Barely floating over watery graves

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2018-12-31T18:06:06+01:00Mon, 31st Dec '18, 18:06|

Sincere thanks to and admiration for the soldiers manning the boats who rescued 180 people from near certain death out at sea today. The soldiers have better boats than the migrants but the forecast storms are a danger to everyone. This New Year’s Eve another 49 rescued people and the crew who picked them up [...]

Repubblika: Public figures should lead by example

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2018-12-31T17:24:15+01:00Mon, 31st Dec '18, 17:24|

A Repubblika statement issued today: Repubblika believes that persons serving in a public roles should behave in a way that sets a positive example to citizens of Malta and Gozo. Persons in such roles should live their lives according to highest behavioral standards. Our country deserves as much.  Repubblika notes how the behavior of a politician or a public [...]

Before all this started

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2018-12-31T09:50:41+01:00Mon, 31st Dec '18, 09:50|

In June 2017 Simon Busuttil decided he would no longer serve as PN leader. History will analyse that decision and its consequences but it's still too close to make a judgement on it. It just is. That week I wrote an article in The Sunday Times about the qualities I wished to see in the [...]

Adrian Delia is a self-fulfilling prophecy

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2018-12-30T17:41:58+01:00Sun, 30th Dec '18, 17:39|

How does Adrian Delia deal with accusations by his own wife that he’s a bully? By going on a radio station he only has access to because of his job and bullies anyone daring to speak about it. It’s not the first time the man was in a corner and put on the foaming at [...]

This is what a year ago PN expected of a public official whose wife reported domestic violence over Christmas

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2018-12-30T17:41:23+01:00Sun, 30th Dec '18, 17:04|

Look at the rank hypocrisy. On New Years’ Day last year Joe Mikallef splashed this Net News report on how Mario Tonna’s wife filed a police report on 28th December 2017 accusing her husband of head butting her. Mario Tonna was Assistant Commissioner of Police. Mario Tonna’s wife’s police report found its way to Joe [...]

Bros before hoes

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2018-12-29T21:34:18+01:00Sat, 29th Dec '18, 21:34|

On the evening of Christmas you read on this blog that on Christmas Eve Adrian Delia filed in court an urgent request to see his children after 11 weeks during which he saw one of his children once when she asked to see him. Over the next two days you read on this blog that [...]

Lorna Vassallo’s tribal totemism

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2018-12-28T15:23:23+01:00Fri, 28th Dec '18, 15:23|

Lorna Vassallo is not some prominent star in the Labour Party firmament. Though she does seem to think she deserves to be more important than she is. Relying on her opinion of herself, we should measure her perverse tribute to Karin Grech in this Facebook post of hers from this morning as mainstream Labour Party [...]

GUEST POST: The PN needs a defibrillator

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2018-12-28T20:13:21+01:00Fri, 28th Dec '18, 14:52|

I broadly agree with this insider's guest view about what should be happening next in the PN. Except that I think all the people in this picture have a responsibility, vested in them by election to their post, to move to act. People are right: Adrian Delia was elected to his post. So were Robert [...]

Adrian Delia must take control of his fate

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2018-12-27T17:40:17+01:00Thu, 27th Dec '18, 17:40|

It is time for Adrian Delia to do some serious thinking. He is not likely to be told this by his advisors. It has long become clear that basic common sense has abandoned the corridors of PN HQ for some time and has been replaced with a siege mentality and the warped understanding of reality [...]

Here’s one to warm the cockles of your heart

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2018-12-27T16:19:52+01:00Thu, 27th Dec '18, 16:19|

Thirty-two people rescued from drowning and their 22 rescuers have spent Christmas bobbing in the Mediterranean. Malta, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands and Germany shut their doors to them too busy basting their turkeys. This is a statement issued today by Sea-Watch hoping the rescued migrants can see in the new year on land. Five countries [...]

Will this bounce?

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2018-12-27T11:50:36+01:00Thu, 27th Dec '18, 11:50|

Air Malta, now flush with money as a result of Konrad Mizzi's able stewardship, made a donation to l-Istrina yesterday. But the amount in text and in digits does not match. Not too reassuring that an airline has less than 20/20 vision.

From the goodness of their heart

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2018-12-27T10:44:52+01:00Thu, 27th Dec '18, 10:44|

It happens every year like heartburn after too much roast goose. We wallow in the afterglow of our own generosity, smug with satisfaction at the millions raised at l-Istrina for the Community Chest Fund to be able to compensate for the shortfall in State responsibilities. Let us assume €7 million are enough to bridge those [...]

What to do with ‘Enemies of the State’?

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2018-12-27T11:45:15+01:00Thu, 27th Dec '18, 10:09|

Robert Musumeci is rarely limpid in his writings. Inevitably it’s as muddled as his thinking. His conflicted loyalties layered on his convoluted verbosity condition his output. But he was having one of his momentary lapses of clarity when he tweeted his description of critics of the leader of the Nationalist Party: they’re ‘Enemies of the [...]

Ghost of Christmas present

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2018-12-26T09:38:04+01:00Wed, 26th Dec '18, 09:25|

There must be reasons why this is happening over Christmas Adrian Delia took his separation proceedings to a controlled interview on a Christmas TV special because he felt it would win him brownie points: not in the separation proceedings themselves one would imagine, but in his effort to ingratiate himself with voters. At any other [...]

Nickie Vella de Fremeaux tells Peppi Azzopardi his interview with Adrian Delia does not represent the truth

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2018-12-25T21:44:57+01:00Tue, 25th Dec '18, 21:21|

In an interview on Xarabank Adrian Delia last Friday answered questions by Peppi Azzopardi about his separation proceedings explaining that he was undergoing a very painful Christmas away from his family. In comments to The Sunday Times, Adrian Delia blocked questions about his separation going into litigation in court, asking for his privacy to be [...]

Il-Kenniesa: Love locks for your country

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2018-12-24T22:06:04+01:00Mon, 24th Dec '18, 13:01|

This video was taken yesterday. It's of a guy who thinks he's a hero and in his universe -- small, rotten, warped and pointless -- he may very well be. In his mind, such as it is, we're supposed to be scared. https://youtu.be/xN9h0w2MpuE Il-Kenniesa today had a response, in an action at the Great Siege Memorial. [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Women of the Year

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2018-12-23T08:49:13+01:00Sun, 23rd Dec '18, 08:48|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "Now, a year later, the Prime Mi­nister is having to acknowledge the campaign of Occupy Justice, albeit reluctantly. He has painted himself into a corner and has been played by some very smart women. The matters they raised caught the attention of the Council of Europe, and [...]