Muscat should decide: is a company in Panama shocking or is it not?

Published: May 19, 2017 at 6:42pm

The Prime Minister and his spouse are playing the martyred drama queens, and a magisterial inquiry is in process, because ownership of a company in Panama has been laid at their door.

Shouldn’t they make up their minds?

If companies in Panama are OK for Konrad Mizzi – Muscat’s favourite cabinet minister – and for Keith Schembri, his chief of staff, then they are OK for him, too.

And the reverse applies too. If the revelation that documents found in the Pilatus Bank kitchen-safe reveal his wife (and therefore him too) to be the ultimate beneficial owner of a company in Panama, he should not express shock and scandal and pretend to be outraged when he has spent the past year brushing off Schembri’s and Mizzi’s Panama companies, all three set up in tandem with each other, as perfectly normal.

So normal, in fact, that Muscat didn’t even raise an eyebrow when Konrad Mizzi listed his Panama company – he told the press – in his “draft declaration of assets”, the one that only Muscat appears to have seen.

What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. If secret Panama companies are perfectly fine for Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri, then they are perfectly fine for Joseph and Michelle Muscat.

And if they are shocking and outrageous for Joseph and Michelle Muscat, then they are shocking and outrageous for Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri.

Muscat can’t have it both ways. Nor can the other two weasels.

Captured on camera as they screw the country over while populating their Panama companies with assets – to quote the one with the pen in his hand.