Stupid and even more stupid
Former MEP Marlene Mizzi has been knitting for a long time with just one needle. Yet she has just been appointed Ambassador to Norway. She has been a non-resident ambassador in Sweden for over a year. She is also a director of Malita Investment, a government-controlled real estate investment company involved in a housing project of 700 apartments and 300 garages.
While representing our country, Mizzi was busy writing insulting letters to Judge Lawrence Mintoff. The judge had dared to speak out against her.
Mizzi had filed a defamation complaint against David Casa for pointing out that she was renting premises to her own daughter “without payment, which implies that funds are pocketed”. Mizzi admitted to using her daughter’s premises.
When the court ruled that this “could only mean that the applicant was spared an expense that she should have paid”, she was surprised. The court dismissed Mizzi’s claim against Casa, ruling that it was “an expression of opinion on a matter of public interest”.
Mizzi couldn’t understand how ridiculous his libel complaint was. She therefore appealed.
Justice Mintoff upheld the court’s decision. Casa’s comments were again rated “correct”. The court noted that Mizzi had not provided any receipts or verified accounts to prove that she had used all of her overhead allowances. She also failed to reimburse the European Parliament for any unspent allowances. Instead of learning her lesson, Mizzi turned on the judge, abusively writing him an insulting letter. The judge received it on February 17, 2021 and quickly reported it to the police.
On May 12, Ambassador Mizzi was indicted by the court. The case was dismissed. Not because Mizzi was innocent of the charges, but because the date of the summons was not clearly legible. It was “easily readable”, protested the GA. But the court ruled that there was a “reasonable doubt” as to the legibility of the date. Thus, our ambassador, accused of a criminal offense, was exonerated under the most ridiculous pretext – an illegible date.
Mizzi has a habit of writing insulting letters. On 24 January 2014, she wrote one to Manfred Weber, the President of the EPP. Weber had requested appropriate protection for his visit to Malta.
In chaotic English and slaughtered grammar, Mizzi escalated his anger against Weber. To make effect, she copied the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, simply referring to him as President Tajani. “It is a shameful letter”, she mutilated, “you repeat what people have told you who have only partisan interests”.
The short letter was riddled with errors – “passed the test with flying colors”, “I expected more responsible behavior”, “no one reported a problem”, “to lay slander”. “You are obviously repeating information that has been given to you,” she bluntly accused. âMay I respectfully recommend that instead of using someone else’s mind, you use your own independent mind,â she concluded roughly.
In March 2018, she addressed her rudeness to the Chief Justice. Two law graduates got their warrants after receiving suspended sentences for stealing a credit card and using it to buy goods. Her husband was part of the judicial panel that issued these warrants. Mizzi accused the chief justice of being aware of the situation and of doing nothing.
Politely, Chief Justice Camilleri explained that lawyers are assigned to review panels by the administration of the court, not by him. Instead of apologizing for his outburst, Mizzi retorted obtusely, “I stand by what I said and will reserve further comments if necessary.”
In May of the same year, she launched bizarre accusations against civil society organizations. Responding to protests against Police Commissioner Lawrence Cutajar, she tweeted: “What happened to the traffic cop doing his duty is the collateral damage to society caused by anyone who undermines authorities to fuel a program – generally a political program â.
She was referring to policeman Simon Schembri who was seriously injured. He was mown down by an unlicensed teenager – not by protesters.
Three months later, she grossly insults Simon Busuttil. The court had granted Busuttil’s request for a judicial inquiry into the Panama Papers scandal. But Joseph Muscat, Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri have appealed. Mizzi’s husband Antonio Mizzi was given the call. He refused to recuse himself despite an order from the Constitutional Court.
An internet meme has surfaced showing Simon Busuttil dead and buried with his grieving partner on his grave, with Schembri and Mizzi jubilant. When Busuttil expressed his concerns over the threats he received, Mizzi was diplomatic: â80% still wish you many years of good health because you are an asset to the PL, while the 20% the rest do not care. about you and would gladly ignore you; it would be nice if you could stop chatting with the foreign press â.
In 1997 Alfred Sant appointed Mizzi Sea Malta president. Sea Malta had a positive net asset value of 6.04 million euros. When she resigned in 2005, she left negative net assets of 2.79 million euros. In the short time under his responsibility, Sea Malta lost 8.4 million euros.
It was no longer viable and the government, the majority shareholder, was forced to sell. Instead of going quietly and despite a confidentiality clause, she wrote a cheeky four-page resignation letter and granted an unrestricted interview. She accused the minister that “he will do anything to destroy my credibility”.
She accused the government, which she was supposed to represent, of “dismantling our national shipping company”, of “totally lacking support” and of being “stupid and short-sighted”. She complained that her president’s car was nine years old.
Politely accepting his resignation, then Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi stressed that “over time you have refused to understand our policy, let alone respect it”. He expressed disappointment that his damaging remarks came in the middle of negotiations with a potential investor.
Marlene Mizzi was not nominated for her decency, decorum or diplomacy. His appointment reeks of the stupid recklessness of Labor. Mizzi has been expensive in Malta. But the Labor Party persists in ruining Malta’s reputation by rewarding its loyalty. Labor cronyism mocks the national interest.