Hear no evil, see no evil

Malta Independent - - DEBATE & ANALYSIS -

Th­ese are not my words but those of a for­mer Labour can­di­date when be­ing in­ter­viewed by Nor­man Vella, and I could per­cieve that he is still very much a so­cial­ist at heart and was find­ing it dif­fi­cult to say that the only cure for Malta would be a life-long ad­ver­sary, a Na­tion­al­ist govern­ment led by Si­mon Busut­til.

But Panama is any­thing but the real scan­dal. It is just the tip of the ice­berg. A sub­merged moun­tain of a mul­ti­tude of shady and se­cret deals a clique had been plan­ning long be­fore they at­tained power, and which have come to light only be­cause the Panama Pa­pers scan­dal erupted on an in­ter­na­tional scale. The scam is so huge that it has com­pelled Mark Mi­callef to call all the other scan­dals, which the Labour spin ma­chine has made so much of to dis­credit the Opposition, mere pin­pricks.

And the rea­son is very easy to see. The per­pe­tra­tors have the bless­ing of the prime min­is­ter him­self, who vig­or­ously de­fended Keith Schem­bri and Kon­rad Mizzi, not only from the Opposition, from the press, and an out­raged pub­lic, but also from his own min­is­ters clam­our­ing for res­ig­na­tions.

Any­one but the three prover­bial mon­keys can see that this is not an is­sue of Na­tion­al­ists ver­sus Labourites any­more but a whole na­tion, no mat­ter the po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions, unit­ing to rid the coun­try of a ver­i­ta­ble plague that is se­ri­ously threat­en­ing our demo­cratic well­be­ing, and which could cost us even our in­de­pen­dence, mak­ing of us a neo-colony sub­ject to for­eign, cor­rupt and un­known cap­i­tal­ist mas­ters.

Af­ter months of ag­o­nis­ing over a very dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion, I stuck my neck out and put ev­ery­thing at stake for this cause. This cost me my pro­gramme ‘Mad­warna’, the anger of many for­mer fans and the dis­ap­proval of those of lib­eral views like mine who de­spise both par­ties. But the pub­li­ca­tion of Mark Sam­mut’s book ‘L-Aqwa fl-Ewropa’ put my mind at rest. I had done the right thing when I put for­ward my can­di­dacy with the Na­tion­al­ist Party be­cause it con­firmed how se­ri­ous and dan­ger­ous the sit­u­a­tion re­ally is, and that it needs the con­certed ef­fort of all right-minded cit­i­zens to over­come it.

Many Labourites have ex­pressed their con­dem­na­tion in pub­lic, and I am more than sure that many more are of the same mind in pri­vate. For some un­fath­omable rea­son, some are still des­per­ately cling­ing to “No proof, no scan­dal!” But some of th­ese diehards are much more in­tel­li­gent than that and as such they should re­alise that they are do­ing a huge dis­ser­vice first and fore­most to their own party by try­ing to hide a dis­ease that has been rapidly killing it from the in­side, even be­fore it was elected to power.

Clearly, th­ese are not the deal­ings of a demo­crat­i­cally-elected govern­ment for the ben­e­fit of all.

The time has come when peo­ple must stand up and be counted. Those Labourites who wield some in­flu­ence, and who know ex­actly what I am talk­ing about, are du­ty­bound by their so­cial­ist prin­ci­ples to em­brace the cause of cleans­ing their party from the threat of th­ese cap­i­tal­ist in­fil­tra­tors, even at the cost of los­ing the next elec­tion. In fact they should make sure that their party is not in govern­ment with the present lead­er­ship, as the con­se­quences for the Labour Party can only be dire in the long term.

They must un­der­stand that their in­tel­li­gence and po­si­tion de­mand that they pass on this mes­sage to those party sup­port­ers who are still un­aware that they are be­ing used and abused to prop up an un­fit lead­er­ship, which since gain­ing power, has been sham­ing all they should be standing for and un­der­min­ing their rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ in­tegrity.

I for one, no great fan of po­lit­i­cal par­ties, have taken what I con­sider the dras­tic de­ci­sion of cam­paign­ing with the Na­tion­al­ist team, be­cause I be­lieve that it is in the na­tional in­ter­est at this time of great cri­sis. Stay­ing on the sides and re­frain­ing from cast­ing a vote against clearly in­sti­tu­tion­alised cor­rup­tion be­cause of prej­u­dices or for per­sonal is­sues is tan­ta­mount to trea­son.

The me­dia should be con­scious that triv­i­al­is­ing the present dan­ger­ous sit­u­a­tion with ab­surd ar­gu­ments or far­fetched com­par­isons just for the sake of be­ing clever or to gain favour with the pow­ers that be, will one day have to an­swer for the mis­use of that power it knows it can wield over the pub­lic

History will judge all those who, for one rea­son or another, by omis­sion or by com­mis­sion are favour­ing the growth of this ma­lign cancer that is threat­en­ing the very fi­bres of our democ­racy and erod­ing the foun­da­tions of one of the ma­jor par­ties, which, not­with­stand­ing its many short­com­ings, has in the past sought to con­trib­ute to the wel­fare of our na­tion first and fore­most.

Harsh words I know, like when I com­pared Dr Mus­cat with the plague of 1813, while some­one else said that World War II was more likely. Ac­tu­ally, both th­ese calami­ties were thrust upon us from abroad, while the Un­holy Trin­ity of Castille is a metic­u­lously planned as­sault on Malta by fel­low Mal­tese, which makes it much worse.

In the last few years, we have come face to face with one huge in­sti­tu­tion­alised scan­dal af­ter another, de­nounced not by an Opposition that stands to make po­lit­i­cal gain, but by the whim­per­ing of govern­ment min­is­ters and rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and screamed out loud by hon­est Labourites and true So­cial­ists, who still have at heart the well-be­ing of their party, and found them­selves com­pelled to launch a des­per­ate SOS to their com­pan­ions, to save what’s left of the Malta Labour Party and Malta from to­tal ruin.

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