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Guze' Cassar Appreciation by Harry Vassallo

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  • Mark Causon
    Alternattiva Demokratika-The Green Party 149, Archbishop street, Valletta. Appreciation Dr Guze Cassar Sense of humour and moderation in the cut and parry of
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      Alternattiva Demokratika-The Green Party
      149, Archbishop street, Valletta.
       
      Appreciation Dr Guze' Cassar
       
      Sense of humour and moderation in the cut and parry of Maltese politics are difficult to preserve at the best of times. Guze Cassar achieved the impossible by being himself while a hurricane raged around him. By doing so he kept alive a hope in those who opposed him and helped to avert the consequences of desperation.
       
      He richly deserves the honourable salute of the country he served long and well. As the pall bearers carried his coffin down the parvis steps, his village band greeted him with a roll of drums and some funeral notes. One could almost see the paternal but unpatronizing smile that allowed him to thrive in a variety of social realities never unbalanced by fanaticism, partisanship or plain prejudice.
       
      He kept faith with his friends through decades of change but above all across the political chasm of his day. He championed the defenceless whether he knew them or not, without considering what was expedient. He was a wily politician but above all he was a man of honour. It is the best that can be said of any of us at our passing.
       
      Dr Harry Vassallo
      Chairperson
      Alternattiva Demokratika - The Green Party
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