Everybody knows what Magistrate Bugeja’s very carefully laid out terms of reference were. Within minutes of the publication of a small fraction of the voluminous findings, the Prime Minister was asking Simon Busuttil to shoulder political responsibility and to resign. Shortly after that, the Leader of the Opposition parroted much the same words, and removed Simon Busuttil from the Shadow Cabinet, in spite of the fact that it appears that only the Prime Minister and Labour Party insiders have copies of the full report at the present time.
Yesterday evening, the Administrative Branch of the PN unanimously agreed with the leader and called on Simon Busuttil to suspend himself from the Parliamentary Group. The Administrative Branch reached this decision based purely on the conclusions of the report, of which only an executive summary is available.
Partit Demokratiku questions why government friendly agents were prepared well in advance with details from the full report, while the full report remains out of reach of the public or journalists. Meanwhile, it is questionable that Adrian Delia has been so quick to act in a manner which makes it easier for the government to use the Egrant inquiry to try and whitewash its various other scandals.
Partit Demokratiku believes that the resources of the Opposition should be focused on exposing and maintaining pressure on the various other scandals, all of which are grounds for resignations from government instead. The Egrant inquiry is a distraction and has been revealed as such at a crucial time, when the FIAU is facing criticism from the ECB and the EU Commission may investigate the Libyan visa scandal, amongst other problems.