A per­vert to lead the free world

The po­lice are work­ing over­time to com­bat crime, in­clud­ing ram­pant white-slave traf­fick­ing, drugdeal­ing and cor­rup­tion.

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They made a ma­jor break­through yes­ter­day when they suc­ceeded in iden­ti­fy­ing and track­ing down a man who had been caught on CCTV void­ing his bow­els near some re­cy­cling bins late at night. The dan­ger­ous crim­i­nal had been seen sidling up to the bins af­ter look­ing left and right, then tak­ing some tis­sue pa­per out of his pocket be­fore pulling down his trousers, and…well, you know the rest. Still pho­tog­ra­phy from the se­cu­rity video was dis­sem­i­nated to the news­pa­pers, and the cor­rupt-gov­ern­ment-min­is­ter-cum-Paceville-white-slav­ing-drug-traf­ficker was re­vealed to the en­tire is­land as some­body who failed to scoop his poop. What can I say? I’m so glad the gov­ern­ment re­formed the po­lice force and put some­body in charge who thinks the Prime Min­is­ter has fam­ily jew­els. Mean­while, Kon­rad Mizzi con­tin­ues to run free, pa­tro­n­is­ing jour­nal­ists who chal­lenge him at press con­fer­ences by us­ing their first name and talk­ing down to them as though they are chil­dren. Just like his boss’s wife, Mrs Mus­cat, did when she got back from her Easter hol­i­day in Dubai and gave an an­gry press con­fer­ence about her prison ac­tiv­i­ties while wav­ing her henna-tat­tooed hands in our faces.

Mizzi re­sponded to ques­tions about his Panama ac­tiv­i­ties, a few days ago, with a de­fen­sive re­tort that those ques­tions were de­lib­er­ately mis­lead­ing. When the ques­tions be­came more spe­cific, the Min­is­ter With­out an En­ergy Port­fo­lio sim­ply re­fused to an­swer. It looked re­ally bad, but hey, this is Malta, so in­stead of end­ing up in the dock and then in jail af­ter a de­cent and proper po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, he will prob­a­bly be deputy prime min­is­ter af­ter 2018. Be­cause let’s face it, Louis Grech isn’t go­ing to stand for elec­tion again, not un­less he’s plan­ning to move per­ma­nently into the Labour Party’s ver­sion of the Nat­u­ral His­tory Mu­seum fos­sil Cab­i­net.

The crack­down on il­licit business ac­tiv­i­ties con­tin­ues. While the Prime Min­is­ter’s chief of staff, his non-en­ergy min­is­ter and the fancy ac­coun­tant who fixes their shady off­shore companies carry on with blithe im­mu­nity, a Ser­bian man who made 200 pies a day in Malta and sold them, while us­ing a forged Bul­gar­ian iden­tity card to pass him­self off as a Euro­pean Union ci­ti­zen, has been hunted down by the po­lice, pros­e­cuted and im­pris­oned for six months. The po­lice, who are un­will­ing or un­able to launch an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the ac­tiv­i­ties of some of the top­most peo­ple in the gov­ern­ment, acted im­me­di­ately on the re­ports of a ri­val piemaker, which were ac­com­pa­nied by clip­pings from a Ser­bian news­pa­per in which our man with the pies and the prison sen­tence boasted about his business in Malta. Next time, he should have sought elec­tion with the Malta Labour Party and, in­stead of mak­ing pies, set up a com­pany in Panama and pop­u­lated it with as­sets.

The most shock­ing thing about Don­ald Trump is not ac­tu­ally about him, but about the sys­tem that let a man of such poor qual­ity get so far in the pres­i­den­tial elec­toral race, with­out weed­ing him out be­fore that. Once you let even the worst kind of per­son get so far, what you’ve done is given him the stamp of author­ity and le­git­i­macy, and it fol­lows from this that even oth­er­wise sen­si­ble peo­ple will con­sider him a vi­able op­tion.

It works along the same prin­ci­ple as food stocks on the su­per­mar­ket shelves. When you’re weigh­ing up your op­tions for, say, ce­real, you start off from the point that all of them are ed­i­ble, safe and have been checked and ap­proved as fit for pur­pose. If the pack­ets of ce­real are on your su­per­mar­ket shelf, then you take it for granted that they are safe to eat. It’s the same with po­lit­i­cal can­di­dates. Even if only at a sub­con­scious level, you as­sume that if the can­di­date is on the party ticket, then he or she has been ap­proved by the party as fit for pur­pose, so giv­ing that can­di­date your vote is safe be­cause he or she is not crazy, stupid, im­moral, amoral or bad. Even if com­mon sense shouts out at you that some­body like Don­ald Trump is not just dan­ger­ous rub­bish, but a completely amoral in­di­vid­ual, you con­tinue to think at some level that vot­ing for him is fine be­cause he comes with the party brand.

Next month’s US pres­i­den­tial elec­tion will be the most closely fol­lowed, world­wide, of all time. The pos­si­bil­ity that Trump will be leader of the free world in six weeks’ time is very real in­deed. Brace your­selves.

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