in Malta start to disarm themselves from the symbolic ammunition and warfare and engage instead in a healthy competition on the basis of progressive and modern ideas for the good of the country as a whole. I, who had my own small but hard-hitting share of personal political attacks, can perhaps vouch more than others on how bad it feels to be at war and how good it feels to act for the good of the country.

    This dream, I’m sure, is always running ahead of the majority of the people in Malta. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, will be the miracle. The miracle and the attainment of a vision.

    I dream of seeing our country – small but full of potential – convert to progressive politics. It is an attitude towards the world of politics that is broader than conservatism vs liberalism, and is an attempt to break free from what they consider to be a false and divisive opposition or tribalism.

    Malta has to become a free and inclusive society where citizens, by working hard together, are able to determine their own lives. It is important to have an unprejudiced society of equals regardless of being black or white; male or female; straight or gay; Christian or atheist; pro-choice or pro-life; young or old; of sound mind or mentally infirm; working class or middle class, just to mention a few.

    Malta has to become a society which promotes peace and combats injustice and oppression of freedom and civil liberties. A state and society that oppose the destruction of nature at all costs and highly promote the use of alternative energy.

    Malta has to persevere in offering the best health care and improve the current educational system, while it remains free for everyone. However, everything has to be done by means of meritocracy, where those that work hard are rewarded and are guaranteed job security.

    Essentially Malta has to transform into a society where women are more involved with work and have a higher representation and participation in the political sphere. This is a very vital point. Josè Louis Zapatero said: “I’m not just antimachismo, I’m a feminist. One thing that really awakens my rebellious streak is 20 centuries of one sex dominating the other. We talk of slavery, feudalism, exploitation, but the most unjust domination is that of one half of the human race over the other half. The more equality women have, the fairer, more civilized and tolerant society will be. Sexual equality is a lot more effective against terrorism than military strength.”

    Therefore, I hope to be witnessing gradual social change along the forthcoming years, where coalition becomes a possible option, where the shackles of Labour’s inferiority complex are abolished and Malta is constructed on principles of social dialogue, equal opportunities and social justice, while encompassing a new style of politics by being objective and doing away with partisan politics and tribal war!

    Taking into consideration this new style of politics, we have recently observed words put to action from the new Labour Leader Joseph Muscat. He has put forward concrete proposals in order to dilute the strong bi-partisan situation in our island. The drawing up of a code of ethics for the Labour media, for instance, augurs well and, if successful, will definitely be first in the local political scenario.

    I only hope that our colleagues from the Nationalist Party take on board this initiative for their own media. Who knows, maybe someday we will be in a position where news coverage by the political media offers unbiased and realistic stories on what really goes on, seeking to enlighten their audience more objectively about the respective political ideas, while respecting their intelligence.

    Furthermore, Dr Muscat also pointed out how vital it is to turn Malta into a truly liberal and European state. The divorce issue is a case in point. Dr Muscat bluntly declared himself to be pro-divorce, a very courageous act in itself, setting in motion a process which will hopefully trigger a movement which will make Malta more progressive.

    His calls for a united front with the government on important issues such as ST and the shipyards were also a welcome gesture which hopefully will help to determine a better future while achieving the common good for the majority at large.

    Obviously, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. However, I am sure that with the active participation of people who are eager to dream, to act and to achieve, Malta will effectively embark on a new way of doing politics in a new political season.

    Indeed, if dreams are the touchstones of our character as a nation, then there is nothing like a dream to create our collective future – really and truly together.

    Nikita Zammit Alamango

  15. danny attard said

    Quote:

    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.

    One key element we lacked was schools of thought be they conservative or radical. The party is possibly influenced by pragmatic individualistic platforms sought by careerists, small-ticket seekers, big-ticket catalysts, idealists swaying in the wind, and many many loyal honest individuals being led to nowhere.

    I must state that I have been pleasantly surprised with the positive attitude of the two deputies. Their loyalty has so far been an inspiration. They compliment effectively Joseph’s European vision offering points-of-identification with a whole spectrum of labourities ranging from conservatives to radicals (although the latter are the most confused sector of labour support).

