Month: June 2018

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Trenches in the mud

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Trenches in the mud

From my article in The Sunday Times: “As accusations of treachery are handed out in fury, the party leader himself shows unhelpful ambivalence when, for example, the government makes a fresh attempt to promote Consuelo Scerri Herrera and reward her with a judgeship, showing remarkable contempt for the institutions such as the reviewing committee that …

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Inspector Big

Inspector Big

That Sandro Camilleri guy gives me the creeps. For starters he’s a stereotype dressed as a self-fulfilling prophecy pretending to be proverbial. I know I’m the last person to give advice on physical appearance but those walnut crushing biceps of his are impossible to ignore on a ranking police officer. For remember he is that …

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“You can’t handle the truth”

“You can’t handle the truth”

I don’t suppose anyone doubts anymore that the investigation of crimes with political ramifications is a politically controlled affair here in Malta. The assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia does not merely have political ramifications. It is a political killing: the termination of a person to reach political ends, to serve political interests, commissioned by political …

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Neville Gafa makes it to Rai Uno’s Porta a Porta, and someone asks why is Malta in the EU?

Neville Gafa makes it to Rai Uno’s Porta a Porta, and someone asks why is Malta in the EU?

This is an extract from Rai Uno’s Porta a Porta that covered Ivan Grech Mintoff’s testimony in the courts about the massive Libya scam in which more than 80,000 visas are believed to have been “sold” from Malta’s consulates in Libya to people willing to pay for them, including terrorists and militiamen. Read more on …

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Pilatus Bank pays Maria Efimova … two years late

Pilatus Bank pays Maria Efimova … two years late

Malta’s Labour office has contacted Maria Efimova to inform her Pilatus Bank has settled her outstanding salary from when she worked for three unpaid months as executive assistant to Ali Sadr. In the ironic turn of events, Pilatus Bank have effectively admitted Maria Efimova’s complaint against them was justified and she was indeed owed payment. …

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The friends who hide your money

The friends who hide your money

Nexia BT — Mossack Fonseca (Malta) — Kasco Group. These are three dots in the orbit of Keith Schembri and his grand fraudulent scheme to cover illicit income, avoid paying taxes and use his public office for personal office. A fourth dot is MFSP, the four-partner investment agency that managed Keith Schembri’s British Virgin Islands …

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Twilight of the gods

Twilight of the gods

It is truly awful how badly the leadership of the PN is handling itself. There’s clearly a stubborn bunker atmosphere, barking orders to mobilise formations that exist only on a map, taking comfort from self-serving flattery, and seeking solace in imaginary magnanimity from the enemy as traditional support is deemed unworthy of its leadership. I …

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Become a citizen. If you can.

Become a citizen. If you can.

In the heat of the French Revolution, the leaders of that upheaval did not sit down to write a charter about the rights of French people. They wrote instead the ‘Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen’. Universal rights is by no means a universal understanding of what citizenship should be about. But …

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Neville Gafa: Witnesses scared of retribution

Neville Gafa: Witnesses scared of retribution

So Neville Gafa’ told Times of Malta he is “denying all of Mr Grech Mintoff’s allegations and reserved the right to take legal action”. He was reacting to documentation tabled by Ivan Grech Mintoff in a civil suit where he said potential witnesses who have had bribes solicited off them from Neville Gafa for Malta …

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