Yesterday, we discovered that Malta gets drugs from Algeria, that we intend to help train Afghan civil servants, that Malta is, much to our surprise, not Colombia, and that the Maltese aren’t that big on child sex, all courtesy of Wikileaks and unwitting US embassy staff. Today, we have another 4 leaks about Malta. Lo and behold, the Top 8 Wikileaks about Malta – Part 2.
5: Our boats work
Very comforting to know that Malta’s two 87-foot “Protector”-class patrol boats (P51 and P52), the ones the AFM uses, to be clear, are of:
“exceptional reliability and post (embassy writing cable) has observed periods of absence from port which would support reliability and readiness claims.”
And, we may even get new boats! True. Lookie here,
“post may wish to consider FMF or INL funding of overhaul of the boats, if needed and appropriate, at some future point.”
6: Bitches ain’t shit
Hey, I didn’t say it, the figures do. Not that you all didn’t know this, but:
“Maltese women are under-represented at the decision making level of most of MALTA’s government and business organizations. From a total of 69 representatives in Parliament, only six are female. Out of nine Ministers, only one is female.”
7: Hillary Clinton wants to get to know Gonzi
And the other head honchos of course. In fact, the cable says, in full capitals as if yelling down the intertubes:
“PLEASE PROVIDE ANY AVAILABLE BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION ON PRESIDENT GEORGE ABELA, PRIME MINISTER LAWRENCE GONZI, LABOR (sic) PARTY LEADER JOSEPH MUSCAT, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS TONIO BORG, MEMBER DESIGNATE TO THE EU JOHN DALLI, AND PM GONZI’S PERSONAL ASSISTANT EDGAR CURMI.”
No introduction needed to any of the above of course. Cable asks for a lot more info too. Would be interesting to see the reply to this one.
8: Gonzi wasn’t so hot about his MPs
This has been the most widely discussed of all the cables which concern Malta. With good reason too, in it, Prime Minister Gonzi, then facing an election, complained about the quality of MPs he had to work with. The cable, written by former US Ambassador Molly Bordonaro, in fact states:
“PM Gonzi lamented quite bluntly to the Ambassador that the elected Nationalist Party MPs offered a
limited talent pool from which to select ministers that are matched well with their competencies and are able to form an efficient working government. (The PM wished it was possible to draw ministers from business or academia, something that is not possible in Malta.) While the PM’s point is well taken, the appointments of Borg and Fenech, in particular, are excellent news.”
Listen, I don’t want to be the asshole here, but none of this is exactly news to us. We complain about ministers on the daily, do we expect someone as sharp and politically sound as Gonzi not to have these feelings, and even voice them with a trusted confidante?
Gonzi is certainly no idiot, and while his public reaction seems to attempt to deflect criticism of his party in the hope of presenting a united front, the comments themselves might even win the man a bit more credibility. Look at it this way, you can’t trash talk your teammates to their faces and in front of the media, but if you do so covertly and word gets out and turns out you were right about what you said, who’s the winner now? Bingo, you guessed it, big gold star to you.