How can we explain?

How can we explain?

I have been speaking to many international journalists visiting Malta over the past 3 days.

I have spoken to journalists from The Economist, Reuters, Sky, Liberation and other publications and news media who came here to report on the aftermath of the assassination of one they consider their own.

Many of them flew in with an open ticket in full expectation of the sort of political upheavals that followed Capaci, Atocha and similar incidents where popular anger at government incompetence and complicity drove the incumbents out of office in hours.

They are perplexed at the placidity verging on the cold indifference of a nation that seems to be in anything but mourning.

I live in Mqabba and down my parts when anyone, anyone, anyone dies, all social clubs fly their flags half-mast. Our republic ignored the death of its principal journalist like it was the death of a dog.

Our Parliament discussed the incident on an emotional flat line. Nerves flared only when one side blamed the other for the incident and a flutter of concern rushed the chamber in case any of them risked losing petty political points.

The handful of sympathy gatherings were smaller than average weddings and were even more like weddings in that everyone present knew each other as a neighbour, culturally if not physically.

Twelve thousand university students united as one, universally bound and committed, in missing the gathering a handful of their lecturers attempted to organise for them on campus. The world’s press went there expecting angry crowds armed with banners and chains but they photographed a desert of emptiness as students rushed out of class not to miss the beginning of the football match on TV.

Journalists expected to see a prime minister under pressure for his political life. Instead they found him cool as a cucumber, smug and coordinating a press campaign to frame his political rivals for the assassination from which he stood most to benefit.

They came across a crowd funding campaign started on a private initiative and asked for comments under the call to be translated for them. They looked on amazed as people on Facebook, with name and photo ID thought nothing of deriding the campaign listing themselves thereby in what should be a short list of suspects.

They looked in disbelief as I translated for them a statement from an official engaged personally by the prime minister calling for the “cleansing” of a hit list of journalists starting with Daphne Caruana Galizia. As I translated for them how a chairman of a national science agency celebrated on Facebook the death of Daphne Caruana Galizia five weeks before it happened.

I hadn’t yet seen this product of the obscure genius of Luciano Busuttil, who once called himself a journalist but was than as now a clown.

I had to explain how the live-in partner of the Magistrate who first started the investigation into the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia, ran an internet campaign headlined #galiziabarra.

A big chunk of the press corps in Malta is on the payroll of the state or of either one of the political parties. They expressed amazement at how it was possible for someone like Daphne Caruana Galizia to do the job she did alone in competition with such corporatist domination.

They could not understand how the great bulk of the nation would rather buy the vilification coming from politicians defending accusations of graft and corruption than the vilified journalist with nothing to gain. Even as the journalist lost her life.

The could not believe as they read a translated statement of the education Minister moving to frame the opposition party even as the crime scene deteriorated and the quality of the evidence was jeopardised by coordinated and malicious delays.

They could not understand how opposition MPs who campaigned against corruption could sit comfortably behind their new leader as he lauded Daphne Caruana Galizia as a national hero in spite of the very fresh memory of his furious bluster against her that fuelled his campaign.

And one of the journalists who spoke to me expressed wide-eyed wonder at how no one seemed to make any remark at how keen Adrian Delia was to withdraw the libel suits instituted against Daphne Caruana Galizia, ostensibly out of human kindness but consequentially no longer having to even attempt a defense against her documented accusations.

They wondered if flowers were so particularly expensive in Malta that those laid in front of her picture in Republic Street over more than 24 hours would have looked oddly sparse in a village wedding.

And I realised as I spoke to these confused journalists that my violent anger at those who killed her beats less overwhelmingly in my chest. Because a greater anger rises at a nation who knows not who was and is on its side. I am angry at all the people missing their own funeral drugged by blind loyalty to those who would rule them and rob them.

At the root of all things Daphne Caruana Galizia did not deserve this. But if we are honest, we did not deserve her either.


  • MAC

    Bravu! Shame on us!

