Yesterday’s Bondi+ was well timed as it probably signals the end of Franco Debono and the start of the election campaign. It seems highly likely that by week’s end we will have a dissolved parliament and the campaign by the main parties will be in full swing.
Franco let down his constituents, his party, his fellow Nationalist parliamentarians and ultimately himself. It was never about democracy and strengthening it with his proposals. It was all about Franco wanting to get one up on Joseph. There was little wrong with the content - it was context and method that were sorely lacking.
Most of us do not give two hoots about reforms within the judicial system. The vast majority of us are law abiding citizens that hope to never walk up the steps of the law courts. If the reforms resulted in a better system then bring them on. Are they earth shattering and top priority? I doubt it - and so do most of the rest of the country.
The PL couldn’t give a stuff about his proposals and the PN listened but failed to enact. Did it make a difference to Joe Borg down the street? Not unless he was charged with a criminal offence, No.
What matters to us is job creation, money in our pockets, a better quality of life and general peace and happiness. It is a simple formula that can be complicated by loads of rhetoric that our political class appear to indulge in ad nauseum. But when push comes to shove what matters is that next year we will be better off than this year, the following year better than the next and so on.
Herein lies the crux of the matter. What Franco has done is bring forward the date of the next election prematurely and given the advantage his lifelong foe Joseph Muscat. His own personal agenda has played second fiddle to his pronounced values and principles. He calls himself a Nationalist but in truth he is an egocentric narcissist.
In a few weeks time we may well watch Franco at pleased with himself for having pulled one over Joseph (in his own mind) as he watches and listens to the Labour party supporters celebrate. He will feel that he was instrumental in disposing of the PN Government and that perhaps Joseph could not have done it without his help.
If he was true to the party’s values, as he tells us he is, then he would have fought tooth and nail to keep Labour out because we all know what the result will be for our quality of life. It will be trying to keep impossible promises at the expense of getting the fundamentals right - and creating a right old mess in the process.
Been there and done that!
Thank you Franco.