As from today I am representing the Partit Nazzjonalista in Sliema Local Council. This follows after an official request which I sent to PN General Secretary Rosette Thake last week.
I formally joined the PN as a member last May, after resigning from Alternattiva Demokratika. I was elected in Sliema Local Council in 2003, 2006, 2012 and 2013.
I will keep being active for good governance, the environment and social justice.
News report available here.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Monday, September 18, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
Diskors ta' ringrazzjament lil Simon Busuttil
Konvenzjoni PN 15 ta' Settembru 2017
Simon kien strumentali biex nappogga d-dhul ta’ Malta fl-UE.
Fil-kampanja biex nidhlu fl-UE, Simon kien il-vuci tar-raguni.
Haddiehor ma kellux fiducja fil-Maltin.
Ghall-kuntrarju, Simon kellu argumenti razzjonali, ragunati li jappellaw ghall-emozzjoni.
Ejjew nimmaginaw x’kien jigri li kieku ma dhalniex fl-UE.
Minflok, pajjizna gheleb il-krizi ekonomika, anke ghax grazzi ghal Laurence Gonzi, pajjizna issieheb fil-Euro.
Simon kien strumentali biex nissieheb fil-PN.
Dan sar permezz ta’ vjagg politiku li wassalni hawnhekk.
Meta jien kont immexxi l-AD, Simon u jien iltqajna f’dibattiti fuq it-TV, u dejjem irrispettajna lil xulxin.
Kellna simpatija lejn xulxin u qisu qbilna li dnub li m’ahniex fl-istess partit.
Eventwalment Simon, bl-ikbar sens ta’ servizz u sagrificcju, dahal ghall-kariga ta’ mexxej Nazzjonalista.
Fl-iktar mument difficli.
Halla r-rwol prestigjuz li kellu fil-Parlament Ewropew.
Simon huwa politiku ta’ karattru.
Wara li sar mexxej tal-PN, u wara li jien irrizenjajt minn mexxej tal-AD, Simon stedinni nindirizza l-ewwel konvenzjoni li saret taht it-tmexxija tieghu.
Iltqajna kemm-il darba, u bl-istil gentili u kalm tieghu, ipperswadini biex nidhol fil-familja Nazzjonalista.
Meta faqqghu l-iskandli relatati mal-Panama Papers, ma stajtx naghmel mod iehor.
Kelli niehu pozizzjoni.
Dan ghamiltu mis-socjetà civili.
Izda eventwalment ghamilt ghazla hielsa li naghti daqqa t’id lill-Partit Nazzjonalista.
Simon steddinni biex nindirizza l-protesta nazzjonali fit-23 ta’ April li ghadda. Ghamilt dan mill-qalb.
Hbieb, jien ma dhaltx fil-PN ghax ridt xi haga, izda ghax ridt nikkontribwixxi.
U Simon ippersonifika dak li nemmen :
li nghix f’pajjiz normali, pajjiz Ewropew, pajjiz bil-governanza tajba, pajjiz gust. Pajjiz fejn il-politici huma nies normali, u mhux allat ’il fuq mil-ligi.
Simon huwa l-politiku Ewropew.
Ejjew naghmlu hilitina biex nimxu mal-ezempju tieghu.
Ejew naghmlu hilitina biex pajjizna jkollu oppozizzjoni b’sahhitha.
Ghax hekk tirrikjedi d-demokrazija.
Jien ser inkun fuq quddiem biex nimxi fuq l-ezempju tieghek.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Saturday, September 09, 2017
By a Volunteer, PN 2017 Electoral Campaign
Dear Adrian and Chris,
I've been involved in other election campaigns in the past, however the 2017 election was different. This time I was there for a cause. It was not just about electing a party into government, it was about being on the right side of things.
My involvement started off as a minor contribution but as the events unfolded, what should have been a marketing think tank, ended up becoming the unofficial campaign group. Some of us had never been involved in the party before. Others had been there ever since. What kept us going was a strong belief that this time things had to change.