  • Mariella Darmanin

    This is not a normal country. I have been living here with a ten year interruption since 1988. There were many things I never understood. “This is Malta, hi” was the standard reply. And it still is the standard reply, justifying the otherwise unjustifiable.

    • Pandora

      Malta = Artificjalita, Indifferenza.

  • Beingpressed
  • Zenobia

    These are the crude facts. This nation should hang down its head in shame.

  • Ramon Garcia

    A depressing picture which punctures my faith that her death was not in vain.

  • Beingpressed

    Manuel,

    An official peaceful protest is needed. There is no line of communication. We need a date and a time. If Daphne was alive we would have known where to look. Manuel I found your blog by luck. You need a link to Daphne’s site but people need your trust. You have to be endorsed .

  • Evangelina Azzopardi

    More labour trolls. And they said daphne spoke with hate. This one says Matthew does not really love his mother. What heartless monsters are these?

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9e96fec7f0b3dc7df09bc5ebf3c72c17fa306c513f9417dda17d1cdbbbd633f8.jpg

    • Anthony T Mamo

      I’m retching in disgust.

    • Galeforce

      How perfectly nauseating., and may God forgive him for harbouring such vile sentiments

  • Evangelina Azzopardi
  • Clayton Azzopardi

    ‘Journalists expected to see a prime minister under pressure for his political life. Instead they found him cool as a cucumber, smug and coordinating a press campaign to frame his political rivals for the assassination from which he stood most to benefit.’

    Mistoqsija zghira ghalik Sur Delia – kemm u x’tip ta’ drogi qed tibla?

    Anka wara zmien ta’ artikli minn Daphne fuq il-PL, xorta rebhu b’maggoranza enormi u nies li kellhom jitilqu baqaw hemm, soooo in reality l-effectiveness ta’ l-artikli taghha kien negligibli fir-rigward tal-PL, igifieri ma nafx minn fejn hrigta din li ‘he stood most to benefit’.

    Anzi jekk tiddecidi li tuza ftit mohhok u thaddem naqra skill ta’ logika(li probabli ma ghandekx) .. in reality, he stood most to lose. Minflokk nies qed jitkelmu fuq il-budget bla taxxi godda u jaqla tifhir u hafna affarijiet hekk kif ihobb il-Prim taghna, minflokk ghandu dan it-tahwid kollhu ma xiex ihabbat rasu. Barra minn hekk xghelet spotlight enormi fuq Malta – kemm in regards to a bad image(li ovvjament hu ma jridx) u kemm in regards to li jekk iridu jkomplu jaffgu u jghamlu deals minn taht bhalissa hemm kotc iktar ghajnejn fuq Malta.

    So … most to benefit?

    …really?

    • thealley

      Clayton, for this post Daphne would have told you plain and simple to seek psychiatric help. And she would have been right.

      • Clayton Azzopardi

        She would have been wrong actually. Why exactly anyway? Everything I said is logical.

        • thealley

          1) You’re considering the budget as positive

          2) You believe that the will of the majority makes corruption acceptable

          3) You’re either naive, or a troll. Or both.

          • Clayton Azzopardi

            Oh man, it really is hilarious when people reply(especially when they reply in a ‘I think I’m smart’ tone), when they didn’t even read the original post properly.

            1) I didn’t say that. It had its good, but also lacked in a lot of ways. However, the PM certainly was boasting that it is a mind-blowing balls-to-the-wall amazing budget, so yes, this whole situation is kinda rain on his parade to have to be talking about this instead of continuing to boast about the budget.

            2) Haha, no, come on. READ, before you comment. It is abundantly clear that I am NOT in favour of PL in my post, and that I think that people SHOULD have been removed ages ago – namely Keith and Konrad, of course.

            3) Neither of those actually, but you really should learn to read. Check if there’s some reading comprehension classes organised by your local council – you never know, maybe next time you will understand a post better and not look so stupid when you reply!

          • Malteser

            Now it is not the time to discuss the budget.It is time to try and find out who was the murderer and the hand which helped for it to be executed.And this for the benefit for us all.We cannot point any fingers as if found we can be really surprised.
            As a mother I am really sorry for the boys who had nothing with their mother being a journalist /blogger

    • Galeforce

      And the crowd, when offered the chance to choose, opted out for Barabbas.

