Michael Briguglio is a dad, sociologist, activist, green local councillor and rock drummer from Malta

Monday, May 02, 2016

Michael Briguglio intervistat minn John Bundy

"Il-PM ttratta lin-nies bħallikieku ma jaħsbux"
Beppe Galea  - 
L-eks-Ċermen ta' Alternattiva Demokratika Michael Briguglio qal li jiddispjaċih li l-Prim Ministru qed jittratta lin-nies bħallikieku ma jaħsbux.
Fil-programm Ma’ Bundy fuq RTK Dr Michael Briguglio qal li bir-reshuffle li għamel il-Ħamis li għadda, il-Prim Ministru qed jagħti l-impressjoni li kulħadd jista’ jagħmel li jrid u ma jiġri xejn.
Qal li d-deċiżjoni tal-Prim Ministru li jżomm lill-Ministru Konrad Mizzi u jżommu f’Kastilja fejn qal li “aktarx se jkollu aktar saħħa”.
Filwaqt li rrikonoxxa li ekonomikament pajjiżna sejjer tajjeb il-PM qed jagħti l-impressjoni li kulħadd jista’ jagħmel li jrid u ma jiġri xejn sostna li “pajjiżna jistħoqlu ħafna aħjar.”
Fil-programm, Briguglio tkellem ukoll dwar in-netwerk tas-soċjetà ċivili li nhar is-Sibt se jorganizza protesta fil-Belt.
“Meta tiftaħ kontijiet fil-Panama jibdew jixegħlu l-bozoz il-ħomor”
Il-membri tan-netwerk tas-soċjetà ċivili qed jitolbu r-riżenja tal-Ministru Konrad Mizzi u taċ-Chief of Staff tal-PM Keith Schembri għaliex huma esposti fil-każ tal-Panama Papers.
Għal diversi drabi Dr Briguglio qabbel is-sitwazzjoni ta’ dawn il-politiċi Maltin ma’ politiċi minn pajjiżi oħrajn fosthom il-Prim Ministru tal-Iżlanda u l-Ministru Spanjol li t-tnejn kellhom jirreżenjaw.
Fakkar kif fil-każ ta’ Swiss Leaks, il-Prim Ministru qal li dawn l-affarijiet huma “inaċċettabbli u li kieku l-Prim Ministru mexa bl-istess riga kien ikeċċi lill-Ministru Mizzi”, tenna Briguglio.
"Il-ħidma ta' Konrad Mizzi mmtappna b'nuqqas ta' trasparenza"
Mistoqsi dwar il-ħidma tal-Ministru Konrad Mizzi, Michael Briguglio qal li sa issa, il-wiegħda tal-power station ma twettqitx u hi mtappna b’nuqqas kbir ta’ trasparenza minħabba li l-kuntratti għadhom ma ġewx ippubblikati. Sostna li t-tnaqqis fil-kontijiet tad-dawl u l-ilma seta’ ġie anke minħabba l-prezzijiet irħas tal-enerġija mill-interconnector.
Qal li ma jaqbilx mal-mozzjoni ta’ sfiduċja fil-Gvern li ressqet l-Oppożizzjoni għax qal li permezz ta’ din il-mozzjoni saħħet il-Gvern għax hemm Ministri li qed jaħdmu sewwa.
"In-netwerk tas-soċjetà ċivili m'għandux irbit politiku"
Fisser li n-netwerk huwa ffurmat minn nies li ġejjin minn partiti politiċi differenti u li jemmnu li Malta jixirqilha governanza tajba.
Qal li f’Malta reġa’ hawn il-biża’ u bħala bniedem liberu li jitkellem kif irid iħossu fid-dmir li jirrappreżenta lil ħaddieħor li mhux daqshekk liberu li jitkellem.
Temm jgħid li "fis-soċjetà ċivili inħasset il-ħtieġa li jkun hemm vuċi ħielsa li tirrappreżenta lil Maltin u mhix estensjoni tal-ebda partit."





Should the Church shut up?

