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« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2014, 11:19:08 AM »

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152106710224194&set=o.377595985622234&type=2&theater

PBS gave us fair coverage on the 8pm News -
this is Prime Time and watched by most Maltese families.
Credit where it is due.


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« Reply #21 on: January 15, 2014, 11:28:10 AM »

http://www.orizzont.com.mt/FullArticle.php?ID1=%27Ahbarijiet%27&ID2=115406

“Gazzetta mhix il-Qorti ta’ Malta”

Lowell jgħid li xejn mhu jżommu milli jikkontesta għall-elezzjoni tal-Parlament Ewropew…

Il-kandidat għall-elezzjonijiet tal-Parlament Ewropew, Norman Lowell sostna li xejn mhu qed iżommu milli jitfa’ l-applikazzjoni tiegħu biex jikkontesta l-elezzjoni ġenerali.
Sostna dan hekk kif kien qiegħed jirreaġixxi għal artiklu ppubblikat fuq gazzetta ta’ nhar ta’ Ħadd fejn ingħad li Lowell ma jistax jikkontesta għall-elezzjonijiet tal-Parlament Ewropew ta’ Mejju, peress li l-liġi tipprojbixxi li xi ħadd li jkun qed iservi sentenza sospiża jipparteċipa f’xi elezzjoni.
Min-naħa tiegħu, Lowell qal li din hi interpretazzjoni tal-liġi kkwotata hi biss ta’ “avukat” li ma jissemmiex fl-artiklu. Sostna li d-deċiżjoni biex jitwaqqaf milli jikkontesta ma titteħidx minn dan l-avukat u qal li xejn mhu qed iwaqqfu milli jitfa’ l-applikazzjoni x-xahar id-dieħel.
Sostna wkoll li l-intenzjoni tal-artiklu kienet li ssirlu ħsara għar-reputazzjoni b’inter­pre­taz­zjonijiet u konklużjo­nij­iet prematuri. Qal ukoll li gazzetta mhijiex il-Qorti ta’ Malta u m’għandha ebda dritt li ġġib ruħha tali.
Barra minn hekk, Norman Lowell sostna li l-gazzetta kienet selettiva ħafna meta kkwotat il-liġi u inkludiet biss “li l-liġi tipprojbixxi lil min hu ddikjarat bħala inkapaċitat minħabba infermità mentali minn Qorti, jew inkella jkun instab ħati b’offiża li għandha x’taqsam mal-elezzjoni ta’ membri tal-Kamra tar-Rappreżentanti, membri ta’ Kunsilli Lokali jew inkella membri tal-Parlament Ewro­pew. Sostna li din il-parti kellha l-għan li tipprova twaqqa’ għaċ-ċajt lil Norman Lowell.


Another fair reportage by Orizzont.
We appreciate such fair reporting.
Onwards.


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« Reply #22 on: May 30, 2014, 01:14:41 AM »

http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2014-05-29/news/engerer-did-not-harm-labour-hundreds-to-face-court-action-over-smart-meter-scandal-pm-5241012227/

...On the votes obtained by Imperium Europa, Dr Muscat said Norman Lowell might be considered a racist but that does not mean that all who voted for him are racist as well. According to him this showed that migration is an issue and people wanted to get this message across.

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And of course, the People want to get their message across.
They have nowhere to turn to.
They are like sheep, without a shepherd.

The PM, Dr Joseph Muscat has been fair in our regard.
So unlike the vicious, spiteful PN, who want to blame their dismal failure onto us.
They want to deflect their grass root anger.

But We don't care - Noi tirreremo diritto!
We don't mind the flak, the Lies, the denigration, defamation that this bankrupt PN Party heaps on us.
Our only consideration is our Country, this Sacred Island, Melita and its People.


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« Reply #23 on: May 30, 2014, 01:38:00 AM »

http://www.newsbook.com.mt/artikli/2014/5/29/dawk-li-vvutaw-lil-lowell-mhux-bilfors-razzisti-pm.18533

Dawk li vvutaw lil Lowell mhux bilfors razzisti - Il-Prim Ministru


Il-Prim Ministru Joseph Muscat qal li min fl-elezzjoni ivvota lil Norman Lowell mhuwiex bilfors razzist imma kkonċernat b’fatturi oħra bħal ma huma l-immigrazzjoni u x-xogħol.

