The race ahead

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2017-07-09T21:49:57+00:00Thu, 29th Jun '17, 13:12|

The field of candidates is starting to take shape.From within the parliamentary group, Chris Said has come forward and at least one other may be getting ready to step up. Claudio Grech keeps being mentioned, one should think not merely because of wishful thinking. From among the party officials, Alex Perici Calascione is publicly flirting [...]

It ain’t me

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2017-07-09T21:50:03+00:00Wed, 28th Jun '17, 20:41|

I am not a lawyer, nor is one of my names Adrian, and this blog is not a coy bid at the leadership of the Nationalist Party. I started this blog because as an ex-journalist, ex-civil servant and ex-would be politician, it’s the only way I know how to let off steam.I have a cousin, [...]

Poorly written laws

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2017-07-09T21:50:03+00:00Tue, 27th Jun '17, 22:16|

Read this guest post by expert lawyer Justin Borg Barthet on the Marriage Equality Bill.While a silly debate between ayatollahs rages on, on whether the law should speak of mothers or birth-givers to avoid offence, the real issue most have not noticed is the pathetic poverty of the making of this law and many others. Otto [...]

GUEST POST: On the New Marriage Equality Law

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2017-07-09T21:49:59+00:00Tue, 27th Jun '17, 21:34|

This Guest Post is by Justin Borg Barthet, a lecturer in law at the University of Aberdeen. Dr Borg-Barthet has published work on cross-border recognition of same-sex relationships, and has been commissioned by the European Parliament to advise on the reform of divorce jurisdiction.Through the Marriage Equality Bill, Malta joins a small group of European nations [...]

Financial Services: Corking a punctured barrel

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2017-07-09T21:50:00+00:00Tue, 27th Jun '17, 13:49|

Think of a barrel of whiskey with a corked hole at its bottom. It is water-tight and holds the whiskey inside, for years if it needs to. As long as the cork holds. That is its weakest point that may hold for decades or give at any moment and let all the whiskey gush out [...]

Demanding the Impossible

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2017-07-09T21:50:03+00:00Mon, 26th Jun '17, 08:54|

I had some friendly backlash to my piece yesterday on The Sunday Times. It surprised me, although perhaps it should not have.I was told on the one hand that I’m a hopeless idealist chasing unicorns and that the job requirements I listed for the job of PN leader were impossibly onerous and no one alive, [...]

Irridu naqdu ‘n-nies

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2017-07-09T21:50:02+00:00Sat, 24th Jun '17, 09:42|

So fair and foul a phrase I have not heard.It’s a mantra repeated without fail but with much frustration by the party loyalists who will stick with the PN through thick and thin but who have a shared theory on why others would not. It’s that verb ‘qeda’ that is so loaded in the Maltese [...]

A People’s Party

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2017-07-09T21:50:02+00:00Fri, 23rd Jun '17, 09:10|

Political parties do not exist for their own sake. They are an enabling tool for the functioning of democracy. It helps to understand where they came from. Commons elected to Westminster were chosen, not for belonging to this or that party, but for being the favourite representative of their constituency.But in a chamber of hundreds, [...]

Note to the PM: We’re not idiots

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2017-07-09T21:50:03+00:00Wed, 21st Jun '17, 17:23|

On election’s eve, Joseph Muscat, wanted to make sure the justified rumblings among employees and people who economically depend on the gaming industry changed nothing in the outcome he wanted out of the election. Not for him electoral loss because of the economic consequences of the corruption in his government.So he resorted to the simplest [...]

Two weeks

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2017-07-14T14:43:58+00:00Tue, 20th Jun '17, 14:30|

It’s been two weeks to the hour that this blog has been around. It was two nights after the election result and the first morning back to work and the old routine. Everything was the same again but everything was different. I’ve now been away from the local political scene for over 4 years. I [...]

Catch them young

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2017-07-14T14:42:33+00:00Tue, 20th Jun '17, 08:34|

When they had to choose between the obscurantist proto-communist puppets of Libya and western liberal democracy the first time voters of 1981 and 1987 did not have a tough choice. They are 48 to 58 now. When we had to choose between Europe and vaguely described, poorly argued shades of xenophobic isolationism, the choice for [...]

Damn right I’m angry

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2017-07-14T14:41:41+00:00Mon, 19th Jun '17, 02:40|

The Archbishop had to intervene to tell us hate speech is not such a great idea. He did so after Tony Zarb came back from his retirement to incite the lynching of David Casa and Roberta Metsola for doing a Fredo Corleone and taking sides against the family. Alfred Griscti then predictably branded the Archbishop [...]

European voters

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2017-07-14T14:40:47+00:00Sat, 17th Jun '17, 09:13|

The first electoral appointment for the newly re-configured PN, will be the European Parliament elections in 2019. Naturally incumbents, candidates and aspirants will probably already be thinking how they can position themselves to try to carve a space for themselves in the big blue chamber. It’s also by extension a significant position in the national [...]

The left flank

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2017-07-14T14:48:05+00:00Fri, 16th Jun '17, 19:02|

There is a vacuum in our political framework and nature, to coin a phrase, abhors a vacuum. Labour is thoroughly invested in the irrepressible and irreversible exploitation of the little space that we have. Economic libertarianism has become the central philosophical precept of the political program of the Labour party and profit has become its [...]

Change continues

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2017-07-14T14:39:07+00:00Thu, 15th Jun '17, 18:10|

There are two stages in the life of a political party. True life is cyclical so one stage gives way to another over and over again. A political party is either implementing its political program or writing it. A political party does not lose its reason for being when in opposition. All this apocalyptic dejection [...]

So what does the PN stand for?

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2017-07-14T14:38:16+00:00Wed, 14th Jun '17, 17:17|

I remember I was upstairs in the balcony of the hall of the old Stamperija. It was the General Council meeting of the PN after the 1996 election. I sat with the press because I was not even a signed-up member of the party at the time, let alone a Councillor. But it was a [...]

To the Labour voter who disapproves of corruption

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2017-07-14T14:36:52+00:00Tue, 13th Jun '17, 16:15|

This one goes out to people who voted Labour understanding, perhaps only privately, the seriousness of what had already been proven with respect to Konrad Mizzi, Keith Schembri and Brian Tonna. You are a big, big, big chunk of the voting population. If 55% of our voting population is too obtuse, ill-informed, susceptible to have [...]