Author: John Vassallo

I could not believe my eyes reading the opinion piece by former prime minister and now MEP Alfred Sant (July 4). For probably the first time, he and I agree completely on the causes of Malta’s greylisting. His analysis, though incomplete – since he purposely left out the alleged crimes of Joseph Muscat and Panama Papers account-holding ministers as well as the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder, the Electrogas, Vitals and other scandals that also led the FATF to greylist us – was spot on. Malta built an economic model on the use of its main natural resource – its brain…

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Malta and its government seem to enjoy playing with yoyos. Each time we get our COVID-19 cases down to zero and our vaccination rates to among the best in the world, we fall into the trap of thinking we have beaten the virus. Off we go and open the airport, allowing the most dangerous types of visitors to come to Malta. Most of this article was written the day before Health Minister Chris Fearne closed the language schools and stopped all travel except for people with double vaccination or accepting to stay in quarantine. Suddenly, the government pulled back the…

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What was obvious to many of us onlookers years ago has finally happened. It is not surprising that we have been placed on the grey list by the FATF. We have been deathly grey for a long time. I have written innumerable articles about the multitude of reasons why Malta was turning itself into a pariah on the international economic sphere. Trying to look for culprits is futile because all of the Maltese population is to blame. We have adopted a culture of cheating driven by what I once called ‘criminal energy’, of which we seem to have abundant quantities.…

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