The Speaker protects Keith Schembri by censoring Simon Busuttil’s PQ

I must say that I honestly believed that the Speaker Anglu Farrugia was above the pettiness we grew to expect from certain Government’s MP’s, however his actions yesterday confirmed otherwise.

Former PN leader Simon Busuttil protested on Monday that the Speaker of the House of Representatives had stopped two questions he had tabled in Parliament about accounts held by the prime minister’s chief of staff Keith Schembri.

He said the Speaker, An─ílu Farrugia, had insisted the questions were not in the public interest. Dr Busuttil, who is now the Opposition spokesman on good governance, told the House how he had asked whether Mr Schembri had a bank account in Dubai and whether he had a bank account at Pilatus Bank.

He insisted that the questions were in the public interest as Mr Schembri was the prime minister’s chief of staff, and Malta was not Pyongyang.

Naturally Simon Busuttil asked for a ruling from the deputy speaker Claudette Buttigieg, since the issue involved the Speaker himself, however Anglu Farrugia insisted that he will give the ruling himself, and if Simon Busuttil disagreed he could contest it in the usual manner.

What are the chances that Anglu Farrugia will rule against his own decision? Unfortunately once again, with such a decision our Parliament is being looked at in ridicule and this is definitely what this institution deserve.

This decision begs the question; what is Anglu Farrugia protecting? What’s so damaging to the public interest to have Simon Busuttil’s legitimate questions answered?