Much has been written and said about Maltese institutions and the Labour government in recent weeks. The main allegation is that the rule of law is not being upheld.
Most people know this to be nonsense but it’s worth analysing where the criticism is coming from, and the agendas of those claiming Malta has descended into anarchy.
The murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia is being used by pro-Nationalists to attack Joseph Muscat, because their earlier attempt to remove him from power in June failed miserably under the weight of democracy. They are failing again.
The criticism from abroad is based on ignorance of Malta’s true position as a modern, democratic country in the European mainstream. The notion of a mafia in Malta is complete fantasy. There’s also a degree of jealousy at how the Maltese economy is booming.
The truth of the matter is that European countries need to get off their moral high ground, because no jurisdiction is free from crime. We have not suffered terrorism in the way other European countries have but we don’t accuse them of being lawless societies.
We prefer to show solidarity with our neighbours. And we welcome the solidarity from well meaning people, at home and abroad, who truly wish the Maltese police success in bringing Daphne Caruana Galicia’s killers to justice