Alternatively titled “The problem with politics in Malta.
So hear me out;
After witnessing whatever it is that went down at this afternoon’s political debate, I stand in front of my laptop, bewildered at the state of Malta’s politics. Whatever mature discussion the country oh-so desperately needs at the moment was shrouded by the thunderous chants of ‘Viva l-Labour‘ and ‘Nazzjonalisti, Nazzjonalisti’, along with back-and-forth quips from the two major party leaders; at one of the country’s academic apexes no less. While I commend University students for being so passionate about something, did we really have to be so brash in the face of our country’s future?
Before you continue reading, I must confess that I am by no means a political analyst, I am not an economist, statistician, activist or anything of the sort. I am merely a citizen of the nation whose vote and (hopefully) opinion counts as much as the next person’s, so if right now you’re thinking “the *whatever* party has better policies or “how can you trust someone that so and so”, this is clearly not the place for you. If, like me, you think today’s debate is a prime example of why some people have given up on politics, welcome.
Like (some or many) others, I have been rendered numb by the sheer juvenile nature of Malta’s political climate. We have become so fixated on shouting absolute nonsense at each other, that we have eclipsed the possibility of discussion and critical thinking. I may be wrong on this, but screaming “my party is offering more subsidies & grants than yours” to a follower of the opposite party is ridiculous. As I continue to write these few paragraphs, my stance on how we treat politics and politics treat us continues to get lost in a mist of uncertainty and the droning thought of “could I be the only one thinking this?”
That being said, massive respect to anyone who had a part in the organisation of this debate; they did an incredible job of putting it together and maintaining as much order as they could.
Do you agree?