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Frank Psaila

The real majority against Panamagate are hardworking citizens

After tonight’s vote, government’s credibility on good governance – already in the dustbin – will be consigned to a political landfill

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Frank Psaila
18 April 2016, 1:52pm
Simon Busuttil does not have the majority required to see his motion through, but he’s got the backing of the absolute majority of hardworking and honest citizens who feel that Panama gate is the corruption of our democracy.
Simon Busuttil does not have the majority required to see his motion through, but he’s got the backing of the absolute majority of hardworking and honest citizens who feel that Panama gate is the corruption of our democracy.
They have no choice but to back their Prime Minister. They have to speak with one voice. Failure to do so would spell the end of their political career.

It is screamingly obvious that Labour MPs have been ordered to ignore the merits of the no-confidence motion filed by the Oppposition today against their government, and are instead referring to their  ‘positive’ achievnments. In so doing, they think – foolishly, that the good shall neutralise the bad.

Public opinion is definetly not on their side. Malta’s government is in the throes of a crisis from which there is no easy escape. To say that people are disappointed by the Panamagate scandal is an insult to peoples’ intelligence. People are not disappointed but furious over the Prime Minister’s refusal to sack Kontrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri.

Opposition leader Simon Busuttil could have opted to present a no-confidence motion in Konrad Mizzi instead. That would have put Labour MPs in a tight corner and increased the pressure on Joseph Muscat. Tactically that would have been a politically better option for the PN, but Dr Busuttil opted for a no-confidence motion in the government. It was the right decision.

In Parliament, Simon Busuttil does not have the majority required to see his motion through, but he’s got the backing of the absolute majority of hardworking and honest citizens who feel that Panamagate is the corruption of our democracy.

By choosing Panama to set up their secret companies, Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri sought to exit our economic system in which common mortals work and pay their taxes. Konrad Mizzi and Keith Scembri refuse to play by the same rules that Maltese tax payers have to follow.

Muscat supports this – he is an active participant in the corruption of democracy.  After tonight’s vote, government’s credibility on good governance – already in the dustbin – will be consigned to a political landfill.

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Frank Psaila, a lawyer by profession, anchors Iswed fuq l-Abjad on Net TV. He was formerly...
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