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« on: March 18, 2016, 05:39:03 PM »

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20160317/local/new-force-in-politics-ready-for-the-next-election-marlene-farrugia.605923


Thursday, March 17, 2016, 07:09 by Ivan Martin

‘New force in politics ready for the next election’ - Marlene Farrugia

A “new force” could evolve into a fully-fledged political party in time for the next general election as public interest in an “alternative” is growing, according independent MP Marlene Farrugia.
“These are very exciting times. I am meeting many, many people who are interested in going for something new and this is the time to discuss it,” Dr Farrugia said.
She was contacted following a post uploaded on her Facebook account, urging all those who felt they could “contribute” to join in discussing a way forward.
The prospect of a new political organisation has been the subject of national debate in recent weeks after Dr Farrugia penned a very telling opinion piece last month about “a political phoenix rising out of the ashes of the PN and the Labour Movement”.
These are very exciting times
She had previously declined to commit on what shape this ‘phoenix’ would take and if this would be a fully-fledged party or simply a lobby group.

However, Dr Farrugia yesterday said she had already set up a “core group” of about 15 people, ranging from academics to journalists and members of civil society.

These would be meeting in the coming days to chart the way forward.
Dr Farrugia said that much of civil society felt disillusioned by the Labour government, which seemed to be ensnared in a web of corruption. Likewise, many had little confidence in the Nationalist Party’s ability to rehabilitate in time for the next election.
This, Dr Farrugia said, could present an opportunity for her group to help either the PL or the PN to get their act together, in a sort of good governance ‘task force’.
Alternatively, it could lead to the setting up of a completely new political party.
Acknowledging that the system in place made electing a third party to Parliament difficult, Dr Farrugia said it was still early to be making any decisions. What she had decided, however, was that she would rather not lead any new party.
“I want this to be about new faces and new ideas. I am not a new face,” she said, adding that she would reluctantly accept to lead only if that was what the people wanted.

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We of Imperium Europa are not interested in Local Politics - Malta is beyond Redemption from that Pigsty, we call Parliament.
However, We shall wait and see what evolves from these well-meaning Individuals, who seem to be willing in having a go.
We will always back, prefer a Third Party to the two, Lesbic Prostitutes.


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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2016, 04:33:50 PM »

I do not agree with Marlene Farrugia's political views since she has a bleeding heart, especially where it comes to immigration.

Her comment here proves my point:
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20151002/world/Merkel-s-popularity-slides-following-influx-of-refugees.586662#comment-2285240587


 
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2016, 07:26:41 PM »

Re previous post.

Well yes of course: she's just proving she's a woman, like the 5 Pastizzi il-Gahan Malti voted as MEPs.
But she's rattling the Duopoly and that's good enough for us.
Besides, she's got many in her team who are vehemently anti-Immigration, anti-Multiculturalism.



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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2016, 10:09:09 AM »

http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/data_and_surveys/63351/massive_trust_drop_among_switchers_feeds_debate_over_smashing_maltese_duopoly#.Vu-zfdIrJki


Massive trust drop among ‘switchers’ feeds debate over smashing Maltese duopoly
Panamagate failed to dent the Prime Minister’s solid trust rating but hurt his standing with the floating vote, of whom over 40% now claim they trust neither of the two main leaders


The latest MaltaToday survey conducted after Panamagate showed Muscat’s trust rating at an all time low among switchers – the category of voters who voted PN in 2008 and PL in 2013. 
Yet despite the sharp dip for Muscat, who is now trusted by 23.4% of switchers, compared to 67% in July 2013, just months after the general election, the majority of switchers in the latest survey (41.2%) trust neither leader....

...The PN also lost two points among this category in the same period. Muscat again lost trust following the publication of the Auditor General report on the Gaffarena case, which led to the resignation of parliamentary secretary Michael Falzon, with his trust rating among switchers falling to 39% in February 2016. Panamagate resulted in another blow for Muscat in the switcher category, his trust rating plummeting to just 23%.

But while Muscat has seen a considerable dip in his trust rating, Simon Busuttil has only registered moderate gains. Busuttil’s trust among switchers peaked at 29% after the Gaffarena revelations but fell again to 25% in January. Neither did Busuttil’s trust rating receive any boost after Panamagate, with the latest survey registering a 27% trust rating for the PN leader in this category.  ...

...Working on the assumption that switchers constituted the vast majority of Labour’s 36,000 strong majority in 2013 (since the 2008 election was won by the PN by just 1,500) in numerical terms, the latest MaltaToday survey would mean that 11,000-12,000 switchers have migrated back to the PN while the PL retains 7,000-8,000.  ...

...TV presenter Salvu Mallia lashed out at the electoral system, describing it as a “rigged dictatorship” designed so that elections would always be won by either the PL or the PN.

