Gozo Zero Sum Policy – Alan Deidun
In mathematics, the zero-sum theorem represents a situation in which the profits of one competitor in the same competition are lost by the other competitor and the sum of all profits and losses is actually zero.
In simpler and less confused terms … in a highly competitive environment like party politics, effective change becomes increasingly difficult as the two candidates simply mimic each other’s politics, and nowhere is this more evident than in Gozo.
The recent pre-election release of proposals by the Nationalist Party aimed at boosting Gozo’s “connectivity” smells like overkill as the proposals are a hodgepodge of a permanent flight connection, an expansion of the port of Mġarr and more parking facilities within it include the port, the Malta-Gozo tunnel and even mooring for the fast ferry in Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq.
I consciously and deliberately chose the term “overkill”, as my regular transit to and from Gozo (three to four weekly trips) means that the journey to Gozo has never been as smooth as it is now, courtesy of the fourth Gozo ferry and the two functional high-speed ferries. The approach to the port of Mġarr is perhaps the highlight of the ferry trip to the sister island, as the natural and picturesque backdrop of the same port and the same port extending laterally or vertically would definitely thwart such an approach.
From an ecological point of view, there are, in addition to the plans for the expansion of the port of Mġarr, even more to criticize about the PN’s proposals. The coastal road that stretches from Pembroke to Salini, for example, is one of the few unpaved sections along the Maltese coast, a figurehead for one or the other caravan agglomeration and should definitely not be intended for moorings. The water quality along this stretch of coast is finally recovering after decades of the Magħtab open landfill, with the same coastline providing refuge for a wide variety of leisure pursuits, sports and practices.
Second, the real cause of the parking problem in the port of Mġarr is a parrot secret, namely rental cars and vehicles that are parked in the same place for days to make it easier for commuters to cross the two islands regularly.
Improving port parking will simply encourage greater vehicle dependency on a 60 square kilometer island where public transport could be a panacea, along with a timeshare and enforceable parking system for existing same port parking. Weekends, but also occasional weekdays during the holiday season, are characterized by crackling traffic all the way from Xewkija to Victoria, whereby mobility along such a thoroughfare comes to a standstill for a large part of the day.
Any proposal that would lead to an increase in vehicles on Gozo, such as the myopic tunnel, will further exacerbate such a challenge that would inevitably lead to the knock-on effect that we are so familiar with here in Malta, such as widening the roads around the Coping with abundance. While we’re at it, why not propose the complete reclamation of the Malta-Gozo Canal, anchoring the sister island as a physical annex to Malta and removing any distinct hallmarks that the island has to offer visitors?
Appeal to the most basic instincts of voters (Gozitans) by promising anything that stinks of clientelism under the sun– Alan Deidun
The promise to entrust the Gozitans with the decision on the Malta-Gozo tunnel and three candidates for the 13th the island. But the utilitarian rationale for actually delegating decision-making powers to a narrow electorate (Gozitans in this case) is an approach that is also being wooed by the Labor government, given the significant financial investments made by non-Gozitans in Gozo due to its supposedly pristine natural environment ?
In fact, it comes as no surprise that the current construction boom on the island of Gozo is apparently being driven by demand from Malta, but is also made possible by the supply of townhouses that are being abandoned (sold) by their Gozitan owners to make way for cheap summer homes. In this case, appealing to the most basic instincts of voters (Gozitans) by promising everything under the sun stinks of clientelism. Decision-making should not only be left to those who are directly dependent on Gozo’s economic development, if we are serious about the environmental sustainability of the proposals offered.
Loose analogies would be to delegate national policy on alcohol consumption exclusively to ex-alcoholics or on traffic management exclusively to car salesmen.
Those who have a direct (economic) interest in the policy to be formulated should definitely be consulted, but intangible, inexpedient amenities and considerations beyond the pound and the shilling should also be taken into account. Gozo supported the ‘connectivity “-Proposal suggestions quickly, as they could directly benefit from their implementation Social media to vehemently criticize such a proposal.
However, the vote of the latter would be given to election candidates in the 13th
Now that Gozo is no longer a backwater (Presepju), but has grown up, politicians on both sides of the divide should seriously consider stopping this undignified ingratiation and drooling at the Gozitans for votes by engaging in a narrative, that expresses things for what they really are, that more clutter is the last thing Gozo needs if it is to attract the masses. If the Presepju tale was inedible to many Gozitans, the geġwiġija (mess) Gozo is being turned into should also raise frowns from the locals.
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