Dear Richard….Regards, Lawrence


Disclaimer: lest I be accused of plagiarism, this is a parody of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s blogged post. The original is quoted at the end of this blog post.

Ghaziz Richard, qed inwiegbek wara l-ikla kirxa li gawdejna flimkien….

Lawrence Gonzi’s total lack of breeding screams out from the letter he sent to Richard Cachia Caruana accepting his resignation.

And I’m not talking only about the content, or the gesture itself.

What gets me most is that it begins ‘Ghaziz Richard’ (Dear Richard) and ends ‘Inselli ghalik u ghal familja tieghek, Lawrence’ (Best regards to you and your family, Lawrence).

What a klutz.

Who brought him up? And how can he possibly have lived for 60 years and became Prime Minister without acquiring the knowledge that formal letters demand formal language?

Was Richard Cachia Caruana’s resignation letter addressed to ‘Dear Lawrence’ and signed off ‘Regards, Richard’? No, it was not.

Moreover, he has no clue of written etiquette, which should be given priority especially when the author is the Prime Minister of the country . Assuming both parties have a reasonable grasp of either language, one should reply using the language of the original letter.

Lawrence Gonzi ignored not only protocol but even basic etiquette, and replied to Richard Cachia Caruana’s letter (which was appropriately addressed to “The Prime Minister” and not to “Dear Lawrence) by using the Maltese equivalent of “Dear Richard” i.e. “Ghaziz Richard”.

People like Lawrence Gonzi bring everything to the level of ridicule, not least themselves.
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DCG: two weights, two measures.

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