“They are still an elitist clan who think they have a right to incite the mob, to sow hatred and to instil cruelty,” Robert Abela yelled in his speech marking a year since his election victory.
The ever-positive and unifying force that is Robert Abela of course only had respectful words to say about the opposition.
Calmly spitting blood, he raged violently against “the others” who “thought that we’re like them”.
Intent on sowing unity and reconciliation, he spent most of his speech demonising and vilifying the opposition.
“If Bernard Grech were prime minister he would crucify you, crucify you,” he yelled.
“Do you remember our friends from down the road and the conspiracy they started?” he fomented. “They even beat up their own people…. when they leave the party, they attack them even more – just think what they will do to you, the workers”.
Abela never mentioned the sad case of Mark Camilleri, a committed Socialist and staunch Labour loyalist. When Camilleri revealed the truth about Labour’s corruption, he was viciously hounded. Abela’s MP, Rosianne Cutajar, demanded his arrest. Labour’s attorney general and police commissioner swiftly sprang into action to press charges against him.
Abela never mentioned the hostility directed at Desmond Zammit Marmara, a genuine lifelong Labour activist and former Labour councillor, when he dared to criticise his own party.
Abela never referred to the intimidating threats Gzira Labour Mayor Conrad Borg Manche’ received when he opposed Labour’s plan to turn Gzira’s last green area into a petrol station.
He didn’t remind his audience they were calling Evarist Bartolo a snake because of his recent Damascene conversion.
Abela never chastised Labour officials and activists from Laburisti sal-mewt who tormented Godfrey and Marlene Farrugia when they left the party in disgust.
“They were and remain divided. They occasionally unite to attack those who aren’t part of them,” Abela insisted.
“I saw their leader with my own eyes inciting people both inside and outside parliament,” he accused. “All of you saw how they behaved in parliament, the same arrogant attitude that they had when in power, they still have today… they are proud and arrogant”.
The man who accused others of sowing hatred dedicated the bulk of his speech to dehumanising the opposition.
“How can you feel comfortable with these people?” he agitated.
Abela then suddenly turned virtuous. “Humility is the weapon that disarms the arrogance of the others,” he preached.
“We are not a proud party, we are listening, let us keep our feet on the ground,” he warned. Shouldn’t he set the example? Isn’t he the leader? Why is he asking his activists to do his job?
Rosianne Cutajar’s chats were all his supporters were talking about. But Abela never mentioned them. He took no action against her. She’s still a Labour MP, still chairman of the parliamentary health committee, and is probably still a consultant for ITS raking in thousands.
Did he admonish her for filing a libel suit and a criminal complaint against another Labour party member who told the truth?
Neither did Abela condemn Ian Borg for building a swimming pool while proceedings were underway to determine its legality. No enforcement order has been issued now that it’s declared illegal.
All Abela said is, “Ian Borg should be treated like any other citizen”. What rubbish. Ian Borg is the Foreign Affairs Minister. He should be held to far higher scrutiny than any private citizen.
Abela doesn’t need to wait for the sluggish institutions, he should be the one to sort out Borg.
Abela never uttered a word against Anton Refalo when he was caught with a piece of history in his garden. He hasn’t expressed himself about Silvio Schembri’s shameless use of district offices provided by construction magnates benefitting from government decisions, or Schembri’s refusal to answer basic questions about rent.
Yet Abela wants his supporters to police his ministers while he cowers under his desk.
“You get results because you are not afraid to take decisions,” Abela declared in self-congratulation. Abela’s terrified of decisions – he’s done nothing about Rosianne Cutajar, Anton Refalo, Ian Borg or Silvio Schembri. He can’t, especially now, that his trust rating has plummeted.
That massive blow from Sunday morning’s polls truly shook Abela. His histrionic speech stinks of panic.
He’s no longer positive. He’s just bitter and vindictive. He’s resurrecting old lies from ONE’s archives to attack the opposition.
