Hondoq saved, but is it Gozo?


So, after 20 years, the Hondoq ir-Rummien chapter is closed and all have breathed a sigh of relief.

I have been following and reporting on this saga from the very beginning when we the media were taken by seaplane (remember?) from the Grand Harbor to Mgarr to visit the site. It was then abandoned with disused and rusty machines in the small quarry. Is it always the same?

One thing many don’t know is that it is a man-made bay, with the sand brought in when the reverse osmosis plant was installed on the other side of Hondoq. Maybe there’s a hint in the name itself – it’s not called a berry.

The original model as I remember it looked more like the Santa Maria estate in Mellieha – many bungalows spread out. Then many changes took place both at the level of the owners and the architects. The project grew and grew, added a hotel, added more floors.

And the opposition grows accordingly. I was present at a very lively public hearing held at the local school. Politics also got involved, both nationally and locally.

Maybe what decided the final decision was that it was a big project with one owner. Maybe that was how it had to be done to have a holistic approach, but even the Santa Maria estate started like that, but today it’s kind of disintegrated.

Xlendi, on the contrary, has several owners and look how it is irretrievably destroyed. So everyone who was happy that Hondoq had been “saved” should come down from Cloud 9.

In addition to massive developments across Gozo, this morning the Planning Authority announced direct action against Gozo’s biggest and grossly abusive landfill.

Saving Hondoq maybe (although I doubt it – let’s wait a few years) but saving Gozo?

make fools of themselves

The beginning of the annual budget debates, in addition to the budget speech itself, always includes a reply from the Leader of the Opposition and a reply to the Prime Minister’s reply. All done in prime time and with each speaker surrounded by adoring MPs.

It is above all a waste of time and a pity for those who do not switch to a foreign station.

I predicted last week that people should not have held their breath expecting something extraordinary from the Leader of the Opposition and I was right.

His speech could have been written by an intern following a single website. There was nothing original except that he jumped from topic to topic without any connection or continuity. I pity the media who try to offer a summary and a title of what was said.

As for the Prime Minister’s response the next day, it continues to reveal a naive and alarming assessment of economic facts. I just hope that in his head, he is evolving at a very different level from what he flattered the House.

A leader of the country drew a comparison between how this government is coping with the current crisis and how the Gonzi government coped with the 2008 economic crisis.

There can be no comparison. The 2008 crisis was a global crisis that threatened to bring about the collapse of the West. Today’s crises – the pandemic and the war in Ukraine – although very serious, are not in the same category.

Second, you just can’t compare where you are then and now by comparing what people were paying for electricity then and what they’re paying now without also considering the state of the electricity. economy then and the state of the economy now with so many millions added to the national debt. Reasoning like the Prime Minister did is how many people look at their financial situation without considering the overall debt they are racking up. I am surprised that no member of the Gonzi administration has responded to such a travesty of the truth.

I said last week and I reiterate today that the issue of fuel prices requires in-depth analysis. On the one hand, whether capping fuel prices for citizens is fair – something other governments are doing – on the local scene, there are still many important issues to consider, whether the interference of Konrad Mizzi and Joseph Muscat and links with private investors have become increasingly opaque. What will it take to unravel the real situation of Enemed and end Malta’s growing subservience to shadowy governments and other bodies?

In the 2013 elections, when Joseph Muscat proposed lowering fuel prices for families, he found a surefire way to get people to change and vote for his party. After almost 10 years, we can now see the consequences – next year the government will have to borrow 1,600 million euros. Next year, the whole country will have to shell out 700 million euros in debt-related expenses. This means €1,667 for each person living in Malta. And each of us has €25,000 as part of the national debt. (Thanks to Joe Zahra)

Robert Abela did not mention it.

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