    I have no doubt that Joseph will have both on board before presenting his earthquake proposals to the GC. These should be professionally presented. I have no doubts that the CG is aware that such reforms are of paramount importance if labour is to take the political initiative that Malta so desperately needs.

    Grapevine is to be avoided as otherwise those who will resist for personal interests will have a field-day, having said that, the critical mass of natural support for reforms should be overwhelming.

    Resistance there will be yet the overall desire to have a party with a vision that will win for Malta should win the day. Mistakes will still be committed, poor choices made, yet the crucial objective should be the bringing together of a culture that will identify and correct, have a vision and a capacity to deliver at all levels.

    The next few defining months will excite a bored nation tired of mediocrity.

    Danny Attard

  16. f.u. said

    Your ex-number 2 was right, we have different DNAs!
    You may try to look cultured and sophisticated but you are just a bunch of illiterate peasants.
    My grandfather used to say that the University should only accept sons and daughters of lawyers, doctors, architects and other professions or of large owners of immovable property. He was afraid that otherwise Mintoffjans would gradually take power. No worries! You’re congenitally too stupid to take power. I am not surprised you hate us students. It’s just pure envy!

    F.U.

    CARETAKER’s COMMENT: Our first reaction was to tell anonymous commentator F.U. to F. himself or herself…but on second thought we decided to publish his/her comment tale quale. If there really are people who think like that (yes, we even considered the possibility that this is just a silly provocation) then we ought not to pretend otherwise.

  17. J. Borg said

    Hi dear F.U….hmmmm who hates “you” students? Labourites? Ooooooh so a bunch of people must hate themselves hihihi

    F.U. if I prayed I would pray for you, you need it (if you’re for real anyway), but since I’m not into praying I just hope you’ll find the right cure 🙂

    J. Borg

  18. Abel Abela said

    Pity “F.u”, you got the wrong address here …this is a serious website, we’re not going to fall to your sick game of lowering our standards are we, seeing yours are already so miserably low!
    Let me just add that, from the few racist words you have managed to scribble, you cut the perfect figure of the very stupidity you decry so conceitedly. To each his own.

    Abel Abela

  19. Romina Carabott said

    @ J. Borg and Abel Abela

    Ignore F.U. and the likes of her or him. Can’t you see they are trying to provoke us? Anyone with contacts in the Nationalist camp will tell you that their strategists don’t like blogs like this one. It shatters the image of Labour they have constructed over the decades: that we are obtuse, dogmatic, unimaginative, all-brawn-no-brain, uneducated, uncultured, etc. Remember (it must have been sometime in April) how they sent ahead Andrew il-Bocca and a couple of others to scout out this blog…remember how they beat a hasty retreat with their tail between their legs? Don’t let provocateurs like F.U. trick us into playing the characters in screenplays written in Pieta’,Bidnija or at 25, rue Archimède,Brussels.

    Romina Carabott
    ID Card number supplied

  20. fabrizioellul said

    Well said F.U.

    Do not mind the fools; they still have to recognize the Nats as a superior race – the ones meant to rule until kingdom comes.

    If it was up to me, I would have tattooed all labourites with a ‘I’M stupid’ on their forehead and reduce them to slavery and the intellectuals to the gas chambers.

    I’m really proud of my fellow university students.

    Fabrizio Ellul

  21. Pawlu said

    Hi guys,

    Congratulations to you lot for this fine blog.

    As a floating voter, I have been cautiously studying every move the three major parties made these past months.

    AD have been surely more active in their activities during these last weeks. They are taking the initiative to new ideas and presentations.

    PN have been seeking ways and means to be seen as keeping to their pre-elective promises. I really enjoy hearing the main pretagonists boast that they are fullfilling their promises when at the end of the day they are just following the EU’s enforcements – remember the airport tax, and car importation tax.

