I’m fed up. Fed up of politics. Fed up of how blind the ones who will not see are. I’m fed up of having to say politics is not a court of law. All you need to do is join the dots and the obvious result stares you in the face: Joseph Muscat is involved in nefarious deeds and it is more than blooming obvious.
Joining the dots was one of our generation’s favourite childhood pastimes. You drew lines from dot to dot and hey presto there appeared a picture. The dots did it for you.
Politics is like that. You don’t need forensic proof to know that Konrad Mizzi, Brian Tonna and Keith Schembri are, and were, so up to something shady, illicit and totally corrupt, that the least they could have done was resign. Or they could have been shown the proverbial door and ideally disappear in some remote land, deep in the furrows of the ground, where police commissioners munch a bunch of furry animals.
The obvious connection for all these dots needed to be drawn by Joseph Muscat. But rather than utter the words shady, wrong and guilty he decided—he who was swept to power to clean out the horrors of politics—to defend the indefensible, by vouching for his band of crooks, by allowing spin to rule him and coming up with make-believe audits and more excuses than Pinocchio ever produced in his life of lies.
The only reason Joseph Muscat defended these crooked ways can only be because he was privy to them. Failing that, he is the biggest idiot ever flung at us humans.
What amazes me—and increases my feeling of being fed up—is that, before the whistle-blower and Daphne Caruana Galizia claimed that Egrant belongs to Joseph Muscat’s wife, he would go into a wild rage when confronted by anyone hinting it was his.
Why rage and deny when he insisted that having a Panama connection was no big deal with regard to his two crooked henchmen? Why was it bad for him but more than normal for them?
The last straw—and dot—should have been when the magistrate looking into the Egrant ownership claims decreed that, on a separate but very connected issue, there is enough prima facie evidence to start procedures into Brian Tonna’s and Keith Schembri’s connections to kickbacks in the IIP scheme.
Instead of joining the dots the prime minister is taking the dotty way to destruction. If not his, that of the reputation of his party, his country and of many institutions which used to attract respect even from foreigners.
People who still need proof are in fact not interested in proof. They are in total denial that the man they thought was a star politician is a fraud, a dud and a sleazy salesman. If they will go on denying all his wrongdoing it is because they will not admit that they were taken for a truly royal ride.
Our economy is still going strong. But, with a tattered reputation, it is not if but when our country will grind to a halt.