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Franco should re-read his thesis

Found this from another blog and it definitely deserves a read. This is an extract from Franco Debono's thesis on the organization and financing of political parties:


“Members of Parliament of the party in office should be extremely reluctant to vote against the government, or even to hold individual ministers to account, if that would embarrass it.”

“The team must not be weakened by some of its members making clear in public that they disapprove of the government’s policy.”

“If they do not like what the team is doing, they must either keep quiet or leave.”

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“The chief sanction for ‘breach of party discipline’, in the form of public disagreement with party policy or failure to support the party line in a division, is expulsion from the parliamentary party.”

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“The political precondition for such an event would be very widespread feelings amongst members of the party that under the Prime Minister they would have little or no hope of winning the next general election and that the chances would be greatly improved under another Leader.”

- Franco Debono

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English translation of this original blogpost in Maltese.
Daphne wasn't murdered yesterday.
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Tiġdid

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