An ab­sence of the State

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - DEBATE & ANALYSIS - Michael As­ciak

It is an abom­inable act per­pe­trated and paid for by in­di­vid­u­als who do not have any re­gard for free­dom of ex­pres­sion or democ­racy to say the least, nor for any threat to their se­cret, il­le­gal means of earn­ing sub­stan­tial amounts of money. Her mur­der is an af­front to democ­racy and free­dom of speech by those who flour­ish in the dark shad­ows of life and our coun­try will not be the same with­out her in­ves­ti­gat­ing ar­dour. It has to be a con­demned act all round but it also raises ques­tions about our gov­ern­ment.

For some time now, the ab­sence or de­fi­ciency of the state, per­ceived or oth­er­wise, to de­fend the com­mon man and the rule of law has been felt lack­ing, since Labour came to power in fact. Doubt has crept in, in in­creas­ing amounts as the strength of our con­sti­tu­tional safe­guards to de­fend the com­mon man’s in­di­vid­ual lib­er­ties and rights are be­ing con­stantly eroded. The con­stant pro­mo­tion of lack­eys to head po­si­tions in gov­ern­ment rather than peo­ple of char­ac­ter. The con­sti­tu­tional posts and gov­ern­ment bod­ies filled with peo­ple who are more in­ter­ested in servile money earn­ing than lis­ten­ing to their con­science and do­ing their job prop­erly. All this has given the cor­rect im­pres­sion that state in­sti­tu­tions are there to pro­tect the gov­ern­ment and its cronies rather the man in the street.

Added to this is the gov­ern­ment’s propen­sity to not act when wrong­do­ing or shady deal­ings are per­pe­trated by em­ploy­ees with Labour leanings in the civil ser­vice. The ac­cepted praxis of ask­ing these high-rank­ing in­di­vid­u­als to step down un­til their name is cleared has been dis­carded. In­stead, these in­di­vid­u­als of­ten with se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions and court cases for al­leged wrong­do­ing, are pub­licly de­fended or even pro­moted by their po­lit­i­cal mas­ters and those elected by us to min­is­ter to the com­mon good. In­stead, the im­pres­sion given is that even where there are se­ri­ous ac­cu­sa­tions, the state’s politi­cians are help­ing to con­done the po­si­tions of their un­der­lings if not to praise them. All this gives the im­pres­sion that the state is in con­cord with or­gan­ised crim­i­nal­ity and ac­tiv­ity even if this may not be a proven fact. To make mat­ters worse, ap­point­ments to pub­lic po­si­tions of trust are abu­sively given to per­sons of poor per­for­mance and char­ac­ter just be­cause of their po­lit­i­cal vot­ing pref­er­ences. Be­sides this, peo­ple who sup­port Labour in the civil ser­vices are al­lowed to do

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