Waqt il-programm Dissett, Dr Muscat qal li jaqbel ma’ min isejjaħ lil Lowell bħala razzist, iżda ma jaqbilx ma’ dawk li ġġudikaw  bħala “razzisti” lill-persuni kollha li vvutaw lill-Imperium Europa.

Sostna li n-nies qed turi biċ-ċar li huma nkwetati dwar il-kwistjoni tal-immigrazzjoni u qal li anke l-Gvern hu mħasseb dwar dan.

Fl-elezzjoni tal-Parlament Ewropew ta' nhar is-Sibt li għadda l-partit Imperium Europa akkwista madwar 6,700 vot.

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We are not racists - we are Racialists.
We distinguish the differences amongst the races.
We want to safeguard our own - the White Race: that gave the world, everything.


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« Reply #24 on: May 30, 2014, 01:04:48 PM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibTOoYSpPrs&feature=youtu.be


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« Reply #25 on: June 01, 2014, 10:12:33 AM »

http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2014-06-01/letters/a-spotlight-on-imperium-europa-5273354240/

A spotlight on Imperium Europa

 Yesterday week, the Europeans sent out a strong message: they are not happy with this kind of EU.

This tallies with Imperium Europa’s anti-EU, pro-Europe message. What the Communist media calls the “far right” is not that far anymore. It finds itself occupying an increased portion in Brussels. The average turnout, circa 43%, shows that the Europeans do not really bother about the European Union. This average declines in every election and serves as an omen.

More positive news for the Real Right is that Schultz has failed to achieve his aims, hence Malta has lost a friend it didn’t need.

In Malta, Imperium Europa thought it could do even better, but the result is still fantastic. Labour won by a huge majority notwithstanding the fact that they are in government and that the turnout was low. The so-called “Nationalist” party emerged as the major loser in this election thanks to a significant number of votes that went to other parties they had ignored and refused to debate with throughout the campaign. Had the party been truly nationalist, there would have been no need for Imperium Europa to stand for election. The latter issued a manifesto that covered a number of issues but illegal immigration was the major concern since it affects everything.

Such concerns are shared by supporters of very successful movements such as UKIP and Front National. Now that the people have spoken, they cannot be ignored. This irritates local parties and some interested others who became increasingly preoccupied when Mr Lowell’s votes kept piling up. They were quick to point fingers and came up with libellous statements such as attributing to Mr Lowell certain statements he had never voiced. Among these was Prof. Cassola who felt insulted with the result despite enjoying much more media attention during the campaign. He specifically claimed that Mr Lowell’s votes should set off an alarm since the country has an increasing number of people believing in an ideology that wants to “hang people”. Well, perhaps it is the result itself that choked Prof. Cassola.

His party’s manifesto described how AD would reduce the jail term for illegal immigrants from 18 to six months. Furthermore, it specified that after the six-month period they will be given a work permit and Maltese citizenship on a silver platter. How can the Maltese, like their European counterparts, ever give credence to this party when Europeans are sending a loud and clear message on the phenomenon of uncontrolled mass immigration, particularly from countries whose economies are in a worse state than ours?

Imperium Europa’s success is also thanks to Mr Galea, Ms Baldacchino and a number of staunch supporters who did their best for the movement, not for themselves. The two candidates who contested with Mr Lowell didn’t get a high number of votes but they were instrumental in Mr Lowell’s success. They worked hard for the country and people and not for themselves, like other armchair politicians had done during the campaign. One can of course point a finger at Mr Lowell; he is used to it anyway. But how can the other candidates, the supporters and the voters also be included in these unfounded accusations of racism and xenophobia I ask? This utterly ridiculous stance by the media exposes them for what they are.

On Reporter, Saviour Balzan’s programme, Dr Beppe Fenech Adami stated “The vote is outrageous, considering that Lowell claims irregular migrants should be shot and persons with disability should be killed.”

How can a small movement like Imperium Europa file a libel against every angry lunatic in this country? Dr Toni Abela, present in the same programme, was hypocritical enough to applaud him. The same Dr Abela, way back when he was in Opposition, had met Mr Lowell several times. During one of their encounters, Dr Abela gave his opinion about a solution to illegal immigration. I invite Dr Abela to inform the general public about this solution!