      • Clayton Azzopardi

        They certainly didn’t choose the Maltese language teacher it seems, because apparently you are all getting confused from a few paragraphs and then start spouting off irrelevant bullshit. Nice.

        • Galeforce

          “spouting off IRRELEVANT bullshit”. ?
          In other words , you are not opposed to ”RELEVANY bullshit”.
          Can you please illuminate us about the difference between the two?
          Thanks and have a nice day.

          • Clayton Azzopardi

            Sigh. Double adjectives to drive the point home… *yawn*

    • Bonzo

      If you are incapable of thinking beyond winning or losing elections, don’t blame Mr Delia’s logic skills but your own. Try again buffu.

      • Clayton Azzopardi

        Maybe you should try to read my post again first and actually understand it this time, buffu ta’ prima klassi.

  • David Saliba

    Values and principles are rare in this country. When people vote ax i always voted them, you reduce the ability to think. The problem comes when you end up with 2 difunctional parties.

  • Evangelina Azzopardi

    Well, at least they re alive – they enjoy their freedom of speech ! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/beacd4c1c24a68cb7253a3ff08dda68c528044f303823eb2d43c53471ba35d05.jpg

    • mmls777

      Mintoff died a natural death. He wasn’t blown to pieces by people who have so much to lose, whoever it is.

  • Evangelina Azzopardi
  • Le Roi Soleil

    This is my first post, so first things first: thank you Manuel. There’s an issue which has been nagging at me since this nightmare began. Daphne posed this question several times: “Why did Muscat call an early election?”. Her conclusion was that something big was about to happen. Something big enough to possibly swing public sympathy away from Labour. She further concluded that Muscat had no choice but to rush to the polls before the unknown event hit home. Well something big HAS happened. Something big enough to change the public mood. Has Daphne’s question been answered?

    • Angus Black

      The question has not been answered yet but it may be in a file delivered to the Magistrate who is conducting an investigation about Egrant and moneys which originated in Azerbaijan and deposited in Egrant and ‘commissions from passport sales’ possibly deposited in Hearnville.
      You watch for all kinds of obstacles and appeals and protests to hinder such inquiry for the simple reason that the answer to your question may very well be somewhere in there.
      When and if that happens, watch out for a colossal domino effect!

      • Alfred

        Angus it is always the same music with you . Shut that poisonous mouth . Just check what DCG said about your lover delia. You are f….stupid. What about Karen Grech she was even been murdered . She was killed with a bomb nobody said anything about this child

        • Angus Black

          Wash your mouth with soap first, you idiot.
          Obviously you haven’t been reading my postings, otherwise you would have realized that Delia is certainly not my lover and vice versa.
          Why did you pick on Karin Grech? I never mentioned her by herself but with Raymond Caruana, Nardu Debono and Lino Cauchi.
          And let me remind you that all were political victims during the Socialist regimes of ‘the golden age’ of violence, deprivation, graft, under the table deals for Lejber yahoos, almost as bad as what we see these days.
          Nothing to be proud of and nothing to get so upset Fredu, as these are FACTS which, not you and not anyone else can reverse.
          Your idol Gowzef has let this latest tragedy happen, if not by commission, by omission and by dismantling bit by bit the autonomy which law enforcing agencies enjoyed until 2013.
          I actually feel sorry for you.

  • Pandora

    This article really hurts to the core but sadly it is true. The indifference is tangible. I was there and I felt it. Ask them how they would feel living day after day in such a society. That was Daphne Caruana Galizia’s life. She was more one of them then one of us. A cut above the rest. Hence her discomfort. Hence her cries to those who could to leave this country. Truly we did not deserve her.

  • Marija il-maltija

    I considered Daphne to be the only beacon of truth in the Maltese journalistic landscape. All others are either in a political party’s pocket or just amateurs.
    You would have thought people would want to rise against this state of affairs in the country..but no, they are happy to be anaesthetised.

