dimanche, mars 26, 2006
In today's Sunday Times Roamer picks up Fausto's preferred baton of pooh- poohing anything Green. Apart from the statistical questioning of the numerical gains of the AD we also get a direct challenge of Harry's assertion that the election results mus be read bearing in mind that Alternattiva was present only in 5 councils:
"As to that 1.7 per cent of the vote garnered by AD, few people apparently took the time to work out that this figure was diabolically arrived at by averaging the results across the 23 localities when AD had only contested five of those areas. This begs the inevitable question: Why were only five localities contested? The answer seems to be "simply a matter of material resources". And human ones, too, I imagine."
So the criticism aimed at AD is basically: Since unlike other parties you do not find it in yourself to present incompetent bumbling buffoons in your list simply for the sake of number you are wrong. Since you fail to put forward any Tom, Dick and Harry as a valid politician (even at Council level) you are to be criticised.
Meanwile MLPN are allowed to present candidates who have as much political positiveness, administrative acumen and social savoir-faire as a Chimpanzee Tea Party. In our society these Manchurian Candidates are acceptable. Because our vote is so blind that it simply votes by colour. We are content that il-partit has sufficient candidates to have a go at that 50% margin in each locality. All the rest ... is green politics.
Now Harry has no reason to be blowing trumpets of victory or circling Castille three times in the hope that the structure collapses. Definitely. However I do find the criticism based on number of candidates fielded as arrogant as any crowing that Harry might indulge in.
We live in a country were we are lucky if 5% can see through the MLPN screen. Out of that 5% finding sufficient candidates of calibre that would guarantee the promised change from the sorry state of politics we are mired in becomes a gargantuan task. This is not a dartboard selection. This is not a selection for the sake of number. This is a matter of quality that respects the electorate's need and hopes to convince its wants.
Unfortunately though, it can be very tiring and energy consuming ... preaching to the converted.