GUEST POST: Speaker gets a letter from Luxembourg

2021-11-26T16:54:23+01:00Fri, 26th Nov '21, 16:54|

Dear Mr. Farrugia, Not knowing your clerk’s email, I write to you directly. Not being a citizen of Malta, I trust this to be acceptable. It is a pleasure for me to start the day on this positive and very personal note! I hail from a small European State that suffers from similar ailments in [...]


Deliver your letter to Anġlu at a demo on Monday

2021-11-26T08:17:44+01:00Fri, 26th Nov '21, 08:17|

Protest on Monday 29 November 2021 at 6 pm: Anġlu Farrugia and Rosianne Cutajar should no longer be in our Parliament Repubblika, Occupy Justice and support Matthew Caruana Galizia’s demand for the resignation of Speaker Anġlu Farrugia and express their agreement with remarks made by former prime minister and former Speaker Lawrence Gonzi that “we [...]

GUEST POST: Dear Anġlu Farrugia

2021-11-26T06:14:01+01:00Fri, 26th Nov '21, 06:14|

This letter was sent directly to Anġlu Farrugia's email address [email protected] in defiance of what his lawyer Ian Refalo described as "proper Parliamentary procedure". You should send him one too. Dear Anġlu Farrugia, In absolute defiance of 'proper parliamentary procedure' and in the best interests of democracy and the rule of law, I'm writing to you [...]

Anġlu Farrugia and his lawyer, unqualified piles of shit

2021-11-25T16:53:12+01:00Thu, 25th Nov '21, 16:48|

I saw this yesterday when the Speaker got his lawyer Ian Refalo to write on his behalf because he couldn’t bring himself to write to Matthew Caruana Galizia. This letter should be immortalised as perhaps the final nail in the coffin of our Parliamentary democracy. The list of reasons for this is very long, the [...]

Matthew Caruana Galizia asks speaker to resign over Rosianne Cutajar case

2021-11-24T12:44:48+01:00Wed, 24th Nov '21, 12:44|

In a reaction to the Speaker’s poor excuse of a “reprimand” to Rosianne Cutajar, Matthew Caruana Galizia told Anġlu Farrugia he should resign immediately “in the best interests of our democracy, and due to your proven incapacity and unwillingness to defend parliament from corruption”. Daphne Caruana Galizia’s eldest son and director of the foundation set [...]



2021-11-23T16:51:57+01:00Tue, 23rd Nov '21, 16:51|

I was very happy to participate today on the second day of this important conference on SLAPP suits hosted in London by the Justice for Journalists Foundation and the Foreign Policy Centre. If you want to watch this morning's session scroll to 10:30 on the time shown at the top right of the screen of [...]


Her journey

2021-11-23T09:06:34+01:00Tue, 23rd Nov '21, 09:06|

I’m no expert on the dynamics of the internal politics of the European Parliament. I can add nothing to the “informed sources” quoted by other media groups rating Roberta Metsola’s chances at being elected president. Any ‘analysis’ would be derivative, the sort a local sports commenter would give discussing the soccer world cup on TV [...]

The threat stands

2021-11-23T10:02:54+01:00Tue, 23rd Nov '21, 08:36|

The arraignment and conviction of an erstwhile faceless Facebook commenter warning Repubblika’s Robert Aquilina to feel fear walking the streets of Valletta alone is a welcome development. The local police take these situations seriously and that’s a good thing. This case was not exceptional. With the additional good fortune that the perpetrator did not hide [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Fighting fire with enough water

2021-11-21T07:16:16+01:00Sun, 21st Nov '21, 07:16|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "The Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry conclusions included detailed  recommendations for Malta to adopt specific anti-mafia laws. The recommendations, studiously ignored by the government, were drawn up because the inquiry found that the absence of such laws is part of the state’s failure and, consequently, the state’s responsibility [...]

Malta gaming company in mafia investigation operated after MGA withdrew license

2021-11-19T11:02:41+01:00Fri, 19th Nov '21, 11:02|

More details have emerged of the Game Over II anti-mafia investigation in Italy that includes Maltese companies and online gambling sites licensed in Malta. The Maltese companies identified by Palermo’s prosecution service as “Leaderbet Limited” and “HR Management Limited”. The latter company is held by Angelo Repoli from Messina. The two companies operated illegal betting [...]

GUEST POST: How the few harmed all

2021-11-19T10:13:24+01:00Fri, 19th Nov '21, 10:13|

In 2013, Joseph Muscat was elected with an impressive majority following a sleek and very expensive campaign with the solemn pledge to rule by meritocracy, reduce utility tariffs and care for and protect the environment. Thousands believed him and saw in him a new saviour, the one who could deliver the Labour Party from decades [...]

Italian authorities investigating mafia use of Maltese gaming websites

2021-11-18T13:17:42+01:00Thu, 18th Nov '21, 13:17|

Photo: Ansa Italian news agencies report authorities have identified 12 suspects for participating in illegal gambling operations using websites owned by Maltese companies. The suspects are believed to be involved in delinquency, illegal online betting, and false ownership claims. The investigation brings together agents from Palermo, Ragusa, Messina, Agrigento and Trapani. According to [...]

What does 94% tell you?

2021-11-19T05:10:53+01:00Thu, 18th Nov '21, 11:26|

The General Workers’ Union – and I will say more later about the fact that a theoretically socialist labour union could do such a thing – yesterday announced that 94% of people working inside the prison signed a petition praising Alex Dalli and asking for him to be brought back to run the show. By [...]

GUEST POST: The Serene Siren and the Ominous Octopus

2021-11-21T20:26:22+01:00Thu, 18th Nov '21, 10:22|

I live and work in Brussels and I draw satirical cartoons on a range of subjects which I post on Facebook. Following the cyberbullying attack sparked by my cartoon depicting Michelle Muscat as a siren and Joseph Muscat as an octopus, posted on Facebook last week, a lot of people came to speak to me [...]

A timely comparison

2021-11-17T10:03:36+01:00Wed, 17th Nov '21, 10:03|

The Opposition MPs on the committee for standards recommended yesterday that since both sides had already agreed to endorse the standards commissioner’s conclusion that Rosianne Cutajar breached Parliamentary ethics she should be suspended for a month. MPs for the government disagreed and the Speaker threw in his casting vote against the motion. He supported a [...]

The unlikely Khan

2021-11-17T13:00:00+01:00Wed, 17th Nov '21, 09:59|

Owen Bonnici is going to teach us about how to avoid hate speech at an upcoming conference. We knew he was all for a tolerant society built on mutual respect, particularly respect for people you disagree with, every one of those over 500 bloody times, that he ordered the removal of our protest in front [...]

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