Il-Partit Laburista hu moralment u politikament fallut

Joseph Muscat u l-Partit Laburista huma moralment u politikament falluti. Ir-responsabbiltà għas-sitwazzjoni kurrenti jrid iġorrha Joseph Muscat kemm bħala Prim Ministru kif ukoll bħala Mexxej tal-Partit Laburista. Għalhekk irreżenja. Imma anke l-Kabinett u t-tmexxija tal-Partit Laburista huma kollettivament responabbli flimkien miegħu.

Ma ħadux passi meta kellhom l-obbligu li jaġixxu, jiġifieri meta kienu ppubblikat l-Panama Papers fl-2016. Dakinhar, il-Prim Ministru messu keċċa kemm lil Konrad Mizzi kif ukoll lil Keith Schembri u sussegwentement kellhom ikunu investigati mill-Pulizija, flimkien mal-merċenerji tan-Nexia BT. Iżda ma ġara xejn minn dan!

Anke l-Partit Laburista f’dak il-mument kellu l-obbligu li jiċċensura lit-tmexxija tal-Partit talli naqas mill-jaġixxi. Minflok ma għamel hekk il-Partit Laburista, b’mod irresponsabbli, ta’ appoġġ inkundizzjonat lit-tmexxija u nhar is-26 ta’ Frar 2016 eleġġa lil Konrad Mizzi b’96.6% tal-voti validi bħala Deputat Mexxej tal-Partit. Dan kollu seħħ jumejn biss wara li kienu ppubblikati l-Panama Papers. Fi ftit ġimgħat imbagħad, kellu jirreżenja bħala riżultat ta’ pressjoni pubblika.

Għaliex jaġixxu b’dan il-mod?

It-tweġiba jagħtihielna l-eks-Ministru Leo Brincat fi kliem li ma jħallix lok għal misinterpretazzjoni. Dan meta kien qed jiġi eżaminat mill-Kumitat tal-Parlament Ewropew dwar il-kontroll tal-Baġit fl-2016 f’konnessjoni man-nomina tiegħu biex ikun jifforma parti mill-Qorti Ewropeja tal-Awdituri.

Meta Leo Brincat kien qed jixhed, kif mistenni, kien mistoqsi dwar il-Panama Papers. Kien ċar meta qal illi kieku kien hu, kien jirreżenja jew tal-inqas jissospendi ruħu sakemm l-affarijiet ikunu ċċarati.

Brincat, imma, qal iktar minn hekk: huwa informa lill-Kumitat Parlamentari li kien hemm mument, li kien qed jikkunsidra jirriżenja minn Ministru minħabba l-mod kif imxew l-affarijiet dwar l-iskandlu tal-Panama Papers f’Malta. Imma, żied jgħid, reġa’ bdielu u ma rriżenjax għax ma kellu l-ebda xewqa li jkun meqjus bħala eroj f’dak il-jum li jirriżenja, imbagħad wara jispiċċa fil-baħħ politiku!

Il-Membri Parlamentari Ewropej, inbagħad iffukaw fuq l-argument ċentrali: jista’ is-Sur Leo Brincat jispjega għaliex meta l-Parlament kellu quddiemu mozzjoni ta’ sfiduċja f’Konrad Mizzi, huwa kien ivvota kontriha u ta l-fiduċja lil Konrad Mizzi? Brincat emfasizza li hu qatt ma seta’ jivvota favur il-mozzjoni ta’ sfiduċja għax kien marbut kif jivvota mil-Whip Parlamentari tal-partit tiegħu!

B’dik it-tweġiba, Leo Brincat kien qed jagħmilha ċara mal-Kumitat Parlamentari tal-Parlament Ewropew għall-Kontroll tal-Baġit li hu kien qed jagħmel għażla fundamentali.

Fil-mument li ġie biex jagħżel bejn il-lealtà lejn il-partit u l-lealtà lejn il-prinċipji tiegħu, il-prinċipji rmiehom il-baħar u għażel il-partit. Fil-mument deċiżiv is-solidarjetà ma’ Konrad Mizzi kellha prijorità fuq l-osservanza tal-prinċipji ta’ governanza tajba. Huwa dan li dejjaq lil numru sostanzjali ta’ membri tal-Parlament Ewropew u wassalhom biex ma jirrakkomandawx il-ħatra ta’ Leo Brincat bħala membru tal-Qorti Ewropeja tal-Awdituri, l-istess kif kienu għamlu ftit qabel bin-nomina ta’ Toni Abela. Id-dikjarazzjoni ta’ Leo Brincat lil Parlament Ewropew tfisser ħaġa waħda: li dak kollu li qal dwar il-governanza tajba ma jiswiex karlin, għax fil-mument tal-prova ċaħdu.

