For every right there is a duty. For every duty there is a right. You choose and are responsible for both. Lawrence Gonzi knows this, but very often his choice of what is right and what is a duty, is wrong. To list all of GonziPN’s wrong-doings would be a mammoth task but some actions are more pronounced than others.
At the last elections, Dr. Gonzi did not have an absolute majority; he had a relative majority that constitutionally gave him a right to govern. His oath of office was that of allegiance to the country not to the PN. He now knows he no longer commands a majority in Parliament and he has a duty to ensure the true course of a democratic process. He does not.
During the Divorce debate, Dr. Gonzi had a right to express his opinion and he had a right to take the matter to a referendum. Once the referendum result was known, he no longer had a right to go against the people. The people had spoken and he had a duty, as Prime Minister, to respect the people’s vote and not vote against a majority vote. Yet he did not.
The Prime Minister has a right to appoint Ministers. Yet he has a duty to ensure that these Ministers administer their portfolios diligently and efficiently. He has a duty to ensure that these Ministers serve the country not the party. He has a duty to remove or replace Ministers who do not perform. Yet he does not.
Dr. Gonzi has a right to request a salary increase, even though the exorbitant increase given to himself and to his Ministers was way out of proportion. An increase of € 500 per week compared to a cost of living increase for the ordinary citizen of between one and two euro, should not have constituted a right. Whatever his salary, he had a duty to inform Parliament and the electorate of such increases. Yet he did not.
There are other issues where GonziPN has failed both by way of rights and duties. GonziPN had no right to mask a private whim to build a new Parliament with the excuse that this was the re-building of the opera house. He had no right to award multi-million euro contracts without a call for tenders. He had a duty to ensure that this did not happen. Yet he failed miserably in both.
GonziPN had no right to increase National Debt to record levels. He had a duty to prevent this from happening. Again, he failed on both counts.
He had no right to fool people by giving them a false sense of job security before the elections, only to send them termination letters shortly afterwards. He had a duty to these people but once again, he failed.