“They have the same attitude as when they stated they would vote willingly (jivvotaw bil-qalb) for decisions that hurt the people, the same attitude as when they claimed poverty and unemployment were a mere perception, the same attitude as when somebody said ‘let the prices rise’, the same attitude of when they asked, “where are the Labour supporters (Fejn huma l-Laburisti)?”
How sad. Abela resorts to lies created by ONE, some from well over two decades ago, to score cheap political points. That smells of real desperation.
The irony is that Abela accuses the opposition of being “anchored in the past”. He falsely claims “we are looking to the future (harsitna lejn il-futur).”
“When the election is over, they deceive the people,” Abela accused.
The last election the Nationalist Party won was in 2008. Labour won in 2013, 2017 and 2022.
We all know who deceived the people – those who promised €200 million of foreign investment into our hospitals and who entered into a €100 million default agreement with Steward.
It was those who hid the agreements even from cabinet, who failed to retake the hospitals and continued to squander hundreds of millions of euros and who promised 4,000 students at the American University of Malta.
It was those who promised a new Gozo hospital, a newly refurbished St Luke’s, a new nursing school, a new psychiatric hospital and more beds at Karin Grech.
Labour also promised meritocracy and an end to corruption.
But, according to Abela, “When we give our word, we keep it.”
It looks as if ‘the spirit of Dom Mintoff’ finally has descendet upon PM Abela himself, given the way his speech was performed and the meaning of it.
It also looks as if PM Abela was talking about himself and his party in the way he talked about the opposition. He might as well have talked to a mirror with the same effect.
Inciting the audience by twisting the facts and thus the truth, misleading them by deflecting from shortcomings of their own.
Ma jimpurtax, the PLers love it, the whole populism show with its big and small actors performing the big illusion of the infallible ‘Partit Laburista’, the ‘self-declared party of freedom, justice, welfare and decency that never lets one down’. Welcome to the PL fairy land of Malta.
It-tajjeb Jum il-Helsien lil kulhadd.
One would almost be prompted to ask ‘But isn’t that exactly what the ‘dumbdorah’ (old American slang for ‘Gahans’) want to hear?’
Not sure how Dumb Dora fits in here, as it used to refer to scatter-brained young women (who, as we all know, are a baseless fiction created by men, or so I’m told…).
The term was explained to me, many years ago, by a person who had lived in New York back in the 1920’s.
It then referred to those who were enticed by cheap glitter and low-level entertainment productions meant for the not so discerning.
Hence my putting the local Gahans in that category.
I’d rather say that the question you placed as being promting, is rather a stating of facts.They prefer their own party formed narrative over all and everything.
That is all a pity because it blocks all attempts for reconciliation.
The man is desperate….he wasn’t delivering a speech to his audience but to himself! Be yourself and don’t let others guide you. Look at the mirror and you will see the true self.
Robert Abela when cornered his only action is to react by strongly criticising the PN
Very similar to a rat when cornered. I am not a betting man, hate the idea of this free for all gambling.
But I am prepared to be bold and state that Robert Abela will go down in history just like his predecessor Joseph Muscat and going back in history Lorry Sant & Co.
Channelling Il Duce much…?
Did Robert Abela forget that the Nationalists appointed his father president of the Republic. I expect that his father, George Abela should publicly distance himself from such hatred speech by Robert Abela.
Unfortunately his father only stated that Robert is his own man.
Evidently, Abela does NOT listen to what he says!
Robert Abela kompla jsir aktar liability. U meta ma kellux il-gazz ikecci u jbiddel wera li kompromess u ghandu skeletri koroh fil-gwardarobba tieghu. Fix-xhur li gejjin, aktar ma jinkixfu skandli u tinbidel id-dinamika, u aktar ma tohrog il-verità dwar l-organizzazzjoni kriminali li jmexxi, aktar ‘l isfel se jkompli nieżel u mieghu se jigbed il-pajjiż.
ABELA IS A WEAK, COWARDLY PM. HIS DECEPTION AND
HYPOCRISY KNOWS NO BOUNDS. NEVER TO BE TRUSTED.