Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi seems to be losing all control of the political situation and cannot even exercise authority over the PN. He insists on hanging on till the bitter end and will try to have an election in 2013 and is trying to fend off the pressure of a growing number of ministers and top PN officials who want an election to be called late September/early October 2012.
Top officials have given the go-ahead for the PN's bill-boards to be rolled out and are organizing meetings for PN activists to help in the coming election as if an election is just round the corner.
Gonzi is in a minority in the PN top ranks that wants a 2013 election and is worried that since January the party has not managed to attract back the thousands of voters who so far have decided not to vote PN in the coming election. Gonzi is hoping that the current opinion polls they are carrying out since the resignation of MP Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando from the PN will show a surge of sympathy for him.
Those who want a September/October election are worried that so far the PN seems to be losing further ground rather than regaining it.
Pullicino Orlando’s decision to respect the wishes of his over 5,100 voters by following the electoral mandate of 2008 and yet resigning from the party because of Richard Cachia Caruana’s and Minister Austin Gatt’s way of doing politics seems to have struck a sympathetic chord with the electorate.
The PN strategy team is eagerly awaiting the results of the opinion poll the PN is conducting to see how the electorate has reacted to the latest development in the PN crisis when its parliamentary group has gone down from 35 to 34.