‘We have a corrupt minister, but we’re fine, we’re happy’

‘They tell you, “okay, fine, we have a corrupt minister, but we’re fine, we’re happy.”’

These are the words of a local journalist responding to questions regarding Patron/Client relationships and corruption in Malta. This testimony forms part of a paper examining Clientelism entitled, ‘How Smallness Fosters Clientelism: A Case Study of Malta,’ by political scientist Wouter Veenendaal.

The sentiment suggests that while the media makes efforts to uncover the presence of corruption among its political figures, ‘the people don’t care if the media say; listen we have a corrupt minister. You know, they tell you, “okay, fine, we have a corrupt minister, but we’re fine, we’re happy.” And I think the problem is that in Malta, we have not yet reached a situation where people can think freely.’

While stating that the

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