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Damned by your presence. Damned by your absence.

Photo: Reuters

Photo: Reuters

The outpouring of grief all over the globe which followed the horrific assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia is a truly moving tribute to her pen, her indomitable character, her fighting spirit. Even in death she is an inextinguishable light.

After so much eloquence I find my words—more than ever—hollow, useless, soulless.

The worst part of this tragedy is that Malta is the loser; Malta and its soul. That no one has resigned yet—the prime minister, the police commissioner, the minister responsible for police—does not come as a huge surprise. That they go on spinning, spewing garbage, paying lip service to free speech and justice is another of the tragedies of the land.

That the leader of the opposition tries to win brownie points off her death is not just despicable but more reason for him to go.

Unless the people in power or close to it realise that we are rotten at the core, nothing will change and one death will not be enough

This land needs a cleansing; a thorough cleansing from top to bottom and inside out. Unless this happens, unless the people in power or close to it realise that we are rotten at the core, nothing will change and one death will not be enough. Many have already been silenced; were silenced by the gross misdeeds of the Labour Party machine which gave largesse to whoever it felt it could sway through bullying.

Many more will be silenced because we are back to the time when it is not always wise to go to the police if you have anything which might be too hot for the authorities to handle.

Paying lip service to a journalist’s death is not enough. The people who brutalised Daphne Caruana Galizia and murdered her when she was alive by keeping her name off the news, calling for her silencing, claiming that all she wrote was lies and vomit spewed by a sorceress, should look in the mirror and reflect on how they were part of the reason we are today mourning a woman’s untimely terrible death.

When people from whichever divide, who helped and abetted our decline in governance and the erosion of our institutions, cry tears of compassion and join marches or vigils, my disgust grows. Unless our dear society wakes up, kills spin and takes proper action, Daphne Caruana Galizia and her fighting spirit will be blown to pieces a thousand times.

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