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NEWS | Wednesday, 23 January 2008

So rude! MLP throws a strop over Facebook joke

Word of advice to MaltaToday readers. If you happen to bump into anyone from the Malta Labour Party, don’t for heaven’s sake mention the word “condom”. They might issue a press release accusing you of being vulgar, insensitive, obscene and a “hamallu”… like they did to Andre Carbonaro, personal assistant to Nationalist MEP David Casa.
Carbonaro was the subject of a party statement and news item on One News for reproducing verbatim on his Facebook profile a stale joke doing the email rounds at the moment, regarding the similarities between the MLP’s economic policy and the world’s most popular method of contraception.
Observers will immediately recognise the quip as an age-old and Internet-honoured joke, originally levelled at the US Republican Party, and subsequently used for political parties across the globe.
The bottom line (spoiler alert!) is that the MLP ought to consider changing its logo from a torch to a condom, because it “allows for inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of (specimens of male genitalia), and gives you a sense of security while you’re actually being (involved in acts of sexual intercourse).” (Note: individual words have been changed from their four- and five-letter originals to protect the sensitivity of Labour readers.)
In a two-page press statement, the MLP called for Carbonaro’s removal from his post. “If Mr Casa lacks the courage to remove Carbonaro from his post as PA and head of his private secretariat, it should be PN leader Lawrence Gonzi and Secretary General Joe Saliba to take the appropriate action instead…”


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