Key to this, and fully in line with the PN’s tradition, would be a vision of a caring society, addressing those ignored by Muscatian trickle down economics. This is the PL’s soft underbelly, as the workers party has mutated into a party of oligarchs and speculators. If the PL emphasises money, the PN must emphasise people.
They gave him a hero’s send-off. They depicted him as a saviour, a saint and a martyr, the ultimate politician and statesman. They should have depicted him as he really is – reprehensible, repugnant, repulsive and revolting. They should have told him “good riddance to bad rubbish”.
Labour activists have to realise that this is not about PL and PN. It is not about bringing PL down. It’s about the corrupt and the criminal versus those who do not want to be governed by the corrupt and the criminal and those who do not stand up to them. It’s about integrity and justice.
Sometimes to save a patient’s life, a surgeon needs to operate and ruthlessly remove all that is threatening the patient’s life, or may do so tomorrow, with a wide margin of incision. With corruption and crime, you need to do the same thing.
Muscat has overseen Malta’s transformation into a haven and a heaven for criminals and money launderers. His tenure has been characterised by an unprecedented, incessant stream of corruption scandals.