Simon Busuttil 68,819 u “l-image ta’ Lawrence Gonzi naraha qieghda tbati”.

Posted in 1 by Editor on June 8, 2009

 “L-image ta’ Lawrence Gonzi ukoll naraha qieghda tbati. Fi zmien l-elezzjoni kellek il-veru sens ta’ “kap”, li jhaddem l-awtorita’ tieghu minghajr hadd ma jistaqsi xejn u li tista’ tghid li hu u l-partit huma haga wahda. Wara l-elezzjoni bhal irtira f’Kastilja, bhal tilef l-aura li donnu kienet tigbed ir-rispett anke mir-rivali tieghu u spicca jaqleb minn surmast, kultant jiddixxiplina l-parlamentari Nazzjonalisti, ghall-qassis f’konfessjonarju, dak li jmorru jigru ghandu l-imsiehba socjali wara glieda jew m’Austin Gatt jew ma’ John Dalli. Nahseb li jekk il-partit Nazzjonalista ma jiehux azzjoni minnufih jispicca bhal gvern ta’ John Major bejn in-’92 u n-’97: il-pajjiz miexi l-quddiem, imma l-partit assedjat minn kull naha, b’Tony Blair isir bhal messija gdid, meta assolutament ma kien xejn specjali.”

Glenn Galea




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  1. Early Bird said, on June 8, 2009 at 5:44 am

    Don’t you guys sleep? Simon Busuttil’s results are impressive, no shit about that. I saw him interviewed on Net TV about two hours ago (4.30 or thereabouts) and the guy was soooh emotional…he kept saying “Meta tara dawk il-voti kollha…”. (By the way, why were there no One TV reporters on the spot? Doesn’t look good. Will we ever learn? A party station’s presence on the battlefield is in itself a political statement…it’s saying, we’re always there where it matters, 24/7…). In any case, what’s your point? Are you inciting the Nats to dump the old, tired man in Castille in favour of sweetie pie Simon Busuttil? Two points. First: at some point or other but very soon, Busuttil will tell himself “Meta tara dawk il-voti kollha…tithajjar tohlom b’Kastilja”. So, he doesn’t need us to tempt him. Second, and more important: are we sure we want Simon Busuttil, young and relatively fresh, to replace Lawrence Gonzi, politically ancient and absolutely stale and tired? It is in PL’s interest that Gonzi stays glued to his chair in Castille as long as possible! Will we ever learn?

  2. Minnie said, on June 8, 2009 at 5:50 am

    I agree with Early Bird. Let them keep Gonzi. Why encourage them to change leader now? I am not very impressed with Simon Busuttil but he’ll make a better PN Kap than Gonzi, if for no other reason than that he is younger and that five years in Brussels have broadened his horizons (unlike Gonzi who is so unbearably provincial). A better PN Kap is not good for us. So encourage them to keep Gonzi. Viva Gonzi, Viva Gonzi, Hey Hey Hey!

  3. Mary Poppins said, on June 8, 2009 at 5:58 am

    I don’t agree with Minnie and Early Bird. Changing your leader is a painful and shocking experience. It causes conflict inside a party (or, more precisely, it brings existing conflicts out in the open). Pain, shock and conflict inside the PN would be great news for Labour. So, yes, altogether now: Viva Simon, Viva Simon, Hej, Hej, Hej!
    And now off to work! Some of us do, you know…

  4. Mona Lisa said, on June 8, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Its clear whats happening in the PN: ‘ Gonzi tlef il-kontroll’ is no mere slogan. Not only have the people confirmed it, they’ve already very democratically chosen his replacement in Simon Busuttil. From now on, it’s screw the economy, screw the country, screw the PN, Gonzi’s sole focus will be his own career.

  5. Dorothy Camilleri said, on June 8, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    It is useless now trying to guess who is going to be PN next leader. Business people do not worry about their competitior,s products, if any thing they worry about THEIR product, their salesmen, their organisation, their future!
    So the PL should refine and continue to tune-in the product and the delivery people as well. It is about time that some people take a rest. I hate to see the same people on stage , the same LOUD music the same SLOGANS and the little Napoleans, who think that the PL owes them a living. We should make the Party MORE professional, more appealing to the middle class; the Maltese elusive middleclass!
    Something did change after last elections, otherwise the result would not have been of such historic proportions. We have not had a speaker and a leader like Joseph since MINTOFF’ best in the early seventies. Yes, politics is about images, normaility, hugging, smiling, kissing social intelligence and above all saying it with your heart. Joseph has it all!
    Let us continue on this road; if we don’t change, change will change us! Forward with Joseph, together people of good will: let us continue to be the PARTY of NORMALITY!