The fact that Mr Lowell, in previous years, never bothered to open court cases against those who defamed him, doesn’t give the go ahead to others to claim an accusation as a fact. In this campaign, Imperium Europa was very clear about its stand against burden sharing and in favour of push-back and repatriation. One wonders why some feel that this is racist when such a solution is implemented by many countries like America, Australia and Israel, who are slightly bigger than Malta. Furthermore, our current Prime Minister had promised push-back during the general election campaign and attempted repatriation once he was elected.

It all started when the media accused Imperium Europa of coming up with a racist advert/spot on TVM since this pointed out the correlation that exists between immigrants and infectious diseases and crime. The spot treated everyday reality. In 2009, virologist Dr Barbara had stated that out of 100 people treated for HIV in Malta, half of them were immigrants. The previous health minister, Dr Farrugia, had also claimed that in 2011, 73% of the total TB cases occurred in migrants and that from 2002 to 2011, the TB rate in the migrant population increased significantly. These facts were not invented by Imperium Europa. Neither were the increasing number of violent fights and crimes committed by foreigners in Malta. St Julian’s mayor, Mr Bonello, has lately called for more CCTV cameras in Paceville after an 18-year-old man had his neck slashed by foreigners.

One would be wrong to conclude that all illegal immigrants are criminals and sick. However, one has every right to state that illegal immigrants coming from a continent that shares very different cultures, realities and education, have contributed to this rise in criminality and disease.

The prison statistics also show that the number of foreigners jailed in Malta is very high when considering the fact that they are a minority. Is it racist to note such facts? Is it not natural to be concerned about who they really are when the authorities, in most cases, have no means of acquiring their criminal records? Shouldn’t our community, the majority of whom is Roman Catholic, which recognises LGBT rights, women’s rights and so on, be cautious about how such unknown immigrants would affect it at a later stage when the numbers increase due to further immigration and high birth rates?

During short debates with the contesting candidates, I had the opportunity to talk about knowthefacts, a pamphlet issued by the European Union. This claims that in 2013, two per cent of the immigrants qualified for refugee status whereas 69% qualified for subsidiary protection. The candidates, from both parties, were very frank with me and admitted that illegal immigration is a problem. Yet they had separate beliefs with all of them agreeing that both those who qualify for refugee status and those who qualify for subsidiary protection, should not be sent back. The definition of subsidiary protection is this:

“The protection given to a third-country national or a stateless person who does not qualify as a refugee but in respect of whom substantial grounds have been shown for believing that the person concerned, if returned to his or her country of origin, or in the case of a stateless person, to his or her country of former habitual residence, would face a real risk of suffering serious harm as defined in Article 15 of 2004/83/EC, and to whom Article 17(1) and (2) of 2004/83/EC do not apply, and is unable, or, owing to such risk, unwilling to avail himself or herself of the protection of that country.”

One is free to google ‘subsidiary protection’ to see what the UNHCR decided they should enjoy, thanks to the taxpayer.

The Italian Prime Minister has revealed that 800,000 Africans are lined up in Libya and set to cross the Mediterranean this summer. Let me give you a rough and reasonable indication of what the burden sharing policy would bring ashore:

• Assuming only half that number cross over to Europe, the number goes down to 400,000.

• Assuming Malta will only be called to rescue one sixth of them – the number goes down to approximately 66,500

• Assuming two per cent and 69% qualify for refugee status and subsidiary protection respectively – the number goes down to 47,215.

Is Malta prepared to face this number in just one summer? Aren’t these “knowthefacts” worthy of public dissemination?

Imperium Europa (IE) is not prepared to accept such an influx but nor are we prepared to let them sink as accused. A push-back policy would send a strong message to those who are planning to cross illegally. Eventually, these illegal crossings will stop and Malta/Europe would not only be spared the burden but Africans would also be spared the attendant risk. IE is accused of focusing on Africans. This claim is partly true but it is true since statistics show that the vast waves of illegal immigrants come by boat and from Africa.

