Then a few days after being elected to office, they secretly set up companies in Panama and trusts in New Zealand
Listen to Joseph Muscat, talking about good governance (without the slightest sign of conviction, it has to be said) before the general election. Then a few days after being elected to office, they had Brian Tonna secretly start the process to set up companies in Panama and trusts in New Zealand, only to have their cover blown three years later when somebody got into Mossack Fonseca’s Panama server and gave the results to a German national newspaper, which in turn called in the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
Otherwise, we would never have known what these crooks were up to – and still we don’t know exactly what it is they’re doing. But they certainly didn’t set up their Panama companies and New Zealand trusts for fun as soon as they got into power.
I think it’s time to point out something that should have been obvious, but which is never mentioned. There is no way their colleagues in the cabinet could have known what they were up to, so they let them down badly too. The fact that they have continued to defend them and to sit with them in the cabinet is their choice, made for reasons of their own. But it can’t have been pretty when they found out in the same way the rest of us did.