Labour is to blame for Muscat’s threats – Kevin Cassar

As awful as it was, Joseph Muscat’s interview with Manuel Cuschieri did the country a service.  It revealed the continuing threat Muscat presents.

Maintaining his shamelessness, Muscat lied, repeatedly. His threats, coupled with his distortion of the truth, shone a light into the darkness of his cynicism.

He depicted himself as the helpless victim of a heartless conspiracy of freemasons, doctors, the establishment and special interest groups. Yet he launched vicious threats against the inquiring magistrate, judiciary and civil society.

Muscat’s gall doesn’t surprise anybody.  His menacing threats are a reminder he might yet inflict more damage than he’s already wrought. His hysteria is reminiscent of another interview  – Donald Trump’s with Sean Hannity.

The two disgraced former leaders have much in common, so much you couldn’t tell them apart.

  • (DT): “They can’t beat me through the ballot box so they try and beat me through the law”.
  • (JM) “There are some people who never won democratically against me and never will”.
  • (JM) “They try to play with the courts – they turn the judiciary into an army, even politicise it”.


  • (DT) “I have a judge who hates me and whose family hate me”.
  • (JM) “I requested the recusal of the magistrate because of the continuous leaks – the inquiry is a sieve… her father and her brother told people to protest”.


  • (DT) “I’ve been treated very unfairly by this judge”.
  • (JM) “She (the magistrate) chose not to hear what I have to say”


  • ( DT) “This is another scam; it’s a political witch hunt, I’m going to have to fight”.
  • (JM) “I’ll keep fighting because she cannot continue hearing that case”.


  • (DT) “How can they charge me when I did nothing wrong?”
  • (JM) “In none of these reports did he point his finger at me regarding any illegality”.


  • (DT) “I have notified them of my intent to file a lawsuit over their repeated defamatory statements”.
  • (JM) “I warn those doing these things, I will sue you”.


  • (DT) “If I am charged, there’ll be death and destruction”.
  • (JM) “I know if this happens, the support will be there”.

Like the US, Malta faces the pervasive malignancy of its narcissistic former leader. Both leaders claim to be victims of a hostile establishment.

Muscat’s claimed that an uncontrolled freemasonry, an entrenched establishment and vague interests conspired, and are still conspiring, against him.

He made a bizarre claim that his fraudulent hospitals’ concession failed because influential doctors, hellbent on retaining their private control over the health service, worked tirelessly to wreck it.

Concerning income tax returns, Muscat complained that “they only asked for mine”.

“Those who thought the government is theirs by divine right cannot forgive me personally for this,” Muscat insisted. “If they want to crucify me like they did to Mintoff, it would be my honour”.

“I am the son of a salesman; they cannot accept that,” adding, “They want to put us through another calvary, another martyrdom”.

Like the US, Malta endures the threats of its ousted leader.  “I have no problem. I challenge them – do whatever you like, reopen it (Egrant), but this time, after nothing’s found, I will sue for damages. We’re not playing bingo… I warn those who are doing these things”.

“They can do whatever they like. At the end of the day, I know that if this happens, the support will be there,” he warned. “I know where the people’s trust lies”.

While battering the magistrate with threats, Muscat methodically undermines the public’s trust in the justice system. “The situation in court is a joke. No wonder people lose hope in the judicial system,” he said despite boasting when prime minister about the reforms he implemented.

He levelled wild accusations of leaks from the magisterial inquiry without evidence. He alleged documents were falsified. “I need to see whether false documents were used – who knows, I still need to see them”.

Peppered throughout were hints of Muscat’s obsession – money. “I got what I deserved according to the formula, which is always updated,” he said about the obscene golden handshake he gave himself.

He didn’t say that he updated that formula twice before stepping down. That formula hasn’t been “always updated”. The last time was in 2004.

“And I didn’t get as much as Richard Cachia Caruana, who got far more,” the spiteful Muscat hissed. He didn’t compare his package with his predecessor as prime minister – Lawrence Gonzi – who served much longer and got far less.

That same obsession drove him to humiliate himself. He rented his private car to the State for a pitiful €7,000. He accepted €27,000 for first-class tickets to the Middle East. And vintage Petrus wines, a Bvlgari watch, and consultancy roles, including with a bankrupt exotic bird company.

Muscat incriminated his Cabinet in that interview. He said, “Everything was discussed in Cabinet” and that “everybody who needed to be informed was informed”.

Instead of mounting a concerted fightback against Muscat’s falsehoods, Labour remains silent – passive before Muscat’s looming threat that “like a good boxer, I will finally deliver one good punch and knock them out”.

Labour allows Muscat to continue to rile his supporters and incite their anger.

