One of Malta’s most outspoken socialist delegates has opened up about the pain and struggle Joseph Muscat’s ongoing political crisis has forced onto the rest of the Labour Party.
Mark Camilleri, the current Chairman of the National Book Council and a PL delegate, was not afraid to show the sheer pain of betrayal he is feeling as the Office of the Prime Minister is implicated in the planned assassination of a Maltese journalist in an interview with Lovin Malta.
“A lot of us feel like Joseph Muscat made us look like fools,” Camilleri said.
“Maybe many Labourites aren’t realising right now just how incredibly serious this is, but this is a huge scar that our party will be forced to bear, and people will keep reminding us of this, forever,” he continued.
Camilleri spoke after weeks of protests hit Valletta, Malta’s capital, and Joseph Muscat gave in a delayed resignation for the 12th of January, 2020, prompting widespread condemnation.
Indeed, Camilleri calls his 42-day window before resigning as doing nothing more than adding to the perception that the government is trying to “obstruct justice and to protect his friends” while destroying the reputation of the party and country.
He laments the fact that so many people voted Labour since they believed that it was the only party to favour the vulnerable in Malta, and says he grapples with what might have happened had Labour not been elected.
“Had Labour not been in government Daphne might not have been killed. It’s an ongoing struggle that I deal with.”
Saying Labourites’ support of Muscat had never been “unconditional”, he made it clear that he, like so many others, had never voted for the mafia to take over.
“If the OPM is implicated, Joseph Muscat must take all the blame – not the rest of us.”