Considering that this is probably the greatest “intelligent” insult around, the question of one’s credentials in a particular field is popping up regularly on The Runs. Hence the reminder that neither Joseph Muscat nor Joe Vella Bonnici are economists. True. Should we also be told that our Minister for Finance, Economy and Investment is also not an economist?
"Tonio graduated in Management and Accountancy (B.Com) at the University of Malta, he then completed his B.A.(Hons.) Accountancy, in 1992. He is now a warranted Accountant and Auditor."
Muscat’s crime is of course the “passing off” as an economist I.e. claiming to be what he is not. Then again Tonio does not claim to be one, and isn’t one, and it works for him. So what is the point?
The Labour Party said Dr Gonzi and his government had given up on trying to solve the problems they had created, and they were instead asking Dr Muscat for his solutions.
This, the Labour Party said, was a vote of confidence for the party.” - The Times
“GREECE. SPAIN. ITALY.
The opposition seems to have a problem with these names being brought up. Quick…let’s get the PL into government and the southern Mediterranean will vanish for good…. better still… the EURO will vanish too and they will pay you in Joseph Muscat Hope Coupons…”—
The level of “popular” analysis and interpretation of tonight’s vote in parliament is the greatest evidence of how at the end of it all the basic building block of your average liberal democracy is the blooming idiot. The greatest wonder about liberal democracy is that it exists and works in spite of (and not thanks to) the free voting citizens it represents.