Month: August 2017

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Imitation as flattery

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Imitation as flattery

From my article in The Sunday Times today: “Years of hatred and vilification exercised by Labour towards the independent press have nullified its credibility with Labour supporters. That was startling enough in a world of free and open access to information. But it is truly extraordinary to witness entire chunks of PN militants and, quite …

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LISTEN: BBC documentary on Malta passport sales

LISTEN: BBC documentary on Malta passport sales

This is a BBC radio documentary on Malta’s passport scheme in which: Identity Malta CEO Jonathan Cardona admits flat out the great bulk of passport procurers never invested anything in the country. Henley and Partners MD Christian Kaelin explains his target market for Maltese passports is investors with business interests in the EU who use …

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Whose privilege is it anyway?

Whose privilege is it anyway?

Attorney General Peter Grech has several times since his appointment to his office resorted to the excuse of client privilege to avoid answering questions on information he is privy to as an official of the state. I am not qualified to dispute the fine detail of the law. There are experts who do that and …

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STAR COMMENT: Dangled carrots

STAR COMMENT: Dangled carrots

In response to my earlier post where I pointed out that Judge Antonio Mizzi is presumed to be a candidate for the upcoming vacancy of Chief Justice of the Maltese courts, I received the following eminently pertinent comment: “I would add that the Attorney General is also a presumed candidate for the upcoming vacancy of Chief …

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Appeal against investigation order into PM’s corruption heard behind closed doors: Why?

Appeal against investigation order into PM’s corruption heard behind closed doors: Why?

Judge Antonio Mizzi, spouse of Labour MEP Marlene Mizzi and presumed candidate for the upcoming vacancy of Chief Justice of the Maltese courts, was due today to hear an Appeal filed by Joseph Muscat and the rest of the Panama Gang against a lower court’s order for the Panama scandal to be investigated. His first …

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PN leadership election: how it works

PN leadership election: how it works

It may be useful for those who want to understand what will be happening by the next school run to brush up on the rules governing the election of a PN leader. ‘Brush up’ is a bit of a misnomer because it suggests these are established rules that have been gathering dust after a very …

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Ma’ min rajtek …

Ma’ min rajtek …

This piece in the Daily Mail is intended to damage its real target – Tony Blair – by his association with two unsavoury characters Ilham Aliyev and Joseph Muscat. The Daily Mail dislikes Tony Blair for its own political reasons. It’s a fiercely pro-Brexit newspaper and Tony Blair’s objections to Brexit are an annoyance it …

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Full Disclosure. Please.

Full Disclosure. Please.

Over the last 3 days Daphne Caruana Galizia published damaging reports on Frank Portelli’s and Adrian Delia’s outstanding debts with HSBC. Frank Portelli’s were long known. His St Philip’s Hospital has been out of business for years and he has been trying to flog it to the government since even before it closed its doors. …

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The EU Medicines Agency bid: how Labour hurt our chances

The EU Medicines Agency bid: how Labour hurt our chances

Government is bidding hard for the relocation of the EU’s Medicines Agency from London – no longer a suitable home for an EU institution after Brexit – to Malta. Parliamentary Secretary Deo Debattista gave The Times some details about the concerns employees at the Agency are raising about Malta and how he might address them. …

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Token salaries

Token salaries

The Times picked up a government legal notice that announces the President of Malta has been paid 478 euro in arrears after she got a pay rise below inflation rates for this year over the previous one. That’s her yearly weekend break in Sicily paid for then. Now our President earns the unpresidential sum of …

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