Former Opposition leader Simon Busuttil has warned Prime Minister Joseph Muscat that he threw his chances at a top EU job away thanks to the Panama Papers occurred and the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia.
“Despite his non-stop lobbying, EU leaders did not consider Joseph Muscat fit for any top job in Europe, and we all know why,” Busuttil tweeted. “Yesterday, Muscat didn’t stand any chance for a top EU job whatsoever. His name WAS there three years ago. But then the Panama Papers and Daphne Caruana Galizia happened … and he threw it all away.”
And here’s the TRUE story from Brussels.
Yesterday, @JosephMuscat_JM didn’t stand any chance for a top EU job whatsoever. His name WAS there 3 years ago. But then, #PanamaPapers and #DaphneCaruanaGalizia happened … and he threw it all away. https://t.co/fQXWrCKxlq
— Simon Busuttil (@SimonBusuttil) July 3, 2019
Retweeting Busuttil’s tweet, Caruana Galizia’s son Matthew claimed Muscat was overlooked for the post of EU Council President because his chief of staff Keith Schembri “runs an organised criminal network”.
“All he had to do was fire his chief of staff, but he didn’t do that,” he said. “Why is protecting Schembri from prosecution more important to Muscat than becoming EU Council president?”
Muscat didn’t get this job because his chief of staff runs an organised criminal network.
All he had to do was fire his chief of staff.
But he didn’t do that.
Why is protecting Schembri from prosecution more important to Muscat than becoming EU Council president? https://t.co/ZgCzCUj5Es
— Matthew Caruana Galizia (@mcaruanagalizia) July 3, 2019
Labour politicians and supporters had harsh words for Busuttil after his post, with many pointing out that the former PN leader had been turned down for the post of executive director at the European Asylum Office a few months ago.
“Simon Busuttil, you are not even considered in your own party and you are disliked by the great majority in your own country,” MP Rosianne Cutajar tweeted. “You are a bitter, failed and frustrated politician. We are proud of you, Joseph Muscat.”
@SimonBusuttil you are not even considered in your own party & you are disliked by the great majority in your own country. You are a bitter, failed and frustrated politician. We are proud of you @JosephMuscat_JM. https://t.co/tBYugxWctU
— Rosianne Cutajar (@RosianneCutajar) July 3, 2019
“Adjectives to describe Simon Busuttil’s Tweet on Joseph Muscat and EU top jobs – absurd, empty, idiotic, inane & puerile,” MP Glenn Bedingfield said. “What a bitter loser he is.”
— Glenn Bedingfield (@GlenBedingfield) July 2, 2019
And parliamentary secretary for agriculture Clint Camilleri responded with a simple emoji of a lemon, meant to symbolise Busuttil’s bitterness.
Meanwhile, several Labour politicians have expressed their delight that Muscat hasn’t landed a new job in Brussels, as that means he can stay on as Malta’s Prime Minister.