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Lawful Hunters indeed


http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150729/local/maltese-hunters-arrested-in-argentina.578409

Maltese Hunter in Argentina “showing off” his catch.

Maltese hunters arrested in Argentina

The Spring Hunting Referendum is done and dusted and we all know how close the result was, yet unfortunately it went the hunter’s way.

This post is not going to analyse that result nor is it a comment on the referendum itself. However it is a comment on the reaction of the Hunting lobby itself after the result was known.

They all claimed that justice has won, that it was the correct and fair result… because – listen up here – because the hunters are not a criminal lot, they are not law breakers and they DO care for the environment.

Guffaw!

So now we here that some three Maltese Hunters were arrested in Argentina when it was found that they had a number of birds stuffed into their luggage on their way out of the country. These birds being of one or more protected species. The report also quotes that the hunters formed part of a larger group which, it seems, got away undetected. So it is uncertain how many protected birds were actually killed during this hunt.

Lawful, environmentally aware hunters indeed!

But… they claimed, during the build up to the referendum, that this was their right, their bread and butter, what provided their family food to put on their plate – woe is them if they were to lose this necessity of theirs.

Basically they claimed that their choice of hobby was their right – regardless of the consequences and barbarity of it all.

So, if these woe begotten poor hunters relied on hunting for sustenance tell me please – How on earth do they afford to organise a trip all the way to Argentina, pay for the guides to lead them and for all the accommodation and transport costs such an expedition would entail?

And really… how many birds are there in that image above? Do they just eat bird flesh?

What a load of hogwash!

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Marlene Farrugia rebels over university on ODZ land, fires warning – timesofmalta.com


Marlene Farrugia rebels over university on ODZ land, fires warning – timesofmalta.com.

Long term Chaos for short term gain

Long term Chaos for short term gain

Deceitful comparisons

Deceitful comparisons

Well said Marlene. We need more MP’s with your level of loyalty, honesty & integrity if Malta is to move away from the current cesspit of corruption.

yet you are wasting your talents while on the Labour Ticket. Move on please and find a outfit that better reflects your policies.

Season closed – 3 days before it was scheduled to close


Some 3 weeks ago Malta went to the polls and had a unique and life-changing chance to finally rid the country of a yoke, a burden that has weighed down on it for decades. They had the chance to show the politicians of this island where the Hunter’s Lobby should be – that is: NOT in the Driving Seat of their decisions.

Yet Malta failed.

And it failed on more counts then one.

Not only did it fail to protect nature, to protect those wild birds that would be, unfortunately for them, passing over our lands on their way to their breeding grounds.

It also failed to stand up to the bullying of a minority of people who feel that they have the right to kill, to destroy, to occupy and to contaminate.

To kill harmless and defenseless animals
To destroy their habitat and in the process the habitat of many other fauna & flora
To occupy land that would/should belong to the public at large
To contaminate the land with their lead pellets

It also failed to show the political class that the country will no longer stand for this nonsense of them being held at ‘gunpoint’ (so to speak) by the hunter’s lobby.

It failed to mature beyond the gullibility of the past when people would gawk and take as fact every single word spewed out by the few no matter how obviously fact-less those claims were.

It failed, ultimately, the future generations of Maltese and the world by allowing the few bullies today to destroy and thus deny them their right to be able to watch, listen and be mesmerized by these beautiful creatures.

A campaign run by the Yes vote – ie the hunters and those who were in favour of retaining the derogation for Spring Hunting in Malta – was built on a mountain of disinformation, subtle and not so subtle untruths, blatant lies and hypocritical appeals to the mental health of the hunters themselves. Shoring up all these deceitful tactics was the Prime Minister of Malta who did his utmost to help push forward the Yes Campaign’s agenda – first by publicly stating that he will vote yes (and thus turning this environmental issue into a political issue and automatically securing all the votes of his die-hard supporters who just follow the leader like sheep), and secondly by actively campaigning for the Yes group towards the end of the campaign despite having said he will not do so.

On the other hand we had the No Camp – those against Spring Hunting – who started off too late and were weak and quite ineffectual with their campaign. Despite all their good intentions they never really managed to address the real issues at stake and instead went for the tear jerkers. Many people decided to sun their own mini-campaign as a result.

The referendum of 11th April came and went – we all know the disastrous result but right until the very end we all hoped! We all prayed that Malta had finally grown up and matured enough to be able to decide for themselves on such an issue and not rely on their political fathers for ‘facts’ and definitely not to simply toe the line just because some politico said so. Unfortunately that was not the case. Malta is still stuck in its childish pique based politics.

The Yes Campaign, and thus the hunters and all those who are for ‘hobby’s’ that include killing of wild animals, won the referendum with 50.4% of the votes vs 49.6% who voted against spring hunting – a mere difference some 2220 votes. With about 2500 votes being marked as invalid and no way of knowing which way that vote would have gone if not invalidated (either by the voter intentionally or through some minor error) the actual result was very, very close.

So maybe my previous paragraph is not entirely true… however…

As soon as the result was out and official our pompous PM announced that there will be Zero tolerance to abuse threatening with closure of the season if flagrant abuse is reported.

Hold on a sec… wasn’t that already on the cards, hadn’t zero tolerance already been announced, so what’s new this time round?

Thing is, the hunters themselves thought he was just posturing again as has happened countless times before and off they went with their shotguns in hand and started to blast away willy nilly with nigh a thought about the consequences. Soon, actually on the very same day Spring Hunting opened, obviously, reports of illegally shot birds were being made.

