Like lambs to the slaughter: Malta’s delegation to Azerbaijan
You have to look at these pictures. Our four-man delegation composed of a Super One hack (Kurt Farrugia), an IT employee at Enemalta (Konrad Mizzi), a Super One man and one-term MEP (Joseph Muscat) and a paper/printing supplies merchant (Keith Schembri) lined up against a massed rank of sharks from one of the world’s most corrupt dictatorships, looking completely out of their depth and like they’re about to be eaten alive.
That’s not a negotiating team. That’s a paper-bag of hamster babies that’s just been thrown into the boa constrictor’s tank.
And Kurt Farrugia isn’t supposed to be there. The prime minister’s spokesman does not join the prime minister at the negotiating table. He should be sitting away from the table at the back of the room, or waiting in another room altogether for the information that will go into the press release.
Our puppet prime minister is wearing his customary blank stare, the one he puts on for the cameras when he doesn’t know what’s going on and can’t be fagged to find out, though it doesn’t matter because he’s in the presence of money and he can feel the force.
Keith Schembri never seems to know what’s going on and is there to make up numbers. It doesn’t help that he habitually wears the facial expression of a primate that’s just fallen out of a tree and received a hard blow to the head.
We can’t see what Konrad Mizzi’s face is looking like, because he’s sunk so far back in his seat that he’s concealed by his boss.
Kurt Farrugia’s the only one on whom it seems to have dawned that they’re right out of their depth.
Miskina Malta. This is nuts.