  • MS

    I tell you why Mr. Delia. I think that it’s because we are a nation where most people don’t care less about others and have lost all morals. Most people just do as some ‘powerful’ persons tell them to do and repeat ad nauseum what has been repeatedly said. We are a nation where most people are not critical and most have not even understood the enormity of this massacre and its implications. Also, another reason is that I feel there is fear to say what one thinks. This article has really shook me. What a sad reality.

  • 10 little monkey’s

    As crude as this may sound, i think Daphne was not then end recipient of the explosion, but merely the messenger delivering the message. I fear the actual target was magistrate Aaron Bugeja and other experts helping in the inquiry.

    • Dick Grech

      I think you are wrong. Daphne rattled too many cages for a long time. She had dozens of enemies, several of whom who would have been happy to pay the €100,000 required to have had her murdered. Magistrate Aaron Bugeja, according to people I’ve spoken to, is actually very straight (by Labour standards). I wish him the very best. A huge minority of the population would back him up.

  • “At the root of all things Daphne Caruana Galizia did not deserve this. But if we are honest, we did not deserve her either.”

    There has never been more truth to these words… and she knew it, and yet she still persisted.

    This has often crossed my mind though. For whatever reason, as you eloquently highlight above, the majority of the island does not seem to care much, so is there really any hope? It also seems to me that the majority of those who care do not even live on the island any longer, which is understandable, as they wanted to get away from village politics and be part of the civilised world.

    I just have a very hard time understanding how everyone could be so blind.

    • N. M.

      Stefan, people are blind because for all their life they have been brainwashed into not thinking. Today we find ourselves in a sorry mess with an opposition that is in tatters because people are f…… blind.

    • Izzy

      Village politics is exactly the reason we are doomed… I believe it will be a while before we have anything resembling an actual democracy in Malta. We have such an unhealthy political scene here. “Nazzjonalist/Laburist sal-mewt”. It is so unhealthy that we are more likely to question facts reported by our independent journalists than anything our politicians say. We are blind because we don’t think, we don’t analyse. Because in our tiny world it’s my word against yours, facts may just as well be opinions and all opinions are equal be they informed or misinformed. We don’t take a step back and question who has anything to gain from inventing a story or covering up a story.

  • Leone Brincat

    Manuel, your last sentence sums all the situation.

  • David Meilak

    No we did not deserve her. I know that you write from the heart Manuel, but this is the most hard hitting piece you have written so far. I shudder to note that all that you have written is so painfully true.

  • Macduff

    Because this is a stupid, pathetic place inhabited by evil people. Period. It should havr never existed.

  • Angus Black

    The foreign correspondents will cease to be perplexed once it is explained to them that our citizens have, for the last five years, been intimidated, disempowered and the autonomy of the government’s institutions guaranteeing our safety and our rights to free speech, have been effectively hijacked by this amoral administration made up of thieves and common crooks.

    • Bonzo

      …and that a substantial majority are perfectly happy with all this.

  • nathalie

    Thank you .. perfectly said .. my sentiments exactly .. the Maltese are happy to “bitch” around a dinner table but no one has TIME to SHOW UP when and where necessary …. I always thought its a case of people talk and no one does …
    We are all guilty .

  • Dick Grech

    Manuel – I met you today at the protest. As I said to you today, thank you so much for picking up the baton and running with it. I am very reassured to see so many posts here. it’s very encouraging. You will be busy this week, and probably a lot longer.

    That sad fact is that people have gone soft. Not just the students who didn’t attend last night’s vigil at the University.

    Let’s wait to see if there’s a Sunday protest. If we only get a pathetic turnout, then I am prepared to despair. If people have enough notice, then there’s no excuse. Parents need to encourage their children, and their children’s friends, to wake up and see the avoidable tsunami that is heading everyone’s way: it’s called DICTATORSHIP.

    • Galeforce

      Imho, the presence the new PN party leader in next Sunday’s march will be seen by many as an insult to the memory of the lady, and more so if he will use it to try garnering a few badly needed political kudos.
      My two cents worth, anyway.

