Archive for June 20th, 2012

Did you really believe that PL is any different?

June 20, 2012

The interview on last Sunday’s ‘Sunday Times’ (17/06/2012) just goes to prove, if any proof were needed, that there isn’t much of a difference between PL and PN: they are both beholden to the land speculation lobby.

The mess created by George Pullicino and Lawrence Gonzi’s cabinet with the so called ‘rationalization scheme’ which turned whole areas of Malta into a construction site again should be fresh on everyone’s mind – we are still and will continue to suffer the consequences of this government’s or party’s (no difference really…) love affair with its funders for years to come. I’m not inventing the funding thing – Joe Saliba, former PN secretary general had confirmed this.

Not a whimper from Labour – in parliament its MPs were suggesting additional parcels of land to be included in the scheme. Labour activities in Hal Farrug have increased these couple of years too. One wonders why.

Do you remember Labour actively lobbying for a golf course in Ta’ Cenc in Gozo? And what about Gonzi’s statements that he’ll see to it that a golf course will be built in Xaghra l-Hamra? ‘Different’ parties, same logic.

And now we have Joseph whizzing off to Dubai and coming back excited about land reclamation – obviously, as usual without the details. Typical.

As regards land reclamation per se – this is nothing new – thousands of square metres of land were reclaimed from the sea for specific projects – from the Freeport, to roads along the coast, Msida and Qormi have areas reclaimed from the sea, whole quays are built on what was once sea. What Joseph means is a re-hash of what PN dreamt up as far back as the early 2000s. Pushed by their funders they waxed lyrical about more construction – flats, flats and more flats on artificial islands. As if we need more of that!

A MEPA report had concluded that the cost is so high that it can only be recovered by real estate on scale of SmartCity. The lies by the Nationalists about Smart City– who are addicted to the construction = growth mantra are joined by Labour’s promises, basing its economic proposals on the same mantra. It’s nothing new – they sing the same tunes, the Sunday Times interview is further confirmation of their lack of vision.

Labour seems to be basing policies on Joseph Muscat’s whims. Incidentally they are also similar to PN’s whims. Their approach is the same.

Surprisingly for some (not for me) when asked if he thinks that in the past 30-40 years too much damage has been inflicted on the environment and someone needs to say ‘that’s enough’, Joseph chirps that “We’ve gone from one extreme to the other. Nowadays, we need to be realistic. If Mepa was set up during the Knights’ time, it would have probably barred them from building the President’s Palace. We need common sense. We can’t hide behind bureaucracy.”

Incredible but true. It just confirms who is behind his phoney movement – the same people who fund or maybe used to fund PN. They are now hedging their bets on Muscat. Muscat is either living in cuckoo land or is copying straight out of PN’s pro-speculation and speculators’ phrase book. The development process is still skewed in favour of the developer – just look at the resources afforded to ‘planning’ in MEPA and the resources afforded to its environment protection directorate.

Labour or Nationalist – a vote for any of them won’t make any difference… If you vote based on principles, that is. Don’t let them fool you. Hit where it hurts – vote AD.