The Labour Party in power has had its fair share of problems and the way these problems have been resolved is, to put it mildly, quite wrong. And because they promised such grand things and failed to deliver, the Labour Party stalwarts are seen as worse culprits. After all, it was their clarion call of being the new masters of a new era in politics which was endorsed by a big majority of voters way back in 2013.
The last spate of scandals has turned them into a Government that avoids journalists. They have created a terrible siege mentality which by deduction proves that they are guilty. From welcoming journalists, they—the few ministers who still seem to have a voice—have now turned into angry people ready to be rude and patronising to their interlocutors.
This is not just worrying but shocking.
In their search to hide their problems—especially Panamagate—the party in power has gone into character-assassination mode.
Whether Beppe Fenech Adami is guilty of having added on an inch or two (or for that matter a hundred metres) to his swimming pool is not something that should have hit the national agenda at this moment in time. Using Fenech Adami to attempt to obscure Panamagate is abominable. If this is the new style of politics then, please, give us the old style. Malta was in better shape then.
Panamagate will not disappear until the people responsible for it go. Malta does not need political tribal wars; it needs prudence and a return to normality.
Assassinating a political rival might win you some brownie points with your supporters but the problem of governance, or lack of it, persists.