You can lead a horse to water, you cannot make it drink. The Nationalist party secretary, Paul Borg Olivier is a prime example of this idiom. His GonziPN has been shown the way forward, it has been offered help to amend the error of its ways but still it persists in burying its head in the sand and plod along for as long as possible, even if this is at the expense of democracy.
Paul Borg Olivier has sent another e-mail with a clip that belies his own message. But then again, what can one expect from the PN secretary? He has a habit of sending e-mails blindly and in this latest message, the content both by way of video and text, proves even further the message of the billboards of the Labour Party, that Gonzi and his party have their eyes completely closed.
The clip shows Joseph Muscat speaking during a political activity on two occasions. The same clip belies the same message it is meant to portray, since he is shown delivering a moving speech. Yet the PN people say that the Labour Leader keeps his mouth shut.
The commentary is even worse. It touches on the topics that people have criticised GonziPN about. The message that Paul Borg Olivier is promoting is the ultimate 'pot calling the kettle black'. The first mention is about political priorities, possibly referring to the recent scandals in parliamentary democracy which have bordered on dictatorship and to which the Speaker implied that current rules seem to favour the government side and that 'Standing Orders' need to be updated.
Secondly, the clip mentions jobs and job creation. Obviously the PN secretary had the new Smart City employees in mind as well as the job security offered to Drydocks, AirMalta, SeaMalta, Transport Malta employees as well as the many other employees whose job was terminate after the Prime Minister personally assured them of their respective jobs. Some of Gonzi's assurances were even made in writing but that was before the last election.
After the PN's win with the slimmest of majorities, this promise was withdrawn.
The Nationalist Party clip also deals with Health issues and implies that a Labour government would not act in the same way. Of course not. Especially if the PN message was referring to the waiting lists at Mater Dei, to the introduction of Primary Health Care which never materialised and to the way that the government tries to mask its inefficiency in the Health sector by taking over a disused hospital belonging to one of its' former Council presidents.
Lastly the video clip dwells on education. It tries to paint a negative image with the Labour party in government. Probably, the producers were thinking of the Euro millions in budget cuts announced by the government half way through the financial year or to the number of drop-outs. Alternatively they were banking on the high illiteracy that this government has never addressed.
The Labour party has already clarified its position on the points mentioned in the PN video clip. It has said that it will address parliamentary procedure; it has outlined its position on meaningful employment, on the guarantee that youths will have a future on reaching the age of 16, be it in furthering their studies, in training or in employment. The PL has confirmed that the stipends system will be strengthened and that it will tackle illiteracy because education is the base for overall improvement.
Paul Borg Olivier and his other PN strategists should stop wasting people's time. They should devote the remaining time of this legislature to rectify the wrongdoings of GonziPN. Finally, they should conduct an honest and loyal run-up to the election and not one based on slander and smear campaigns.