    MLP and it’s new leader have still an earthquake to go through. The next few months are critical and I will be surely following closely and coming to my own conclusions without PN’s help – thank you.
    As I see it, Joseph Muscat has entered his new office. He needs to computerise his plan of action. To do so he needs to buy the right type of computer to his needs. So the first thing he does is type his order using the office typewriter which is ready available. When his computer arrives, he will then rev up his plan and build his priorities using the new tools acquired on the way.
    Do understand that, inorder to start of the office reorganisation, Joseph Muscat had first to enter his office, then get to his priorities using tools available at that point in time. When the tools are rennovated and improved on the older ones, the whole system will increase efficiency.
    I agree with Joseph Muscat that this was the only way to take. Any other way would have led to a dead end. The old and new systems will have to work parallel and simultaneously untill the new system takes over all the load gradually.

    Pawlu

  22. danny attard said

    F.U. must be the offspring of a large owner of immovable property 🙂 Could just picture dad’s pot-belly and builder’s bum as he ‘reads’ a blank paper.

    I wonder what grandfather held against short and thin property-owners? Why do they have to be large?

    Now how does the saying goes?…fools rush in…

    Danny Attard

  23. Raymond Grech said

    F.U.’s comment is so stupid it must be the work of a Labourite agent provocateur!

    Raymond Grech

  24. Deborah Micallef said

    Raymond Grech may well be right. In a world of spin, counter-spin and counter-counter-spin, everything is possible and nothing impossible. As a matter of fact I have long ago come to the conclusion that Daphne Caruana Galizia is really a Labourite agent provocateur in drag. Now I am finally am convinced it is true. Come to think of it, I am now also certain that Jason Micallef must have known all along that DCG is really just some shady character from the deep South with some hamallu name like Duminku Curmi a.k.a. il-Gallozz. In January of this year, the General Secretary must have noticed that the plastic surgery on the ageing Duminku Curmi il-Gallozz’s face, tits and bum was becoming too obvious. In a clever move intended to derail any attempt to unmask Duminku, Jason went for a pre-emptive strike and revealed (on Bondiplus) that DCG had had her face, breast and backside operated upon “to appear different”. It must have worked. DCG predictably denied that Jason Micallef’s allegations were true and Duminku Curmi a.k.a. il-Gallozz is still where he is.
    (http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/2008/01/20/t4.html).

    Deborah

  25. J. Borg said

    Raymond Grech, you’ve uncovered the plot! Of course, only a stupid labourite could do that, because only labourites are stupid, aren’t they? After all, as the brightest and most enlightened creature on these rocks has told us, being a labourite is synonymous to having warts, and to make things even worse, they’re led by an ox* (as the same guru has informed us).

    @Fabrizio Ellul, numbers on their wrist would be enough. Maybe a red badge would be useful too

    J. Borg

  26. MArie Abdilla said

    Hello All,

    How come nobody’s talking about Joseph’s latest initiatives. I think suggesting that 16 year olds be given the right to vote in the LC elections and asking for suggestions from not just inner circle party members but from anyone willing to comment is just what all progressives were hoping for prior to the leadership elections.

    How many of you have actually downloaded the statute? given comments? Actions not wasting time comenting on what an idiot like FU said are what we need.

    Any comments? Marie

  27. toni abela said

    Dear Caretaker . I have been folowing your blog from the very instance it made an appearance on the net . This bloga nad otner like it are providing the right right forum where healthy and sound debate about leftist issues can be entertained .

    As to what Joseph is p[ropoosing I have seen him working on this project with inspiring energy and firm thought . Every time that the subject of earthquakes reforms surfaces in our discussions , he strongly insists that these must be carried out with caution and at the same time with haste . Joseph is convinced that times are a changing and that the writing is on the wall .

    As to the present state of affairs in the Malta Labour , in this pre siesmic period we are allworking hard on making the party ticking from within . Through long hours of hardwork we are trying to instill in party members , councillors , party sections ,and so many others that the Malta Labour Party is but a poltical multi venture . That the Party for the coming years as going to be near it’s members and people fromm all walks of life , as much as a limpet is clad to rock .

    With this in mind , we have embarked on a number of projects which are near to completion and they will not takelong before they come to fruition . For Joseph and those that work along his sieds , deeds come before words . Let not others think that we are placidly waiting for the earthquake .

    Toni Abela

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