Lest we for­get…

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We have some more ques­tions re­gard­ing this is­sue of Beppe Fenech Adami and the com­pany he is al­leged to have been in­volved with.

Let us start from basics: the Mal­taTo­day re­port al­leges that al­le­ga­tions that sur­faced in Hol­land be­fore the election some­how did not find ad­e­quate cor­re­spon­dence and in­ves­ti­ga­tion in Malta.

We would ex­pect, there­fore, to be shown of­fi­cial cor­re­spon­dence be­tween the Nether­lands and Malta and/or an of­fi­cial com­plaint in this re­gard, along with who re­ceived it, and who de­cided not to act upon it.

It may be, of course, that this is a mat­ter for the three for­mer mem­bers of the ju­di­ciary who were yes­ter­day tasked with in­ves­ti­gat­ing the al­le­ga­tions.

We were taken to task yes­ter­day by an English-lan­guage writer on Glenn Bed­ing­field’s blog about the in­de­pen­dence (or lack thereof) of the mem­bers of the ju­di­ciary, even those who are pen­sion­ers.

As it so hap­pens, one mem­ber of this trio of for­mer judges an­nounced later on in the day hap­pens to be a for­mer Labour MP.

In Par­lia­ment in the evening, Jus­tice Min­is­ter

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Owen Bon­nici made a big thing about how the ap­point­ment of mem­bers of the ju­di­ciary has now been taken away from the gov­ern­ment’s hands and how the new mem­bers are be­ing first vet­ted by a spe­cial com­mit­tee.

With all due re­spect, this move, though a step for­ward, does not re­move the long shadow of the gov­ern­ment of the day. Min­is­ter Bon­nici him­self ad­mit­ted how mem­bers of the ju­di­ciary who have re­signed have such a low pen­sion that they come to de­pend on the gov­ern­ment for some ex­tra in­come.

But a far bet­ter ar­gu­ment is to turn the whole thing on its head.

If the Prime Min­is­ter, who says he is not be­ing par­ti­san, felt im­pelled to act with such alacrity on the al­le­ga­tions re­gard­ing Dr Fenech Adami, what is keep­ing him from launch­ing a sim­i­lar in­quiry into scan­dals such as Café Premier, Gaf­farena, Panama Pa­pers and visas for sick Libyans – all cases that have long been in the pub­lic do­main and about which not a sin­gle in­quiry has been launched not one per­son in­ves­ti­gated. The only per­son who has paid seems to have been Dr Michael Fal­zon, de­spite his protes­ta­tions of in­no­cence. All the mem­bers on the Bench would prob­a­bly not be enough to staff such in­quiries.

The past months and years have se­ri­ously un­der­mined con­fi­dence in the gov­ern­ment and one would have ex­pected the gov­ern­ment it­self to take swift steps to dis­tance it­self from any al­le­ga­tion of wrong-do­ing. When this was not done (as op­posed to what has now been done based on just a news­pa­per re­port) the sus­pi­cion in the minds of many was that the gov­ern­ment was cov­er­ing up for mis­deeds and for those who had com­mit­ted them. What­ever meth­ods are used to take the peo­ple’s mind away from such cases, these cases will not drop out of sight and it is def­i­nitely not in the coun­try’s best in­ter­est to let them dis­ap­pear. The Op­po­si­tion, rep­re­sent­ing around half of the elec­torate, is duty-bound not to let these cases fall from pop­u­lar mem­ory. It is also duty-bound to com­mit it­self to bring­ing the per­pe­tra­tors to jus­tice when­ever it finds it­self in gov­ern­ment.

It is not through sweep­ing things un­der the car­pet that the na­tion heals it­self. We say this with re­gard to any­one and ev­ery­one, on this or on that side of the po­lit­i­cal di­vide.

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