04 Aug Corruption, illicit funding and trading in influence debase politics
I would not be surprised that the situation as regards party funding is the same it was in Italy in the early 1990s, where people ended up in prison, parties had to close shop and new parties were born. A veritable earthquake.
After all we are a Mediterranean country , slipped some positions in the corruption index and have GRECO chasing us because we are the only European country besides Albania not to have such a law.
Surely we are not a country of saints more than the rest of the world. We are normal.
Now that the elections are approaching, and in the absence of basic legislation, does anyone know what xalati are going on, what donations, thousands if not milions of euros and promises in return? Wo knows what’s going on?
Is the Commissioner of Police keeping an open eye? For eventual vote buyting for example. What about the Security Seervice? Just for argument sake Do you imagine the Prime Minister as Home Affairs Minister signing a warrant for the interceptions of Borg Olivier or Austin Gatt’s telephones for example on reasonable suspicion they are receiving illicit funds?
Can you imagine that just for argument sake?
The prime Minister should never be in charge of Secret Service interception warrants. an inquiring magistrate should.
Corruption, illicit fundin and trading in influence are on the front pages in normal countries, and not dissenting backbenchers pushing for a law on party finance!