Yesterday afternoon, I put up a video wherein Jason Azzopardi is quoting the same lines that were said by Judi Dench as M in 2012, James Bond film Skyfall. Manuel Delia was quick to write an article calling me an idiot forgetting that one of the most important Russian novels is a homage to an idiot. Nonetheless, unlike Delia, I don’t make it a habit of calling other people names whether it be an idiot or anything else.
Be that as it may, what Delia fails to mention is that Azzopardi quoted the closing lines from Ulysses, after 2012 and that he quoted exactly what Judi Dench recited brilliantly and eloquently and with what elocution! Azzopardi happens to quote the same passage that Judi Dench recited in this film. He even tries to imitate her rendition in this video footage.
One does not need to go to university to realize that Azzopardi’s source is Bond’s film and not Lord Tennyson’s 1833 dramatic poem Ulysses.
Irrespective of all this, it is obvious that Jason Azzopardi has an ego problem and/or believes himself to be in the same league of some of the international politicians circulating at the moment. Far be it… and by quoting the stirring closing passage:
….that which we are, we are
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Azzopardi’s intention is to send his minions a message that he will never yield. Nothing more. But I am afraid that at the rate he is going, he is far off the mark and will never go down in Maltese history as another Ulysses.