Malta is a culturally diverse country with a complex social and political sphere—the fact which might come across as unexpected of an island state of such a minuscule size. And due to this complexity, Malta’s everyday political and social realities could be a treacherous terrain to navigate.
Malta’s tax regime is not a matter of competition between Maltese and foreigners. The true bone of contention here is between moneyed elites and ordinary citizens. In fact, Maltese ‘patriotism’ is a shield that protects financial interests of elites, both foreign and Maltese.
After the election – after nasty rumours spread by ‘traitors’ began to percolate – the Prime Minister himself paid a visit to the steel ship in the hopes of tamping down any fears about Malta’s uprightness and viability that the iGaming people may have had.