IE believes in diversity and doesn’t want this country to follow in the footsteps of others, where they failed. Multiculturalism, that concept which little by little phases out the diverse characteristic of the country that experiments with it, has utterly failed just like burden sharing. This is not IE’s invention either, but statements made by Merkel, Sarkozy and Cameron a few years back. Why is Malta allowing itself to drift in the same direction where mainland Europe has failed?

Will Peppi Azzopardi, the one who claims to “love the mix”, come to the rescue once we end up like Britain, France and Germany and hence with a Prime Minister who can do nothing except claim that “it failed”? Note that all three countries represented by the mentioned Prime Ministers saw a surge of euro-scepticism and right-wing support specifically due to immigration.

If the parties are genuinely interested in the future of our island home, they should stop complaining/rejoicing because of the EP2014 result and rid themselves of the prejudice against our movement. Only then would they be able to take note of our advice and act in the interest of this country and people. Dr Muscat’s “Taghna Lkoll” proved to be a gimmick during the campaign since his media failed to invite the other parties as per the BA’s directive. For this they were fined. Now that the electorate chose Labour once again, is it ready to include further waves of immigrants in the “Taghna Lkoll” community? Is the Opposition, which hardly exists, ready to go on promoting burden-sharing? Wouldn’t it be best to pay attention to what an increasing number of people, now forming part of another third party in Malta, are saying in the interest of us all?

 

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« Reply #26 on: June 01, 2014, 12:31:44 PM »

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140601/opinion/How-right-is-Norman-Lowell-.521394

 Sunday, June 1, 2014, 00:01 by
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How right is Norman Lowell?

The Friday before the European Parliament elections I placed a stakeless bet with some students in a course of mine on nationalism that Norman Lowell would get many thousands of votes.

Hand on heart, I can’t really say my bet was the result of precise assessment. Still, and probably with the benefit of hindsight, there are a couple of arguments that might explain Lowell’s strong performance. They may appear contradictory but then Imperium Europa is not the most vertebrate of creatures.

The first point is that much of what Lowell says may be extreme, but it is not fundamentally different in substance from what the rest of us think.

Take Imperium Europa’s campaign spot, which was censored because it said that African immigrants pose a health hazard. Sounds and is terrible, but in what way is it different from the ranks of government people whose job it is to receive migrants on shore, and who dress up for the occasion – in surgical gloves and masks?

I’m told by my friends who work with immigrants that the standard response they get when they tell people what they do is, “ara tieħu xi marda ta” (“be careful not to get a disease”). And so on.

Lowell is also fond of saying that African immigrants are, and will always be, scroungers who live off the hard work of the Maltese. The word he uses is “jissugaw”, which means to suck blood as leeches do. In other words, that dependency is an endemic condition of Africans.

I really think that his thought is very mainstream on this one. Well-meaning people routinely present us with an Africa in which people just lie about and die of hunger, unless we rescue them (strictly in situ, of course). Xarabank was busy peddling pictures of bloated children and lepers in Tanzania, the night before the European Parliament election. Good intentions? Probably, but we know the rest.

Whenever I talk to someone who has been to Africa, I get the same thing: that giraffes and zebras are lovable dears, and that “hemm il-faqar” (“there’s poverty wherever you look”). And, given that giraffes are not known for their philanthropy, it is only the Maltese who can save Africans. Little wonder then that Lowell’s line on leeches and such is so convincing.

Another gem in his cache is that Africans are primitive. Very, very unoriginal. It is, in fact, standard thought for most of us, usually disguised as the ubiquitous expression ‘għadhom lura’ (‘they’re backward’). Then again, how many of us have ever bothered to read anything about African art, or music, or political systems? Lowell, who fancies himself as an artist and aesthete, displays a supreme ignorance of all of these. Trouble is, he is hardly alone.

One final example: Lowell is always going on about how “unassimilable” Africans are and how misguided some people are to talk about integration. Yet again, he is in excellent company. Think of detention and open centres and gates and fences and the million other ways in which immigrants are sectioned and removed from general circulation. Are not these simply institutionalised variations on a theme?

My point is that Lowell is not that outlandish after all. His diatribes are grafted onto a stock of popular wisdom which is nourished and cultivated by respectable people who do not wear black and do not carry walking sticks. It is also one which is deep-rooted in historical suspicions and supremacisms of the most insidious kind. I suppose the general feeling is that his touch ain’t delicate, but it’s fair.

