Election Watch: Sometimes, it’s better to just shut up and say nothing…

As those of you who follow this blog regularly know, since I’ve introduced a political slant to this blog I have never picked a side in the current political debate. The reason for this is that my main interest in this is, to put it mildly, to take the piss out of all the incredible things that politicians manage to spout while wearing the most serious face. Of course I have my voting preferences – doesn’t everyone? – but I’m not anchored to them or particularly enamoured with those I vote for. For me it’s just a question of choosing the lesser of two evils.

So far, I’ve had a couple of digs at the boys in blue and done the same for those in red but, apart from a couple of comments, none of my posts have been overly critical of Franco Debono. I thought it a tad ungracious to criticise a former course mate when he’s already getting nailed from all directions.

But man oh man, I can’t not comment about the latest FD Public Announcement (which are becoming tediously predictable, by the way). The guy really can’t  cope with being out of the media for a few seconds, can he? He couldn’t even bear to allow Zammit Dimech’s comments from yesterday’s BondiPlus be forgotten – after all, there were no earth-shattering announcements it’s the same as we’ve been hearing for these past weeks.

So why, in the name of all that’s logical, did he feel obliged to rebut  Zammit Dimech’s comments, point by point? Yes, of course FD has a right to reply, to rebut and all that like everyone else. But sometimes it’s better to keep your mouth shut if you have no new or compelling argument to make. Otherwise people will just think you’re a media whore. These are some of his arguments that made me snigger instead of sympathising with him:

“Most probably, I was the government MP who had travelled least on parliamentary business. Possibly, Dr Zammit Dimech had been abroad on parliamentary business for many more times.”

This was in response to Zammit Dimech’s noting that the MP had been given ample opportunities to flourish, including twice being included on delegations led by the prime minister on abroad. The give-away here, is the second sentence: Possibly, Dr Zammit Dimech had been abroad on parliamentary business for many more times.    I might be totally off mark, of course, but to me this smacks of “u lili le, allura?”

Here’s a news flash: Someone who had numerous ministerial portfolios will obviously have been included on more delegations. Some cabinet members are higher than others in the food chain. Grow up and deal with it. If you can’t, maybe the political arena isn’t for you.

“People who had failed to get elected, such as Louis Galea and Helen D’Amato, were given important posts, while those who were actually elected – Ninu Zammit and myself, were not.”

News flash number 2: Where certain posts are concerned, the fact that X got more votes than Y doesn’t automatically mean that X is better for the job than Y. Without going into the merits of whether Louis Galea and Helen D’Amato were indeed the best people for the respective jobs, Franco Debono does not need the likes of me to point out that getting more votes than Helen d’Amato does not make him a better Children’s Commissioner.

“Confirming my  support for the prime minister at 10AM and then withdrawing said support a couple of hours later, right after learning that I haven’t made the grade for minister, does not mean that I was pissed off at being left out in the cold.”

Franco, seriously, the least you mention this, the better. You will never sell it to anyone with an IQ of more than one digit that your motives were purely altruistic. If you have no convincing rebuttal to make, sometimes it is better not to make one instead of attracting more attention to all the holes in the argument.

Note to Dr Francis Zammit: fix the slug on your website. It’s dħul, not dħull.

Note number 2: that suggestion that Franco should consult the MPs whose votes he inherited? Where on earth did you dig that one up?



  1. Francis Zammit Dimech says:

    Dear Ramona,
    First and foremost thank you for your comments. A couple of points from my end: Thanks for pointing out the spelling mistake in ‘Dhull’ – I shall see to the required correction. As regards consulting MPs from whom one would have inherited votes, the ‘suggestion’ if it it can be called that is limited to a situation where an MP thinks that he can vote in such a way as to bring down a Government when voters offered that Government a five year mandate. It’s basically telling the MP – you cannot treat your own voters like that and in any case remember that some of thsoe voters had made another candidate preference beforen the vote was inherited. But I accept that I might have overlaboured the point and did not make it clear that I was limiting my argument to this situation. Francis


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