It seems that this summer is going to be a very long and dreary one for the Nationalist Party. It is very concerning for the country that the opposition finds itself in the situation that it is now, it is simply not healthy. Every democratic nation relies on a strong opposition that can keep the government in check and avoid a situation where the ruling party steam rolls over everyone and gets its way on every issue with no one to keep checks and balances. It is happening here, it is happening to us now and the PN needs to get its act straight not only for its own sake and survival but for the sake of the country as well.
Adrian Delia has been at the helm for almost two years and these two years have been filled with controversy, if there was any hope of this party moving forward, this hope is slowly fading away as there seem to be splits within splits with every passing day. Results have been to say the least, abysmal, not only when it comes to elections, which ultimately is the most important platform, but even when it comes to viewership of the newly rebranded TV and Radio station. Nothing seems to be going right these days and I think it boils down to the fact that bar Pierre Portelli, who came part and parcel with Adrian Delia, the new way had no particular road map, no physical team to put in place to replace the “establishment” that everyone wanted to replace but no one knew exactly who these people were or what their role was within the party.
Employees at the PN headquarters were waiting for an avalanche of change, a change in direction a change in mentality and a change in the overall running of the Party and its companies but everything remained the same and it now seems that a section of those who were calling for the heads of the establishment are de facto part of the establishment themselves.
Adrian Delia reminds me of Ali in the rumble in the jungle, where Foreman had Muhammad Ali at the ropes for a huge part of the fight, no one gave Ali a fighting chance and it was thought that it was only a matter of minutes or rounds till he succumbed. We all know what happened during that fight, Foreman, exhausted from being on the offense for so much was felled by one blow from Ali who was using the ropes and the corner to minimize the impact of Foreman’s fury and conserve enough energy for when the moment was opportune. Is Delia waiting for that moment? Does he have one felling blow strong enough to put everyone in place and silence his critics left in him?
I am still of the opinion that there is more to Adrian Delia that meets the eye. He is not just a smiling face who goes down well with all those who care to speak with him, he is not just a knight in shining armour either. I think that he is shrewder than he lets on and I think he is also a very calculating and patient man… whose patience is running out and whose calculations are indicating that he needs to make some cuts. Cuts that are painful but indispensable if he wants to stay at the helm of the Nationalist Party at least until the next general elections.
Even the most critical of the Delia leadership are of the opinion that the PN can be salvaged with him at the helm if only he gets rid of the entourage that surrounds him and cloud his judgement, and even if their opinion is not exactly public, there is general consent about this line of thinking.
What is certain is that we will be seeing a lot of changes during the summer months. I envisage new alliances will be formed, allegiances that until a few weeks ago were deemed impossible but as they say, twenty four hours is a very long time in politics.
What is certain is that all the quarrelling factions seem to have finally realized that the longer they take to solve the internal problem, the larger the gap between the PN and the PL becomes, hence the need to get the act in order as quickly as possible, even if this means having to content with a compromise.