Donald Trump has been found liable for sexual abuse and fined US$5 million. He’s indicted over 34 counts of fraud. He faced two impeachments. Yet he will almost certainly be the Republican candidate for President.

An ABC poll on 7 May showed that if Trump ran against Biden, Trump would win. Only the Republican party is to blame for Trump.

And Labour is to blame for Muscat. Labour will not get rid of Muscat and his malignancy by waiting for someone else to do the job for them.  They must show respect for the country, the Party and themselves by standing up for basic decency.

They must call out and condemn Muscat’s blatant lies. Anything less is dangerous cowardice.

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Godfrey Leone Ganado
Godfrey Leone Ganado
3 months ago

Kevin – excellent article as usual.
Joseph Muscat, or rather Lord Egrant, tells us that we are ‘jealous’ because his father is s salesman, but he does not tell us of what, that is, owner importer and wholesaler/retailer of explosives, which can be used for different purposes, both as a polluter and as a dangerous weapon.
As regards Egrant, he still refuses to understand that he misused it to create the biggest ever fake magisterial inquiry to cover himself, and also that whatever, he is already engraved in history as LORD EGRANT.

3 months ago

There is a third person missing in this comparison. The former UK PM Boris Johnson who by now, disgraced like the other two mentioned, has resigned from his post as an MP. His own party has now turned against him and although Johnson played it all for too long and could manage to keep his supporters on his side, the numbers of them crumbled recently.

I don’t think that it is always one side to be blamed. Joseph Muscat was and is as much the ‘product’ of the PL like the PL is that of his leadership and the way he shaped it. It works both ways, just like it works both ways that a character like Trump made it into the WH, like the like minded Johnson made it into No 10 and Muscat acted like the ‘Maltese version of King Louis XIV’ at the Auberge de Castille. Now that he lost his ‘feathers’, he’s become the smaller version of the aforesaid residing at Sa Maison. Like Bonaparte exiled to Elba. Unless the PL turns against him, like in Johnson’s case, nobody would ‘transfer’ him to St Helena. Because Malta is a small place, the equivalent places by different names are all around the island.

If it wasn’t for the stupidity of so many people who got attracted by the cheap populism which is full of lies and always twists and turns the truth in order to work for them, neither of these three characters had ever made it that far.

I think that to bring up the quotation in this article where Muscat compares himself to Mintoff is quite apt in many ways. The old one who also often played the victim card while his thugs were running wild in Malta, like the modern ‘desciple’ of the Mintoffian ideology is doing it just a bit ‘smarter’ but also with a hint towards violence.

All these three persons are politically and morally finished, but there are still people who never learn, who refuse to look the truth in the eye and accept that they have been misled by these charlatans in politics.

Joe l ghasfur
Joe l ghasfur
3 months ago
Reply to  Thomas

Qed taghmel paragun bejn Mintoff u dal halliel Muscat. Xi zball ghandek habib. Jekk ma ghamel xejn Mintof liz zghir qajmu fuq saqajh u ghamlu nies, qatt hadd iponta subajgh lejh u akuzah li seraq xi flus tal Maltin. Dal brigant Muscat l ewwel haga li ghamel kif ha l gurament kera l karroza tieghu lilu inifsu 70 euro kulljum, mela l pajjiz bic cheap labour u il haddiema Maltin baqghu kwazzi bl istess paga ghal ahhar 10 snien u il hajja splodit. Qieghed twegga lil laburisti genwieni bhali habib.

3 months ago
Reply to  Joe l ghasfur

Meta Muscat kera il-karozza tieghu lil innifsu u il-poplu ihallas , wera x’kien. Meta irregistra il kont il Panama Egrant , li dam jiprova li ma jigiex investigat , deher isem il-mara tieghu , mhux ismu. Trid tkun kriminal bla ruh biex tuza isem il mara biex jekk jinqabad ma jmurx il-habs hu imma Michelle. Ghalekk qed jeghded lil kull min jiprova jerga jiftah l-investigazjoni ta l EGRANT.

Last edited 3 months ago by makjavel
A. Fan
A. Fan
3 months ago

Apt comparison, no doubt.

Not for nothing, but does anyone happen to know how much the sales of antidepressants and anxiety medication have increased in Malta over the past decade?

3 months ago

Jekk niftakar sew lill Mintoff huma stess ghajruh traditur, mela lill dan x’nghudulu?

3 months ago

Mussolini is his master, his stage master made a good a good job.

Matthew Gibson
Matthew Gibson
3 months ago

Nice article. Donald Trump- Joseph Muscat- Boris Johnson- all the same arrogant corrupt careerists. We must stop turning a blind eye to leaders who lie and cheat, and put their own greed and sense of entitlement above the interests of the people they are supposed to represent. All 3 of these leaders believe they are above the law. It’s time to show them, and all politicians, that no one is.

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