When politicians end up struggling to maintain their relevance, they tend to become increasingly unpredictable. Welcome to today’s Partit Nazzjonalista.
Described in the past as a glorious party and a mosaic of ideas based on strong Christian values has metamorphosed into a collection of dangerously flawed, incoherent policies reeking of a festering undercurrent of anger and ingrained frustration that verges on outright hatred.
For starters, this is the party that had, in the run up to the EU accession referendum of 2003, dispelled the justifiable concerns that EU membership could undermine Malta’s socio-cultural fabric; a fear rooted in the principle of unrestricted movement within the single market. Ironically, the PN is now the party bemoaning the ease with which the Maltese move around the European labour market, as well as the influx of foreigners – including EU nationals – seeking employment in Malta’s booming economy.
What does the PN really want? Shrink the economy, slow down the labour market, expel foreigners, and force the Maltese that have left to seek opportunities abroad to return? One piece of advice, if I may: While you continue to pursue your surreal approach, please stop feeding the far-right monster. History has provided us with sufficient lessons in this regard.
Malta deserves better; the PN’s supporters deserve better. If the PN is to recover its lost ground, it must undergo a fundamental transformation, not a perpetuation of the failed leadership model exemplified by Simon Busuttil, Adrian Delia, and Bernard Grech. To truly rebuild itself, the PN need to demolish its foundations and establish new ones. Ironically, those very foundations have become the party’s biggest illusion.