Court rules Torċa used ‘Allo! ‘Allo! photo to harm Occupy Justice activist. Pia Zammit awarded damages.

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2022-01-26T10:54:47+01:00Wed, 26th Jan '22, 10:54|

The Appeals Court has today ruled that it-Torċa sought to damage the reputation of Occupy Justice activist and Repubblika founder Pia Zammit when the Labour-leaning newspaper repeatedly printed a backstage photo taken 10 years earlier of the actress in an 'Allo! 'Allo! costume. A lower court had dismissed Pia Zammit libel suit against it-Torċa’s editor [...]

Angry Glenn’s take (3)

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2022-01-26T09:54:16+01:00Wed, 26th Jan '22, 09:54|

Photo: REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi Why do Joseph Muscat and his henchmen hate Repubblika so much? Why are they making Robert Aquilina one of a short-list of national hate figures, public enemies of Labour’s cause for a perpetual monopoly on power? Because Robert Aquilina is a leading figure in the effort of the few [...]

Angry Glenn’s take (2)

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2022-01-26T09:50:25+01:00Wed, 26th Jan '22, 09:50|

To justify his very public assault on the inquiring magistrate who ordered a search in Joseph Muscat’s home and officer, Glenn Bedingfield refers to past criticism of Judge Consuelo Scerri Herrera and Judge Giovanni Grixti by people like the author of the blog you’re reading. He specifically refers to me writing about Magistrate Charmaine Galea [...]

Angry Glenn’s take (1)

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2022-01-26T10:03:02+01:00Wed, 26th Jan '22, 09:46|

People who have read too much history for their own good cannot escape the sadness that the present events must cause them. Glenn Bedingfield took the floor in Parliament yesterday for a 15-minute rant of scapegoating hatred identifying targets for the enmity of his party’s followers. He named the enemies of the people du jour [...]

Blink and you’ll miss it.

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2022-01-25T13:35:03+01:00Tue, 25th Jan '22, 13:35|

Earlier I wrote about the Opposition sleeping on the job, not being alert enough to oppose a motion by the government appointing Rosianne Cutajar to Parliament’s health committee. In its defence the Opposition called it a motion by stealth. That was a weird way to describe anything moved in Parliament because all motions are read [...]

Are we subsidising his business as well?

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2022-01-25T12:43:35+01:00Tue, 25th Jan '22, 09:51|

Malta Today reported that while police were searching Joseph Muscat’s Burmarrad home their colleagues were also rummaging in a Sa Maison office held in Joseph Muscat’s name. Joseph Muscat has an office and doesn’t always work from home. OK, no need to blink so far. If you’re going to bill people €500,000 for investment advice [...]

Someone had to say it

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2022-01-25T12:35:04+01:00Tue, 25th Jan '22, 09:26|

And I’m glad it was Therese Comodini Cachia. On Twitter she shared Times of Malta’s report of the scene in court when its journalist Julian Bonnici was being questioned by the politician who brought a lawsuit against him, Adrian Delia. Do you find the questioning of a journalist by an MP in his own case [...]

UPDATED: Rosianne forever

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2022-01-25T11:07:45+01:00Tue, 25th Jan '22, 08:54|

UPDATED: 11:05 with PN statement Rosianne Cutajar admitted receiving €9,000 in cash as a “birthday gift” from Yorgen Fenech, the man charged with killing Daphne Caruana Galizia. She admitted she didn’t declare the gift. The record shows she spoke in Yorgen Fenech’s defence in Malta’s Parliament and at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of [...]

Young Macduff votes Robert Abela

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2022-01-24T15:36:59+01:00Mon, 24th Jan '22, 15:36|

Read this Lovin Malta report of another point brought up by Robert Abela yesterday. He told business owners being “terrorised be institutions” to speak to him directly over WhatsApp or some other way that would avoid a paper trail so that he could defend them from the government of which he is chief executive. I [...]

What will Robert Abela tell the world?

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2022-01-24T10:32:37+01:00Mon, 24th Jan '22, 10:32|

Robert Abela has declared his intention to vote against and to instruct his MPs to vote down a draft law introducing anti-mafia legislation in our statute books. He’s only spoken in the negative about some of the other proposals and said nothing good about the rest of the package transposed by the Opposition from the [...]

He says it isn’t a Mafia State. Which proves it is.

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2022-01-24T08:58:22+01:00Mon, 24th Jan '22, 08:58|

There are just some premises that betray the unintended motivations of those who postulate them. “Who farted?” is a question asked by the person in the room implicitly admitting they did the deed. It’s just one of those things. Who smelt it dealt it. This is a South Park way of saying that the guy [...]

GUEST POST: The morphing of Joseph Muscat

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2022-01-23T09:13:51+01:00Sun, 23rd Jan '22, 09:13|

In his interview with the Times of the 23rd August 2021, Joseph Muscat said “I am an economist. I give economic advice, I provide advisory services to people both locally and internationally. I look at trends in their industries, strategies in their sectors and advice on how they can perfect them”. I did not know [...]

God save the god (4)

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2022-01-21T09:50:10+01:00Fri, 21st Jan '22, 09:50|

Even taking into account all the state capture in Joseph Muscat’s times, I think the point we’re at now in terms of the quivering weakness of the rule of law is as terrible as any we’ve seen. Robert Abela, with the full might of the executive and the ruling party within him and behind him, [...]

God save the god (3)

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2022-01-21T11:58:03+01:00Fri, 21st Jan '22, 09:47|

Robert Abela cannot outplay Joseph Muscat’s tune so he dances to it instead. Consider the quote on l-orizzont’s front page today: “Għall-PN, it-tisħiħ tal-istituzzjonijiet ifisser li jdaħħluhom fil-logħba partiġġjana.” That’s a direct quote from remarks by the prime minister who, while denying he’s doing just that, is increasing the pressure on the inquiring magistrate looking [...]

God save the god (2)

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2022-01-21T09:44:44+01:00Fri, 21st Jan '22, 09:44|

I doubt Robert Abela privately thinks Joseph Muscat is a god who can do no wrong. But Robert Abela knows the only reason he was elected party leader instead of Chris Fearne was the fact that Chris Fearne had signalled he would not worship on the Joseph Muscat altar after Muscat’s resignation. Robert Abela instead [...]

God save the god (1)

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2022-01-21T09:42:10+01:00Fri, 21st Jan '22, 09:42|

I understand the scepticism. Even the cynicism. We’ve been through many dramatic moments that turned out to be largely meaningless not to think that a raid on Joseph Muscat’s house, two years after the inquiry it is part of started, five years after allegations of wrongdoing became known, and days after the subject of the [...]

Edward Scicluna the baby

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2022-01-20T09:52:25+01:00Thu, 20th Jan '22, 09:51|

A few days ago on the Central Bank's official Instagram account, Edward Scicluna mourned David Sassoli the president of the European Parliament who died in office.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Central Bank of Malta (@centralbankmalta) Fair enough you'd say since Edward Scicluna was himself an MEP and he [...]

Your trust is irrelevant

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2022-01-20T09:42:49+01:00Thu, 20th Jan '22, 09:42|

A few more observations about remarks by Joseph Muscat and Robert Abela after yesterday’s police raid on the former prime minister’s house. They said the same thing which suggests they co-ordinated their remarks. From Times of Malta’s interview with Joseph Muscat: “Muscat said his faith in the inquiry had now been dented, as his initial [...]

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