those around him understood the damage this interview is doing to Malta’s reputation. One has to read the anti-Malta bile in the British tabloid press such as The Express to sense this. The interview did Malta no good at all.
Malta’s relations with the UK go back many many years and are not comparable to the relations of any other EU member state (except possibly Ireland and Cyprus). The British love Malta and love coming to Malta, with all its warts and inconveniences. British soldiers are buried in Malta, were treated and cared for in Maltese hospitals and died to save Malta.
Besides, Maltese Labour governments do not have a good press with the British. Memories from the ‘British Go Home’ riots/demonstrations in the 1950s, Dom Mintoff’s fiery rhetoric in the 1970s and his jubilation as the British forces left Malta to be replaced by Gaddafi are still alive in Britain.
These may be early days: The Politico interview shows it does not pay to speak like Schauble clones when you are as small as Malta. Whatever the Maltese prime minister says in the Council, he should beware of speaking his mind in public when his attitude can only bring anger at Malta in Britain.