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29 April: Edward Warrington to lecture on Constitutional Reform

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2019-04-22T11:37:05+02:00Mon, 22nd Apr '19, 11:37|

How effective is Malta's constitution? How has it developed? What are its weaknesses? Which of these are now urgent concerns? Ought we to speak of 'constitutional reform' or 'constitutional development'? What are the next steps? These topical questions have been circulating ever more urgently during the past few years. They are the subject of a [...]

Repubblika: We’ll be there on Monday morning

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2019-04-25T19:20:30+02:00Thu, 25th Apr '19, 19:20|

Press Release by Repubblika: Repubblika is grateful for the decision of the First Hall of the Civil Court to accept the application we filed this morning asking for an urgent hearing of our application to stop the government appointing more Judges and Magistrates before the reforms expected by the Venice Commission are introduced. In fact [...]

GUEST POST: Money talks and bullshit walks

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2019-04-25T16:36:50+02:00Thu, 25th Apr '19, 16:36|

The term “Political Correctness” is used to describe language, policies or measures that are intended to avoid offense or disadvantage to members of particular groups in society. So people who are short are “vertically challenged”, people who are blind or myopic are “visually impaired”, people who are hard of hearing or deaf are “hearing impaired”, [...]

Court to hear request to stop judicial appointments on Monday. Will President swear in new judges this afternoon anyway?

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2019-04-25T13:57:02+02:00Thu, 25th Apr '19, 13:57|

Judge Mark Chetcuti has set Monday morning as the earliest date when he can hear Repubblika's plea to halt judicial appointment until after the Venice Commission recommendations are implemented. The Court ordered the government is advised of this immediately. Yet, by all accounts the President of Malta George Vella will be swearing in new judges [...]

Rushing appointments through

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2019-04-25T12:08:32+02:00Thu, 25th Apr '19, 12:08|

The appointment of new judges ought to be a day of celebration for a functioning democracy. But our method of choosing judges has been outed by the foremost world experts on how democracies should work as indicative of a failed democracy. The government has accepted this and promised to change the system. It has taken [...]

Repubblika asks Court to order government to freeze judicial appointments

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2019-04-25T11:33:33+02:00Thu, 25th Apr '19, 11:17|

Repubblika Statement: Repubblika this morning filed an application in the First Hall of the Civil Court asking it to order the government not to appoint new Judges and Magistrates until a new system of choosing judges that ensures the independence of the judiciary is introduced. In public statements, the Government has already recognised the finding [...]

GUEST POST: On Air Malta’s financial statements

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2019-04-25T18:52:15+02:00Wed, 24th Apr '19, 20:12|

This article reviews Air Malta’s statement of yesterday about their financial statements for 2018. You can read Malta Today's report of that statement here. Sale of landing rights to an associate company – Air Malta insisted that its strategy to transfer the airline’s landing rights to a government company is to give the State sole [...]

Antonio Ricci

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2019-04-24T11:04:36+02:00Wed, 24th Apr '19, 11:01|

Malta Today’s editorial of today is absolutely correct. There is no comprehensible basis for the courts to overrule the public interest in knowing that a man living in Malta has been charged in another country of being an ‘Ndranghestista, laundering money for organised crime right here in our midst. Malta Today explains that the ban [...]

Konrad Mizzi lies … about his age

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2019-04-24T08:16:37+02:00Wed, 24th Apr '19, 08:08|

The man cannot help it, can he? On the Air Malta in-flight magazine he said he remembers Air Malta’s first ever flights. Air Malta took off in 1974 but the advent of Konrad Mizzi, first of his name, conqueror of Panama, appeaser of kiwis, apostle of the Chinese, purveyor of wine and wassail, incarnate smiley [...]

Billboard

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2019-04-23T17:41:19+02:00Tue, 23rd Apr '19, 17:38|

A lot has been made about the billboard wars at the start of the European and local election campaigns of the political parties. Why write a thousand words about it when James Debono says all that needs to be said in 20 words? Sums it up, doesn’t it? I will limit myself to the crap [...]

Pyrrhic victories

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2019-04-23T16:31:14+02:00Tue, 23rd Apr '19, 16:31|

The Constitutional Court today opened for business in spite of the Easter holidays to hear an ‘urgent’ plea by Konrad Mizzi filed 15 minutes before the court registry closed last week for the term break. Konrad Mizzi does that. Fifteen minutes before the last Christmas break he filed another of his grand claims to protect [...]

A figolla for your vote?

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2019-04-21T20:42:21+02:00Sun, 21st Apr '19, 20:42|

Do you know someone who will decide who to vote for on the basis of whether they get a figolla from them or not? If you do, tell them they deserve the Councillor that treats them to the dubious bait. Certainly Mr Dominic Grima does not think his needy voters will get many figolli to [...]

UPDATED: Alleged mafioso arrested in Malta, advised the Malta Football Association on anti-match fixing program

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2019-04-22T13:36:21+02:00Sun, 21st Apr '19, 20:37|

Update 22/04/2019 13:42 Adds Malta Football Association Statement Forty-two year old Italian resident of Malta Antonio Ricci was arrested today by the Maltese police on the request of the Italian authorities in a Mafia investigation. Antonio Ricci was named last November by the Reggio Calabria prosecutors along with 18 other people in an organised crime [...]

GUEST POST: Let me remind you, Owen

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2019-04-21T15:28:44+02:00Sun, 21st Apr '19, 15:28|

Owen Bonnici has written a piece about culture.  Or so he claims. In actual fact, it’s an advertising promo for Heritage Malta’s Heritage Passport and this is the only example of ‘culture’ he alludes to throughout, trumpeting its success with the words ‘let me remind you’. How could we forget when only two minutes ago, [...]

GUEST POST: If for one day I could be …

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2019-04-20T15:01:30+02:00Sat, 20th Apr '19, 15:01|

Sent in by someone known to me: If only I was Police Commissioner Laurence Cutajar. I would have interviewed Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri the day Panama Papers exposed their suspect newly formed and undeclared trusts and money laundering companies offshore. But I didn't. I could have got in NexiaBT’s Karl Cini to explain to [...]

Dig deep

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2019-04-18T15:02:23+02:00Thu, 18th Apr '19, 15:02|

As anyone would, I have my views on an inter-island tunnel.  But that’s not what this blog post is about. As you might expect I have strongly held views on transport but because I worked in transport policy for some time I would rather avoid risking mixing issues here. This blog post is about what [...]