“Before we can even speak about the need for a third party, we must change the anti-democratic electoral system,” he said. “The system gives a voice and power to parties that already have them, whereas democracies should seek to empower those without a voice.”
He said that every party or individual candidate must be given an equal platform, regardless of the positions they endorse.

“Some will say stupid things while others will speak professionally, but in a democracy it is important that the public gets to hear them all before making a choice.”

He questioned why people have recently praised him for his “courage” and “guts” after he criticised the government over the Panamagate scandal.

“All I did was voice my opinion, as was my duty. Does disagreeing with the Prime Minister or the Opposition leader mean that I have guts? This goes back to the crux of my argument; if we weren’t living in a dictatorship, then people wouldn’t be praised for having guts whenever they disagree with people in power.” ...

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All the PN have to do to win the next raffle is to regain their lost votes.
But this is difficult, very difficult, well nigh impossible - due to their lack of a real Leader.
How can anyone trust someone who, for 12 years begged and bleated for Burden Sharing?

The only way the PN can win and handsomely, is for the whole Panama-Gate mess to be fully revealed.
In the meantime a Third Force gathers appeal: Christian Conservative Cretins, Lilly Marlene and Il-Hodor -
the Political Puddle portends further intrigue and surprises.


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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2016, 06:10:41 PM »

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20160322/local/25-involved-in-new-political-movement-core-group.606514


Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 12:06

25 involved in new political movement core group

Twenty five individuals from all walks of life are involved in the setting up of a new political movement in Malta, MP Marlene Farrugia reveals on TimesTalk tonight.
Ms Farrugia said no decision had been taken over who would assume leadership of the new party and would not commit as to whether it would be ready to contest the election in two years time.
"I'm the coordinator of these people who are coming forward, people who like me believe something should be done now to ensure clean governance," said the former Labour MP, who added that more individuals were working behind the scenes to establish the values and guidelines of the new party.
According to recent polls, a third of the electorate claim they feel disenfranchised and have no faith in Malta's two big parties. The momentum to set up a new political party increased in the wake of the Panama scandal.
This evening's edition of TimesTalk will focus on the feasibility and the possibility of a third party in Malta's parliament. The main guests will be TV presenter Salvu Mallia, who is involved in the new political movement, as well as political analysts Frank Portelli and Godfrey Grima.

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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2016, 08:24:48 AM »

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20160327/local/new-centre-left-party-just-a-few-weeks-away.606871


Sunday, March 27, 2016, 07:48 by Kurt Sansone

New centre-left party just a few weeks away - Marlene Farrugia to fly its flag in Parliament

A new political party, aimed at countering the might of the big two, may become a reality as early as next month.

The party could have its structure unveiled by the end of April, according to independent MP Marlene Farrugia, who described it as being of centre-left inspiration.

She has so far been the face behind the new political force and, if it gets off the ground, will represent its interests in Parliament.
Dr Farrugia said another meeting of its core group will be held tomorrow. The talks are aimed at defining a political platform and creating the necessary structures.
“This started as a loose coalition of individuals wanting to bring about change and has rapidly moved towards the creation of a political party with a defined programme and statute,” she said.
Time was pressing, and with an election just two years away, it was important to get things moving fast, she added.
Momentum has been building for the creation of a political force to challenge the two traditional parties ever since the Panama affair rocked the government last month.
The overarching issue that brought a number of people together was a yearning for good governance, transparency and accountability in public life, Dr Farrugia said.
“As time passed, more and more people started making it clear that they wanted a new party and not just a pressure group.”
Pressed for details on the party structure, Dr Farrugia was careful not to jump the gun, because “talks are still going on”.
“Various individuals, from academics to doctors, university students to people active in the grassroots of the two big parties, have come forward and we are working hard to make this a reality.”
As time passed, more and more people started making it clear that they wanted a new party and not just a pressure group
The electorate, she said, had to be given a choice of candidates they could trust.
She was reluctant to reveal any names for the time being, arguing that not everyone who was talking with the core group would eventually be part of the party. “Some may decide to stay away and we have to respect that.”
But popular TV presenter Salvu Mallia has already put forward his name as a candidate in the next election. Disappointed with the Labour government’s lack of resolve to tackle governance issues, Mr Mallia has publicly confirmed that he held talks with Dr Farrugia and was involved in the project.

Dr Farrugia confirmed that talks were also being held with Alternattiva Demokratika, the third political party, which has failed to elect an MP since its inception in 1989.

