Malta Today, under the penmanship of Kurt Sansone on the 15th June 2021 ran the following :
‘Presidential overreaction: corruption survey ruffles George Vella’s feathers
‘Transparency International’s corruption survey result gets under the President’s skin as he urges 2% who believe his office is corrupt to report it to police.’
‘A Europe-wide survey on corruption has ruffled President George Vella’s feathers after findings show that 2% of respondents believe his office is corrupt. The result falls well within the margin of error but in an overreaction, the Office of the President invited respondents to report evidence of corruption to the police.’
One should ask Kurt Sansone where lies the news worthiness of such a topic with a 2% +/- ?
No surprise then that the President of the Republic of Malta was right to be miffed by this nonsensical piece of news. In his shoes, I would be too, and rightly so.
Besides since ‘it is a Europe-wide survey’ why has the journalist not given us the results of the 27 member states? In fact, this would definitely have made interesting reading. Why do we always remain so parochial and provincial? Only in confessional and dictatorial states, all the population, without exception, abide by one line of thought. Is really a 2% a question of any worry? No. It is not. It goes to show that current journalism in Malta is confined to sheer pettifogging and nothing more. This becomes even more obvious when one realizes that Transparency International, in Malta, is represented by The Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation whose director is Matthew Caruana Galizia, a software engineer, and journalist.
According to its website, Transparency International is a German registered voluntary association founded in 1993 by former employees of the World Bank. Based in Berlin, its mission statement is to fight anti-global corruption and crime prevention. It has been funded by Western Governments including oil companies, Hedge-Funds KKR, Deloitte, and Ernest & Young!
Corruption, as defined by the World Bank, is a form of dishonesty or criminal offence undertaken by a person or organization entrusted with a position of authority, to acquire illicit benefit or abuse power for one’s private gain… Corruption is most common in kleptocracies, oligarchies, narco-states, and mafia states. Personally, I have my reservations as to this definition especially when one takes a look at its track record over the last few decades. Whatever the case, it is time that we all return to solid basics and start safeguarding our own territory ourselves and not allow ourselves to be manipulated by conglomerates that, in reality, don’t give a jot about us.
Let us all get off our high horse. Let us put an end to pointing fingers without having the real facts in our hands but just hearsay which is turned into gospel truth! Let us stop using surveys that can be manipulated and given to people who do not even have a clue as to what these surveys mean or are intended for. Let us, instead, start being patriotic, which for a long time now we have failed to be. Mind you, not Nationalist, not Labour, not Repubblika et al or any other banner one may wish to adopt but become simple patriots in the full and correct meaning of the word without any warped hang-ups. Certainly, we would all be happier, less spiteful and more respectful towards one another were we to follow the examples of our forefathers who had much less than we have today but who were not the rotters to the core that we have become.