Joseph Muscat is NOT an economist, so please stop lying about it

Published: November 21, 2011 at 9:54am

The Labour Party’s ability to repeat lies until they become ‘fact’, to the point where even its high officials believe them, never fails to astound me.

I can understand Cetta ta’ Nenu and Indri ta’ Xmun accepting without question that Joseph Muscat is an ‘ekonomista’, because they probably don’t even know what an economist is, still less have the ability to check out Muscat’s academic background, work experience and training and find out that they have absolutely nothing to do with economics.

But the Labour Party’s high officials? Its publicists and promoters like Joe Grima and his brother Godfrey? Are they really so uninformed that they don’t know what an economist is, or are they just being deliberately deceitful and lying very, very convincingly to the point where they have convinced even themselves?

Labour’s Alfred Grixti was on TVAM this morning, insisting that his leader Muscat is an economist. In a video I uploaded here yesterday, Godfrey Grima delivers a formal message of endorsement for Muscat as his preferred leadership candidate, telling his audience that the man is an economist.

How is he an economist?

He took a three-year B.Comm (general) degree course in management and public policy, ending in 1995, then ‘upgraded’ it to a BA Hons in public policy by staying on for an extra year, graduating in 1996. In those days, it was four years for honours and three years for general.

He then stayed on yet another year at the University of Malta, for a master of arts degree in European Studies, graduating in 1997.

Ten years later, after enrolling in a doctoral programme at the University of Bristol (he was a member of the European Parliament at the time and waited until Malta joined the European Union so that he would save on fees), he was given a PhD in management research.

So we have:

public policy
European Studies
management research

Now what about his work background? Let’s see. This is the sum total of his career, and again, economics does not feature (obviously, because you need the academic background to work in the field).

Muscat worked in the Labour Party’s propaganda machine, first for Super One Radio, then for Super One television, and then for the news portal Maltastar.

After that, he spent some months working for Alfred Mifsud’s financial advisory firm, Crystal Finance.

Then he became a member of the European Parliament, for four years.

And then he became leader of the Labour Party.