By the end of it, we were leaving our base in the early morning hours and waking up again there. Some of us were clearly deprived of sleep. But it did not matter. The cause was much bigger. Every day we came across people who switched back. Some of these we never thought would ever do so, let alone help out and endorse PN publicly.
This really encouraged us to work harder. We turned ideas round at a speed we never imagined possible. We produced videos at a fraction of the normal production times. We were not alone in this. Our families had to be patient enough to go through it with us.
In hindsight it still remains a meaningful experience. Through it I learnt a lot.
I learnt that passion is key! The more people joined the volunteer team, the more I realized that what was common between us was the passion to prove to the world that Malta can do better and that our leaders should not be anywhere close to the allegations of corruption we have read about. (You could be legalistic about proof, or the lack of it, however I believe that it is simply lowering the standard of what an inspiring leader should be).
As a team we shared an aspiration to deliver a campaign like never before. We aimed to restore PN's reputation, as one which is closer to the people, and one which can continue shaping the lives of people as it has done in the past. We put in a lot of effort to do things in a different way...and we did.
Behind us was the difficult experience the party had gone through in 2013. That defeat humbled the members of the party. Contrary to what some think, the party was very realistic on the prospects of it winning. We opted to not lose hope in context of an expected defeat. We banked on the supposedly undecided voter. If Simon Busuttil was courageous enough to leave his comfortable job as an MEP and do the crazy thing of trying to rebuild a party from the ground up, it would have been insulting to give up now.
And in truth, why should we give up now? Why should you ever give up? The numbers do not do justice to the hard work that went into putting the party back on its feet. The outcome was surely not the result we worked hard for but that does not mean we were not on the right side of things.
The day after the 3rd of June we still believed we had started something meaningful, beautiful amidst the noise. We hoped that a lot of good will come out of this and that it definitely won't stop there.
Hindsight offers a very comfortable view of what could have been done better, and rightly so. Many don't know that a week after the election result was announced, a group of volunteers started meeting regularly to prepare a list of learnings for the new administration to build on. I would say that 80% of the issues we listed came as no surprise and a set of weaknesses which probably even PL is aware of.
Fast forward a few months later. What happened to what we started and what will you do with it if trusted to lead this party? A big chunk of us were there for the cause of what is right. Do we dismiss that a few weeks down the line simply because the vote did not come our way? What would have happened to Malta's accession in the European Union had our leaders moved away from this vision after the 1996 result?
Could it be that PN has still to learn how to be in opposition before it can get back to government. It is like changing jobs after years of working at the same company. Suddenly you have to learn new ways of doing things and you are not in your comfort zone anymore.
To add to the complexity of the situation, in this case you did not change your job out of choice, you were made redundant and there is the hurt of tackling that as well. What do you do then? Do you dismiss the sense of purpose that made you get out of bed everyday. Wouldn't that make you like the average guy in the company and lessen your chances of making a notable difference? More importantly wouldn't that kill who you really are and bring to a halt what you started with such passion and conviction?
In the past weeks the momentum that the party had gained post election has been replaced by the hype around the leadership race. Some of the volunteers that campaigned together pre-election are now campaigning for you in one team or the other.
This is not a sign of disunity and it highlights an important moment for the PN and for Malta. The new mindset and enthusiasm that either of you will bring along, will shape the party for the years to come. As in the case of the EU vision, it will shape what Malta will be like.
I just hope that when the party regains the momentum (as hard as it will be), and if you ever ask me to help out again, I would have no difficulty in juggling work and family time for a meaningful cause, meaningful enough as what we started.
Thursday, September 07, 2017
Monday, September 04, 2017
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
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Monday, August 07, 2017
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
A few days ago I was interviewed by Kevin Schembri Orland, The Malta Independent, about the Planning Authority, development and the property market. You can check it out here.