Thanks, however no thanks

Robert Arrigo’s current outburst on the social media – about how he was handled by the powers that be within the PN – alerts one other unhappy finish of a political profession. As soon as once more, I discover myself remembering the saying attributed to Enoch Powel that “each political profession ends in tears”.

To make certain, Arrigo’s Fb submit reeks of emotional self-pity however it’s also a response to the way in which he was handled by the PN. Dismissing him as some ineffective fool who is nice just for accumulating cash – conveniently ignoring the truth that the PN’s money owed have been the best inside headache that the PN was struggling when Arrigo was the get together deputy chief – is nothing in need of completely ungrateful for what Arrigo did in regards to the PN’s debt.

Politicians are human beings, regardless that they generally act as if they aren’t.

As people, they’re damage when they’re handled badly – or after they assume they’re handled badly. Keep in mind Margaret Thatcher crying as she left Downing Road for the final time? Or Dom Mintoff complaining that he was not allowed entry into the Labour Occasion Headquarters constructed by Alfred Sant? Or Anglu Farrugia – then Labour deputy chief – not allowed to see what was occurring within the Labour HQ’s fourth ground the place he had no proper of entry?

Arrigo was clearly damage by being given simply 5 minutes to talk on the occassion of him being changed by a brand new deputy chief who was pe-ordained by the powers that be. One minute for yearly he served as deputy chief, he famous sarcastically. Arrigo had accepted his alternative graciously, however in flip he was not handled graciously. They simply instructed him: thanks, however no thanks!

The facility intuition in male primates could be very evident in human politics, and in the way in which how humanity runs this planet that it has fully taken over for its personal slender functions – whether or not benign or malign.

Robert Arrigo is a self-made businessman regardless of having been born with the proverbial silver spoon. I cannot enter into the hows and the whys, however Robert Arrigo needed to go it alone regardless of all odds and ended up a really profitable businessman on his personal deserves.  That’s not my level, however it’s also a mirrored image of his mettle and willpower. The identical mettle and willpower that led him to grow to be the preferred PN politician in Sliema and its surrounding areas, main the PN vote rely in two electoral districts. 

Absolutely, concentrating on his defects is not any strategy to deal with a gentleman. Treating badly adversaries inside the identical get together will not be gentlemanly in any respect. No shock right here! In all democratic international locations, politicians present extra respect to these on the opposite facet than to these of their very own facet. This jogs my memory of the anecdote of a brand new authorities MP becoming a member of the federal government facet within the Home of Commons, wanting on the Opposition and referring to them as ‘the enemy’. He was instantly rebuked by an older MP who defined that these on the opposite facet have been simply ‘Her Majesty’s loyal Opposition’ whereas the actual enemy was on their very own facet.

Such is the reduce and thrust of male-dominated politics in parliamentary democracies.

The folks inside the PN who implied that Robert Arrigo was ineffective despite the variety of votes he attracted each election he contested, have but to know when and easy methods to take care of get together members with whom they disagree or whose time is over. What they did to Arrigo was self-defeating.

That’s the reason the PN is doomed to maintain on dropping votes. The individuals who run the get together carry on making the identical errors, scary extra folks to desert the PN.

It’s also evident that Bernard Grech – who was foisted chief on the grounds of his seems to be and manners being highly regarded on the social media – was truly let free in a jungle that he hardly understands.

Grech has served his function: that was to relax the nerves of those that rejected Adrian Delia even earlier than he was formally nominated as candidate for the PN management and his profitable – however doomed – election as get together chief.

After the results of the final election, when the PN misplaced extra votes than Labour did, these nerves are once more jangled. And the haemorrhage from the PN continues unabated.

The PN’s response is just making it worse.

Taxing luxurious items

Euronews has reported that Canada is about to impose a brand new ‘luxurious tax’ on the sale and importation of high-value vehicles, planes and boats.

Coming into impact on September first, the Choose Luxurious Objects Tax Act is depicted as a part of the Authorities of Canada’s dedication to a fairer tax system. The levy is the realisation of price range proposals first made final summer season, which have now obtained parliamentary approval. The brand new luxurious levy targets boats, autos and plane priced above established limits. It will likely be calculated at 10 per cent of the complete retail worth of the car, plane or vessel, or 20 per cent of the worth above the edge.

The tax will solely apply to new autos bought by shoppers for private use. It would apply retroactively to such gross sales made after 1 January 2022.

Canada’s luxurious tax goals to make issues fairer for taxpayers, guaranteeing that ‘these Canadians who can afford to purchase luxurious items are contributing a little bit extra,’ in line with an announcement on the Authorities of Canada’s web site.

The Canadian authorities claims that the tax might additionally deter rich residents from buying fuel-guzzling luxurious vehicles, yachts and personal jets – with constructive results for the surroundings.

Individuals who get pleasure from bragging with the luxurious objects they possess are discovered all around the world. Malta is not any exception. Most of them are in all probability tax dodgers, legally or in any other case.

In Italy anybody who makes use of such luxurious objects for greater than numerous months per 12 months is assumed to be the proprietor and taxed because the proprietor, no matter what entity is technically the precise proprietor.

Malta is rife with folks proudly owning such luxurious objects however introducing such a tax in Malta would, maybe, be too socialist a measure for the present Labour administration.

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