Okay so, bare with us for a moment. Malta’s political scene is a rollercoaster of controversial events where every day welcomes a new headline in the ever-turbulent media world. However, while there never really is a dull moment in Malta’s political scene, the public’s hunger to tear down politicians of their opposing party may occasionally go too far. Now the argument isn’t whether or not the criticism of Rosianne Cutajar’s Mykonos trip is appropriate or unjust, but a question of whether we have blurred the lines of what is unacceptable and what is normal.
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Rosianne Cutajar is a 33-year-old Member of Parliament who was spotted celebrating her birthday in a Mykonos beach club. The video has since gained close to 80,000 views with some arguing that the trip and subsequent video is “a breach of an MP’s code of ethics” and others stating that it is simply an adult enjoying her birthday. The MP has since told Lovin Malta that she is not embarrassed by the video and is humbled by the hundreds of comments speaking in her favour.
Now we as citizens have
the right the duty to call out politicians for inappropriate behaviour, mismanagement of funds, profanity, bigotry, corruption or any indecent behaviour which subsequently effects the population that they supposedly represent, but is the aggressive criticism of Cutajar’s trip a sign that we may have lost the plot?
Beyond the argument of politicians’ behaviour beyond Parliament walls, do we really want a troupe of stiff, super-formal politicians who distance themselves from everything that makes them normal? Or do actions like Cutajar’s Mykonos trip make her more relatable and accessible to the younger population?
The answer goes beyond a simple yes or no but puts a weight on one’s shoulders to ask the appropriate questions before criticising and while we may never really escape from this politically turbulent landscape, we truly should be asking questions before giving answers.
…but yes Rosianne, you really should work on those dance moves. 😅🕺