Grech simply doesn’t get it

Now as all the election hype and fever calms down and the denizens of these isles return back to normal life, or as normal a life can be after a pandemic and a close to all-out war in Europe, one would expect that all participants in this democratic exercise sit down and calmly carry out some soul searching into what messages the electorate is trying to get through via its’ vote.

I have previously stated that all parties need to analyse this result, and my message was also aimed at the Labour Party, a party which in spite of its having steamrolled itself to anther impressive victory, putting paid to the myth that getting elected for a third term is nigh on impossible, still needs to understand why a good portion of the electorate preferred to stay at home rather than vote for a party that, under a new leader, had immaculately managed a pandemic and regenerated itself after a massive political crisis.

I have no doubt that this is already happening as the Prime Minister now elected convincingly on his own steam has stressed, time and time again, that humility is needed, giving us a clear indication that the post-election euphoria is not going to his head and bridges with disgruntled non voters still need to be built.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the fence just a few metres away from the Mile End, things seem to be playing out rather differently.

The instant reaction of PN Leader incumbent Bernard Grech whilst the votes were still being counted was his somberly accepting defeat and in the same breath, pathetically attempting to dampen the result by insinuating, and here I shall use poetic license, that the poor, unwashed and unread electorate had been misled into voting in labour.

He also declared that he would be in for the running for the soon to be technically contested position of PN leader, and claimed that his leadership had effectively halted Labour from gaining a two thirds majority.

Now, I would have no problem in charitably dismissing that slight to the electorate as a kneejerk reaction uttered in the heat of the moment by a person who had admittedely worked tirelessly only to be faced with a humiliating result.

I also empatise with the fact that commenting immediately after a massive defeat is not an easy task. As such, in a spirit of fairness, I think that his initial faux pas should be excused.

It sadly seems as if the PN is not really interested in logical answers.

Fast forward a few weeks and now that it has probably dawned on Grech that this was not, by any stretch of a vivid imagination, a PN Success, how is Grech carrying on?

Has the potentially interim leader realised that the PN voters are screaming out (in his predecessor’s words), for massive change, having so uncerimoniously booted out the old PN Favourites in favour of the new?

Is he welcoming criticism, reading the voter’s message, and basically also eyeing social media comments from party stalwarts to tap the feel of why so many people delivered such a damning verdict for the PN and why so many of the PN’s inner circle are so openly demoralised?

Has he asked how is it possible for a party in opposition to have faced a protest vote when history clearly dictates that after two terms, such protest votes are usually directed at the party in Government?

All valid questions that seem to have obvious, albeit lengthy and complicated answers.

Sadly, judging by what its leader is now saying, it sadly seems as if the PN is not really interested in logical answers.

Judging by his first interview on NET tv after the defeat, rather than attempting to portray humble leadeship and assuring everyone that the PN was ready to take the electorate’s message on board, he once again stated that the PN has improved in leaps and bounds, and all thanks to his stewardship.

What he is essentially saying there is that the PN is in fact heading in the right direction and that he is already in possession of a successful formula that he had started brewing prior to the General Election

He almost seems to believe that he had lost these elections only because he was not given enough time, and forgets that time the PN has had since 2013, possibly even since 2008 to analyse the reasons why the electorate booted out, and that he was perfectly comfortable to step into his predessors boots in spite of his not being afforded any time either.

He also seems to be under the illusion that Labour has somehow nefariously snatched victory from within his grasp.

All this gives outsiders like me the impression that he is either being fed a false rhetoric by his closest advisors, or more realistically since his own hand picked advisors have already eloped, having, unlike him opted to carry some form of responsibility for the election results, that he genuinely and sincerely cannot accept that he has failed to make any inroads with the electorate.

He also seems to be under the illusion that Labour has somehow nefariously snatched victory from within his grasp.

But as if these statements weren’t enough, he then decided to take to task any PN insider who opted to publicly criticise the PN, stating that in the future, discipline would be taken in their regard.

‘No more bickering on social media’ he stated assertively!

Now whilst ignoring the fact that this is rich coming from someone who rode the wave of managed public dissent that eventually enabled him to become the PN leader, one is forgiven into asking as to what is the message that he is trying to portray with this not so veiled threat.

That external criticism was acceptable under Delia but not under Grech?

That his authority, even whilst he is basically a steward, should not be challenged publicly?

That the general public should never know of the whisperings in the hallowed halls of the mighty?

The fact that so many officials who had a hand in toppling Delia citing unfavourable survey results now insist that Grech should not be judged by his record defeat clearly indicates, at least in my books that what we are witnessing is basically nothing more than a manouver to effectively bulldoze all internal opposition against Grech and his clan.

Is this the new method of doing things?

Shockingly enough, it seems as if Grech is more concerned on tightening his stranglehold on the party rather than ensuring that the PN properly analyses its defeat.

No wonder the PN is still experiencing a steady deluge of resignations from highly respected people who held positions within the PN.

Such a wave of political refugees has probably never been witnessed from a major political party in the last 30 years.

The future for the PN looks bleak.

Meanwhile, Grech continues to insist that the PN is on the right track, playing the fiddle while Rome burns.

Once Tolstoy stated that Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

Never has a quote so perfectly described what is wrong within the PN.

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Rose Camilleri
Rose Camilleri
2 years ago

Very well said Jeremy