In her latest blog Daphne Caruana Galizia calls Debono a “psycho” and perhaps inadvertently, unless she was using the royal we, admits that she is part of a network that coordinates campaigns against Debono. She writes: “We portrayed him as a psycho precisely because he is a psycho.”
“Psycho” is an informal and offensive word for psychopath and used to describe somebody as neurotic and crazy.
Debono has lashed out against this network a number of times, calling it “the evil clique” and has identified Richard Cachia Caruana as the person behind such attacks. Debono has even referred to the blogger as Mrs Cachia Caruana.
In his latest blog MP Franco Debono writes that 25 years of PN rule have left the country with “no Whistleblower Act, no Law on the Autonomy of Parliament, no decent Commission against Corruption, no Law on Party Financing, no right to legal assistance during interrogations, the Secret Service warrants are under the Minister instead of a Judge, our Electoral Law needs an overhaul, our justice system needs an overhaul. We have no adequate libel laws, our Police do not have a Union and they lack motivation due to inadequate working conditions, equipment and training.”
Last January Debono tabled in parliament a private member's bill on party financing based on the belief that transparent party financing is fundamental to democracy as the hidden funding of politicians and parties corrodes democracy. He said that he drafted this bill on political parties and party financing in conformity with Greco requirements.
In the first week of January the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) said the bill prepared by the Maltese government on party financing is not according to its recommendations and is full of loopholes that can be used to render the law meaningless.
GRECO said that the bill on party financing is very weak as it allows party members to donate as much money as they like without having to declare it. Only the names of non-party members donating more than €10,000 will be made public. The bill is also weak as political parties do not have to publish the accounts of entities and companies that they control. Election campaign funding will also not be open to scrutiny. GRECO also feels that the role played by the Electoral Commission is too weak when it comes to auditing party financing and that the sanctions for those who break the law are too vague.
The bill sent by government to GRECO has been criticized also by Franco Debono the MP tasked by the Prime Minister to prepare a bill on party financing. He says that his bill meets all the recommendations of GRECO and has nothing to do with the bill presented by government to GRECO.