Mus­cat’s closet

The sur­veys pub­lished last Sun­day by Mal­taTo­day

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Claudette But­tigieg is a PN MP – cbut­, twit­ter: @ButClaudette

The story has a very sim­ple and clear mes­sage – Labour, un­der the lead­er­ship of Joseph Mus­cat, has man­aged to lose the 36,000 vote ad­van­tage, bring­ing the gap be­tween the two ma­jor par­ties down within the mar­gin of er­ror. This means that should there be an elec­tion to­day, the re­sult can go any­where.

Mus­cat must be su­per livid. How could this hap­pen? Who is to blame? Who can he fire? Judg­ing by two re­cent ar­ti­cles pub­lished in the pop­u­lar Bri­tish pa­per, the Daily Ex­press, Mus­cat has only him­self to blame.

On Tues­day, the first ar­ti­cle pub­lished car­ried the head­ing: ‘UK faces Greece’s fate’: Out­ra­geous Brexit threat as Malta boasts about ‘in­fe­rior EU deal’.’

How to­tally and ut­terly em­bar­rass­ing is that? Our very own Prime Min­is­ter sends an “out­ra­geous threat” to one of our most im­por­tant al­lies and has the au­dac­ity to “boast” about it. And this, only a few months prior to tak­ing on the EU Pres­i­dency!

Now if the ar­ti­cle wasn’t em­bar­rass­ing enough, the com­ments be­low (al­most 700 when I last checked), made sure that we, but par­tic­u­larly our pompous PM, got the mes­sage loud and clear. Mus­cat lacks the de­cent sense of diplo­macy and hu­mil­ity. Don­ald Tusk could def­i­nitely give our PM a lesson or two be­fore he steers the EU Pres­i­dency.

Of course the Daily Ex­press couldn’t re­sist a fol­low-up story the next day. This time the head­ing read: “‘Bri­tain can’t have its cake and eat it’: Brussels will gang up on UK over Brexit talks”.

More diplo­matic words of wis­dom from our PM.

What a to­tal am­a­teur! Ac­tu­ally am­a­teur does not even be­gin to de­scribe how Mus­cat has de­picted him­self on the in­ter­na­tional po­lit­i­cal scene. Am­a­teurs do things for the love, not for the money. As Kon­rad Mizzi would aptly put it, he is “not fit for pur­pose.”

Once again the com­ments were not just ad­dressed to Mus­cat, but also to our coun­try. They called him “lit­tle numpty”. An­other shock­ing com­ment read: “Short mem­o­ries the Mal­tese, we should have left them to the fas­cists and the Nazis to de­vour. Dom Mintoff, was an un­grate­ful snake too.”

Some Mal­tese felt it nec­es­sary to de­tach them­selves from Mus­cat by plac­ing their

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