Ask him twice and he’ll tell you anything

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2021-01-15T13:55:28+01:00Fri, 15th Jan '21, 13:55|

Two days ago Robert Abela told journalists they could ask him 100 times whether he sat on the cabinet meeting that decided on whether to pardon Vincent Muscat, il-Koħħu. His answer would remain unchanged. He’s bound by cabinet secrecy and you couldn’t get the information out of him whether you threw a light on his [...]

The return of Gozo General to the public would be another “Daphne Was Right” moment

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2021-01-15T13:31:55+01:00Fri, 15th Jan '21, 13:31|

Chris Said wrote yesterday on his Facebook page that Gozo General Hospital will return to public ownership in short order in an agreement with Steward Healthcare to quit Gozo’s only hospital. It has been in private ownership since it was sold together with St Luke’s and Karin Grech’s hospital to the obscure outfit VGH in [...]

Turncoats

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2021-01-15T12:21:00+01:00Fri, 15th Jan '21, 10:21|

Yesterday’s podcast was not kind to Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando. It wasn’t intended to be. I wrote that I felt he deserved the humiliation he was served by the people he imagined were his new friends. I wrote that it is the fate of turncoats that the only people who are likely to trust them less [...]

MONEY MAGAZINE: At your financial service

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2021-01-13T15:30:35+01:00Thu, 14th Jan '21, 15:27|

 My piece in this season's Money Magazine. The world is changing. Do not expect the clock to turn back. The global village has come to pass. We will not go back from that. The far-left first rallied against the injustices of the new times as industry was spirited to where exploitation was cheaper. Then the [...]

The chaos at the top

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2021-01-14T09:34:41+01:00Thu, 14th Jan '21, 09:34|

Robert Abela fancies himself as some sort of chess master, out-thinking everyone, always 7 moves ahead. But the Gavin Gulia situation has landed him in yet another muddy mess he should have anticipated. Gavin Gulia justified the ending of his 5-minute stint in parliament on instructions from the prime minister to stay on as tourism [...]

PODCAST: It’s not about ‘deserve’

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2021-01-14T08:18:13+01:00Thu, 14th Jan '21, 08:18|

Manuel Delia · It's Not About 'deserve' Robert Abela appears to have picked the chairman of the commission that protects the interests of persons with disability to fill the seat vacated first by Edward Scicluna and then, in record time, by Gavin Gulia. The gentleman has never been openly partisan though he’s been part of [...]

Has someone said Parliamentary reform?

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2021-01-13T17:00:33+01:00Wed, 13th Jan '21, 17:00|

The Labour government has trivialised the position of Member of Parliament to the point of absurdity and, by logical extension, irrelevance. Consider the series of cynical moves that played out over the last several days. Edward Scicluna resigned from parliament. It was really because he was retiring from or being thrown out of the front-bench [...]

Ask him 100 times

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2021-01-13T16:26:56+01:00Wed, 13th Jan '21, 16:26|

Robert Abela refused to answer questions on whether he recused himself when cabinet discussed and decided to refuse a pardon to Vince Muscat il-Koħħu in exchange for testifying for the prosecution in the case against Daphne Caruana Galizia’s killers and several other cases, including murders. The issue of recusal came up because Vincent Muscat told [...]

MONEY MAGAZINE: Coming out into the heat

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2021-01-13T15:23:16+01:00Wed, 13th Jan '21, 15:23|

This piece has been in print for a while but I missed it when it came out in November. Hopefully it hasn't aged too much. Let’s be optimistic, shall we? If only for the sake of argument the worst of Covid-19 is a memory, and our economy and our way of life can emerge from self-isolation [...]

Repubblika publishes proposals for reform of Parliament

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2021-01-13T08:36:19+01:00Wed, 13th Jan '21, 11:20|

Repubblika President Robert Aquilina today delivered to Parliament’s Speaker a copy of a document proposing Parliamentary reform. Speaking to the press, Robert Aquilina recalled that this year will be the 100th anniversary of Malta’s Parliament. Though Parliament operates from a new building it is burdened by old-fashioned practices that are out of sync with today’s [...]

Euronews: Has Malta changed since Joseph Muscat?

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2021-01-13T08:48:28+01:00Wed, 13th Jan '21, 08:48|

Euronews separately interview Carmel Caccopardo and me about if and how Malta has changed in the year since Robert Abela took over. They also asked the government and the Labour Party for interviews but, as ever, "neither had responded at the time of publication". The article is linked here.

Ian Borg. Smeg head.

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2021-01-13T07:51:00+01:00Wed, 13th Jan '21, 07:51|

Someone caught Ian Borg throw in a swear word on TV. The video made the rounds. I wasn’t shocked and I was not going to pretend I was. It’s a bit uncouth perhaps but it happens. God knows it happens to me, though a little bit of self-awareness normally means you can avoid swearing mid-sentence [...]

Isn’t it ironic?

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2021-01-12T12:49:29+01:00Tue, 12th Jan '21, 12:49|

Reporters could hear the loud sigh of relief from the Labour Party when its renegade candidate Charles Azzopardi was eliminated in the counting of votes inherited from the recently transferred Edward Scicluna. Charles Azzopardi has since the election switched to the PN which would have meant Labour would lose another of its seats in Parliament, [...]

PODCAST: What’s showing on the back of the cave

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2021-01-12T10:29:05+01:00Tue, 12th Jan '21, 10:29|

Manuel Delia · What's Showing On The Back Of The Cave Political parties are defending their right to own and operate TV stations on grounds of freedom of speech. The argument is compelling. In theory political parties are a manifestation of everyone’s right to associate in an organisation of like-minded people and the right of [...]

GUEST POST: Where’s the treasure?

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2021-01-11T15:49:34+01:00Mon, 11th Jan '21, 15:49|

Last weekend I watched a spot of television. The first thing was ‘Treasure in Malta’, on YouTube, a 1962 film part-financed by the Malta tourist board, intended to promote Malta as a tourism destination. And it was, apparently, successful. Despite the appalling script and acting. It’s worth a view, if only to see Spinola Bay [...]

GUEST POST: “So the environment truly becomes a priority”

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2021-01-11T15:37:21+01:00Mon, 11th Jan '21, 15:37|

Hundreds of billboards placed a every strategic corner throughout Malta were important features of the multi-million 2013 Partit Laburista election campaign. Labour had money, lots of money. Anġlu Farrugia, today’s Speaker, spoke about big contractors and businessmen at the infamous 4th floor at the glass castle of Ħamrun. To give credibility to the messages, Labour [...]

Was the advice to keep schools closed a minority report?

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2021-01-11T15:21:30+01:00Mon, 11th Jan '21, 15:21|

There's an assumption that Kenneth Grech's advice to Frank Fabri from the education ministry to postpone the reopening of schools after the Christmas break was based exclusively on his - Kenneth Grech's - professional opinion. The assumption comes out of two facts. The first is that Kenneth Grech alone has been kicked out of the [...]

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