L-istess ħaġa għandu jingħad dwar Evarist Bartolo u l-prietka tiegħu ta’ kull fil-għodu fuq il-media soċjali. Fis-siegħa tal-prova, anke Varist, bħall-bqija tal-grupp Parlamentari (inkluż Chris Fearne, li qiegħed fuq quddiem fit-tellieqa għat-tmexxija tal-Partit) irmew il-prinċipji tagħhom biex jippruvaw isalvaw ġildhom.

Fl-aħħar minn l-aħħar, il-Partit Laburista, bħall-Partit Nazzjonalista qablu, mhux interessat fil-governanza tajba ħlief bħala għalf għal diskors politiku. Għax il-Partit Laburista hu moralment u politikament fallut.

Ippubblikat fuq Illum : il-Ħadd 29 ta’ Diċembru 2019

Labour is morally and politically bankrupt

Joseph Muscat and his Labour Party are morally and politically bankrupt. The responsibility for the current state of affairs rests primarily on Joseph Muscat’s shoulder as Prime Minister and Leader of the Labour Party – hence his resignation.

However, the Cabinet and the Labour Party leadership are, together with Joseph Muscat, also collectively responsible for the ensuing mess.

They failed to act when they should have acted when the Panama Papers were published in 2016. At that point in time Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri should have been fired on the spot by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and thoroughly investigated by the police, together with the mercenaries at Nexia BT. Yet they were not.

At that point in time, the Labour Party was duty bound to censor its leadership for failing to act. Instead of doing so, it irresponsibly shored up the leadership and elected Konrad Mizzi with 96.6 per cent of available votes, endorsing him as Deputy Leader on the 26 February 2016, two days after the Panama Papers saw the light of day. He resigned some weeks later as a result of public pressure.

Why do they act in this way?

The answer was given in crystal clear language by former Labour Minister Leo Brincat when he was being vetted by the European Parliamentary Committee on Budgetary Control in 2016 with reference to his nomination to form part of the European Court of Auditors. I have already written about the matter in my article entitled: Leo Brincat: loyalties and lip service (TMIS 18 September 2016).

When Leo Brincat gave evidence, he was, as anticipated, quizzed regarding the Panama Papers. He made himself crystal clear by saying that he would have submitted his resignation – or else suspended himself from office until such time as matters had been clarified – had he himself been involved.

Brincat further volunteered the information that there had been a point at which he had considered resigning from Ministerial office due to the manner in which the Panama Papers scandal was handled in Malta. He added that eventually, however, his considerations did not materialise and he did not resign as he had no desire to be a “hero for a day and end up in the (political) wilderness” thereafter.

MEPs then focused on the fundamental issue: what about his vote against the motion of No Confidence in Minister Konrad Mizzi which was discussed by Malta’s House of Representatives? Brincat emphasised that he could not vote in favour of the No Confidence motion as he was bound by his Party’s Parliamentary Whip! He emphasised the fact that this was a basic standard of local politics, based on the Westminster model.

As a result of this exchange, Leo Brincat made it clear to the EU Parliament’s Budgetary Control Committee that he had made a very important and fundamental choice: he preferred loyalty to the Party whip to loyalty to his principles: those same principles about which he has been harping on for ages. When push came to shove, solidarity with Konrad Mizzi took priority over adherence to the principles of good governance. This is what irked a substantial number of MEPs and prompted them not to recommend the approval of Leo Brincat as a member of the European Court of Auditors as they had done previously when faced with the nomination of Toni Abela. Leo’s declaration means only one thing: that his voluminous statements on good governance are only lip service to which there is no real commitment.

The same goes for Evarist Bartolo’s daily sermon on social media in respect of good governance. When push came to shove even Evarist and the rest of the Labour Party Parliamentary group (including Chris Fearne, current front-runner in the leadership elections), dumped their principles overboard to save their skin.

At the end of the day, the Labour Party – like the Nationalist Party before it – is not interested in good governance except as material for political speeches. Labour is morally and political bankrupt.

published in The Malta Independent on Sunday : 29th December 2019

Il-goalkeeper ta’ Manwel Mallia

Joseph il-goalkeeper

 

Nhar il-Ħadd, Varist Bartolo ma tkellimx biss fuq l-operazzjonijiet “tat-€30”. Tkellem ukoll li mhux xieraq li uħud iġiegħlu lil Joseph jagħmilha tal-goalkeeper, meta għandhom bżonnu bħala centre forward.

