Full Disclosure. Please.

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2017-08-12T15:13:45+00:00Sat, 12th Aug '17, 10:05|

Over the last 3 days Daphne Caruana Galizia published damaging reports on Frank Portelli’s and Adrian Delia’s outstanding debts with HSBC. Frank Portelli’s were long known. His St Philip’s Hospital has been out of business for years and he has been trying to flog it to the government since even before it closed its doors. [...]

The EU Medicines Agency bid: how Labour hurt our chances

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2017-08-10T14:38:21+00:00Thu, 10th Aug '17, 14:28|

Government is bidding hard for the relocation of the EU’s Medicines Agency from London – no longer a suitable home for an EU institution after Brexit – to Malta. Parliamentary Secretary Deo Debattista gave The Times some details about the concerns employees at the Agency are raising about Malta and how he might address them. [...]

Token salaries

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2017-08-09T12:44:39+00:00Wed, 9th Aug '17, 12:44|

The Times picked up a government legal notice that announces the President of Malta has been paid 478 euro in arrears after she got a pay rise below inflation rates for this year over the previous one. That’s her yearly weekend break in Sicily paid for then. Now our President earns the unpresidential sum of [...]

Unhorsed knights

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2017-08-09T10:03:13+00:00Wed, 9th Aug '17, 09:47|

I don’t know what it is about Facebook that gets the worst out of people. I suppose it’s the almost total absence of inhibition. Also the false security that its infrastructure gives that hints at privacy where there is none. Watching people at each other’s throats over the choice of the next party leader is [...]

UPDATED: Too poor to learn

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2017-08-08T14:31:00+00:00Tue, 8th Aug '17, 09:19|

An Education Directorate internal report seen by The Times gives background on truancy from compulsory education. The newspaper’s headline is on the low recovery rate from fines imposed on parents whose children missed too much school. Since this is hardly about public revenue – we are not talking about the government failing to collect capital [...]

Redefining poverty

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2017-08-07T16:17:47+00:00Mon, 7th Aug '17, 16:17|

The pain of despair is palpable and transparently visible among some of the PN voters in the upcoming elections for a new party leader. They’re looking for the man, for there is no woman who would be chosen, that could beat Labour and they’re not entirely sure what would be necessary to achieve that feat. [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: The legacy we leave

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2017-08-06T09:22:33+00:00Sun, 6th Aug '17, 09:22|

From my article in The Sunday Times today. (Link to full article here). "We have an administration utterly and completely bereft of foresight and an electorate inebriated by the borrowed surplus of the here and now: borrowed, of course, against a future no one is planning for. "The bursting of bubbles is the reckoning of debts, [...]

The foreign whore paradigm

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2017-08-04T10:14:19+00:00Fri, 4th Aug '17, 09:18|

The witness who is believed to have testified that a Panama company in the name of the prime minister's wife received millions in funds that cannot be legitimately explained is nowhere to be found and appears to have left the country. It should not be surprising the poor woman caught in the vortex of the worst [...]

Unsolicited advice

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2017-08-02T08:44:25+00:00Wed, 2nd Aug '17, 08:44|

Chris Cardona and Chris Fearne want to tell the PN how to run its affairs. Bugger off, won’t you? There has been plenty of analysis into the PN’s electoral loss. The PN has been examining its conscience like Joseph of Arimathea perhaps taking on more auto-flagellation than it really deserved. No one benefits from all [...]