  • Sara

    I feel sick, but really sick. I can’t pretend life goes on as normal. She was murdered, brutally blown to pieces in a cold, calculating and premeditated way the likes of which we see in films, yet it happened in small malta, in Bidnija, on a quiet country lane. I’m shocked. I can’t understand this silence. I don’t want to pretend life goes on as normal. This is not normal. Where are H.P. Baxxter and all her other loyal followers who consistently lended their voice and views on her running commentary for so many years? Why are we not all being loud?

    • Esteve

      I’m not sure what you mean by being loud.
      I am sure however that everyone misses H.P. Baxxter. He bowed out of public posts ages ago with a strong whiff of desperation. I knew the situation was dire but I always thought him unrealistically pessimistic. Boy, how wrong I was.
      What’s clear is that a sizeable portion of the population has lost their ideological mother and craves and needs a voice of reason to fill our aching void. For this I thank you Mr Delia, yours is one of very very few in this desert of a treasure island.

  • Dick Grech

    A bit off topic, but forgive me as it might be important. Have any other regular posters on Running Commentary found this week that their comments on Malta Today are now being marked as “Pending”?

    • Galeforce

      I can’t say I did. But TOM removed my perfectly civil but sarcastic comments directed at the hypocrisy of the media.

      • Izzy

        Galeforce if you comment using this pseudonym TOM will remove your comments. You have to use your actual name and surname.

        • Galeforce

          The TOM comments board is littered with fake names if you have not noticed

          • Izzy

            Yes I know. Just saying it has to be a proper name and surname as far as I can tell or they delete the post. Just pick one of each and post away. I think it’s silly really but that is their comments policy.

          • Galeforce

            The thing is that some of my posts get through anyway. The one criticising the media for hypocrisy even as the media folk were attending the protest march did not go though. Ironical hux?

  • Spa

    Tkun taf kemm int b’sahtek, meta anke wara mewtek, ittihom kedda lil dan nies. Kif qed jigri.

  • Galeforce

    On FB I stumbled on the post of a Labour elve commenting that the Nationalists are known to be capable of everything to get power, including murdering their own mothers ! I tried copying the link but with the shock I got at seeing that, I pressed the wrong button and lost the link.

  • Angus Black

    I used to read the Running Commentary every morning first thing. I find it surreal that the clock stopped at around 2:30 last Monday afternoon. I still cannot come to terms with the reality that there will no longer be Daphne’s posts.
    I sometimes cringed when she called the majority [the one which elected Lejber] names, like semi-literate, ignorant.. and other colourful adjectives. I thought that her assessment was somewhat heavy handed and to be frank when the going was somewhat rough I switched to newspapers and talk shows and there I still got a sampling coming from both the literati as well as from nitwits,
    Then, I argued that the world is made up of a mix of the two extremes and my view was cemented further when the ultra sophisticated Americans elected Trump who, by now, we all know is forever edging us closer to a nuclear war.
    So I wonder no more about the ‘whys’ and ‘why nots’ as the world’s priorities have been turned upside down. Morality has been set aside and replaced by greed.
    It now looks like the crooks have the upper hand and they will not stop at anything to ensure that the few get unbelievably richer on the backs of the hard working public and pensioners who are struggling to stretch their pay-cheques or pensions to the end of the month.
    Daphne did her best to be on the right side of history and in her sometimes abrasive style, sought to instill some sense into hard headed individuals who were not the least receptive to the voice of reason.
    No, we didn’t deserve Daphne, she was too much of a luxury for us and for many who were never accustomed to modest luxury, when Daphne arrived on the scene, she was just too much for them to handle and reflect on her insights.
    Now that she has been brutally taken away from us, we will start to appreciate her even more and miss her interminably.

  • Marie Vella

    I want to add that, unfortunately, I saw this coming. Not DCG’s brutal fate, but something resulting from the anarchy we’re now living in. I was sadly not surprised that it had come to this. What keeps infuriating me and fuelling my sense of helplessness and hopelessness is Malta’s reaction to it all. R.I.P. Daphne. I was not your fan. But I admired your grit.

