Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was close to getting a European job this week, but after long days of negotiations the choices made by the European Council did not include him.
The Malta Independent is informed that Muscat was mentioned as a potential candidate for either the post of President of the European Commission, or for the post of Vice President of the Commission.
No other Maltese ever came close to achieving this post, and this goes to Muscat’s credit. There are still other avenues left for Muscat to have a top place in a European institution, but after the decisions taken this week the possibility that Muscat stays on as Labour Party leader and Prime Minister increase.
Muscat’s detractors rejoiced that the PM was unable to persuade his Brussels colleagues that he was the right man for a European job, but his supporters were quick to point out that, after all, they were not too unhappy about the outcome.
As has become the norm, the social media was awash with comments in this regard.
One post that stood out was that of former Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil, who gloated that Muscat did not get the top job. Busuttil, who was hammered by Muscat in the 2017 election, tweeted that Muscat was not deemed fit for the job in spite of all the lobbying.
Needless to say, others joined the fray, including Jason Azzopardi who retweeted Busuttil’s thoughts, effectively endorsing them.
The replies did not take long to come by, with former parliamentary secretary Deborah Schembri pointing out that Busuttil has not learnt anything when it comes to politics. “If you did, you’d have secretly lobbied for him to leave,” she wrote.
“You can’t hide the fact that you hate the man that has made of you an irrelevant opposition leader just by being a good Prime Minister, by not giving in to your shenanigans and your envious and hateful ploys to bring him down to satiate your thirst for power,” Schembri added.