Creative obstruction

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2022-07-05T14:21:38+02:00Tue, 5th Jul '22, 14:21|

The reports of the sittings in court of the prosecution of Pilatus Bank and one of its middle managers make for depressing reading. The magistrate is clearly at her wit’s end. Donatella Frendo Dimech has warned prosecutors “not to bury the case” and that what she heard so far from them is “not relevant”. That’s [...]

PODCAST: “Relatively poor education outcomes”

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2022-07-05T13:15:13+02:00Tue, 5th Jul '22, 13:15|

Here's another podcast. Listening takes just under 20 minutes, or read it if you prefer. Let me know if this format works for you. Manuel Delia · "Relatively Poor Education Outcomes" Times of Malta’s summary of an EU report on the state of Malta’s education makes for a scary read. There are many cliches about [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Silence of the Wolves

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2022-07-04T14:27:34+02:00Mon, 4th Jul '22, 14:27|

From my article on The Sunday Times yesterday: "Who knows how many other secrets are protected by the inherent opacity of the AG’s office? Consider, for example, her exclusive power to decide who gets to be prosecuted and who doesn’t for major crimes. In principle, our chief prosecutor must prosecute anyone against whom there is [...]

PODCAST: Why Joseph Muscat does it

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2022-07-01T11:57:54+02:00Fri, 1st Jul '22, 11:57|

I'm trying my hand at longer podcasts ... it will take you 25 minutes to listen to this or, depending on your reading speed, more or less to read it. If you like the format (or you don't) please say so.   Manuel Delia · Why Joseph Muscat Does It We’re going to have to [...]

Muscat accepts leadership of premier football clubs after half of them support him

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2022-06-30T18:24:25+02:00Thu, 30th Jun '22, 18:24|

Seven of 14 presidents of Malta’s premier league football club have voted in favour of hiring disgraced former prime minister Joseph Muscat to head their organisation. The vote, which was taken secretely, showed that exactly half of the premier league clubs agreed with the nomination of Joseph Muscat. After the vote was taken today, Joseph [...]

Media freedom monitor recommends urgent action on “pressing issues” in Malta

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2022-06-30T16:06:04+02:00Thu, 30th Jun '22, 16:06|

Media in Malta is at high risk of not being politically independent with significant problems in restrictions on plurality and weak social inclusiveness. These are the conclusions of the 2022 media plurality and freedom report penned by University of Malta academic Louiselle Vassallo. Malta’s rankings place it among the highest risk jurisdictions within the EU. [...]

Would you buy from her shop again? The mafia would.

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2022-06-30T14:00:23+02:00Thu, 30th Jun '22, 14:00|

Yet another (alleged) mafioso walked out of the court building today free as a bird, protected from prosecution by yet another 'mistake' by the Attorney General's office. This one won't sue if I call him an (alleged) mafioso. John Spiteri is wanted by Italian prosecutors in connection with a large 'Ndrangheta drug trafficking operation. They [...]

Malta deemed “High Risk” country for media freedom by EU-funded monitor

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2022-06-30T13:51:14+02:00Thu, 30th Jun '22, 13:51|

The Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom (CMPF) has ranked Malta among the riskiest jurisdictions in the EU and candidate countries for media freedom and restrictions on media pluralism. In an EU-funded study being published later today Malta is ranked “high risk”, the second worst possible category. The CMPF is a research and training [...]

18 Ministers found in breach of ethics. Government says nothing.

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2022-06-28T10:34:56+02:00Tue, 28th Jun '22, 10:34|

The government will do its utmost to diffuse the significance of the most recent finding of the Commissioner for Standards in Public Life. The case concerns a supplement, a 32-page centrefold, inside the Labour Party’s Sunday newspaper marking two years since Robert Abela’s election and soft launching the Labour Party’s election campaign. The bottom-line cost [...]

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It’s a mistake to call this a mistake

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2022-06-27T15:19:52+02:00Mon, 27th Jun '22, 14:54|

We have slid down so far that we are reduced to hoping Attorney General Victoria Buttigieg is an incompetent, bungling idiot who has been promoted way beyond her dubious abilities because the only alternative horrifies us too much to say aloud: that she is a bespectacled tentacle of the mafia, a complicit agent of crime. [...]

