Month: October 2017

To learn nothing

To learn nothing

Here is the prime minister of Malta challenged by the press to express his views on the consultant to his Minister Konrad Mizzi calling protesters in front of Castille whores. The fact that he had to be door-stepped by the press to express a view should, in a normal country, be a gross public relations …

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The corruption hitlist

The corruption hitlist

It was right for Ryan Murdock to combine his tribute to Daphne Caruana Galizia with a reminder of the list of issues objective and expert opinion identifies as in need of urgent resolution. He quotes from the Transparency International report on Malta from last February published as the Egrant storm was brewing. * Notable integrity …

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THE SUNDAY TIMES: For a new Malta

THE SUNDAY TIMES: For a new Malta

From my piece in The Sunday Times today: “We must show the world that we realise we have a problem and we are going to do something about it. Muscat and Delia should both resign. A cross-party coalition led, of course, by the Labour Party should form a government with a short mandate and a …

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Qed tagħmlu l-ħsara ‘l pajjiżna!

Qed tagħmlu l-ħsara ‘l pajjiżna!

The authoritarian and populist repression perpetrated by the Joseph Muscat regime has now entered a new, ever uglier phase. The death of Daphne Caruana Galizia has removed from Labour’s sight the obvious focus of their derision and demagoguery, forcing them to scatter their attacks wider. Of the many things Daphne Caruana Galizia was wrongly accused …

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Bombings and arrests

Bombings and arrests

The policeman heading the investigations into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia has over the past three years led investigations into five other car bombings. He solved none of them. There was the Marsaxlokk bombing of Darren Degabriele who died of his wounds after his car was bombed in June 2014. He was believed to …

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Senior government official attacks international press

Senior government official attacks international press

The reports in the international media are starting to irk the prime minister’s office. Keith Schembri’s assistant, MP Alex Muscat, writing today in The Malta Independent, branded international press reports “biased” and “distorted”. Because of course it is reasonable to expect that when a journalist is incinerated in a bomb, the press take a “balanced” …

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A French journalist just asked me if I have confidence in the police

A French journalist just asked me if I have confidence in the police

I should have shown her this post from our Commissioner of Police from back in 2013 when Joseph Muscat was still new to office: My translation: “Good morning dear Maltese friends and fans of Inter (Football Club). This morning I am doubly happy. I am happy because of Inter, that in spite of our many …

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GUEST POST: Can the EU do something about the Malta problem? An expert explains.

GUEST POST: Can the EU do something about the Malta problem? An expert explains.

This contribution is from a senior official who must remain anonymous for obvious reason. However his knowledge of EU affairs and European law provides useful insight, in particular on what the Civil Society Network could do to shake EU institutions into action they are in duty bound to take: As a committed European, a staunch …

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Tony Zarb, who called women protesting whores and traitors, is on Konrad Mizzi’s payroll

Tony Zarb, who called women protesting whores and traitors, is on Konrad Mizzi’s payroll

Tony Zarb is not a retired behemoth of the socialist movement who farted from the wrong end in his dotage calling a 100 women with homemade placards and matching T-shirts whores, traitors and seditionists. He’s a government official, paid by the state as a consultant of Konrad Mizzi, the only government Minister in the European …

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