Alfred Sant, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, George Abela, the Bishops of Malta and Gozo and the comedian and singer Joe Demicoli. Can they, in our wildest dreams have anything in common? All have commented about the current political situation and the main gist is that politicians are all to blame for it.
Some commentators went even further and said that all politicians are the same—meaning, I would imagine, that they are all corrupt, corruptible or dispensable.
The Labour Party whip whipped out a gem—that only Joseph Muscat, our fearless muller, is indispensable. I would have expected the aforementioned whip, Godfrey Farrugia, after all he has been made to suffer by the insufferable premier, to be the last person in the Labour Movement to throw about such quips.
Joseph Muscat, master of spin, has said that he will continue weighing the situation, landing us in a huger mess the more time passes. And said premier actually told the fawning crowds gathered at the Labour Party conference that Simon Busuttil is to blame for whatever is happening on this blighted isle.
In no way do I think that whatever Simon Busuttil, as leader of the opposition, is doing is fine and dandy. In fact sometimes I do believe he is advised by some labour lackey who would like to see Simon Busuttil and his ilk consigned to the opposition benches way beyond the 21st Century.
But in light of the Panama leaks scandal what was he expected to do? Keep mum because in a distant time way, before he was anywhere connected to politics, Ninu Zammit and Michael Falzon had opened Swiss accounts with loads of hidden cash?
Doesn’t anyone in the highest echelons of the Labour Party, or below, realise that it is the Leader of the Opposition’s right—and obligation—to check, criticise and scrutinise all the doings, sayings, misdeeds and intended misdeeds, of the Government and its ministers?
What, pray, were the ones who are calling for national reconciliation and lack of political warfare expecting? That Simon Busuttil in trilby hat go incognito to the Prime Minister’s chief of staff and ask him for advice on how he, and his close aides, could open secret accounts and companies in Panama? So that he too could have a piece of the pie now or in the unforeseeable future?
Democracy—unless it’s a definite mockery—needs a healthy, strong opposition. In this case there are only two culprits and their names are Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi. By his mulling and inaction the prime minister is admitting he cannot fire them and this unfortunately sounds not like mulling but shared guilt.
Joe Demicoli, the comedian, says we, the “poplu” are fed up of Panama. We, as a nation, could have done what ostriches do, put our head in the golden sand and said nothing about wrongdoing.
The world would have looked on and laughed at us. But at least a few clowns in Malta would have got their way.