The conflict persists

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2022-06-27T10:22:14+02:00Mon, 27th Jun '22, 10:22|

When Nadine Lia was appointed magistrate, many warned there would be many occasions where her family ties would put her in conflict with her independence or, as a bare minimum, the public's perception of her independence. She's Paul Lia's daughter in law. Her father in law is the Labour Party's lawyer. He is a long-term [...]

He has a €100m to buy an island. Are they all his?

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2022-06-27T10:07:12+02:00Mon, 27th Jun '22, 10:07|

The Nadur festa decorators were mighty indignant because people outside their pocket-sized universe mocked the canonisation of Joe Portelli, depicted as St John the Evangelist on one of their festa banners. The Nadurin football club fans reacted in a similar way after off-worlders found their public worship of Portelli distasteful. Joe Portelli gives them money [...]

The farcical middle act of a tragedy

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2022-06-25T10:00:06+02:00Sat, 25th Jun '22, 10:00|

Jean Claude Micallef is pitching for the job to run the association of premier league football clubs saying in a Facebook post (because that’s how job applications for senior executive positions are filed these days) words to the effect that he meant to rescue Maltese football from having “its reputation clouded”. I can tell you [...]

Tensions within MFA as Joseph Muscat recalls political debt owed by Bjorn Vassallo

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2022-06-25T15:44:46+02:00Sat, 25th Jun '22, 09:03|

MFA President Bjorn Vassallo is under pressure to support Joseph Muscat’s candidature to the presidency of the association of elite football clubs, not least because the support of key Joseph Muscat allies was crucial for Vassallo’s election in 2019. Bjorn Vassallo owes his election to the top job in the football federation to key Joseph [...]

GUEST POST: ‘Ullo Bob! Gotta New Motor? (The AUM goes into Top Gear)

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2022-06-25T07:08:33+02:00Sat, 25th Jun '22, 07:08|

On Wednesday, the Economy Minister, Silvio Schembri, presented 2 resolutions to Parliament’s National Audit Committee concerning the Żonqor-SmartCity land deal with the American University of Malta, the AUM. Pertaining to Robert Abela’s ‘new vision’ for the ‘university’, this deal is described as ‘giving back the land’ to the people, the catch being that the land [...]

UPDATED: Our right to remember

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2022-06-24T12:54:38+02:00Fri, 24th Jun '22, 12:25|

UPDATED: 24 June 2022, 12:46 Yesterday I wrote a piece about the utterly baseless claim that “because of data protection laws,” the police cannot tell us about what happened to one of its most senior officers found by an independent inquiry to have suffocated corruption investigations. I wrote how privacy laws are misused to pervert [...]

How Labour MPs tried (again) to dilute a Council of Europe resolution, and failed (again)

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2022-06-24T09:57:10+02:00Fri, 24th Jun '22, 09:57|

Labour MPs sitting at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe tabled 10 amendments to a draft resolution calling on Malta to step up its reforms and 8 of them were thrown out by the Assembly in near unanimous votes. The MPs, Naomi Cachia, Chris Bonett, Romilda Baldacchino Zarb, and Cressida Galea, attempted to [...]

Pressure “from Castille” on football chiefs to drop Muscat presidency idea

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2022-06-24T09:24:35+02:00Fri, 24th Jun '22, 09:13|

Photo: REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi Multiple sources in premier league football clubs have reported to this website receiving calls from Robert Abela’s staff to warn them against hiring Joseph Muscat as chief of the professional clubs’ association. OPM staff are reported to have told leaders of the footballing world that should they support Joseph [...]

This privacy business

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2022-06-23T14:40:12+02:00Thu, 23rd Jun '22, 14:40|

Privacy laws exist to protect private people from the abuses of a government or authorities or people of power with access to information given to them for other purposes. Let’s take the obvious example. You tell your doctor you have a sexually transmitted disease you probably didn’t get from your husband. You must tell her [...]

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