Can you bow out when they’re shouting your name?

2019-05-31T21:59:55+02:00Fri, 31st May '19, 21:59|

And at the end of long days and nights counting votes, it was time to get ready to go home. But before they left they had to give credit to the man who had made all their countless victories possible. “Delia! Delia!” They shouted. This is not a fantasy in my unfulfilled dreams of glory. [...]

International standards of propriety

2019-05-31T13:23:08+02:00Fri, 31st May '19, 13:23|

The government goes to the Council of Europe with 50 amendments to a report that finds the rule of law in Malta is such a disastrous state that not only was it unable to protect the life of a critical journalist but it seems unable (or unwilling) to find and punish the culprits not to [...]

Party first

2019-05-31T12:42:25+02:00Fri, 31st May '19, 12:42|

This is Alfred Grixti, a Labour Party activist of many years. He's seen here taken off a screen celebrating with his Labour mates some crushing electoral victory of the many they celebrated these last few days. And here's Alfred Grixti's Facebook sporting as a profile picture what Ranier Fsadni described as an Austin Powers touch [...]

With enemies like this…

2019-05-31T12:29:53+02:00Fri, 31st May '19, 12:29|

Who needs friends? The editorial of l-orizzont once published a hit list of people it despised because of their real or perceived association with the interests of the Nationalist Party. It had said it had marked these people for elimination. Today they also target someone in the Nationalist Party but they seek their preservation. L-orizzont [...]

How is that an answer?

2019-05-31T10:18:13+02:00Fri, 31st May '19, 10:18|

This photo was going around yesterday snapped off the screen showing PN lead factotum Pierre Portelli (the more important one) having some form of conversation with Konrad Mizzi. The reason people shared it is that they were uncomfortable with it. People who are angry that Konrad Mizzi persists to survive with impunity with so much [...]


2019-05-31T10:02:39+02:00Fri, 31st May '19, 09:54|

Sent in by someone known to me. The article refers to a "Manuel Delia readership base". By publishing this article I do not mean to suggest I believe such a thing exists. But the author does, so there. Hope is the last to die. Or so says the optimistic. With all the events and negative [...]

Phoney war

2019-05-31T09:50:14+02:00Fri, 31st May '19, 09:50|

It is rare for a former PN leader to dish out advice to his successor. They’ve been in the job themselves and they know that a meddling retiree is unhelpful, whatever their intentions. I don’t think Lawrence Gonzi’s comments to Times of Malta yesterday were necessarily meant to be helpful, at least from the point [...]

Spare a thought

2019-05-31T08:33:33+02:00Fri, 31st May '19, 08:33|

The counting of Local Council votes over three days is like Chinese torture for the PN. You have to admire those volunteers who go up to Naxxar every day. They’re like the Light Brigade, fully aware they are fodder for the roaring cannons. The way Local Council vote counting works gives those perspex-bashing Labour partisans [...]

GUEST POST: Lost Nationalist

2019-05-31T14:22:36+02:00Fri, 31st May '19, 07:56|

I have just finished scouring through my customary news portals in the hope of finding something to cheer me up, giving me some hope that our republican system has still some life in it. Sadly, all I could find was news about the latest trashing of the PN in the local elections.  This is surreal! [...]

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