Which brings me to the second point. I don’t think that the bulk of those 7,000+ were protest votes. That’s just a narcissistic fantasy of the two parties, who seem to think that everything that happens is about them.

Nor do I think they were just about migration. Josie Muscat’s Azzjoni Nazzjonali was very anti-immigrant. It also stood a better chance of getting something done on migration than Lowell ever will, on account of the public standing and resources of its members. And yet it nosedived into oblivion. Imperium Europa’s own Arlette Baldacchino and Antoine Galea are not exactly pro-immigrant but they look set to follow suit.

The only way to understand the Lowell vote is to take into account, surprise surprise, Lowell himself. A couple of years ago, Mark Micallef (chief journalist with Times of Malta) and I did some scholarly research on the Maltese far right. It didn’t surprise us to find that Lowell was profoundly attractive to substantial chunks of the population.

What did rather take us aback was the fact that a good many of his followers (of both the closeted and out types) thought Imperium Europa was a bizarre pipe dream. They had no time for the colonies on Mars, the genetic reconstruction of the ancient Athenians, or the relocation of Jews to New Caledonia.
It is well-known that far-right groups in Europe and elsewhere thrive on aesthetics and gut-felt emotions

And yet they found themselves attracted to the man himself. His manner of speaking, his self-proclaimed Bohemian lifestyle, his archaisms, his upturned collars and walking sticks, all struck a chord. The point is that there is a sense in which Lowell is a work of art that appeals to aesthetic sensibilities. More a Hieronymus Bosch than a Titian perhaps, but never mind.

One wouldn’t wish to over-simplify, but it appears that the market for the tinpot Bosch is particularly strong among disaffected (but not necessarily jobless or uneducated) youngish men with a penchant for uniforms, warlike symbols, heroic fantasies, and the like. I don’t think that accounts for the full 7,000, but it does explain some.

It is well-known that far-right groups in Europe and elsewhere thrive on aesthetics and gut-felt emotions. Only these emotions include not just hatred and anger and the usual suspects, but rather things like sensuality and pride. There is some good writing in this vein on the far-right RSS (National Volunteer Organisation) group in India, for example. It brings to mind Luchino Visconti’s film The Damned and its long sequences of merrymaking and joie de vivre among Nazi SA units.

All of which I take as good news. I earlier argued that there is a strong dose of Lowell in mainstream wisdom and political projects. That was the worrying bit. The relief is that Lowell’s charisma and magnetism will die with him. (I don’t necessarily mean actual physical death; in spite of everything, I don’t wish the man harm.) Far-right groups are almost always ships that pass in the night.

Which also means we would be ill-advised to ‘listen’ to those 7,000 votes by getting tough on migration or some such. The Prime Minister said on television last Thursday that the Lowell vote conveys a message that politicians ought to take seriously. If he meant we should tackle the Lowell in the mainstream, I agree. A different reading would turn us all into a vast Bosch canvas.


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« Reply #27 on: June 01, 2014, 12:41:42 PM »

http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2014-06-01/opinions/be-afraid-be-very-afraid-5273550848/
 - Sunday, 01 June 2014, 11:09 , by Alison Bezzina

Be afraid; be very afraid


A couple of weeks ago I wrote that I would be desperately saddened but not in the least surprised if the positive predictions for the right-wing candidates in the EP elections materialised.

I really wanted to be wrong on that one, but sadly I wasn’t. The predictions did materialise and not only in Malta but all over Europe. From France’s National Front, to Germany’s National Democratic Party to Greece’s Golden Dawn, an overwhelming and very worrying number of voters went out and voted for extreme right parties, as they did for our very own Imperium Europa.

Support for Norman Lowell and his so-called party has been on the increase ever since he first ran for the EP elections in 2004. Back then he received 1,603 votes. Four years later, in 2009, the figure was 3,559 and now, in last week’s elections, he has won a scary 7,335 votes.

About 4,000 of his votes were transferrable, which means that just under half of his total voters voted for him and him alone. The rest voted across parties with almost 1,000 of those who voted for this racist lunatic also voted for his antithesis: Arnold Cassola. Another 1,000 went to the Nationalist Party and 2,000 – the highest percentage of his transferable votes – went to the Labour Party.