First a cuckoo (but that could have been two, or maybe three?), then a lapwing, then a dutch boy (hold on, that ain’t a bird so what excuse this time?), then a kestrel – shot right next to a school outside the allowed times for hunting! Flagrant if that wasn’t then heck I never know what would be. However these were just the few illegalities that were actually witnesses and recorded – God alone knows how many went unrecorded.

Our dear PM had no choice, he had dallied enough delaying his decision as long as possible and in the meantime allowing the hunters their barbaric pass-time until it was literally forced on him. He wouldn’t take the decision earlier as he would lose out with the hunters and their families (votes are more important than anything else) but he couldn’t wait any longer as it would have been utterly ridiculous.

In a way it is ridiculous already as with only just 3 mornings left of the Spring Season he didn’t really deny the Hunter’s much despite all the flagrant abuse that was going on.

So, yet again, it was just a load of posturing for personal advancement.

Tough decision-maker? Not really!

Is war justified?


The current situation in the Middle East, mainly in Syria & Iraq, has spiralled beyond anyone’s controlled -almost. As we hear news of large swaths of land in both war ravaged Syria and also Iraq being gobbled up by the IS fighters I can’t help but draw a parallel with the evil forces that ravaged Middle Earth in Tolkien’s classic tale – The Lord of the Rings.

In both we see hordes of seemingly unstoppable warriors swoop down on innocent communities and gobbling them up in their headlong rush. The result in the Middle East is that of hundreds of thousands of people, Kurds, Christians & Syrians alike have fled from the advancing IS forces while those who were not so lucky and are now living under IS rule witness constant violence and fear.

After mass executions, beheadings and persecution of many innocent people the world is finally trying to respond the the threat. The US has already launched air strikes with 5 Arab States participating or supporting the strikes. The UK has just voted in favour of British involvement in the strikes against the IS while other EU nations are preparing their own response.

That other Arab nations have joined the fray against the IS is an important factor however the question remains – Is force, war, justified?

Something has to be done. The world cannot sit back and watch while the IS slaughter and terrorise their way across the Mid East. Yet is using force to counter terror justifiable, is war and all the anguish that is causes the right way to go about it? No matter what actions are taken, be they peacefully or military the IS and those who sympathise with it (and surprisingly enough – or not? you choose – there are sympathisers among the western world) will always find a way and a reason to attack the western world. And any hint of weakness from the forces of the west will only embolden the IS further.

Yet is it possible to justify violence with the cause? The crusades rediscovered?

Why would I vote for you?


Valletta has, over the past years, seen some major projects aimed at restoring much of what is old and beautiful. Another massive project is the new parliament building and the upgrading of its surroundings. This project has been victim of Malta’s unfortunate propensity to squabble over everything and anything simply on the grounds of colour (that refers to red or blue – politics – not black or white). Its childish and very silly attitude that many suffer from here in Malta, possibly due to the extreme polarity of politics here. Anyway, after some false starts the project finally got under way – and I for one am looking forward to seeing it completed. It is a beautiful piece of work which compliments and blends well with the majestic bastions.

Recently an news article appeared in The Times of Malta regarding a part of the project which involved the Ditch just below the bastions as you enter Valletta. The original Piano plan was to give this to the public by turning it into a garden. For the public by the public! A perfect and complimentary plan to the current works under way which would also embellish Valletta’s image.

The article was reporting that the current government was planning to do away with this garden and turn the ditch into yet another car park!

More concrete, more asphalt, more fumes!

Why do away with plans for greenery and recreational areas for the public just to appease some lazy sods who couldn’t be bothered to either:
a) find parking outside their comfort zone of a few meters from their destination
b) use public transport and have to do a bit more walking then normal

It is truly worrying that a government who claimed to be a green government, a government who cared about the environment during the run up to elections in March of 2013 are now considering to cancel garden plans in favour of a car park!

Isn’t there enough parking space already? Take the multistory car park just in front of the Phoenicia Hotel, the carpark next to Belt Is-Sebh, the smaller car parks down near The Excelsior and beneath the bastions opposite, parking all along the ring road. There is even a massive car park just outside Floriana. So why do we need yet another car park if not to simply promote the laziness of most Maltese?

No… a car park certainly cannot be considered for the Valletta Ditch.. ‘From the people, for the people’ must mean something that everyone can enjoy and take pleasure in and not become yet another fume and grit trap to further damage peoples’s health and the majestic bastions themselves.

Embellish and make Valletta the proudest walled city of the world

So why would I vote for you?

It is not the ever present ‘We will increase employment’ or ‘We will re-invigorate the economy’ or such like pledges. These are staple requirements of any government. If they don’t take care of the economy, make sure employment opportunities are available and generally keep the shop running then they should never be in office at all.

The difference comes with such projects that gives something back to the people in way of lifestyle – improving one’s lot and creating an atmosphere in society that leads to serenity and peace of mind.

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Finally some concrete action


http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140126/local/pn-to-file-judicial-protect-on-citizenship-scheme.504188#.

About time something concrete is done about this Citizenship scam and try to limit the damage caused by the government.

The citizenship debacle – take 2


Why is Joseph Muscat so intent and determined to get this scheme going (errata – it is running already as bulldozed through parliament the first time and signed by our President) despite all the negativity it has created locally & globally?

I see it as one simple answer – he has no choice. He’s got his gollions in a spiked steel grip which will not let go unless the citizenship scheme is passed.

He needs it as the government does not have any other form of economic strategy devised to keep Malta afloat after creating a massive cabinet and numerous fictitious jobs and positions to fill.

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