Parliament might’ve been suspended for the holiday season to return on 20th January 2020 amidst a politically turbulent couple of weeks, but that didn’t stop Labour MPs from posing for a group photo.
“We were, are, and will remain one family,” MP Rosianne Cutajar said on Facebook, posting a photo of herself with a majority of Labour MPs. “A photo with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and my friends as we concluded the last Parliamentary sitting this year!”
While not including absolutely every single Labour MP, the photo had some noticeable omissions… like Education Minister Evarist Bartolo.
Barely seen in the right corner behind the whole group, seemingly engaged in something else, Bartolo has been vocal about the current political situation on social media, regularly uploading cryptic statuses about the need for Malta – and his party – to “turn over a new leaf”.
“If there’s a fire burning in some building, you shouldn’t be shutting off the fire alarm, but putting out the fire,” he had said barely a day after publicly calling for the resignation of Tourism Minister Konrad Mizzi and Chief of Staff Keith Schembri.
Last week, Bartolo was also noticeably absent from Joseph Muscat’s press conference announcing that cabinet had rejected a second request for a pardon from Yorgen Fenech, the main suspect in the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia.
The photo quickly made it to a meme and satirical photo or two… including, of course, the extremely serious Bis-Serjetà – Serjetà Biss.
Earlier today, PN deputy leader David Agius decried the seven-week adjourning of Parliament as “unprecedented”.
“What a shame ! This is not what our country needs,” Agius said.
The Opposition boycotted Parliament last week, deeming Muscat’s leadership and decision to step down in five weeks instead of immediately as illegitimate given the current political crisis.
Labour Government of @JosephMuscat_JM adjourned Parliament today until 20th January 2020 ! Unprecedented ! What a shame ! This is not what our country needs.
— David AGIUS (@davidagiusmp) December 4, 2019