Repubblika on Lawrence Cutajar’s dismissal

By
2020-01-17T13:25:43+01:00Fri, 17th Jan '20, 13:25|

Statement by Repubblika The Police Commissioner’s Resignation The Police Commissioner’s resignation offers the opportunity to launch a process of reform and development that is sorely needed within the Police Corps. Civil society has been asking for this for the past two years three months. During all this time, Robert Abela was a member of Parliament [...]

Visited

Is Mario Cutajar going to recommend himself as a best practice model for good governance?

By
2020-01-17T12:44:47+01:00Fri, 17th Jan '20, 12:44|

Mario Cutajar, Joseph Muscat’s pick as chief civil servant, has been appointed by Robert Abela on the cabinet committee on governance. That’s when Mario Cutajar is as terrible an example of good governance as anyone could possibly be. He is principal permanent secretary which makes him the boss of bosses in the civil service. He [...]

Repubblika on the “governance committee” appointed by the government

By
2020-01-17T11:05:37+01:00Fri, 17th Jan '20, 11:05|

Repubblika statement: REPUBBLIKA’S REACTION TO THE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNANCE APPOINTED BY GOVERNMENT Repubblika believes that it would have been far better had the Government appointed a “Committee on Good Governance” rather than simply a “Committee on Governance”. In the past few years, Malta had governance. This governance was weak towards criminals, abusive towards free press [...]

Did Malta really need 27 months to get this done?

By
2020-01-17T10:45:55+01:00Fri, 17th Jan '20, 10:45|

Lawrence Cutajar can take up his fixation with his football club full-time now. It seems that it's become a mainstream retirement activity for retirees of Joseph Muscat's regime, particularly those who thought Joseph Muscat had metal testicles. Keeping Lawrence Cutajar at police headquarters for as long as we did was an effort to prevent justice [...]

Did we pay for that?

By
2020-01-17T08:21:41+01:00Fri, 17th Jan '20, 08:21|

Has Joseph Muscat negotiated his next job while he was still in office? The Times of Malta confirmed the story that Joseph Muscat’s next career move is in a football club in the Italian league which will be owned by the Malta Football Association. We’ll be told this is a private arrangement. The MFA is [...]

History of a protest suppressed

By
2020-01-17T07:58:08+01:00Fri, 17th Jan '20, 07:58|

The protest site in front of the court building became, for over two years, the battleground for the struggle between basic decency and the claim for democratic life on the one hand and on the other, the fearful fury of the guilty who could not tolerate the continued protest mostly because they were unable to [...]

Mind your language prime minister.

By
2020-01-15T23:08:42+01:00Wed, 15th Jan '20, 23:06|

The prime minister said on TV today he “was speaking the same language of Repubblika on good governance”. The only positive thing I can see in that statement is that the new government acknowledges the existence of Repubblika which is more than can be said for the government we had last week. Repubblika appears to [...]

Caruana Galizia family asks Council of Europe committee it still needs to watch Malta

By
2020-01-15T17:28:36+01:00Wed, 15th Jan '20, 16:18|

Matthew, Andrew and Paul Caruana Galizia have written to the Council of Europe’s monitoring committee that is following Malta after the Parliamentary Resolution from last year to urge them not to drop their guard just because the Labour Party changed the prime minister. Daphne’s sons reminded the committee that “Malta has so far largely ignored [...]

Mixed signals

By
2020-01-15T18:57:07+01:00Wed, 15th Jan '20, 16:04|

  We have a government with Joseph Muscat, Chris Cardona, Konrad Mizzi, Keith Schembri and Neville Gafà excluded from its ranks. Sure, they’re all lurking there somewhere but their status has been considerably reduced. In the meantime, Owen Bonnici is no longer justice minister and Michael Farrugia is no longer responsible for the police. These [...]

For the prime minister’s reading list

By
2020-01-15T11:05:23+01:00Wed, 15th Jan '20, 11:05|

The prime minister should use the time driving home from work tonight reading this piece from the World Politics Review. Its author is Nate Sibley, a research fellow at the Hudson Institute's Kleptocracy Initiative. This guy doesn't get his brief from David Casa. His bio says he co-wrote two Hudson Institute Reports and has been [...]

How can they sleep?

By
2020-01-15T09:53:35+01:00Wed, 15th Jan '20, 09:53|

The official story is Chris Cardona has turned down an offer to serve as minister because his economy portfolio has been taken away from him. This is not a million miles away from Neville Gafà “resigning”. Chris Cardona appears to have been kicked out of government and that is unlikely to be because he was [...]

The prime minister we never had

By
2020-01-16T11:08:34+01:00Tue, 14th Jan '20, 18:12|

Simon Busuttil has this afternoon been appointed by EPP bigwigs as Secretary General of the European People’s Party. Bully for him. In June 2017 this country chose Joseph Muscat over him as prime minister. That was our loss. By ‘our’ I don’t mean the PN within which I felt entirely comfortable at the time. By [...]