At the same time that Lawrence Gonzi succeeded Eddie Fenech Adami as Prime Minister there was a lot of talk that this move – eight years ago - was heralding new times for our country: “This is indeed the dawn of a new spring.” The commitment was taken to “… change all that we have allowed to deteriorate, stagnate or to go wrong through lethargy, carelessness or lack of thought.”
The first government led by Prime Minister Gonzi had described its programme as “intended to benefit all people without exception; not only in the sense that it rejects and steers clear of political division and partisan differences, but also that it promotes an ever more inclusive society.”
Gonzi’s Government defined its “cherished goal: the ideal of true democracy, where equality of all citizens means that none fall by the wayside in the march towards progress; indeed the ideal of truly Christian, brotherly democracy, where all actively participate in the life of the country and play their part in solidarity with everyone else.”
When Gonzi became Prime Minister many were hopeful that the country was going to turn over a new leaf and stop being run like a one-party state with the winner taking all, occupying all decision making centres with its cronies to ensure total party control.
More than eight years have passed since Gonzi became leader of the PN. What he promised to the whole country: brotherly democracy and inclusion has not even been delivered to the party he leads let alone to the country at large. He has continued to run the country with the “winner-take-all-more-of-the-same” mindset and with the politics of cronyism that makes a travesty of all the nice rhetoric about making “our country and society more inclusive.”