It hasn’t yet dawned on those who talk about the Establishment that I’m actually the only anti-Establishment figure in this entire equation

Published: September 13, 2017 at 12:23am

I am sick of hearing people who can barely speak English to save their lives talk about the Establishment this and the Establishment that. They haven’t the slightest idea what it means. How could they have? They are as far removed from British or North American social culture as it is possible to be without actually living in a yurt in Outer Mongolia.

What are the odds that none of them even bothered to look it up and read about it, so that at least they know a little of what they are talking about?

The interesting thing is that while they claim to be “against the Establishment” they don’t know there is also something called being anti-Establishment. The expression has fallen out of use since the 1960s, largely because of the societal and organisational shifts in society that made any idea of the Establishment itself so unclearly defined as to be almost nonsensical.

But if people like Adrian Delia, Joseph Muscat and their various supporters on Facebook and elsewhere actually knew what being anti-Establishment is – and it certainly does not mean going into politics to gain power for yourself and your outfit – they would understand that I am literally the only purely anti-Establishment figure in this entire equation. And that’s exactly why they object to me so vociferously.

I have built most of my career and my reputation on being anti-Establishment. I have made an entire life out of it. The reason that they’re all so upset about me – wherever you look, wherever you go, whatever side of the House and whichever part of society you’re looking at, and men especially because an anti-Establishment woman flies right in the face of southern Mediterranean culture – is precisely because I am textbook, A1 anti-Establishment and they really don’t like it.

I break all their rules. But they are their rules. They are not the rules or the ways of the contemporary democratic world. If I where anywhere else, I would not be anti-Establishment. I would simply be normal. But what is considered normal in Malta is abnormal elsewhere. Malta hasn’t caught up.

Politicians and would-be politicians and their tragic supporters are laughably ridiculous as they speak against “the Establishment” (of which they form part, by definition) while expressing shock, anger and opposition to me and to others who criticise and scrutinise their political heroes, saying that I should be silenced while at the same time claiming to be against the Establishment themselves.

The Establishment is all about control and maintenance of power. The only people who have power in Malta are politicians. They control everything, because as we have seen so dramatically over the last four years, the institutions of state are completely vulnerable to elected politicians. Joseph Muscat and his cronies are the Establishment. Adrian Delia and his cronies are doing their utmost to become the Nationalist Party Establishment themselves, and after that, the Establishment in the country.

To do that, they need people who are tools, useful tools. And so those people don’t think they are tools, they make them feel included: “Let’s take back our party!” But it’s not the ordinary people who are going to take back anything. It’s Delia and his cronies. And they’re not going to take it back. They’re going to take it over. Because they want to be the Establishment. They want power at all costs: power in the party and power in the country, power for its own sake and for what it can give and their cronies personally.

I can’t see why a real journalist would be wrapped round that shady man’s neck, instead of investigating him for a proper newspaper.