Why?

It’s never an easy task to walk up to a podium, tap on the mic and address a crowd. It’s more difficult knowing that your audience isn’t only the few hundreds sitting in front of you, but a much bigger crowd watching from home. Ultimately, it’s a matter of choice, one could either take the easy way out and resort to the usual political rhetoric; or be true to one’s self, say what needs to be said, even if it might not be music to the audience’s ears, and risk a silent reception of blank faces.  I chose the latter in my first ever address to the Labour Party Annual General Conference in 2018. 

My challenge to the Labour Party leadership and delegates was clear: we needed to become a better version of ourselves. We had to remain the political force in our country that turned people’s dreams and aspirations into achievable realities. But we strongly needed to identify and fix our flaws, think more independently from Government, engage with our critics and be mature enough to be able to self-criticise and accept the criticism of genuine people who wanted the best for the party and the country. 

A lot has happened since then, internally and externally. Among others, on February 26 2020, when The Times of Malta announced that I was no longer to serve as Labour Party CEO. That was an evening I will never forget.

For the past year, I have kept a very low profile, limiting my social media presence and refusing every request for comment by my friends in the press. This meant that I had more time to observe and reflect on what was going on in Malta. A new Prime Minister, a new Leader of the Opposition, the handling of the pandemic, the revelations surrounding the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder, the unprecedented Rule of Law changes and, on a more general note, the Facebookisation of politics. 

Raised in an apolitical family where political discourse was banned at home, it has always been natural for me to see things in a more objective way than most of my peers. My views were not passed on to me by family, or dictated by any political figure I chose to follow religiously, but rather, by the quest for social justice; social mobility; the fight for a liberal and progressive Malta which converts taboos into non-issues and where everyone is free to live as one desires. 

In order to achieve this, we need the freethinkers to take a more active role on the national stage. We need less partisan bickering and more informed discussion. And this is precisely what led me to take on this new venture. 

TheJournal.mt is not a news portal. Our aim is not to emulate any news website in Malta. We don’t need to. Our objective is to present analytical insight on issues of national interest. 

We’re declaring our agenda upfront. Yes, TheJournal.mt is owned by the Labour Party. But make no mistake, it will not serve as a vehicle for propaganda. I wouldn’t have accepted to lead it if it were the case, but rather a space where one can discuss policy, dissect complex issues and, yes, keep the Government in check. All of this with no sensational headlines or clickbait material.

It is striking that this initiative is being launched by the Labour Party, the party in government reaching the end of its second term; when the temptation of going into a siege mentality becomes ever so real. But it is also natural for Leftists to feel the need to analyse and discuss policy, often in a passionate way. 

This is what we will be doing. I’m glad that you’re joining us on this journey.

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Paul Micallef
Paul Micallef
1 month ago

Welcome theJournal.mt. We have been waiting for a very long time for this.

Charles Mahoney
Charles Mahoney
1 month ago

Welcome. A breath of fresh air.

Dunstan Attard
Dunstan Attard
1 month ago

This has a unique selling point namely informed opinion. Yet informed opinion needs reliable facts that bobble at the surface to produce engaging interchange of ideas. Many ideas may vary but still have a common thread, others may fail to prove their worth. Platforms may need to be enough to embrace the widest possible spectrum of scribes having good intentions.Hopefully it will offer the interaction of different opinions as distinct from the one voice having one opinion. It is certainly a wait-and-see moment; the intention is clear, the how not so,the what may be seen as contents in a Russian Doll. May it be a media break-through. Media is crying for an alternative. Good luck to you all.

Last edited 1 month ago by Dunstan Attard
Dr Edward Mifsud
Dr Edward Mifsud
1 month ago

At last, a news portal in English that will bring a bit of balance. A very welcome development and hopefully this time it will be there to stay. Well done and best of luck.

E Micallef
E Micallef
1 month ago

Well done.
This seems to be a very superb initiative by the PL.
I am all out for discussions and political brainstorming. However, one must keep in mind that the PL has very little or almost no support at all from the establishment of this country.
Therefore, I think that it should only be natural for this portal if it aims to serve as an informed news vehicle to boost the PLs public relations and counter the insensible attacks, fake news, unsubstantiated allegations and spin unjustly aimed at the PL to destabilise and topple it from government.

David Pace
David Pace
1 month ago

I think that the first item on the agenda of this journal should be a frank discussion of the state of the environment under the PL. No one is targeting young environments and the present assault on our remaining precious green areas, which have become increasingly important to the people’s state of mind during the Covid era.

