From my article in The Sunday Times today:
“The Prime Minister, who devised the sale of Maltese citizenship, enjoys cult hero status in this country. He has apparently found the final solution to pressures on public finances: a goose with an infinite supply of golden eggs that can pay for all the vices and inefficiencies of a country now bereft of any motivation to better itself.
“Since no one born in Malta is required to pay for citizenship, no one cares to think about the cost of these trains east. After all, the streak of ore in the mine from which citizenship is extracted will never run out. We can always print more passports.
“A prime minister who would devise such a final solution is unable or unwilling to anticipate the inevitable consequences. That callousness, that cynicism, that lack of foresight explains Muscat’s behaviour in so many respects.”