The Malta Independent 20 November 2018, Tuesday

Government reveals its defeat on good governance, PD says

Wednesday, 7 November 2018, 10:42 Last update: about 13 days ago

Faced with an impending and imminent visit to evaluate our Institutions by the Venice Commission, the Office of the Prime Minister tried using a lame tactic of sending the Commission an invitation to try to show that this visit was Government’s own idea, Partit Demokratiku said in a statement.

However, inadvertently, by doing so, it has admitted that a problem of good governance is present in our country.  The Venice Commission is of one of Europe's most respected, neutral authorities on Constitutional law and reform.

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Partit Demokratiku’s calling for good governance reform has been its rallying cry from its inception, primarily to create an equal playing field for all citizens of Malta. Today we live in a thwarted system where people are rewarded (or punished) for their closeness to those in power, a grossly unfair system of clientelism which ridicules the very concept of the rule of law and meritocracy, whereby everyone should be treated equal before the law and by the state. This perverse system also prevents most from speaking their mind, for fear of discrimination for their political beliefs, and convictions of LACK OF fairness and rationality. It is a system propped up by the Institutions (with accommodating persons in positions of power and trust) which Malta's very own academics are critical of.

Partit Demokratiku also noted with deep regret that the Nationalist Party has presumed to speak in the name of the whole Opposition when making arrangements to meet the Venice Commission, and has intentionally excluded Partit Demokratiku from the delegation meetings. Partit Demokratiku will therefore make its own recommendations to the Venice Commission.

Partit Demokratiku trusts the advice of local experts that good governance reform is necessary, to protect Malta's reputation and safeguard the interests of the people of Malta. These opinions have been in the public arena for some years and Marlene Farrugia, founder of PD, has been critical ever since. By inviting the Venice Commission to Malta, a foregone conclusion, the Government has changed its tactics completely, and has, for the first time admitted that it has been covering up a problematic political climate which is now spiralling out of its control.

 

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