The Nationalist party finds itself in a state of flux, poorly attempting to compete against one of the best Labour parties in history. The party under the leadership of Adrian Delia has come under heavy fire after yet another two landslide defeats in the MEP and Local Council elections. These defeats follow numerous others, namely two landslide electoral defeats where the Nationalist party lost by heavy margins.
In the midst of internal chaos where proper strategy is amiss, and finances are in shambles, talks of a potential split in the party are gaining speed. It is indicated by several members of parliament that the Nationalist party is split in factions. This was confirmed by Pierre Portelli who resigned from the Nationalist party due to the systematic attacks by certain members of parliament. The internal conflict within the Nationalist party is also spurred by external individuals who are mounting pressure for political responsibility and are asking for a new leadership structure. The context needs to be kept in mind. We are talking about a political party which consists of members of parliament who have been serving for a number of years, together with a Leader who has just started out recently in politics. One may expect that such members of parliament would not be too inclined to support a Leader who has significantly less political experience.
It is believed that certain members of parliament who have long been serving within the Nationalist party are not too comfortable with Adrian Delia’s approach and that it is their view that the party is not electable with him at the helm. On the other hand, Adrian Delia has made it abundantly clear that he is not willing to step down, emphasising on the fact that he has been democratically chosen to lead the party to the next election. From his point of view, resigning mid-way is not the right means to shoulder political responsibility. Considering that a truce between both factions seems to be far off, should we start thinking about a scenario where the current Nationalist party is split in two? Would it make sense from a democratic point of view and how will it work?
When considering that there are barely enough resources to keep one party in operation, what sense would it make to split and restart anew? Can the current democratic landscape afford it? Will there be more competition for the Labour party if this drastic decision is taken?
Could a new political party be the solution to this fiasco?