  6. Kaizen said, on June 8, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Dorothy’s argument holds water and should be explored deeper.

    Things were done differently this time round, and it worked. The election results show it. The strategy worked satisfactorily. However, a swallow does not make a summer. Tools can be sharpened and skills improved.

    The PL has to keep coming up with new ideas. It must go forward, never to react but create, invent, innovate.

    Where Gonzi throws insults Joseph presents solutions.

    The party must listen hard and hear the people’s needs, understand their wishes and work together with them towards realising their expectations. After all, isn’t that what the party stand for? This entails new perspectives, modern methods and new blood.

    Those for whom the bell has tolled for far too long, should call it a day. Their methods consistently failed to deliver since way back in the mid eighties. Stomping on shoddy makeshift platforms chanting the pathetic ‘hey hey hey’ slogan, so much synonymous with defeat following defeat belong in the past. Those who have had their chance, ran their race and were well compensated for it are to realise that it is now ‘Time Out’ and gracefully make way for the new blood.

    And the show must go on. This time round the actors, the critics and the spectators are one and same: all those who flash a voting ticket, the leading role taken by one whose honesty is his passport and whose attitude of competence is his winning card.
    So lead on Joseph, lead on.

    • Mona Lisa said, on June 8, 2009 at 9:09 pm

      On the contrary Dorothy,I think the question of successsion in the PN is important.

      The thing is, you can win an election on a smile and a promise, but running a country is a different matter requiring more than just good PR, especially when people are living on the edge and feeling the pinch directly.

      And it’s even more of a problem when you have a painful and long- postponed economic reform program to implement. A case in point is the significance of utility bills in Malta, which have already cost the different incumbents not one but two elections. The huge promises which ensured the GonziPN victory have yet to materialise, and if they don’t it wlll be Dr Gonzi, already closely shadowed by Simon, who will pay the price.

      From now on, on top of the prevailing economic woes and general discontent, Dr Gonzi has the additional burden of fighting for his survival. This doesn’t augur well , either for himself or for Malta. which needs a focused leadership to pull it out of its present problems.

  7. Dorothy Camilleri said, on June 9, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Mona Lisa, negative thoughts about your competitor will get you nowhere. Improving your product continuously, will, on the other hand, lead you to the forefront of excellence. This is where Labour should aim for. Let labour re-create itself, with NEW faces, NEW ideas, NEW images NEW people.
    The aim of the Labour Party is to GAIN power, second best would not do. In order to do this, we must NOT let individuals whose traditional approach to politics gave us 4 consecutive defeats!
    The supreme goal of the Labour Party should be to gain power, BECAUSE ONLY then it can help those in need, and at the same time empower and energize those self-employed and economic operators- who have the knack to create wealth,employ people, encourage trade exports,and sevices.
    Yes there are individuals who will be hurt in their process but it would not be the end of the world,after all ” il-partit mhux taghhom,” and their “imhabba lejn il-partit” is a good excuse to carry on thinking that WE owe them a living!
    So again, let us shed yesteryears slogans images dogmas leaders. People want CHANGE, so let us make CHANGE OUR OWN, by CHANGING OURSELVES! If we DO NOT change, if we do NOT change inside and outside,we will NOT succeed in OUR endeavour. So let us give a free hand to those willing to embrace change; the others have to make way.

    NB. I am not a member of the Labour Party, I am NOT Labour by Bood, I have not always voted Labour, and I will NOT always vote Labour.

  8. Mona Lisa said, on June 9, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Dorothy, this is a political party not a marketing company. it’s fine to adopt modern marketing techniques to win the election and of course a party needs to win elections first and foremost.
    However, political parties need to retain soul , unlike marketeers whose sole target is profit. Don’t get me wrong, I too hate soppy sentimental stuff like ‘ imhabba lejn il-partit’ but many PL people have strong political convictions and if their party gets too watery they will just join the growing ranks of non-voters.

  9. Kaizen said, on June 9, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Mona’s argument is partly correct.

    The PL is definitely not a marketing company. However, who would recommend depriving it of a proper marketing strategy and see it return a sad party as it had been for far too long? Marketing for “public consent” has nothing to do with marketeers aiming for financial profits. The very concept of “marketing for public consent” implies that the party would be working towards realising the nation’s expectations. “Watering down’ does not come into it at all. Actually it would omitted by the same implication.

    What would be the use of having a party with a large soul but one that does not deliver the beef. One has only to look at our neighbouring grande sinistra Italian parties. Yes, they have a great history, exceptional leaders past and present, fine sentimental patriotic songs … and regrettably not much else to show for all their divided efforts. By themselves, good intentions do butter one’s daily bread.

