Monday 22 January 2018


Why should we be grateful for a road?

In third world countries, the “leader” makes sure that the “people” know every time something is “done for them”. The government erects massive billboards to announce the “achievement”, it issues long-winded statements to the press and it organises  pompous ceremonies which are covered religiously on State television. Then there is the obligatory plaque, of course, to commemorate the undertaking so that in years to come the name of the leader will be remembered for posterity.

If all this sounds depressingly familiar, it is because in these matters, we (unfortunately) still harbour this kind of third world country mentality.

The PN has proved this point by circulating a photo of the ironically named Triq l-Ewropa (pictured above) which took two years to complete, caused massive disruption to anyone living in the area and required anyone going to and from the airport to take long, frustrating detours.

Yes, of course, everyone is relieved that this stretch of road is finally finished, but to use it as a way of trumpeting this administration’s achievements is mind-boggling.  People commenting on the photo have pointed out that it is not completely finished, and that only half of this long road has actually been resurfaced. Others have noticed that the workmanship is no great shakes either.  Of course, these complaints have caused those who are pro-PN to bristle with indignation, because (apparently) we are all supposed to shut up and be pathetically grateful for this blessed road.

Why?  Frankly, I don’t expect it to be “news” every time a road is resurfaced or finished off well. It should be taken as a matter of course that we have a good road network everywhere and not just where there are the main arterial roads. Even tiny little backstreets and alleys should be smoothly finished with proper drainage,  etc.  Should this really be brain surgery in such a minuscule country?

After all, that’s what we pay taxes for, to have decent infrastructure.  I would say that ALL our roads should be like this, and it should all be done without any fanfare.  Is that too much to ask?

Apparently, it is.

  • Not to mention the lame-ass self congratulatory signs Transport Malta loves to erect everywhere. “This road was resurfaced by TM.” You don’t say, I thought it might have been the gremlins who done it.

  • SAD

    This is exactly my line of thought. On the same lines, why should we be thankful for the bus system, which in my opinion was a complete flop. The system failed since the buses failed to adhere to the planned schedules time unless they changed recently. We could have trained some monkeys and just changed the buses for all I know.

    You would be amazed as to how people are thankful and grateful for the government’s drive to maintain green and flowery patches of roundabouts across the country. Come on!

    I’d say that Malta is around 20 years backwards in these instances. There has to be a reboot of mentality that is very hard to envisage for the future. Good luck Malta.

  • Alfred Bugeja

    From your photo, it is amply clear that the entire road, not half of it has been resurfaced.

    And it would be good for you to consider in your rubbish arguments that the billboards, placards and the rest are all part of the publicity requirements that the EU poses as a condition for all the projects that it co-finances.

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