As you sit over a cup of coffee to read my article in two months time, the die would have been cast. Europe would have gone through one of the largest democratic processes in the world to elect a new Parliament to represent its citizens in Brussels and Strasbourg.
With over seven hundred seats up for grabs, the campaign is grueling and intense. This we can see manifesting itself even on our little island with post after post on the social media and with post personnel working over time to keep up with the distribution of propaganda material, all this topped up with conferences, buffet dinners, bingo parties and all the works.
Malta will also be electing new local councillors after a hiatus of several years. This overdose of politics will culminate on the 25th of May, until then we have to brace ourselves and be ready for more.
Much of what we are hearing is the usual rhetoric that comes with elections like these, sometimes you know what the candidate will be saying even before he says the first word, but amidst the run of the mill hopefuls, a few candidates might actually surprise you.
I was actually pleasantly surprised to listen to some of the candidates speak in a way that actually convinces that that really want to be the difference in these elections.
Many of these are new candidates though not all. They have moved away from the comfort zone of their profession to actually make a difference, and maybe it is about time to think outside the box and look deeper at what they have to offer. These are people that are not looking at these elections just to make financial gain but because they have something worth offering.
As lucrative as they may seem, the European Parliament seats carry with them a huge responsibility and it is up to us voters to ensure that those we elect are worthy of the trust that we are placing in them. Those elected have the power to be game changers in a very particular and sensitive time for Europe. The world is changing fast and Europe has always been the catalyst of every change that happened in the world. As such we cannot afford to elect amateurs. We Maltese have to be extra careful because we only have six seats and we cannot afford to make the wrong choices.
What I am saying applies to both sides of the political spectrum. Both parties have good and better candidates so when it comes to choosing, we all have a bounty of choice.
We really cannot afford to let this opportunity pass us by, some may be inclined to stay at home and not vote, I personally think that that would be a huge mistake. Every nation gets the representatives it deserves and as such we need, with our vote, to be part of this democratic process that will take Europe into the 20’s with all the challenges that come with that.