Joseph Muscat is away in Italy on holiday but the Times still reports him as “speaking on the radio this morning”. Well, J’accuse has not given someone the Lorna Treatment for quite some time and why not give it a try with Full of Potential Joseph? From the article entitled “PL well prepared for an election“.
The Labour Party is focused on the country’s problems (really? Like JPO, Dalli and Mistragate? Are they the country’s problems?) and the electoral manifesto it was working upon (working upon? For a party that acts as though there should be an election tomorrow the least you would expect is a FINISHED manifesto) was not a wish list, Labour leader Joseph Muscat said this morning.
Speaking during a radio interview (recorded anyone? hello? Times of Malta?), Dr Muscat said the country needed a road map for economic growth (yes Joseph and that would include concrete measures) and the private sector had to be allowed to work to create this (and a square has four sides and the sun always rises in the East). It was only in this way that deficit could be reduced in a sustainable way.
The Labour leader referred to the current political situation and said there had not been as much consensus as now on a political matter for a long time (ok this one is as enigmatic as whether a Labour manifesto really exists).
Everyone realised that it was time for the Prime Minister to call an election but Lawrence Gonzi wanted to keep the country hostage for a bit more (hostage? This gets at me big time. What exactly is being kept hostage?).
The PL had been very careful and it was not calling for a general election itself (snigger, snigger, snigger, another vote of confidence perhaps?) but all civil society and the media, irrespective of whether they supported Labour or PN, were doing so (no they aren’t – it’s Varist and Leo on Facebook who are spreading misinformation on the constitution or JPO asking the President to do things he isn’t obliged to do), because this was what common sense dictated (common sense dictates that there is no need for an election until the government loses a vote in parliament).
Dr Gonzi, however, wanted to remain at Castille for a bit more (yes, the electoral mandate) and the more he continued acting in this manner, the more beneficial it was for the Labour Party (at most they get more time to finish the electoral manifesto for an election they don’t want themselves).
Dr Muscat said that as a result of the Prime Minister’s behaviour, decisions which had to be taken were not being taken and the GonziPN clique was greatly damaging the Nationalist Party and genuine Nationalists (and he’s worried).
However, the ball was in the Prime Minister’s court and the decision that had to be taken is his responsibility (he’s taken it Joseph. You’re going to have to wait till there is a vote in parliament).
In spite of the fear campaigns being carried out at several places, including at SR Technics and at Air Malta, the PL, he said, was well prepared for an election (it’s not – it has a manifesto to finish), whenever this may come and the main issue now was what was happening in the country and the Prime Minister’s attitude (his attitude? Ah yes, the country. Remember that one Joseph? Beyond the cliques, the grudges and the splits – there IS a country to run).
Dr Muscat said he would have expected the Prime Minister to put the people’s mind at rest about what was happening in the health sector. The situation was disgraceful with medicine not being bought and tenders being given but orders not being made.
He said it seemed this was because there was a problem of a lack of funds. But if there was a sector where this should not be an issue, it was the health sector, which should be treated as a priority (Is this health bit an addendum, like when you get tired of taking notes in a lecture and suddenly your notes become unlinked and sporadic?).