AD chairman Arnold Cassola said the party was open to cooperation and was speaking to the individuals behind the new idea.
“There will have to be an agreed set of principles and ideas but the time is fertile for a third party in Parliament and we have to offer people this option,” he said.
Dr Farrugia became an independent MP after breaking ranks with the Labour Party last year in the wake of disagreement over the government’s poor record on good governance and the environment.
This will resemble the situation that developed in 1989, when AD was formed.
Wenzu Mintoff, who was elected to Parliament on a Labour ticket but was kicked out of the party after standing up to corruption, was one of the co-founders of AD. In the period between 1989 and 1992, Dr Mintoff was an MP representing AD’s interests.
In its first election in 1992, AD garnered more than 4,000 votes nationwide but failed to elect candidates to Parliament. AD’s best performance in a general election was three years ago, when the party took 1.8 per cent of the national vote.

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The two, Lesbic Prostitute Parties are both solidly centre-left - with all the consequences we have had.
 Now, this new group is smack in the centre of more "centre Leftism" - not exactly different.
We wait and watch.



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« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2016, 08:02:16 PM »

http://www.independent.com.mt/articles/2016-03-28/blogs-opinions/A-new-political-party-6736155488


Marlene Farrugia     Monday, 28 March 2016, 10:53Last update: about 9 hours ago

A new political party


You must be wondering.

Therefore I will update you.

These are not easy times for people who care, and I mean really care about our country.

Our forefathers struggled and toiled to turn our land into a place where our parents could work, live and prosper while enjoying a healthy life on our beautiful islands which also happen to be a treasure throve of history, culture and architectural gems.

It is not a coincidence that Malta developed from a post-war pile of rubble playing home to a poverty stricken people, to the relatively affluent, economically dynamic, cosmopolitan nation we are today.

There was the toil of an ambitious and hardworking population determined to succeed against all possible odds, but there was also a series of Maltese governments, mostly Labour and Nationalist, which weren't perfect, but which contributed to the building of this nation, each in their own way.

There were times when democracy was heavily threatened, while violence and arson took to the streets.

But our people raised their voice.

We raised our voice in time.

Peace was restored as democracy was re-instated hand in hand with the rule of law.

Our country was back on course to becoming a coveted jurisdiction where people live well in a safe environment.

Time flew by as it usually does when we live in peace and stability.

These little islands weathered the financial crisis which rocked much larger richer nations. We were doing well all things considered, but we were fed up of the decadence and poor governance that was permeating our establishment. We did not want corruption to take a bigger hold on our affairs so we created a new political movement that could finally challenge the unconquerable Nationalist Party Government.

And we challenged what had become the status quo and we vanquished it, or so we thought.

2013 was the point in the history of our political development, when our citizens showed in no uncertain terms that they wanted a government of National Unity, a government that rose above petty partisan interest, a government that epitomised transparency, meritocracy, democracy and accountability.

The people knew what they wanted, and they voted it in with all their might.

But, the nation was duped.

Three years down the line we know we have a government that is anything but meritocratic, anything but transparent, anything but accountable.

Three years down the line we have a strong economy thriving only on pillars established by past, now rejected governments.

Three years down the line we have watched our country's assets and environment being traded in contracts we are not allowed to see.

Three years down the line we have been inundated with stories of qualified personnel in responsible positions being sidelined to make way for unqualified persons of trust resulting in heavy demotivation of our precious human resource with the obvious consequences.

Our institutions have been weakened. Bureaucracy has increased and scandals have become the order of the day.

Panamagate and its handling was and is the last straw.

We are at a point where we can either pretend that all is well and postpone the handling of much more ongoing serious damage to our country to the future, or we can raise our voice as one now and shake the government into good behaviour.

Normally the Opposition would do that for us, but the opposition is still reeling from 25 years in government and a massive defeat. It will take a while for the Nationalist party to regain enough of the people's trust to drag the country out of this quagmire.

And the country cannot afford to wait for that to happen.

That is why people from all walks of life are coming together to seriously discuss and plan the best way forward under these political circumstances.

The nation needs a new, baggage free political party that can inspire hope for a real transition from nonchalant, opaque governance, to the clean transparent governance it deserves and badly needs.

The nation needs a sustainable economy that respects our environment and health.

The nation needs real social justice and a proper distribution of wealth.

The nation needs us to be there when it needs us most to deliver it from the hands of a greedy few that have their claws already buried on what should belong to our children and children's children.

It is for us to decide.

And we are not there yet.

The coming days will be crucial and much courage will be needed to withstand the giant  traditional party machines which will unleash all sort of ridicule and insults on those who stand up to their outdated ways of doing politics.

We can spend precious time arguing about secondary issues that divide us while we watch our country sink deeper into the mire, or we can  unite FOR good governance and human dignity from conception till death, and move forward together to deliver Malta and Gozo from a Labour government we no longer recognise.

We cannot change the past, but we can certainly mould the present, and  can definitely give shape to the future.