It is totally mind-boggling and almost impossible for me to understand how the likes of Norman Lowell can garner even one single vote; how people cannot see that the man has severe psychological problems and how twisted he is. But here’s what jumps out at me when I look at these voting statistics:

 

1. People who voted for Lowell and also for Cassola must be on some heavy narcotics or living in their own bubble. Perhaps it’s not antibiotics that the Maltese have been popping all these years, but those little yellow happy pills.

2. People who voted for Lowell and also for one of the other main parties might have used their vote as a protest. Let it be known that using your vote to protest against anything is the most useless thing you can do with it – probably even more useless than not voting at all.

3. The most plausible explanation behind all these votes for Lowell, or rather the explanation I’d rather believe so as not to lose too much sleep, is that most of those who voted for Imperium Europa do not really know what the party actually stands for. I think it is safe to assume that apart from his “pushback” policy, very few of those who voted for Lowell actually know what he believes in. I bet that hardly anyone of them has read his books, so here’s a little sample for everyone’s delight:

 

• Mr Lowell believes that different races should never mix. He believes that every race should have its own space and that there should not be contamination of one race living close to another.

• As a result, he believes that those coming into our “white territory” should not be fed, helped or kept.

• And when it comes to immigrants reaching our shores, he would very simply push back all of them without regard to human rights and without filtering out genuine asylum-seekers.

• According to Lowell, behaving in any different way would kill our race, conveniently forgetting that we’ve been mixing races for ever and a day, actually making the human race stronger.

• Lowell is also of the opinion that babies born with disabilities should be humanely euthanised within an hour of their birth. Now that this man has garnered more than 7000 votes, I’ve never been happier to be working with Inspire, an organisation that works to bring out every individual’s best potential, no matter their disability.

• When asked for his opinion about the Citizenship scheme, Lowell said that he opposed the sale of Maltese passports not because he was against it in principle but because of something to do with an invasion of Jewish oligarchs.

• His selective criteria for “the perfect race” are based on genes, high culture and high politics enforced by what he calls “the elite”. This is essentially what is known as eugenics – the belief that the human race can and should be improved by discouraging people who have genetic defects, or undesired qualities (like the wrong colour eyes) from procreating, while encouraging those that are considered to have desirable traits (like white skin) to procreate more.

• This was essentially behind Hitler’s obsession and what led to the Holocaust.

• Although Lowell refuses to call himself a Nazi, he has publically called Adolf Hitler his hero and referred to the Holocaust as “a holy hoax”.

 

Some might be tempted to argue that the only way to fight this rise in far right support is by censoring these extremist views and not by highlighting them. But in previous years, Lowell hasn’t been given much media attention and in the last EP campaign almost every interviewer treated him as the loony that he is, and yet his popularity continued to rise.

I don’t believe in censorship. On the contrary, I believe that we need to allow people like Lowell to show their true colours. By giving them enough rope to hang themselves, people will see them for what they really are. Lowell knows this all too well and that’s why he keeps refusing invitations to be interviewed on Xarabank, but if we don’t get the man to expose himself and all his disgusting beliefs, what has happened in previous elections could very well happen again. By not exposing his ‘craziness’, we will have too many people thinking that he’s a rational human being who would simply take a strong stand against immigration.

When you promise people that you will deliver what they want – in this case a tough approach to irregular immigration – they don’t tend to ask how. It is therefore the responsibility of the media to bring Lowell’s ‘how’ to the surface, so that people can see for themselves.

And, in the meantime let’s also focus on teaching recent history. Let’s show what happened in the past when class-based inequality was rife, when elitism was the rule of the day and, above all, let’s not bury our heads in the sand and keep thinking that 7,000 votes are nothing to worry about, because when ideas are so extreme, they bloody well are.

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« Reply #28 on: June 02, 2014, 09:44:17 AM »

http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2014-06-02/news/no-ideological-connection-between-ie-and-ad-5273550854/

No ideological connection between IE and AD


 Alternattiva Demokratika lacked a slogan and a burst of energy in the last MEP elections, ex-AD Chairperson and sociologist Michael Briguglio told The Malta Independent on Sunday.

