mardi, mars 14, 2006
When the Malta Labour Party comes up with proposals like this one I confirm my suspicion that in the long run they are unable to sustain the implications of a place in power. Before too long they will be "revolutionising" democratic institutions with a donkey headed idea that they are doing the "right thing" and will drive Malta straight into another Banana Republic era.
They want the members of the Local Council Association to be reelected on the basis that the percentage of mayories in Labour's hands is now a majority and this is not reflected in the current LCA composition. The members of the LCA are elected by proportional representation every two years. There is definitely a rule book or law that states this. Labour now have a whiff of majority (which may be false, Mark take note) and are already barking like there is no tomorrow. This imbalance happens in many countries - governments end up sharing with a representative organ that does not reflect the change in public opinion - all because of scaled elections. Nothing abnormal there.
In all probability the Labour representation in the LCA will change when the time is up because I cannot see Labour losing its Council majority in the near future. But some cowboy in Hamrun decided it is time to put on the boots, the stirrups and the double barrel gun and start yelling that the Labour martyr is being crucified again and is being unjustly underrepresented.
Don't know about you guys but to me this kind of politics is as undelectable and unelectable as that of the cowboy arrogance which has been the label of the PN for so long. Then Fausto wonders whether people really put up a sign for "Wanted: New Politicians" in the last election.
Just in case the message did not come through Labour are virtually saying that Parliament should be dissolved - and elections - called every time there is a huge swing in public opinion and that our constitutional principle of Universal Suffrage every five years is not worth the Republican paper it is written on. And this from the same party who governed for five years after 1981 with a minority of popular votes.
Don't you just love them Arcibald?