The Republic of Darkness – John Vassallo

I have been silent for some weeks now and some of the people who have glanced at a couple of my previous articles about Malta – about its endangered or even ruined heritage, environment, politics, traffic, integrity and way of life – have asked me why so.

I was almost about to quietly give up and do like the good guy in cowboy movies, namely ride slowly away into the sunset. The themes on which I have written in the past seem to only go from bad to worse. It seems that nothing anybody says or does to bring our country back to be a normal functioning European country, or city state, has any effect on the popular support for the prevailing Republic of Darkness.

I have been abroad, savouring the delights of other countries where I find peace of mind in the knowledge that the institutions still enjoy the full effects

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