AD’s message was too safe and moderate, he argued. “They lacked a catchy slogan and energy. They should have placed themselves further to the left of the political spectrum, rather than settling in-between the two major parties. That being said, green parties across Europe face this problem. I’m not saying AD was wrong in their choice of political placement; however I believe that their moderate strategy didn’t quite work out.”

Dr Briguglio said that a void exists to the left of the spectrum and “AD tried to fill this void under my leadership.” He believes that AD should have opened its doors further to newcomers following the 2013 general election. “They should have pushed back their general meeting rather than having it so soon after their defeat. I understand why they held it then and there; it was a sign to the Maltese people that AD is still active and will continue to operate”.

“Instead of making quick decisions on party leadership and its role, the party should relax and allow time for new people to consider whether or not they are interested in joining the cause,” he added.

Asked whether or not the number of votes gained by small parties in this election was significant, Dr Briguglio declared that in order for a party to be considered as having gained a significant number of votes, it would either need to be elected to the European Parliament, or achieve a result similar to that AD had in the 2004 MEP elections, where they received nine per cent of the vote.

“A general election in Malta is, for some voters, a life or death situation. European elections are generally calm, as people do not have to decide between one party and another,” he said

 

Dr Briguglio believes that votes transferred from Imperium Europa (IE) to AD represent a protest vote, as there are no ideological ties between the two parties. Although both parties want to tackle immigration, AD through the revision of ‘Dublin 2 Regulation’ and IE through other means, Dr Briguglio said the PL and PN also want to tackle the issue. In reality, the European Parliament can only respond to proposals by the European Commission and thus has limited power when it comes to tackling migration, he said. “The real power lies with the Council of Ministers. The reason this issue has come to a standstill in Europe is because this Council cannot agree on a common solution.”

According to the Dublin Regulation, the country where asylum seekers land is responsible for dealing with their application, thereby putting excessive pressure on the southern EU states.

“This is not to say that small party supporters didn’t vote for small parties on ideological grounds. I believe that a number of small party voters voted according to their preference, be it green or far-right,” he explained.

 

Malta not ready for three-party parliament

Discussing voter trends and statistics, Dr Briguglio described the Maltese electorate as being  satisfied with a two-party parliament, even though Malta’s electoral system could support a third party in Parliament, he said. “This already works at local council level.” This is not to say that the Maltese public is close-minded, he explained, keeping in mind that Malta has just elected four female MEPs and passed the divorce referendum a few years ago. “Currently, they are happy with a two-party parliament. On the other hand, the possibility of sudden change exists and the election of a third party could really take place,” he added.

Dr Briguglio argued that although IE increased the number of votes acquired significantly, this still represents a small number of votes. “We’re speaking about 7,000 votes. Although this is worrying, in real terms, it’s still a relatively small number. It’s the same situation which is apparent in France, where the far-right got around 25 per cent of votes.” The sociologist emphasised that small parties, together, achieved around seven per cent of votes in the Maltese EU elections. “If it had been a single small party who received seven per cent then yes, it would represent the significant rise of a third party; however this seven per cent was divided between a number of them. This is a disappointing result for small parties on the whole, as in other EU countries small parties thrive in EU elections.”

Dr Briguglio mentioned the number of competent female candidates who took part in this European election but remains concerned about inequality. “Just because we have four female MEPs does not mean we have achieved gender equality. There are still a number of areas, such as at places of work, where inequality exists. In addition, inequality exists between different social classes here,” Dr Briguglio said. “No political party spoke about class equality issues at work and in education in this election, and I’m fairly disappointed about this.”

 

Labour solidify their lead

With regard to votes gained by female candidates, Dr Briguglio does not believe that this is an indication or voting trend which sees voters casting their ballots purely based on gender. “If this was the case, we’d see a lot more female candidates elected to Parliament. Any kind of decisive statement on this issue would be purely speculative.”

When asked if he feels a trend has emerged indicating which major political party supporters tend to use a protest vote, Dr Briguglio doesn’t believe one exists. “One important thing to mention, however, is the number of people who failed to turn up and vote in these elections. There are many reasons, but I would like to say that those who turned up would like to have their names on record as not having voted. Then again this is purely speculative.”

The principle conclusion revealed in these elections is Labour’s solidifying victory, keeping roughly the same lead over the PN since the general election in 2013, he said.

