A lackey par excellence. A lapdog of lapdogs. An unashamed apologist for criminals and organised crime. A hypocrite and an unprincipled moron.
But he is also a socialist, admittedly. Maybe, a bad socialist, but if provided with autonomy and freedom, he is still capable of empathy and this is something that Robert Abela is totally incapable of. If his empathy is nurtured with freedom, Alex Agious Saliba may be able to transcend his negative habits and characteristics to make good decisions.
Alex Saliba is taking on one of Malta’s largest food importers over what he alleges to be excessive and abusive price hikes by their power of monopoly. He’s most probably right and retailers who commented on this website all confirmed this. The move by Alex to address this issue and confront big importers is surprising and has caught many in the Labour Party off guard. This is the first instance under Robert Abela’s administration that a Labour Party politician is starting a battle against big local businesses over their practices. This is unprecedented in a party hijacked by criminals who ingratiate with every local business in their search for the next corrupt score.
Alex Saliba kept distinguishing himself from his Prime Minister and colleagues by declaring that he is in favour of raising the minimum wage and his position prompted the Labour propaganda rag, Maltatoday, to publish a declaration by the Prime Minister saying that he too is in favor of raising the minimum wage. Of course, Robert Abela is very worried about Alex. While Robert Abela faces the growing possibility of being voted out as Prime Minister by his own parliamentary group, Robert fears Alex Saliba because Alex has critical mass. In fact, Robert would like to see Alex failing to get elected in the upcoming MEP elections, but this may not be possible given that Alex enjoys uncritical and loyal support from a large number of Labour Party members. Now, Alex got his support by ingratiation, hardcore displays of Party loyalty, and by defending the indefensible. He has also spoken against me in the European Parliament for publishing the NuxellinaLeaks, so this is not someone who championed people’s interests, until very recently.
Alex, who, like me, is a proud and poor boy from the South, is just a more articulate version of a common Labour voter. If Alex is finding more freedom to express political views and conduct himself independently from the Labour Party and the Prime Minister, it is because this feeling of autonomy and freedom is coming back to all of Labour Party members. He would be stupid to contest the Labour Party leadership race because he is totally inexperienced and incredibly unfit for that role, but Robert fears him nonetheless because, at this point in time, Alex Saliba would get by far, much more votes than Robert Abela in a leadership race.