Brigadoon is a lovely story turned into a musical in the 1950’s. Its a story about two american tourists who, while on a hunting holiday in Scotland, stumble upon a village which is not marked on their maps. The people of this village were slightly taken aback as the Americans appeared though they soon warmed to them, Tommy, one of the tourists, actually fell head over heals in love with Fiona, a fair maiden of the village.
But… there was a secret that this village held to its heart and only when the two love birds were running through the fields collecting heather for a celebration that evening did Tommy realise. As he tried to cross a bridge to reach some fresh heather on the opposite side Fiona stopped dead cold and with fear in her eyes refused to cross and implored him not to cross either.
Confused, Tommy insisted on knowing why they could not cross so Fiona took him to speak to the schoolmaster of the village who explained that 200 years ago the pastor of the village had prayed to the lord to protect Brigadoon from changes and influences of the outside world. And thus, the village dissapeared in a swarm of mist only to reappear for 1 day every hundred years. As a form of payment, so to speak, for the protection offered no villager could leave Brigadoon or the village would disappear for ever.
A beautiful story of love and mystery set in a fairy tale! So how does this apply to the Labour Party’s current leader Joseph Muscat?
Over the past year or so due to various renegade MP’s the current party in government led by Lawrence Gonzi has received many a blow and call for Minister’s resignation. The Labour Party under the helm of Joseph Muscat jumped onto the bandwagon with glee regardless of the repercussions these actions could have had on Malta and its economy during very turbulent times in Europe and across the globe.
With eager and childish mirth Muscat’s new movement would stamp and rant that the government no longer holds the majority and therefore an election must be called. They would accuse the government of causing uncertainty and in the country. Somehow they failed to notice that Malta had been really quite stable and strong – forging through the economic crisis that hit Europe and the world with barely a stammer. The only instability there was was being created out of thin air by the Labour Party & Joseph Muscat’s ill-advised outbursts.
9 months down the line and Parliament is about to reconvene after the summer recess and we go straight into the fire with Budget talk on everyone’s mind. With Franco Debono threatening not to back the government when the budget is tabled for approval and both parties in serious election mode we still have to see some depth in the Labour’s Policy. The Prime Minister has not called for an early election and is aiming to play out the full legislature with elections probably being called for March 2013. That is a mere 6 months away yet we still have no concrete information about Labour’s Political manifesto apart from announcements, promises and stands which expose the purely opportunistic policy of their leader.
We have heard loads of promises, loads and declarations and plans from the labour camp which cover every single aspect of life and the economy of Malta but none of these have been expounded on nor have we been given any workings, studies and facts by which the Labour plan to implement their promises. Muscat’s excuse is that they do not want to give their ideas away and have them stolen by the Nationalists. In the meantime a new idea pops into Muscat’s head, a new opportunity to gain favour from a disgruntled section of society and it is added to their eloctoral manifesto as if it was there from the start. Its almost like a child who during a tantrum suddenly thinks up a new line for the wail and adds it to the repertoire.
This would be all well and good if the proposals were backed by serious studies and feasible plans of action. But they are not…. all we get are promises, empty talk and bulletted lists of plans.
Just like Brigadoon which is a fairytale lost in mist, so are Joseph Muscat and Labour’s policies with which they hope to sucker the populace into voting for them. Unlike Brigadoon however, which was a story of happiness love and hope, Muscat’s policies simply stay lost in the mist and will take longer than 100 years to materialise.