Protest in solidarity with Mark Camilleri

2023-03-23T19:17:54+01:00Thu, 23rd Mar '23, 18:06|

How swiftly do the slumbering police officers and prosecutors who sleep through evidence an MP took dirty money to cover up for a criminal, wake up to chase a writer who drew conclusions from that evidence? We’ll be told we’re inconsistent for complaining that the institutions are chasing Mark Camilleri with the full force of [...]

Losing the benefit of doubt

2023-03-22T12:59:31+01:00Wed, 22nd Mar '23, 12:59|

Just in case anyone was still hoping that the leaked chats between Rosianne Cutajar and Yorgen Fenech were not authentic, Rosianne Cutajar has publicly declared them to be the real deal, to coin a phrase. She has asked the court and the attorney general to “take action” against Mark Camilleri for publishing them, which she [...]

Ipse dixit

2023-03-22T13:02:29+01:00Wed, 22nd Mar '23, 12:43|

A group of activists who describe themselves as “socialists and people of the left” protested yesterday at the feet of the Manwel Dimech memorial in Castille Square calling on the Labour government to go back to its core ideology which would never have allowed it to sell three public hospitals to crooks. In response to [...]

Expats rank Maltese bureaucracy as the worst in the world

2023-03-22T10:01:18+01:00Wed, 22nd Mar '23, 10:01|

Malta ranks as one of the 10 worst countries in the world for expats to settle in according to the Expat Insider survey released by global expat community website Internations. The survey reflects the judgement of expats themselves and the ratings they give of their experience in the country they have move to. Of the [...]

“Pajjiż marid”

2023-03-22T09:41:42+01:00Wed, 22nd Mar '23, 08:46|

Twenty things that the Rosianne Cutajar-Yorgen Fenech trail of messages published by Mark Camilleri tell us: They had a romantic and sexual relationship that lasted for a long time and their friendship stayed on after the end of their affair. Her eventual denials about having been the recipient of Yorgen Fenech’s generosity appear to be [...]

Small mercies

2023-03-21T12:22:01+01:00Tue, 21st Mar '23, 12:22|

Sometimes, amid the depressing immutability of our situation, there are brief moments of temporary delight, cool pecks on the cheek like memories of mother’s comforting kisses. I remember reading about the taped conversation between Yorgen Fenech and Melvyn Theuma while they were discussing nervously the crowds gathering in Valletta. What pleasure it was to hear [...]

Is Robert Abela still disgusted?

2023-03-21T09:05:50+01:00Tue, 21st Mar '23, 09:05|

In June 2020 Robert Abela had been Prime Minister for less than 6 months. That’s when news broke that within a 3-week flip Enemalta poured nearly €5 million into Yorgen Fenech’s pockets to broker a deal worth less than half of his commission. That was the Montenegro windfarm scandal. Robert Abela was still trying to [...]

GUEST POST: A pack of cards and a pack of thieves

2023-03-21T09:02:48+01:00Tue, 21st Mar '23, 09:02|

Friday the 24th of February 2023 is marked as the day of criminals. It was the date of the landmark judgement in the case instituted by MP Adrian Delia against the criminals who lay behind the planned and executed fraudulent deal between members of the cabinet of the Maltese government led by Joseph Muscat and [...]

What exactly is George Vella waiting for?

2023-03-20T09:56:53+01:00Mon, 20th Mar '23, 09:56|

I am reproducing the first two paragraphs of a Times of Malta report about George Vella’s brisk and brusque response to the question as to whether he feels he has any share of responsibility in the hospitals privatisation which a court ruled was the product of fraud. President George Vella brushed off questions on whether [...]

(Allegedly) raped on a police sergeant’s couch

2023-03-18T08:45:19+01:00Sat, 18th Mar '23, 08:45|

Think how unlikely a woman who has been raped might think it is that she may be believed when she reads about a woman police officer raped twice inside the police station and ignored for months before she's made to face a gruelling trial alongside her alleged rapist. At one point, the alleged rapist appears to [...]


2023-03-17T14:35:09+01:00Fri, 17th Mar '23, 14:35|

I have overcome deep set qualms to share this video with you. It’s filmed off a screen, a brief extract of a TVM program intended to provide health education to the masses, which seems to mean for TVM that supremely qualified doctors are to be locked up in a room with the most utterly incompetent, [...]

Comparisons are not always odious

2023-03-16T07:41:41+01:00Thu, 16th Mar '23, 07:41|

A few days ago, I wrote about the Lawrence Gonzi litmus test comparing the governance standards since 2013 with standards we all expected before that. I got some flak for that because, I was reminded, the Gonzi years were far from perfect and his faults and the faults of those times may fade in my [...]

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