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http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2014-06-04/news/the-elusive-80000-5320704002/

The elusive 80,000

 Joseph Muscat said he was the underdog (sic -33,000 majority) but wanted to be the first party in government to obtain the largest number of votes in a European Parliament election; yet he hedged himself from the possibility of losing his party’s fourth seat – just about with a difference of around 200 votes. So we have an underdog, who confirms a massive majority and loses a fourth seat very narrowly. I’d like to know what a real underdog is. All this reminds me from of some insurance or similar advert on Sky television depicting a small pitiful dog, covered in bandages.

The truth is that Labour more or less retained the majority it obtained in 2013 and the Nationalists won a third seat by a whisker, as they won the 2008 general elections after all – so the signs of what was to come were already there then. Simon Busuttil took a great risk in stating that he was looking at a third seat, not at winning a majority of votes. What would his future have been had he not won that third seat? But he played his cards well, if only just about, and thus has procured a basis for his survival. Although I was disappointed to read his statement that he will not commissioning a report of the EP results. If ever there was a need for a truly independent and objective report it is after this election and not that in 2013. In the latter general elections the writing was clearly on the wall – had been since 2008. This time round many expected some sort of inroad. So why not investigate properly and seriously?

But the most interesting point in all this are the elusive 80,000 votes; those who did not collect their vote or did not vote. Also interesting, though ominous and worrying, are the number of votes obtained by Norman Lowell’s “Imperium Europa”, even surpassing Alternattiva Demokratika. I would dare state that the 80,000 consisting of the following: a sector which doesn’t vote anyway; switchers (from the PN, of course) who regretted voting for Labour in 2013 but were reluctant to return to the PN; Labourites who were disappointed with their party, either because they were excluded from “Malta Taghna Lkoll” or they disapproved of the mistakes and gaffes committed in year one; and Nationalists who were disappointed with the new leadership of the Nationalist Party, seeing that nothing had been achieved since March 2013. And by nothing being achieved I am referring to concrete, down to earth, “going back to your people” results.

Imperium Europa (Norman Lowell’s stick and all) is another matter altogether. I believe there were two factors in the overall creditable vote. Firstly, there are people, particularly in the south (where IE got the most votes) who are genuinely concerned and seriously worried about the influx of migrants – and not because they are racists. Secondly, Norman Lowell and Co. are a convenient conduit for Labour supporters to express a protest vote, such as, for example, those in Marsaxlokk and Birzebbuga who have to face a gas tanker, which they oppose. These people wanted to vote, but they would not vote Labour or Nationalist. Further, in a country which is basically sick and tired of politics and politicians , sick and tired of arrogance and sick and tired of impropriety, it is attractive to play at the Norman Lowell type of game, even if just for fun. But I must repeat and stress once again that the man is dangerous and all democratic political parties (including “L-Ajkla!) must beware and get together to form a common strategy to snuff out this sort of outfit; although one cannot but say that it has been a trend throughout Europe. So it is a transcontinental problem which must be tackled jointly by the European Union and particularly, its Parliament.

We had, I presume, 104,000 hunters marching down Republic Street on Monday, with trolleys of (we are told) petitions. They were met by the Parliamentary Secretary responsible for hunting (and trapping, of course), being also a hunter himself, I believe, and legal advisor (I stand to be corrected) to the Federation of Hunters, Trappers and Conservationists (sic). So how many conflicts of interest do we count? The Government should have sent someone else to receive this petition instead of ‘Mr Conflict of Interest’. Now, OK, the latter is going to place the petition on the Table of House of Representatives (trollies and all?). Such a petition does not carry the legal weight of the signatures collected for an abrogative referendum on spring hunting.

Who are the people who signed this petition? It will never be verified whether the 104,000 or so signatures and personal details are authentic. Have they been signed twice by the same persons; have they been falsified? The 40,000 signatures collected for an abrogative referendum will be checked one by one by the Electoral Commission. That is the difference. And in any case, a mere petition is certainly an expression of will but nothing more. We have had loads of petitions presented at Parliament’s doors and those of the Prime Minister over the years. Has anything become of them? Perhaps ‘Mr Conflict of Interest” will present a motion in the House, but God forbid, for the sake of democracy, that a mere petition is given prominence over or even overrides a constitutional right that is the abrogative referendum.

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