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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2016, 08:15:11 PM »

http://www.maltatoday.com.mt/comment/blogs/63507/do_the_maltese_want_a_third_party#.Vvlzz9J95kg


Do the Maltese want a Third Party?

While there are many who are openly disgusted by the behaviour of the Labour government, will that disgust manifest itself into a vote for a third party in that little curtained off cubicle come voting day?


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« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2016, 09:08:30 AM »

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20160329/local/both-pl-and-pn-say-third-party-is-risk-to-stability.607138


Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 07:21 by Ivan Martin

Both PL and PN say third party is risk to stability
Third party could see AD demise, says PN


Both major parties have leapt to the defence of the two-party system, raising concerns a third party could jeopardise the country’s “economic and political stability”.

The Nationalist and Labour parties were contacted for their positions on a new third party following a report in The Sunday Times of Malta in which Independent MP Marlene Farrugia said a new party could be set up formally as soon as next month. Dr Farrugia would lead the organisation, and it would be of centre-left orientation.

In a veiled reference to Dr Farrugia, the Nationalist Party yesterday encouraged her to join its ranks rather than go it alone.

Genuine politicians who identify problems in the main parties would more fruitfully work within the parties themselves
“Genuine politicians who identify problems in the main parties would work more fruitfully within the parties themselves – and our political system – to change them for the better,” said a spokesman.

PN sources were less coy and said Dr Farrugia should join the PN’s fight against corruption. Her new party would likely have more of an impact on Alternattiva Demokratika than on the PN or PL. “A third party could actually see the demise of AD,” they said.

The Nationalist sources added that a vote for a third party was still seen as wasted by most of the electorate.
The Labour Party, on the other hand, made no reference to Dr Farrugia and said only: “Irrespective of the electoral system used, ensuring government stability, which is a prerequisite for economic prosperity, attraction of investment and social advancement, remains imperative.”
Exponents of the third party have long raised concerns over the electoral system, which they feel restricts alternative parties from making it to the House of Representatives. To get a seat in Parliament, candidates have to get some 16 per cent of the vote in their district.
The idea of changing this by introducing a nationwide quota for parties to win seats is not new, and was even suggested by the Gonzi Commission in the early 1990s. Then-speaker Lawrence Gonzi suggested introducing a five per cent threshold of votes on a national basis for representation in the House.

Asked if they agreed with the introduction of such a threshold, the PN said this could make it easier for extremist parties to make their way into Parliament.

“This has been a problem in quite a few countries, and the trend in many countries is now away from ease of election and towards giving an absolute majority to the winning party,” the PN spokesman said.
While there was an argument for third parties – giving representation to small, yet significant, minorities – the electorate had chosen the two-party system, the spokesman added.
The PL meanwhile did not say whether the party was in favour or against a discussion on the matter. Instead it said any changes to the current system should be discussed within the framework of the Constitutional Convention.
Discussions, a spokesman said, had started but the Opposition was so far not agreeing to take part in full because of reservations on the Convention’s set-up.
“There are other issues that can be discussed, including the possibility of introducing gender quotas, term limits for politicians, the enhanced role of parliamentarians and the role of technocrats,” the spokesman said.

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Of course, the two Lesbic Prostitutes will resist any tinkering with the Electoral raffle that might help Third Parties.
And horror of horrors, such changes could even make it easier for extremist parties to make their way into Parliament.
Forget that such parties would be elected by votes, by People - that doesn't matter to these hypocrites.

Anyway, Malta is bankrupt, irredeemably bankrupt, finished - it's a Third World Country -
 and nothing, nothing can be done from that Pigsty, we call Parliament.
Malta can only be saved from Brussels: a Nova Europa.

And in the meantime, We watch and wait as this comedy unfolds.
Eventually, Marlene Farrugia will join the PN and certainly get elected from Sliema, or wherever.
She will be their new star and finally, fulfill her dream: she will become a Minister!



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« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2016, 12:53:25 PM »

http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20160329/local/both-pl-and-pn-say-third-party-is-risk-to-stability.607138


Tuesday, March 29, 2016, 07:21 by Ivan Martin

Two parties in Parliament do not ensure political stability, as Marlene Farrugia hits back

Having only two parties in Parliament does not ensure political stability, independent MP Marlene Farrugia said this morning.
She was reacting to a the Labour and Nationalist parties' defence of the two-party system, raising concerns a third party could jeopardise the country’s “economic and political stability”....

"Incidentally, would the PN have been pleased to sacrifice the opportunity of Malta joining the EU in 2004 in the name of the overriding need to ensure the stability of the 1996 PL government," she asked.

Dictatorial governments, Dr Farrugia said, werenormally more stable than democratic ones "but I hope no one in Malta would advocate weakening our democracy further in the name of stability"....


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