For sure, reasonable voters who wanted to see a normal country are devastated by Labour’s landslide win. There’s no solace in tears, however, I believe and nothing will come out of them. The point now is to understand what is happening and to have a plan.
Let’s understand what is happening, first. In 2019 the Labour Party went into a crisis as it struggled against its criminal elements. In a leadership election between Chris Fearne and Robert Abela, the criminal elements in the Labour Party-backed Robert Abela and Robert Abela won a huge majority. Robert Abela went on to govern by covering up for the criminal elements within Labour while he purged critical and dissenting voices in the Party such as myself. Robert Abela never had a vision or a dream for the country, he is only into politics to serve his interests. The end result of his government is more corruption and a ballooning public deficit and debt. Robert Abela intends to pay his way in government by using public finances to dish out gifts and favours. Basically, Robert Abela has secured a rent-seeking economy where the most important economic sector for the government is the construction industry which funds his party. Robert Abela managed to get a landslide victory and he will be pushing forward with these things:
There will be a long-term plan to sideline Chris Fearne and replace him
The first thing that Robert Abela will try to do is entrench his power in the Party by removing his potential challengers and the adults in the room. The last standing adult in the room is Chris Fearne and his supporters should stick with him to see that he does a full term in office as Deputy-Prime Minister and Health Minister. Robert Abela will try to ask Chris Fearne to resign from deputy-leader under the pretence of “renewing the Party”. Robert Abela would want one of his acolytes to replace Fearne and therefore seal his absolute control over the Party. Here is something that you didn’t know which was kept very confidential by Fearne himself and his close aides. In the middle of the pandemic, Robert Abela, frustrated with the economic lockdown, intended to make a move to oust Chris Fearne by replacing him with Charmaine Gauci. Fearne preempted this, wittingly or unwittingly by giving Charmaine an equivalent salary package as that of Carmen Ciantar’s.
Corruption and rent-seeking will increase exponentially
The Joseph Muscat cabal feels secure as it is embedded with Robert Abela’s government, and with a huge landslide that provides the seal of approval to Robert Abela’s alliance with the Joseph Muscat cabal, the corrupt and rent-seeking elements within Labour are now empowered to go all the way with fewer limitations than previous. Previous corruption scandals will be buried further and Daphne Caruana Galizia will receive no justice as the political abetters of her murder will remain unchecked. Our rule of law will continue spiralling down.
There will be a fierce clampdown on free speech
Labour has two bills in parliament waiting to be approved which will clamp down on free speech: the re-introduction of criminal libel and the institution of SLAPP libel cases in local law. We haven’t even started a new legislature yet and already we are going through a fierce clampdown on free speech. This clampdown is set to continue while the government keeps increasing its resources for its propaganda while simultaneously independent media keeps crushed by financial limitations. We also have to start admitting that Malta is not a safe country for investigative journalists and journalists can’t trust the government to protect them.
Our national security is under threat
I have written extensively about our serious problems with regards to our energy supplies and our relationship with the Chinese government in this matter. Labour is recklessly pushing us into a serious energy crisis which as of now is being covered by hundreds of millions of Euros of subsidies. Now we also have to contend with a global food shortage crisis. We can not trust that the government will address these problems and after all the government itself admitted that it has no idea how to move forward on these crucial issues.
Malta is now a strongly divided nation between a government and its rent-seeking regime and the other half of the population which feels that its country has become unrecognisable. We, the ones who would like to live in a normal country can cry our hearts out and watch in despair as our public institutions are thorn apart by criminals and rent-seekers, or we can do something about it. At this stage, we have to admit that we can no longer keep hoping that Labour will change. We can neither hope that our public pressure will change the corrupt ways of our government. The game is set and we know very well what to expect from our government. The only thing we can do is to organise a political opposition that also serves as a literal alternative government in peaceful and legal ways that will address the multiple crises that are caused by the same government which is supposed to lead us.
The opposition forces to the government should unite and seek to build a shadow governing infrastructure that can provide a system that will fill the vacuum of what should be a proper and normal functioning government. The alternative government would fund serious investigations on corruption and file for magisterial inquiries, coordinate economic projects with entrepreneurs, trade unions and workers’ associations, provide direct solutions to the energy and food crisis and act upon them and build an alternative welfare state to the government which will offset Labour’s vote-buying tactics. Collectively, the opposition forces to the corrupt government have the resources to do this. We should act accordingly instead of letting Labour destroy our country. I will also be very happy to contribute my resources in coordination with others to address the multiple crises that we face, including in rule-of-law, free speech, energy, food and public finances.
Also, cheer up. Robert Abela can get away with this because many Maltese who live abroad can not vote. In the grand scheme of things, Labour’s majority is neither scarily large. Vote by vote, the tables can turn as they have turned in the past.