There are so many ways to put something the right way, and Simon made sure to avoid all of them. In his address to the top ranks of the European Commission, Simon put up a pathetic attempt at cosying up with them, and he did it in all the wrong ways.
Here’s how the ideal scenario would have played out:
- Simon tells the European Commission of how proud he is of his country’s achievements within the EU
- Simon then thanks them for the benefits they have bestowed upon Malta
- Simon expresses concern about how the good name of our country may be tarnished with the actions of the current government
This is coming from a student, with the political capacity of a follower, which means one would expect something better from a man with at least 13 years of experience in politics. Were expectations fulfilled? Nope. Simon, again, managed to botch up a perfectly good situation by doing the following:
- Blatant ‘we wanted you, they did not’ finger pointing, which makes his attempts cringe-worthy. He seems to hint that because of this reason, the EU owes the PN its support.
- Simon then puts up some facts and figures, claiming that 84% of the Maltese population feel that EU membership was beneficial (wait for it). He then contradicts himself, and tells the European Commission how disappointed the Maltese are in them.
- He insists that ‘we’ are disappointed. Cue blatant mud-slinging by Simon, making reference to Panama Papers. I truly believe Simon does not get it. Certain issues (unfortunately) have a certain window of opportunity. The Panama Papers’ one closed a while ago.
- He closes off by attempting to bash the European Commission for not taking action, and takes a swing at one of the Vice Presidents for attending a press conference with Konrad Mizzi
- Simon inevitably gets shut down by Juncker. Well done.
The men to the right of Simon clearly shows how we all feel with the name-calling game politics has become. Simon is lamenting about something which happened too long ago, it’s lost its gravitas. He should have kicked up a bigger fuss about it closer to the events. Because of Simon’s lack of strategic capability, we are stuck with a corrupt government. As a closing note, though in no way do I like Joseph Muscat, it is clear out of the two leaders who the better player of the political game is. Simon has much to learn.