"I know that many of you will support the government's determination to look at the rules and regulations, and if necessary to change the law to ensure that he is able to enjoy an old age pension ..."
Those who remember the Hon Joe Bossano's GSLP government can by forgiven for thinking it is a quote from him from that period. But no, it is not Mr Bossano speaking, it is none other than The Hon Peter Caruana QC who is quoted. Those selfsame people will remember criticisms made by the GSD in that period of alleged abuses by the GSLP government of the legislative process and their abuse of power. We seem to have reached the same destination with Mr Caruana's GSD Government.
As soon as changes in law become subjective and personalised (irrespective of how noble the objective might be) we are not only on dangerous (not to say perilous) ground but on the slippery slope by which the democratic process is corrupted. In the same way as the very personal view of a Chief Minister can be translated into legislation for purposes that might be perceived widely to be good, so can it be used for nefarious and anti-democratic purposes with supporters of a governing party excusing such measures as being for the greater good of a community. Objectivity is lost and despotism and personalised prejudices take over to the detriment of any concept of democracy. This is one of the motivating factors that has taken Mugabe's Zimbabwe to where it is today.
It is at this stage that an electorate has to decide to flex its democratic muscle. Comparative assessments of what Mr Caruna or Mr Bossano or their respective parties cease to have the same importance. Change becomes the main and most important consideration. Change in order to remind a government that has been in power too long that it is the electorate that govern in a democracy and not any individual or government, who think he or it knows best.
It is at times like this that an electorate has to take difficult decisions. It should not shirk from taking them. Change always brings some good. It is a decision that can be reversed in 4 years but the effect of change is salutary.
One issue is, why do people have to rely on blogs such as this one to create controversy and debate? Unfortunately faced with a neutered news media, GBC paid for by government and the Chronic heavily indebted to government, and in the absence of backbenchers that can call a government to order, this is what is left.
Democracy reigns in Gibraltar? You decide .