    A party must first be elected into governance, by whichever legitimate strategy and technique that works best. Then and only then can the part put its policy into effect. Could it be otherwise?

  10. Dorothy Camilleri said, on June 10, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Of course marketing is just a tool! But look at Berlusconi, look at the hundreds of christian sects spouting in the US-with NO CHURCH building but a very very very good TV channel. Look at our own CHURCH in existance for the last 2000 years invernting and re-inventing itself-in a good way of course! Then there are marketing for non-profit NGO’s, yes non-profit!
    Marketing is a tool, no more no less.
    “One” channel can learn a thing or two from a programme on Jesus and love produced on a local channel.
    And what do you think has NET-yes xibka, both internet and the ordinary fishing Net, been doing all these years, and what about “popular” programmes, whom people watch, WHY do you think they are in existance and have a monopoly and that, with them anything goes?
    They look ordinary enough during the years, but when the TIME comes, they aim their cannons and the LABOUR leaders and PARTY…….and people believe them, because they see these presenters on their “favourite”channel.
    So my comments are submitted so that the PL uses all the tools available so that it can win power and have control on the distribution of the cake; helping those who are in need first and foremost, but empowering those who are capable of baking and make the cake bigger and with cream on top.

  11. J. Borg said, on June 12, 2009 at 11:46 am

    I think that at the moment Gonzi (and Borg Olivier) are an asset for Labour, so I guess it would suit us not to attack them.

    If Labour wants to win the next general election it has too 1) maintain support among traditional labourites, 2) bring back those labourites which felt the Party’s beliefs faded away under Sant, mainly Mintuffjani, 3) bring back “moderate” labourites who for years have voted for other Parties or not voted at all 4) attract floaters and former-nationalists. It is a little bit hard to have one strategy and image which attracts all these different groups. MAybe the best would be to build an image which attracts the middle-of-the-road voter (and One News has a major role in this) while at the same time maintaining constant personal contact with diehards, Mintuffjani, etc. etc. The Party, including the leadership, should stay in touch with these people regularly and not just before the elections, and if possible they should visit people in their homes (especially in cases where people are still cold towards the Party) and not in kazini.

    Why is it that news on One Radio and One Tv are practically the same? The two media have two different audiences. One Tv should target the moderate vote, while One Radio can keep the same style or maybe change it a little bit, as it is in synch with convinced labourites who are One Radio’s niche market.

    It is no easy task, and that is why last Saturday’s results will be harmful for us if they will lead us into taking success for granted.

  12. Abel Abela said, on June 12, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Only those who fell for the GonziPN gimmick last year can now really be heard whining to ‘bring back the real Lawrence Gonzi’, as the author of Inredden seems to be doing, and as Daphne Caruana Galizia wrote in the Independent and in her blog http://www.independent.com.mt/news.asp?newsitemid=89364
    People like DCG and the author of Inredden are spun in their own spin, drinking the same lousy medicine they have been administering to their reading public for more than a decade. They think politics is all about spin and image sorcery. People have read through that, at least this time round.
    The real Lawrence Gonzi? For heaven’s sake, there is no other Lawrence Gonzi, there is just one – the one who has just received a vote of no confidence by the electorate.
    Spin doctors now you go on deceive yourselves. They hold out their candle to the electorate, and it goes something like this – this is a bad moment for Lawrence Gonzi, but wait till you see what he can do for you. He will prove he’s the same chap beaming out his smile against the lush greenery of the GonziPN campaign which got the Nationalists that sliver of 800 votes which helped them clinch another 5 years in govt.
    The 35,000 vote majority is a good sign that people are now reading through the spin.
    PL – go on and keep teaching people that this is what real politics is about – it is about the air we breathe, the water we drink, the bills we pay, the public goods we pay for and rightly expect… This is the best formula against any GonziPN type spin. The greenery in those posters was fake, and so were the smiles.
    Where are the emperor’s clothes?

    People don’t care about the multiple personalities of Nationalist leaders. What they do care about is real Government plans to start charging people for public services to date funded from taxpayer money. Check out the article by Nationalist strategist Lawrence Zammit – published just a few days after the Euro parliament elections –
    “The debate that one needs to go into further is the extent to which “public goods” should be funded totally out of taxpayers’ funds. In other words, although there will always be some services that would remain in the domain of the public sector, should such services be paid for (partially or totally) by the direct users or should they be funded indirectly by the taxes that each and everyone of us pays?”
    The emperor is truly naked now.

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