Part 3 – GroundHog Day
A few hours after the PN announced its list of candidates the controversial Wayne Hewitt was updating his facebook status. Apparently he will not be voting PN in the next election:
for the first time in my life, I will not be voting in the next general elections. Between a party embezzled by a handful of religious extremists, a socialist party and a small communist party disguised in green, I choose none. Will be waiting of the real Nationalist Party to arise to its former glory. A party that puts democracy before religion.
Yep. Now while I’m quite prepared to read the status and give Mr Hewitt the benefit of the doubt I quite suspect that the reason for his sudden switch in “loyalty” goes far beyond the “religio et patria” nonsense. I suspect that Mr Hewitt was hoping to be see his name on the new list of approved PN candidates and that the absence of aforesaid name from the list is very much the reason for his sudden angry facebooking.
Which might mean that there IS some kind of streaming after all and that not ANYTHING goes. Having said that I cannot say that this streaming is working 100%. Sure I am very very glad to see the likes of Mark Anthony Sammut on that list. If he were in my district I’d have no trouble at all putting a number one next to his name. Some seem to think that “charming” Albert Fenech is a brilliant addition because he’ll bring in the lady vote – I’m not quite sure that vote-grabbing for looks is quite what is needed here.
But let me come to my pet hate. Emmanuel “Arriva” Delia is on the list too. Now those who know me will not need me declaring my political bias against Mr Delia ever since I inherited a student council that was on its financial knees thanks to his ruthless “management”. In any case I think that his arrogant displays when not representing student interests are the least of worries.
The fiasco of the introduction of the new transport system has been well documented and notwithstanding his months of underground inactivity (currently being spun as having been the result of a counter-measure to Franco Debono’s touchiness) Arriva is still the first name to come to mind (right before Austin Gatt’s) whenever mention of the stout man from St Julian’s is made.
Here’s a little itsy bitsy integrity test I urget the PN folk to run.
1. Log on to Emmanuel Delia’s site : www.delia.pn.
2. Scroll to the very very bottom. (don’t bother with the videos, he has removed the ones featuring endorsements by Lou “tax-Xirka” Bondi). You will find a little tag: Developed by 2iLtd.
3. Click on that tag and when that new page opens click on Europe and the Middle East.
4. The next page is the site for 2i in Europe (www.2ime.com) . Have a look at what these gentlemen specialise in by clicking on the PRODUCTS tab at the top. Yep, feel free to click on “BUS SCHEDULING SOFTWARE”. That’s one of the things these people tender for.
So you see. Three clicks away (one if it weren’t for the fact that 2i have a world/europe site) from a candidate’s website is a company that tenders regularly for government IT work and specialises in Bus Scheduling Software – funny Bus Scheduling and Delia right?
Cool isn’t it? Now Delia will obviously tell us that he (tee-hee) “paid” for this website set-up and that he (guffaw) can provide “receipts”. And what if he can? The point is that of all the website building companies on the face of the planet Emmanuel Delia “chose” a company that tenders regularly for government work and “sopra corna e bastonate“ one that is involved in the kind of work that he was responsible for within the bulldozing ministry. Not that he delivered anything in that field mind you.
So yes. This is a little nothing. A teeny weeny example of inconsistencies that are borne out of arrogant disregard of what is correct and what is ethical. Delia’s site has been up and running for quite some time now (long before the PN declared him to be a kosher candidate).
Not a good start for poor old Delia isn’t it?