It would be such a pity if PM Gonzi would have to call it a day.
I like him for his work rate, for his ability to communicate, for his focus, for his commitment to what he believes in, for being able to ride the economic chaos that surrounds us.
Apart from that he is a nice man and generally good with the media. As journalist Matthew Vella had pointed out, I’m also impressed with his resilience and stamina.
But it seems that he is on ‘life support’ at this point and it’s like having people in a queue waiting to pull off the plug, with a few loyals keeping them at bay….slowly getting outnumbered.
I think putting the front (bench) at the back has cost him too much, sending sms-es instead of looking people in the eye was an even worse one, the honoraria, covering up for some of his Ministers (eg Tonio Fenech’s trip to see Arsenal FC, Austin Gatt’s flop in the transport system reform etc), not getting rid of Franco earlier on, not reading the signs of the time that the circle was closing on him….and the list goes on.
Once again, I’m really not after knocking people’s head off their necks, but let’s face it, this is a limping Government. The Party needs to set a new tone, to bring in ‘fresh’ leadsership (people like Frank Psaila, Simon Busuttil, Karol Aquilina would be some of ‘my choices’) to be able to get on with it.
I think the PM has sacrificed his pride too much – now he needs to respect himself, he needs to make sure that he comes out of this with his chin held high – he did what he had to do, but now…..?