Picture taken from socialeurope.eu 
Times of Malta 2nd May 2016 
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20160502/opinion/Should-the-Church-shut-up.610722
Should Malta’s Catholic Church shut up on social issues? My answer is no. Before substantiating my opinion, I need to position myself on this matter. I am speaking as a sociologist, and there is no such thing as a sociologist without a standpoint. My political ideology is Green, situated somewhere within the spectrum of the liberal left.
I also believe that rights should be matched with responsibilities, and I agree with pragmatic democratic politics of deliberation, dialogue and compromise. I therefore distance myself from all-or-nothing absolutism and fundamentalisms of all stripes, shapes and colours.
I am not a religious person but I dislike anti-clericalism and I value the contribution of the Church in society. And if the Church is a protagonist in social life, it should have the right to put forward its views in the public sphere.
Indeed, I find it very strange that some free-speech-ultras (who paradoxically, have little to say about responsibilities) have a problem whenever the Church voices its opinion.
This has nothing to do with whether one agrees or disagrees with what the Vatican says. It has to do with the importance of mutual respect, a fundamental premise of liberal democracy.
On a global level, Pope Francis is not shying away from speaking about social issues. For example, he is doing this on war, inequality, migration and the environment. His moral authority had a huge impact on the COP21 agreement on climate change. And his charisma, humility and down-to-earth approach is helping him drive his message home.
Even when one disagrees with some of his positions, his style is very much within the remit of dialogue among friends, and not of imposition.
Zygmunt Bauman, one of the most influential sociologists in the world, said that Pope Francis is giving the “entire humanity a chance”, when he speaks up for the “outcasts of our globalised world”. In Bauman’s words: “Francis speaks to the spirituality of our times: followers of the ‘personal God’ are not particularly interested in the moral prescriptions given by representatives of religious institutions but want to find a meaning to their fragmented individual existences.”
The Church has a lot to contribute in the quest to match rights with responsibilities
Coming from a celebrated sociologist who believes that we are living in a ‘liquid’ world of precariousness, uncertainty and anxiety, and where we increasingly build our individualised identity kits through consumerism, these are very strong words.
How can this be applied to the Maltese context, where the Church seems to be losing its legitimacy and relevance especially among the younger generation?
To a certain extent, Malta’s Church was a co-author of its loss of influence when it frequently used authoritarian discourse that made people feel ‘bad’ for their choices and experiences in an increasingly complex life that cannot simply be designed through an all-embracing narrative.
Concurrently, the rise of an increasingly individualised society – with all its opportunities and risks – made the Catholic Church less attractive to many people, including practising Catholics, agnostics and non-believers.
Yet the same Maltese society of economic growth, progressive liberal rights and consumerism is also the same society where ‘morality’ has risen from the dead to gain currency in public discourse. Surveys are showing people’s concern with corruption and bad governance. In a society of increased rights, a vacuum has been created for the need to speak about responsibilities.
In this context, I strongly believe that the Church has a responsibility to speak up on issues ranging from environmental destruction, commodification of everything and fairness.
By this I do not mean that the Church should have a monopoly over morality. Responsibility, solidarity and respect are values are shared by different social actors. And diversity can exist within a framework of the common good.
What I mean is that having the Church remaining silent on the Panama Papers, the suffering of migrants and the destruction of the environment would be an abdication of responsibility especially when the social is at risk of increased erosion.
In sum, I believe that the Church has a lot to contribute in the quest to match rights with responsibilities. Together with other social and political forces, it can help enrich Malta’s democracy provided that it does not succumb to authoritarian antics, and provided that its opponents do not expect it to shut up.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Civil Society protest - 7 May #Malta #PanamaPapers #Resign



Civil Society Protest to proceed

The civil society network is proceeding with its call for a national protest for the immediate resignation of Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri from their posts of Minister and Prime Minister's Chief of Staff in view of the Panama Papers controversy and Panamagate. 

"The Prime Minister's farcical reshuffle in the past days was an insult to the intelligence of all Maltese people who believe in good governance. Given Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri's involvement in Panamapapers, the least they can do is resign. This is what other politicians and other politically exposed persons in other democracies did when their names were revealed in the scandal".

The protest will be held in the square in front of parliament on Saturday 7 May, 10am. There will be no speeches. The protest will be peaceful and non-partisan. Individuals and organisations are welcome to attend the protest with their own banners. 

Civil Society Network said "We are simply demanding what is normal and obvious in a democratic society: politicians and politically exposed persons should not be associated with tax havens and dubious financial dealings, as this can result in conflict of interest".

A Facebook event page has been set up for this purpose: https://www.facebook.com/events/482439101953987/

Signed:

Michael Briguglio, Monique Agius, Karl Camilleri, James Debono, Reuben Zammit, Martin Galea Degiovanni,  Julian Delia

30 April 2016