|JM Sends his Best Greetings from il Purgatorio by COSIMO
His Holiness is visiting the Republic of Malta; one of the first things he did whilst there was to issue a dire warning about the country's rampant, systemic corruption. We quote:
May your commitment to eliminate illegality and corruption be strong, like the north wind that sweeps the coasts of this country,” Francis said in an address to representatives of the Maltese government and diplomatic corps. “May you always cultivate legality and transparency, which will enable the eradication of corruption and criminality, neither of which acts openly and in broad daylight.”*
Unfortunately, the people of Malta were not paying attention; their pockets and purses fattened by years of corruption, being bribes and kickbacks, vote buying, no-show jobs, obscenely lucrative government contracts, nepotism, favoritism, and a host of other political benefits doled out to them for their votes, Malta recently voted in the country's most corrupt government in its history. Its greedy citizens simply refuse to obey their own laws, in favor of short-term benefits.
To add to the hot mess that is Malta, the party in power, Labour, is operating what amounts to a cult of adulation, similar to that as seen in North Korea, where the population has been mesmerized to believe in its prophet, the disgraced and defrocked Joseph Muscat, whose style, in the manner of Malta's original autocrat, Dom Mintoff, resulted in the assassination of the country's sole Voice of Reason, Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Malta's Labour Party operates a criminal justice system that ignores the Rule of Law, in favour of a culture of impunity that allows criminals to cheat justice, so long as they are allied with the PL. The Malta Police, the Attorney General and the judiciary all follow the Party's orders, to the letter, resulting in massive injustice, which is tolerated by the voters, so long as they get their share of the gold.
Here's the problem; Malta's free spending, in a country that has neither natural resources, nor any significant cash source that will survive EU curtailment, shall eventually result in insolvency, in the style of what is happening now in Beirut, with horrific financial consequences. Imagine a Malta desperate to raise money, but nobody will lend to it; that is the shape of things to come.
Of course, the End may come sooner, rather than later. It only takes one domino from Labour's shaky house of cards to fall, and its Game of Thrones will crumble.When Malta least expects it, watch for something untoward to fall upon Malta like a dead weight; don't say we didn't warn you.
I know that after my death you will become utterly corrupt and will turn from the way I have commanded you to follow. In the days to come, disaster will come down on you, for you will do what is evil in the LORD’s sight, making him very angry with your actions.” Deuteronomy 31:29
*Credit: Times of Malta.