G Farrugia Calleja: Horrid, horrid man

G Farrugia Calleja: Horrid, horrid man

Martin Scicluna’s piece in The Times today is perfectly in character. As a health warning let me prepare you with this quote: “The principal reason for the PN’s debacle must be laid at her (Daphne Caruana Galizia’s) door and a party leadership that was committed to dancing to her tune.” Truly a man who has learnt nothing and forgotten everything. Let me paraphrase Daphne when she wrote about Martin Scicluna. If I am still making a public nuisance of myself at 80, please take me out and have me shot before my children do.

In the meantime here’s George Farrugia Calleja’s commentary:

I was advised not to read Martin Scicluna’s column in the Times on a full stomach. Having just voided my bowels, I took the risk. I have just returned, figuratively speaking, from retching.

The fatuous faux ingenuousness, the craven spewing of apologetics for the regime and the blatant and revolting hypocrisy that deluged from the page have to be read to be believed.

This is a man who until recently had the audacity to say that he was the head of a think tank, God ‘elp us. He misses the point of the pro-Rule of Law movement that has risen so utterly that you have to wonder whether he even retains the faculties needed to be taken seriously.

Here’s one gem from this small, small man: “I suspect that many of those leading the cry for democracy and the rule of law, those disreputably declaring that they are ‘ashamed to be Maltese’ as though it were a badge of honour, and those demanding the Commissioner of Police and the Attorney General should resign, have only one objective: to force a new election.”

What excruciating crap.

No-one – but no-one – has said that they are “ashamed to be Maltese” in the sense he spins it. And given the alternative, an election is hardly something to be desired, anyway.

What many, and I include myself in this, have said, is that the Government that Martin Scicluna clearly admires with a breathlessness matched only by a just post-pubescent teenager for an amalgam of Donny Osmond and David Cassidy (to use icons from his own ancient past) makes us ashamed to be Maltese.

This is because, read my lips Scicluna, being Maltese at the present means being associated with Joseph Muscat, Owen Bonnici, Kieth Schembri, Helena Dalli, Konrad Mizzi, Peter Grech, Lawrence Cutajar and the rest of the motley crew. The list is in no order of importance, they are all much of a muchness and they all, along with the rest of the bunch (Evarist Bartolo anyone?) are reasons why I am ashamed to share my citizenship with them.

Not to mention the anonymous shadows to whom they have conspired to sell our citizenship.

Here’s another gem, and I almost apologise on the small, small man’s behalf because it sounds so North Korean, the comments in [square brackets] are mine.

Scicluna writes:

“Freedom of expression is alive and well”. [unless you’re anti-MLP, in which case you are insulted in the streets, sniped at, called all manner of names and worse]

He goes on: “There remains a lively independent press, as well as, sadly, party-controlled newspapers and television.” [the latter should go, here he has a point, but really, an independent press, you can’t say that when some outlets are so clearly agenda-driven while pretending to be independent]

And then these special gems flow from his nausea-inducing pen:

“Children go to schools in towns and villages, with shining faces and smart uniforms. Everywhere you will find the welcome and the helpfulness of people. The country is one of the most prosperous for hundreds of miles around” [all we need is for the kids to be given small MLP flags with Joseph Muscat’s smug face on them to wave while heading to school with shining faces and smart uniforms. Yes, we’re prosperous, but what a price we’re paying, even if Scicluna fails to grasp it]

There’s much more of course, not least of which is the disgusting way he insults Daphne Caruana Galizia’s memory while pretending not to speak ill of the dead. His whole column – at least in this he is consistent – is aimed at doing nothing less than speaking ill of Mrs Caruana Galizia, no matter what elegant language he camouflages it in, and I count myself lucky that I do not move in circles where I might come across this arrogant Lilliputian specimen.


  • Sella Turca

    This self proclaimed genius, is indeed one of PM Muscat’s lackey/henchmen. His involvement in facilitating the Sadeen/Muscat AUM project without uttering a word for all the misdeeds and infringements is proof.

    • RF

      Everyone and his dog know that the AUM is a sham and a scam, except this horrid man.

      • callixtus

        I do not believe he`s that stupid. But he`s determined to pretend otherwise, so as to keep his place on the gravy-train till he pops his clogs.

  • Rita Flamini

    Why doesn’t he just regurgitate his own ego. Shameful article if you can call it that.

  • Beingpressed

    I would be interesting to see if there was phone activity after the 16th October. Maybe they could prove with their personal phones they were somewhere else that awful day.

    Anyway I’m the wrong person to speak about telecommunications maybe they should try asking Chris Cardona.

    • thedirectone

      In Cardona’s case, nothing from his data was available anymore, now in this case they have every data available even on the second ( time ) exactly, who’s fooling who here?

      • Angus Black

        I was under the impression that mobile phone records around the time Cardona says he was at his hotel, have been preserved in court. But I may be wrong?

        • thedirectone

          Could be, but my point is, when it’s info about a troll, than it can be hidden, double kind of justice again. I’m not saying if the data can lead to the outcome of the case, no problem at all .

      • Joshua V

        Speaking about Cardona. When will his libel case continue?

      • Franġiska

        Alla jbierek! Ta’ Cardona imma kollox intilef biex żgur ma jkunx hemm provi. u ħalluna tridux, mela qed taħsbuna imbeċilli, jew ma nafux ngħoddu mill-1 sal-għaxra?

