Guest Post: In the wise man’s words

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2019-01-09T14:21:57+02:00Wed, 9th Jan '19, 14:21|

Rather than write a guest post in my own words, I would much rather quote and bring to the public's attention the words of Giovanni Bonello from the preface to "Misunderstanding the Constitution". "The very last bulwarks that protect democracy, that assert the rule of law, that foster the ethics of the Constitution, when these [...]

We must keep knocking on the door

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2019-01-09T14:03:05+02:00Wed, 9th Jan '19, 14:03|

When justice is not granted, it must still be demanded. We can’t just give up. Unlike what the Labour Party and its many bedfellows in the Nationalist Party think the pursuit of justice is not a game. It does not have winners or losers. If justice is not served on criminals because they are powerful [...]

Jacques Rene Zammit: Judge Grixti’s ruling is faulty

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2019-01-09T07:23:15+02:00Wed, 9th Jan '19, 07:23|

Lawyer and legal blogger Jacques Rene Zammit (akkuza.com) commented on yesterday's Panama Papers decision by Judge Giovanni Grixti. He was developing the argument on an excellent analysis by Twitterer BugM which gives more reasons why what has happened is so wrong. The two remind the court that like murder, money laundering is a crime even [...]

Judge Grixti did more than make it pointless to ask for an inquiry; he made it impossible to convict anyone of money laundering

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2019-01-09T07:31:35+02:00Wed, 9th Jan '19, 06:48|

Judge Giovanni Grixti’s decision yesterday is truly ground breaking. For altogether the wrong reasons. Consider how he concludes that the Panama Papers and the documents revealed out of Mossack Fonseca’s servers are a “hack” and cannot therefore be considered as grounds for an inquiry. Judges and prosecutors from all over the world, by Judge Giovanni [...]

Beyond the beyond the bizarre

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2019-01-09T06:23:11+02:00Wed, 9th Jan '19, 06:23|

You may have not had had the time to read the entire speech by Judge Vincent De Gaetano about rule of law in Malta a few weeks ago. He was speaking about the state of rule of law in Malta and if you take one thing from that speech, make it this choice quote: "Malta [...]

Roberto Saviano: Malta and Italy — open for criminals, closed for women and children at the mercy of the sea

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2019-01-08T17:31:48+02:00Tue, 8th Jan '19, 17:31|

This was posted a short while ago by Italian journalist Roberto Saviano. Sums it up well. My translation is beneath. "Malta is the European gateway for untraceable dirty money coming from all over the world. Italy is the country where the most dangerous and powerful mafie that exist hide, spreading out everywhere for more than [...]

Star Comment: After the court’s ruling today

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2019-01-08T17:20:20+02:00Tue, 8th Jan '19, 17:20|

This was sent in by Chris in response to my earlier post on Judge Giovanni Grixti's decision today effectively saying that anyone complaining to the court when the police fail to investigate a crime, must first investigate and prove the crime themselves. It's a good thing that my readers' memories are better than mine. "hardly [...]

NGOs call on government to let the 49 migrants come on shore

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2019-01-08T17:02:32+02:00Tue, 8th Jan '19, 17:02|

This statement was released today by 44 local organisations: People are more important We are appalled beyond words that, after 18 days of negotiations, 49 men, women and children remain stuck on a boat within sight of the Maltese shore. In spite of countless calls for solidarity, European Member States have not managed to find a diplomatic solution [...]

In his mind

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2019-01-08T15:54:12+02:00Tue, 8th Jan '19, 15:22|

It is reassuring that Adrian Delia is conscious of his own delusions. Repeatedly in his Times Talk interview with Herman Grech he kept premising his more outlandish claims with the prefix ‘in my mind’. It’s a big leap from ‘stat ta’ fatt’. In his mind indeed. In his mind he’s supported in the party. In [...]

Der Untergang

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2019-01-07T19:00:22+02:00Mon, 7th Jan '19, 19:00|

Things may be coming to a head at the Nationalist Party. It is hard to say if this could be the time when Adrian Delia finds he has gone too far and that these last set of revelations end up convincing enough people that he is not fit for purpose. In that now famous WhatsApp [...]

Lovin Malta requests retraction by Opposition Leader and PN media of false and libellous claims

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2019-01-07T12:49:45+02:00Mon, 7th Jan '19, 12:46|

I am reproducing Lovin Malta's statement from their website in its entirety here, with their permission. You can read the original on their own page here. I do so because I think this is the appropriate response from independent media confronted by political parties seeking to slip away from accountability by shooting the messenger. There is no reason to think Lovin Malta's motivation is the service of the Labour Party. If I agreed with everything they wrote, there would be [...]

Let them in

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2019-01-07T11:52:29+02:00Mon, 7th Jan '19, 11:52|

When a traffic accident happens and people are wounded, the emergency services that come on site do not start by taking out the measuring tape to draw the sketch and determine culpability. They start by doing triage, putting the wounded in ambulances, the most seriously hurt first and making sure the area is not of [...]

Sometimes the answer is no

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2019-01-07T09:44:05+02:00Mon, 7th Jan '19, 09:11|

In the days and weeks following the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia several people came together to take up the cause for truth and justice. A big part of that was a consequence of the choices the Nationalist Party was making. I remember when my wife decided to call up her friends so they would [...]

Pick on someone your own size

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2019-01-06T17:27:06+02:00Sun, 6th Jan '19, 17:27|

Political parties are clearly not used to civil society groups campaigning on democratic rights, anti-corruption and exemplary public life. Not here anyway. The PN’s story, published this morning on Il-Mument after a litmus test on Labour’s One TV last Wednesday and then carried by the PN’s official Facebook page, is another salvo in a series [...]

Mark Anthony Sammut shows common sense is not extinct

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2019-01-06T17:14:45+02:00Sun, 6th Jan '19, 17:14|

A few days ago a guest author on this blog reminded PN officials the party’s statute gives them the responsibility to step up whenever the Leader of the party is unequal to his job. That author focused on Mark Anthony Sammut among others, as President of the party’s executive committee. That committee groups together elected [...]

Guest Post: The road to oblivion has started

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2019-01-06T09:42:28+02:00Sun, 6th Jan '19, 09:42|

Another former high ranking advisor in the PN ranks writes in. The author is known to me and writes on condition of anonymity. The PN seems to have become professional in its efforts to become irrelevant. The Party that changed Malta, built a modern economy, opened the gates to education, carved a middle-class and propelled us to Europe seems to have not only got paralysed but is quickly descending into oblivion. The writing has been on [...]

Adrian Delia in “fit of rage” damages office furniture when he discovers WhatsApp leaks

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2019-01-06T09:24:59+02:00Sun, 6th Jan '19, 09:24|

Employees of the Nationalist Party and Media Link, the PN’s media company, have told this website on condition of anonymity that on Thursday morning Adrian Delia was heard shouting in apoplectic rage and blaspheming profusely apparently when he learned the nature of the WhatsApp videos making the rounds, some of which appear to have been [...]

A test of civilisation

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2019-01-06T09:20:21+02:00Sun, 6th Jan '19, 09:20|

I reported for The Sunday Times this morning a visit Archbishop Charles Scicluna paid to the crew of Mission Lifeline, one of the civilian rescue boats trapped in the Maltese harbour while its captain faces criminal action for saving lives at sea. The visit itself is an act of defiance as it happens in spite of court-ordered restrictions on boarding the vessel. But Charles Scicluna was not there to protest yesterday. He was there to support volunteers who have given up chunks of their life to help save people they do not know from slavery, wrongful [...]