It may be April Fools’ Day, but there really is nothing funny about the situation currently unfolding in Malta, that in which hunters might somehow be able to go out and hunt quail – with the government’s blessing – during a worldwide pandemic.
Honestly, I don’t know what’s happening or how this small segment of the population has managed to cuckold a whole country, but listen up and listen well, because on top of verging on the incredulous, this is also incredibly disrespectful to the rest of us.
We are in the middle of a pandemic that is threatening everything from our health to our livelihood:
- Our health workers are being asked to put their lives on the line to give those who are infected their best fighting chance.
- Our deliverymen and women, as well as our cashiers, bankers, and a few other people doing essential jobs, are being asked to brave the world on a daily basis and potentially put their and their family’s health at risk.
- Our police force is busy making sure people obey the new rules of quarantine, self-isolation, and social distancing.
- We are asking people to stay home, to not visit their elderly relatives, to not meet up with their friends. And, if they do go out, not to be in groups of more than three.
- Businesses have been closed or have seen their cash flow practically evaporate overnight, causing them to haemorrhage vast amounts of money.
- Many workers have been left wondering whether they’ll have a job once this is over.
- Some of us in self-employment have had most of our income wiped in less than two weeks’ time.
- The government is rushing through laws to try to cushion the blow of COVID-19.
- Ivan Bartolo has so much time on his hands that he actually wants to recreate scenarios out of sci-fi movies and have us tracked.
So, how in the world does this make sense? How are we allowing hunters to leave their home and take over the countryside (the only place most people can safely go for a stroll right now) so they can shoot quail – and, let’s be honest here, quite a few of them will shoot whatever else is flying – when a) they should be at home, and b) the police are already busy enough and won’t be able to check on them?
- This is an insult to health workers.
- This is an insult to people who are doing their best to stay inside and flatten the curve.
- This is an insult to those who are working hard to protect the nation and its citizens.
And this is not to mention that now Transport Malta wants to reverse its decision and allow driving lessons to take place. Because, hey, having two people from two different households share a car for 45 minutes while breathing the same air and touching the same handbrake, steering wheel and goodness knows what else, before someone else joins for the ride makes perfect sense right now.
To the government and anyone else with the power to do anything about this: please stop this madness. And for the love of God, please stop acting like twats who claim to have our best interest at heart when you yourself admit that you’re swayed by public (rather than expert) opinion.
Unless you’ve all lost your minds, that is, in which case, just bow out gracefully and let real leaders do the job.