Kif nafu l-attenzjoni tal-medja kien fuq l-operazzjonijiet “tat-€30” li sfortunatment difnet il-messaġġ ħafna iktar qawwi tal-goalkeeper.

Il-messaġġ dwar Joseph, li  qed ikun imġiegħel jilgħab ta’ goalkeeper, hu wieħed ċar ħafna fil-kuntest ta’ x’inhu għaddej bħalissa fil-pajjiż: il-każ tax-xufier ta’ Manwel Mallia.

Il-każ għadu qed jiżviluppa u xejn ma neskludi li joħorġu affarijiet li s’issa għadna ma nafu xejn dwarhom.

Il-Ministru Mallia kellu żewġ toroq quddiemu. Jew jerfa’ r-responsabbilta’ politika għal dak li ġara inkella jitfa’ r-responsabbilta’ politika fuq sħabu fil-Kabinett.

Manwel Mallia għażel it-tieni triq. Ir-responsabbilta’ ma refagħhiex hu. Minflok qed iġiegħel lill-Kabinett kollu jerfagħħa floku.

L-ebda Gvern ma jieħu pjaċir jagħmilha ta’ goalkeeper għal Ministru li daħal jew daħħluħ fl-inkwiet, irrispettivament minn jekk għandux tort jew le.

Manwel Mallia seta għażel it-triq tal-irġulija. Minflok qed jippretendi li r-responsabbiltajiet tiegħu iġorruhom sħabu, li ttrasformhom kollha f’goalkeepers.

L-anqas rispett lejn sħabu fil-Kabinett m’għandu: irid jitfa’ fuqhom il-piżijiet tal-Ministeru tiegħu.

Kieku Manwel Mallia irriżenja mill-ewwel kien ikun għamel pass tajjeb, pass ta’ irġulija . Issa, jekk jirriżenja ikun pass ta’ mistħija.

L-Onorevoli

Arlogg tal lira 2

L-Onorevoli jingħaraf mill-imġieba tiegħu mhux minn kemm jissejjaħ Onorevoli.

Il-mozzjoni ta’ l-Opposizzjoni li tressqet fil-Parlament iktar kmieni  din il-ġimgħa hi għaldaqstant flokha meta teżiġi li jkun hemm min jissorvelja li l-Onorevoli jġibu ruħhom b’mod denju ta’ isimhom.

l-Onorevoli ġieli jagħmlu żbalji kbar u xi drabi jagħmlu żbalji żgħar ukoll!

Bħal meta jkun hemm min jinsa’ jiddikjara xi kont bankarju kemm f’Malta, fi Brussels inkella fl-Iżvizzera. Kollha jgħidu li  jkun żball ġenwin. Teħduhiex bi kbira li bosta drabi ma jkun żball xejn.

Kellna ukoll membri parlamentari  li repetutament ma ippreżentawx id-dikjarazzjoni annwali tad-dħul u l-assi tagħhom.  Dan mhux żball. L-anqas traskuraġni.

Li l-Membri Parlamentari kif ukoll il-membri tal-Kabinett kull sena jippreżentaw dikjarazzjoni tad-dħul u l-assi tagħhom hemm skop speċifiku warajha: biex kull wieħed mill-Membri Parlamentari jagħti kont ta’ egħmilu.

Allura min ma jippreżentax id-dikjarazzjoni jrid iwieġeb u jispjega għaliex. Jekk jipprova jaħbi tista’ tiġih agħar. L-istess min jagħmel dikjarazzjoni bin-nieqes jew dikjarazzjoni żbaljata.

Diġa kellna diversi każijiet bħal dawn. Bħalma kellna min aċċetta rigali li ma kellux jaċċetta: mhux biss l-arloġġ tal-lira imma ukoll il-vjaġġ ma nies tal-business biex jara lill-Arsenal jilgħabu logħba futball!

Kellna ukoll min messu waqaf mill-prattka tal-professjoni tiegħu għax sar Ministru jew Segretarju Parlamentari u ma waqafx.

In-nuqqas ta’ Membru Parlamentari jew ta’ membru tal-Kabinett li jimxi mar-regoli hi xi ħaġa serja ħafna.  Din l-imġieba ma fiha xejn Onorevoli, u min jagħmilha jeħtieġ li jibda jerfa’ l-konsegwenzi.

Kif ippubblikat fuq iNews, it-Tlieta 1 t’Ottubru 2013