18 Aug 2012 Updated : PN statute and condemnations breach the law
PN statute and condemnations breach the law
A party which has treated me unjustly and breached the law in my regards will now ak for my support?
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Accountability and Corruption : next election’s battlefields
A footballer of the Maltese national team has been found guilty of match fixing by UEFA and condemned to a ten year ban.
There are those who think that the next electoral campaign will not be about jobs or education as some would like it to be. They are very important issues. But the crucial test will be that of accountability, transparency and good administration of public funds, which have been the main themes raised by dissenting backbenchers during the past four years.
In the past years Malta has seen courruption cases of all sorts including judges. We have seen mass bribery cases in road and sea driving licences. Malta has slipped down in the Perception of Corruption Index and the Group of States against Corruption has been chasing us for years to introduce a law on party funding, which I have drafted, but which they are leaving dormant out of spite. We have no Whistleblower Act and no decent Commission Against Corruption.
Corruption in Malta today is a grave and serious threat to a fair society. Not a week passes that the odour of corruption surrounds some government dealing, or some corporation or public entity. When and where the Police and Security Service do not investigate, it remains an odour. It is they who have the responsibility to investigate not the ordinary citizen. Where serious investigations were carried out these led to arraignments and convictions. Corruption erodes the social fabric and meritocracy, it strikes at the heart of democracy and the state.
The issues of accountability and corruption will be the main themes of the next electoral campaign. It is not those who field the greatest lackeys or yes men as candidates who will win but whoever is credible on good governance, transparency and accountability and the fight against corruption.
After the football bribery case only a Tangentopoli (political bribes) and Calciopoli (football bribes) on the Italian model can cleanse Maltese football and politics? In Italy these massive investigations led to a new and cleaner political and football landscape.
We are no nation of saints as some would like to make us believe, maybe for their sinister motives, and those who believe it are living in a fool’s paradise.