  • Malcolm

    We are a country cursed by the blue and red syndrome of analysing things. If a political mishap is done, first people check whether it was done by ‘their’ party, then decide whether it’s right or wrong. Basic stuff doesn’t come easy. We are not ‘trained’ by society to automatically trigger right/wrong decisions where basic rights are involved.

    When Panama Papers scandal broke out, we were in Valletta protesting but it only lasted a couple of hours and then everyone was back home and by the next morning, the effect was gone, everyone back to work, refreshing Daphne’s commentary to see if there are any updates. She was our voice. In other countries people remained outside till their goal was reached – but they were united against the bad. We were on our own because more than half the country defended the crooks (and still do) and voted them back in office cause they prefer living in a lawlessness country which gives them a free for all gift card.

    Same thing is happening this week. Wasn’t it for the public pressure one would have to endure, we would have people celebrating Daphne’s death (which they are doing in private) whilst the rest of us mourn the loss of a journalist, voice and democracy and worry about the future of a country where we are raising our children.

  • Anna Maria Bonnici

    Manuel, l-ewwel nett nibda billi nikkundanna bl-aktar mod komplut u assolut id-delitt ta’ Daphne. Jien nghix Melbourne u kif ikkummentajt fuq il-pagni personali tieghi, ridt l-art tiblaghni meta smajt kif bdiet tigi ddiskrivita Malta fuq il-programmi Awstraljani waqt li qed jitkellmu fuq dan l-attakk ta’ misthija nazzjonali. Nipprova nifhem ghalfejn il-Maltin mhux qed jiggieldu biex iwaqqghu l-gvern jew ghalfejn hemm min kwazi qed jiehu gost! Nemmen li parti mir-raguni hi li hafna nies hassewhom umiljati minn Daphne u l-kummenti taghha tul is-snin. Daphne kienet tpoggi lil kull min hu mis-“South” u allura, skond hi Laburist, f’keffa wahda ta’ injoranti u hamalli. Kienet titmejjel bihom ghax jitkellmu l-Ingliz bl-accent Malti. Imma, ghidli int, hi kienet tipprova titkellem bil-Malti jew kienet tqisu bhala lingwa tal-kcina li jitkellmu biss in-nies injoranti tas-“South”? Inhoss li ghalkemm hi dejjem fittxet il-verita u l-gustizzja, dak in-nuccali ta’ pregudizzju qatt ma nehhietu. Forsi dawk li kienu ilhom jigu umiljati, isibuha difficli li f’daqqa wahda jaghmluha eroj ghax, skond huma, hi qatt ma qabzet ghalihom, anzi waqqaghthom ghac-cajt. Imma difficli tispjega dan kollu lil gurnalist barrani li zgur ma jistax jifhem ghalfejn f’pajjiz daqs tikka nitkellmu fuq is-“South” meta fil-fatt il-pajjiz kollu hu izghar minn sobborg ta’ bliet kbar….X’jahsbu gurnalisti ohra fuq pajjizna mhijiex l-aktar haga importanti. Jien ghandi hafna opinjonijiet fuq l-Amerka perezempju fejn tfal izghar minn hames snin gew maqtula (Sandy Hook) u l-pistola li ntuzat saret l-aktar pistola li qed tinbiegh. Jew fuq ir-Renju Unit li huwa htija ta’ tant massakri madwar id-dinja. Hares ftit lejn kif gew trattati l-Aborigini Awstraljani perezempju u nieqaf hemm. Il-kejl tal-kuxjenza taghna m’ghandux ghalfejn ikun il-gurnalist barrani. Jekk ahna demokrazija ta’ veru, ahna rridu nkunu dawk li niddeciedu x’inhu accettabli u x’inhu le. U naf zgur li l-mewt ta’ gurnalista qalbiena u omm, huwa l-qiegh tad-decenza.

