From my article in The Sunday Times this week:

“George Vella couldn’t preside over a conversation that would examine the very values that brought him to that presidency. Not even if he wanted to. If he did want to, he would still have needed the willing participation of ministers, of political leaders, of leaders of institutions and community voices that would all be challenged to examine the systems and the ethics that placed them where they were.

As a new president takes Vella’s place, unburdened as Myriam Spiteri Debono is by a personal history of propping up Muscat, it feels unreasonable to expect that anyone might be able to challenge the country to examine its conscience and to, finally, make the changes we have long known to be necessary.

And, yet, reflecting on Daphne’s death, we find that ‘we must redeem ourselves anew.'”

Read the full article here.