This is not another “je suis” moment. This is a reaction to the idea that is being bandied about that the demonstrations and manifestations following the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia have to be sanitised in a bubble of non-political expression.

It is probably a symptom of all that has happened in the country – of a nation that has grown up in a stultified environment and using a twisted code of expression where “politics’ became a taboo word.

The risk we are running here is that we misunderstand all that is going on and transform this into a symbolic shambles – a memorial for the sake of a memorial that is taken out of context.

The constant exchange of diatribes between the two parties that have monopolised our official political scene has rendered the nation’s citizens immune to the understanding of real politics. The reaction to a tragedy is mechanical and predictable. Candle-light vigils, walks, demonstrations are meant to help the mourners to cope and get their closure. No lessons are learnt.

It is not just today. We can have an explosion in a fireworks factory, we can have a terrible traffic “black spot”, we can have multiple deaths on the workplace, we can have thousands drowning outside our shores, we can have hundreds of protected birds shot out of the air in the hunting season, we can have animals living in atrocious conditions in ramshackle zoos.

We are brilliant at mourning the dead, the victims. We kid ourselves that we will show some leftover christian empathy. However as a people we will continue to be blinded and ignore the reasons for the tragedy and the lessons to be learnt so that this will not happen again. Our political establishment has for a long time benefited from the fact that we have felt sufficiently consoled by the mere expressions of sympathy. Never again. At least not until tomorrow.

This cannot go on. The education of our citizen class needs to begin in earnest and there is no better moment than now. The assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia happened in a context. The appeals to the population not to make it a “political issue” are misguided. What they should mean is that this is not a “partisan” issue. It is not a cause that should be taken up for the benefit of one party or another. Because politics does not exist to serve the parties.

In their effort to sanitise the manifestations of anger and empathy some people are shooting down all the messengers. This is dangerous. This is an attempt to make the new normal a permanent normal. The assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia is political. I have no doubt that it is political. We do not know who the mandator and the murder are but we can only understand one thing: that Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed for something that she had written about or was planning to write about.

She was killed in a nation where the complete institutional breakdown aids and abets the functioning of criminal organisations

She was killed in a nation where the complete institutional breakdown aids and abets the functioning of criminal organisations.

She was killed in a state where the absence of the rule of law means that the tentacles of the criminal organisations have spread deep into our society and where these can act with a feeling of impunity.

She was killed in a country that has huge problems understanding the dangers and consequences of corruption. She was killed in Malta the super-economy that privileges easy money, fake jobs and no questions asked.

These are all the makings of a political murder because in order for this murder to take place the safeguards of a political society have to have broken down. That is what Daphne’s son meant when he mentioned the rule of law.

Civil society has had the ugliest of wake-up calls. It has a choice before it now. Either to fall for the serenades of the old political establishment that are trying their damned hardest to abuse of the ignorance of the law, of the ignorance of the way a society should work, of the way people ignore why their commitment to changing this society is crucial. Either that or to commit to change.

To understand that each and every one of us have the duty to be political, to become political and to be the agents of change in spite of the old political establishment.

We are all politicians. Every politician among us that wants to stand up and be counted should be at the demonstration at City Gate on Sunday at 4pm.

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