Paul Portelli
Paul Portelli
1 month ago

Well done a gap to be filled

emanuel grech
1 month ago

good luck..We needed this like bread and butter.

Last edited 1 month ago by emanuel grech
Lina Mangion
Lina Mangion
1 month ago

A big welcome to the New Journal from the Labour Party.Good luck for this new venture.

DAVID JOSEPH MALLIA
DAVID JOSEPH MALLIA
1 month ago

Welcome for this fresh air hope this will a platform of ideas to keep the government on its toes

joseph cassar
joseph cassar
1 month ago

Considering that the media in general is loosing slowly its credibility, it is a courageous to launch this portal,….so this effort is indeed full of hope…..hence welcome and good luck

Godfrey Casha
Godfrey Casha
1 month ago

Good luck and well done, Randolph for accepting to take charge of this Labour Party venture. I remember you starting to grow in the LP and followed you in your political life so far. It was a shock for me when you seemed to have disappeared from the scene but now you’re back – I hope – with a bang. Keep to what you wrote in the first editorial and you can contribute a lot to our beloved party.

Johann Zahra
Johann Zahra
1 month ago

Can PL answer a few questions please?

  1. Why is Joseph Muscat still a member of the Partit Laburista?
  2. Why is Christian Cardona still a member of the Partit Laburista?
  3. Why is Justyne Caruana still a minister?
  4. Why is Rosianne Cutajar still a member of the PL and why is she still attempting (allowed) to draft government policy?
  5. Why is Owen Bonnici (convicted by the highest court in the land of breaking human rights) still a member of the Partit Laburista?
  6. How can government still justify the sale of Maltese passports to people who have (and do not want) any social or cultural connection to our country – but are more interested in access to the EU? This was not part of any political manifesto I’ve seen.
  7. When will the Partit Laburista apologise for aiding and abetting criminal activity while in government?
  8. When will the Partit Laburista and One apologise for depicting Daphne Caruana Galizia as a witch, on programmes run by Luke Dalli and Glenn Beddingfield?
  9. How can the Partit Laburista justify the franchising / privatisation / sale / PPP (whatever you want to call it) of a big chunk of our health service – to a company run by a con man and that had no prior experience of running a clinic – let alone a general hospital (għal-Vitals qed ngħid)?
  10. What are your site’s views on the incessant rape and pillage of out town scapes, country side, coasts and heritage – in partnership with the construction sector?

Thank you.

Kevin Busuttil
Kevin Busuttil
1 month ago
Reply to  Johann Zahra

Dear Johann , replies below

  1. We define Dr Muscat as one of the top leaders that delivered and change the country to a progressive one , he is and will remain a member of the party as the other 85K members . You might not agree , but the facts are that he delivered more than anyone .
  2. As above Dr Cardona was and still is a hard working person for both the Maltese Industry and the party . A son might not always agree with his father but for sure he will not throw him out of the house .
  3. Because unlike others in the past , she delivers day in day out . We judge people with competence and if wrong doing we keep it to the courts and authorities to action
  4. she is young and might need to acquire a bit more experience but she has a tusk that is beneficiary for all Maltese and tourism industry . Yet again we trust our courts and our prime minister knows well his judgment .
  5. this one I cannot answer cause I am not informed well , but rest assure i will investigate and come back to you .
  6. we are totally in line with the new policies on the passport issue . It is all approved from EU and granted green light . If you know better please be kind and enlighten us .
  7. people are not the party , court proceeding are in process .
  8. Unfortunately Mrs DCG has been brutally murdered , but her Blog was far more harsh than what Mr Dalli Dalli and Mr Beddingfield mention.
  9. This is being investigated and it is not within my competence
  10. Here I partially agree with you , saying partially because road construction is a necessity .
Gordon Scicluna
Gordon Scicluna
1 month ago

Why not? Right about time! Seems Right first time too!

PAUL ATTARD
1 month ago

I hold no ties with any of the local parties, but try to read all the news provided by all local media houses, then try and reach my own conclusions. I frequently notice that some items are emphasized in one paper, but not even mentioned in another, and vice-versa. This of course puzzles me a bit but now got used to it!
I only hope that this new Journal will be true and honest with its readers, therefore respecting their intelligence. One must be aware that not all the Maltese citizens are blind party followers who believe EVERYTHING they are told.
I therefore look forward to what you, Randolph, as the editor of this new portal, are going to offer in the near future, and auger you every success in doing so!

Angela Rickett
Angela Rickett
1 month ago

A great initiative. I have personally been waiting for this type of media portal for years and I am especially happy that the Labour Party is providing it.

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