    • Bonzo

      Yours, like many who feel the same way, is the wrong attitude and, harsh as it may sound, belies the sorry state we’re in. I’m sure I fell far short of her standards in many ways but I did not feel humiliated by this, nor did I choose to bear a grudge. On the contrary, I sought to better myself. Simon Busuttil’s manner did not make me feel inadequate, but gave me someone to look up to and a standard to aspire to. Others choose sleaze and mediocrity because it makes them feel good about themselves. They will identify with sleazebags like Joseph Muscat and Adrian Delia “ghax minn taghna”, rather than the well groomed and educated (in the proper sense of the word) alternative resulting in the perverse trust poll statistics of recent years.

      Daphne Caruana Galizia never ridiculed those from the south; that is a figment of your inferiority complex driven imagination. She ridiculed, irrespective of their origin, those in the public eye who are incapable of stringing a coherent sentence together. What was the Chief of Police’s press conference yesterday if not a colossal embarrassment? She would have torn him to shreds and it would have been totally deserved.

      • Anna Maria Bonnici

        Dear Bonzo, I did not feel ridiculed by Daphne because she was never the benchmark I measured myself against. My post was about trying to understand the reaction of the Maltese people – I shudder to think that some are actually glad she is dead. It is so horrible to think our country is divided so deeply that there are some who are not in mourning. Yet it is the case and I am trying to understand it. Did Daphne never really ridicule people from the South or the working class or those who did have the same level of education as she did? Of course she did. She had every right to do that but you cannot deny that she did and perhaps that might explain the reaction of a part of the population. Yes, she certainly tore to shreds those who could not string a sentence (in English) together. I don’t judge a nation’s sense of decency or intellect according to whether its Police Commissioner is bilingual. The only question is whether he is up to the job of upholding the rule of law and fighting crime.

        • Bonzo

          Dear Anna Maria, I have no doubt that your interpretation of the reactions to Daphne Caruana Galizia is a correct one. My point is that it is that reaction that is wrong not the message.

          You keep saying Daphne Caruana Galizia ridiculed people from the south. Again this is your incorrect interpretation. People who categorise themselves in that way probably identified with a lot of the behaviour she criticised, but how is that her fault? Go ahead, find one post of hers where she even singles out anyone as being ‘from the south’, let alone ridicule them for it; you will not find any.

          These are perceptions fed to the public by those who denigrated her work, lapped up by those who follow them blindly.

          A nation’s sense of decency is judged by the behaviour of those representing it, and sadly it is a correct assessment because it is the electorate that put them there.

          At least we agree on the fact that abysmal levels of education are a huge problem.

        • Bonzo

          Dear Anna Maria, I have no doubt that your interpretation of the reactions to Daphne Caruana Galizia is a correct one. My point is that it is that reaction that is wrong not the message.

          You keep saying Daphne Caruana Galizia ridiculed people from the south. Again this is your incorrect interpretation. People who categorise themselves in that way probably identified with a lot of the behaviour she criticised, but how is that her fault? Go ahead, find one post of hers where she even singles out anyone as being ‘from the south’, let alone ridicule them for it; you will not find any.

          These are perceptions fed to the public by those who denigrated her work, lapped up by those who follow them blindly.

          A nation’s sense of decency is judged by the behaviour of those representing it, and sadly it is a correct assessment because it is the electorate that put them there. The bumbling fool at yesterday’s conference is clearly neither capable of upholding the law, nor is he remotely interested in doing so.

          At least we agree on the fact that abysmal levels of education are a huge problem.

          • Anna Maria Bonnici

            Again, I cannot understand how levels of education can be low when in Malta there is so much support for education at all levels. If there’s one thing in Malta which I appreciate it’s educational opportunities. Here in Australia people pay thousands of dollars for tertiary education (some people even pay thousands of dollars at earlier levels at private schools). In Malta you can go to university for free and you even get a stipend! So education is certainly available. There is still more to be done to build community aspiration.

          • Bonzo

            Because you can do away with all the hassle and get a cushy government job. Hell, you can have a criminal record and you’ll still be taken up by the police force. As long as you wave the right coloured flag, obviously.