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Vox pop: election fever

From left: Andrew Vassallo, Robert Farrugia and Tiziana Azzopardi.

From left: Andrew Vassallo, Robert Farrugia and Tiziana Azzopardi.

If there was a general election tomorrow, who do you think would win and why?

If it was tomorrow I think the Labour Party would win because they are ahead in the polls, but if there was an election campaign, I think it might get close. Andrew Vassallo, 22, MA Diplomacy.

I think the Nationalist Party would win at this point because of the campaigning that’s being done. After having watched last Friday’s debate on Xarabank, it seems the Nationalist Party is being more clear than the Labour Party with regard to its policies and how it’s going to enact them. Robert Farrugia, 18, Mcast Btec Extended Diploma in Environmental Sustainability.

Probably Labour, because so many people, at least on campus, want and need change; they want to go in the opposite direction to where we are now. Tiziana Azzopardi, 21, MSc Creativity and Innovation.

What do you think about political campaigning in Malta?

I think it’s very entertaining but it’s also very childish. Of course, in election time it’s only going to get worse. Andrew Vassallo.

Labour has been campaigning very heavily and we’ve been seeing a lot of billboards which are updated more frequently than the Nationalist billboards. But when it comes to debates, the PN seems more prepared for questions and more connected to the people than the PL. Robert Farrugia.

Right now, it’s not a political campaign but basically memes and jokes on the internet and billboards. Tiziana Azzopardi.

Did you follow the US Presidential election? How do you think the US campaigns compare to the Maltese ones?

I followed it. It’s different because there’s more substance in what the candidates talk about. They actually propose ideas and change things. Maltese politics is more superficial. Andrew Vassallo.

Yes, I did. I saw the second debate and it was quite intense. The audience was much more educated in the debate; they didn’t shout, they didn’t clap. All the questions were very well-structured and both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney had only two minutes to respond to the questions; they kept the time and were quite good without being rude. In the US obviously millions were spent on the candidates’ campaign so, compared to Malta, it’s on a much larger scale. Robert Farrugia.

Basically, the US campaigns address a lot of difficult and touchy situations that we do not. Again, we are using memes, we are just joking about. We are arguing the same things from both ends and pointing fingers at each other, like in kindergarten, calling each other names. That’s not politics. Tiziana Azzopardi.

Interviews conducted by Insite – The Student Media Organisation.

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