  • T Borg

    A truly disgusting article by Scicluna in the Times. He even had the arrogance and stupidity to describe MEPs as “gullible minds.”

    But please do not stop here. If you think Scicluna’s is a horrid article, go post comments on timesonline and say so.

  • Mark Sant (Misha)

    I loved: “Children go to schools in towns and villages, with shining faces and smart uniforms. Everywhere you will find the welcome and the helpfulness of people. The country is one of the most prosperous for hundreds of miles around”. This is straight out of a novel written in Maoist China. What a brown nose!

    • A.A.Camilleri

      Or the “Janet and John” books he is still reading!

  • Lucrezia Borgia

    I always like to think that Martin Scicluna is the male version of the Queen of Mean Marie Benoit. They really deserve each other.

    • Peter

      Spot on

  • Dick Grech

    Look on the bright side:

    1 If anyone were ever in any doubt about this man’s intellectual ability, that doubt has now been eliminated permanently.

    2 Consider the further damage done by the article to Muscat & Co’s reputation (OK, it’s debatable whether something already so badly damaged could suffer further damage).

    3 As only one of us is the editor of The Times (assuming, as it likely, he reads Manuel’s blog), the rest of us will never need to read Scicluna’s pieces again.

    4 Most of us aren’t related to Scicluna so won’t be forced to spend Christmas or any other time in his company.

  • M.Vella

    Dear Mr. Scicluna, I saw the same smart children with shining, smiling faces in Cuba and Venezuela.

    • Galeforce

      And in Soviet Russia in Chernienko’s days in the early eighties!

  • Mariatheresa Micallef

    I wouldn’t worry so much if I were you, reason being that 50% of the Maltese nation doesn’t read him because they either don’t bother with The Times or they wouldn’t understand what he’s on about, the next 25% might just agree with a few of his points, the remaining 25% either read him to make a fool of him or just don’t bother at all.

  • Galeforce

    What a mean spirited, petty, and vindicative sorry excuse of a homo sapiens specimen.
    And long past the best-by date too, if you ask me.

  • Angus Black

    I have long sniffed this man out and what drives him, but I’m afraid what I smelled was not a pleasant aroma of roses, but a stench worse than a sewer’s.
    The man is an example of self-aggrandisement, an inflated ego and worse, a defender of a corrupt regime and its excesses.
    If he thinks that freedom of expression is alive and well, then why did he not explain why Daphne Caruana Galizia was blown to bits? Maybe because she exposed the corruption of the crooks Scicluna seeks to defend at every opportunity?
    I hold a hyphenated citizenship and up until 2013 happened I was proud to use it, but it has now been nearly five years since I dropped the ‘ – Maltese’ part. In fact since the sale of Maltese citizenship and EU passports. I mention Maltese citizenship only when absolutely necessary and unavoidable. Yes, like many, I am embarrassed to say I am Maltese, any more.
    The more nonsense this Martin Scicluna writes – actually it is worse than nonsense – the more he becomes forgettable, nay, a disgusting pest.

  • Catharsis

    La morna, morna. Yet, to be so visceral at what is supposed to be a venerable age, is beyond me.

  • Manuel Camilleri

    “Children go to schools in towns and villages, with shining faces and smart uniforms. Everywhere you will find the welcome and the helpfulness of people. The country is one of the most prosperous for hundreds of miles around…”

    The Old Fool compares this Muscatian Utopia to North Korea. When I read such rubbish, I can’t but help to admit that this country is screwed twice over.

  • r pace bonello

    Blah blah blah. Who cares what Scicluna says or writes?

  • Franġiska

    U msieken aħna għax sakemm jibqa’ dan ir-reġim qatt m’aħna se nieħdu ruħ. Mela jiġi Scicluna jgħid li kulħadd inkluż it-tfal kulħadd daħkan, kulħadd ferħan. Xi jridna nagħmlu dan, noqogħdu nibku biex nuruh li aħna mdejqin bl-arroganza ta’ dan il-gvern?

  • rob-a-cop

    Why OH why .Mr Scicluna has long passed his expiry date.I always skip his `eloquent` opinion pieces!!!

  • Eagle One

    Muscat’s poodle by a mile; kelb nebbiexi, jinbah biss, ghax iz-zmien zgur hadlu s-snien!

  • J Camilleri

    You are such an insulting git GFC.

    Get a grip on your anger problems and rid yourself of the bitterness bottled inside of you. No wonder you were vomiting.

  • Andrew Farrugia

    Scicluna has always been a very nasty piece of work!

  • Eagle One

    I will help Pandora.

    Did it say anything about the many who did NOT have a 6.5% pay rise because of the ‘booming’ economy? I was not one of those who had this significant average increase in salary. I trust others reading these columns are in the same water as I.

  • Deo Denaro

    Daphne used to call him “that old fossil”. She was being kind.

    • A Curmi

      She was right. Misdirected intelligence. Pity.

  • Kate Hudson

    Me too. Once again thank you for your eloquence

  • Sally Anne

    Sterlingly written.

  • Franġiska

    Jew inkella jibnu penthouse fuq penthouse u r-residenti l-ohra li suppost ghandhom l-uzu tal-bejt ghall-inxir, manutenzjoni u l-access ghat-tank tal-ilma jew twahhil ta’ pannelli spiccaw b’xejn. Kulhadd jaghmel li jrid! Jinqeda hu jinqeda kulhadd!