Unrepentant Varist strikes again

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Another morning, another Facebook post by Minister Evarist Bartolo who yesterday called for the resignation of Minister Konrad Mizzi and Chief of Staff Keith Schembri. Today’s post is a bit cryptic but given yesterday’s meeting of the Parliamentary Group of the Partit Laburista it is rather an easy one to decipher.

It is very clear that Minister Bartolo is passing another strong message to Prime Minister Joseph Muscat. Bartolo is plainly telling Muscat to take action against Mizz, Schembri and whoever is being accused, instead of trying to shut up people raising the alarm.

Do not switch off the fire alarm

“If you want to be a good leader you must learn – although this is no easy endeavour – that when someone complains or criticises something you are responsible for, you listen and take action. If a building is on fire you don’t switch off the fire alarm, but you try to extinguish the fire.”

It seems that Minister Bortolo will not give up but will keep on pushing for what he believes should be done. He uploaded another post quoting The City, a famous poem by Kostantin Cavafy. The conclusion of the Minister of Education is that we should not blame others or our environment for our problems.

The City

You said: “I’ll go to another country, go to another shore,

find another city better than this one.

Whatever I try to do is fated to turn out wrong

and my heart lies buried like something dead.

How long can I let my mind moulder in this place?

Wherever I turn, wherever I look,

I see the black ruins of my life, here,

where I’ve spent so many years, wasted them, destroyed them totally.”

You won’t find a new country, won’t find another shore.

This city will always pursue you.

You’ll walk the same streets, grow old

in the same neighborhoods, turn gray in these same houses.

You’ll always end up in this city. Don’t hope for things elsewhere:

there’s no ship for you, there’s no road.

Now that you’ve wasted your life here, in this small corner,

you’ve destroyed it everywhere in the world.

Evarist is not alone

Sources who spoke to Newsbook.com.mt said that during the meeting of the Parliamentary Group there were several who spoke in favour of dismissing Minister Konrad Mizzi and Chief of Staff Keith Schembri. But Mizzi was adamant that he will not resign and the Prime Minister gave no sign that he will force resignations.

During the meeting several spoke against the use of public fora to criticise Mizzi and Schembri and put pressure on the Prime Minister.

Minister Bartolo gave no comments to journalist after the meeting barring one saying that he was not comfortable because of the rain. However Tuesday’s morning post of Facebook shows that he is uncomfortable with other more important issues as well.