Monday, October 19, 2009

Whither Malta?

If, like me, you never miss an edition of Malta Today you'll have been pleased to see coverage of the leadership election of the Maltese Green Party, Alternattiva Demokratika (AD), where they profile one leadership candidate "Michael Briguglio – the 34-year-old former Sliema local councillor, also the drummer and main songwriter of a Rage Against The Machine-style metal band, Norm Rejection".

Sounds like my sort of guy! Although he does think that the party "should not even consider not contesting general elections." Which raised my eyebrows.

When asked why the AD did not do very well at the European elections Briguglio says "The message was too bland. We must be more radical in our policies. In the past, AD has given the impression that it was reluctant to talk about certain issues. In politics, you have to have an opinion.”

Malta Today continues "Briguglio is also active member of radical leftwing organisation Zminijietna – Voice of the Left, which constantly lambasts globalisation and economic liberalism, among other targets."

“Green is left, and left is Green,” he muses with a smile. “I don’t believe in the old-fashioned, 19th century style of Socialism. But the future of the Left is undeniably Green. Either that, or the ‘Third Way’, which doesn’t work for me.

Well, good luck in the election.

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