Month: October 2017

Brian Tonna: more impunity in the mafia state

Brian Tonna: more impunity in the mafia state

The International Federation of Accountants states in its code of ethics that auditors must be independent of their clients. By his own admission Brian Tonna owed his client, Keith Schembri, €100,000. That made him a debtor and by any definition you care to give that term a debt relationship, particularly of that scale, is a …

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GUEST POST: Journalism of Convenience

GUEST POST: Journalism of Convenience

The author is not a journalist but as we re-examine the failings of our democratic institutions his words are a reminder that the press too has much to reflect upon: So there we had it. Malta’s journalists out in force on 19 October in a much publicised show of force and unity, holding a commemoration …

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John Dalli on Daphne’s death. Please tell me what you think he’s saying because I’d rather not think it myself.

John Dalli on Daphne’s death. Please tell me what you think he’s saying because I’d rather not think it myself.

John Dalli wrote today in The Times. Read his article before you read the below because mine is an attempt at distilling what he wants to say through the thick layers of bringing Mother Theresa, Pope Francis and God as witnesses for his character. Now that you’ve read it, please tell me I’m getting this …

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GUEST POST: On the FIAU’s findings into Adrian Hillman

GUEST POST: On the FIAU’s findings into Adrian Hillman

Another pertinent analysis from Godfrey Leone Ganado: Adrian Hillman is in the news again. This may be the appropriate time to highlight the observations made by the FIAU in their leaked report regarding payments made through a host of companies beneficially owned by Keith Schembri and Adrian Hillman. The report states: The FIAU carried out …

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MONEY MAGAZINE: The leaden foot of politics

MONEY MAGAZINE: The leaden foot of politics

The following is my article first published in the current issue of Money. It was written before the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia: To imagine that a significant and particularly sensitive industry like financial services can exist in a jurisdiction completely indifferent to the political context in which it must operate is unforgivably naïve. Financial …

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The reform we do not need

The reform we do not need

Parliament is convening tonight to discuss an emergency motion by the Opposition to debate the situation in the country and presumably discuss the demands from civil society to remove the police commissioner and the attorney general. There’s a wider demand from civil society which seeks a shake-up of our constitutional model. It is not just …

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“Daphne’s death will explode in your face,” PM says

“Daphne’s death will explode in your face,” PM says

The Prime Minister was reported in The Times saying yesterday “all those trying to make political mileage out of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia would see it blow up in their face.” Although the defense that protesters are not interested in political mileage, merely political change, will not be heard, it is presumed Joseph …

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Impunity in a mafia state, for so it is

Impunity in a mafia state, for so it is

Adrian Hillman made the press today. The Sunday Times reports “senior government officials recommended” his appointment to the Board of Trustees of the American University of Malta. The “recommendation”, for which read Keith Schembri exercising his political muscle and calling a favour from that white elephant on public land, materialised in Adrian Hillman’s appointment. But …

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Intentional inconsistencies

Intentional inconsistencies

When the Charlie Hebdo attack happened, the prime minister of Malta flew to Paris to march in protest. When Daphne Caruana Galizia died, the prime minister of Malta flew to Dubai to sell passports. Here’s another inconsistency. When a courageous young man protested alone on the steps of Castille to make a point about an …

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