When the boss gets on the phone

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2019-06-30T19:14:36+02:00Sun, 30th Jun '19, 19:14|

All those flamboyant reassurances we were given that the future for BoV was bright were turned to dust by the story in The Sunday Times of Malta today telling us that the financial regulator has given the bank an ultimatum to get its house in order. The appearance of the story is the greatest indicator [...]

Dead certainties

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2019-06-30T09:22:33+02:00Sun, 30th Jun '19, 09:22|

A campaign of bullying and intimidation is underway within the Nationalist Party that is focused principally on General Councillors who were known to support Adrian Delia in his leadership campaign and during several months of his time in office but have since shown signs of doubts about whether the party leader should remain in office. [...]

Breathe in the rule of law

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2019-06-28T07:59:40+02:00Fri, 28th Jun '19, 07:59|

Political parties are dodging the ‘rule of law’ by making a mockery of its meaning. Both parties used the phrase yesterday in contexts where the phrase is only marginally relevant. They used it in that childish “mhux int trid ir-rool off low ħi? Mel’issa oqgħod għaliha ta!” schoolyard retort. The Nationalist Party yesterday said in [...]

Crooks incorporated

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2019-06-27T15:06:48+02:00Thu, 27th Jun '19, 14:52|

Neville Gafa’ is now recognised at last as officially speaking on behalf of Malta’s government when visiting Libya. No more mincing words, trying to pass his trips as “private holidays” in sun soaked Tripoli. And that’s supposed to be that. The fact he has a pending case for being at the centre of a visa [...]

Caruana Galizia family reacts to Council of Europe resolution on Malta

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2019-06-27T14:35:36+02:00Thu, 27th Jun '19, 14:35|

The following is a statement issued by Daphne Caruana Galizia's family today: The resolution of the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly adopted by an overwhelming majority yesterday evening has brought our family closer to the truth: that Daphne would still be alive today if corruption in Malta were properly investigated and prosecuted by the authorities, if [...]

There will be hell to pay

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2019-06-27T15:17:03+02:00Thu, 27th Jun '19, 13:08|

Commenters for the Labour Party who are trying to look at the bright side of yesterday’s diplomatic disaster are banking on the fact that the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly’s resolution is not legally binding and cannot therefore force the government to change its ways. It’s not like just because they’ve been resoundingly condemned by [...]

GUEST POST: Eurostat and the Malta Development Bank

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2019-06-27T12:33:17+02:00Thu, 27th Jun '19, 11:20|

The guest writer John Christmas writes for www.lawlesslatvia.com. As the exiled whistleblower against the Latvian Proxy Network, and a Malta resident, I noticed a common source of corruption. Eurostat is a Directorate General of the European Commission, with a mission proclaimed on its website of providing ‘high quality statistics’ because ‘democratic societies do not function [...]

GUEST POST: Submission is alien to Christian Democracy

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2019-06-27T10:50:39+02:00Thu, 27th Jun '19, 10:50|

Preamble  Notwithstanding the socio-political and multicultural challenges, Christian Democratic parties, particularly in Europe, are still influential.  CD parties seek inspiration from the teachings of Thomas Aquinas and express their relationship to the Gospel and the churches as a dialogue, resulting in a political conviction.  Since their early days they had distanced themselves from the churches. This [...]

BBC Radio 4: Daphne, A Fire in Malta

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2019-06-27T10:28:13+02:00Thu, 27th Jun '19, 10:28|

Use this link from Monday to listen to the broadcast of the first of a 5 part series of radio drama based on the story of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Here's the trailer of the show: The show is written by Lizzie Nunnery and Alys Harte. Alys Harte has already covered an aspect of [...]

Pseudo-blogger is it?

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2019-06-25T13:23:50+02:00Tue, 25th Jun '19, 13:23|

Listen, you small minded tossers, if you’re going to invest all your fixations on a blogger and their keyboard and pin on them the greatest political catastrophe since Louis XVI decided to cancel refurbishment works in the Versailles tennis court, make the effort of getting your insults right. You can call me a pseudo-journalist, say, [...]

The green shoots from the scorched earth

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2019-06-24T08:09:49+02:00Mon, 24th Jun '19, 08:09|

The crisis of the Nationalist Party is coming to some sort of resolution. There was never any suggestion that Adrian Delia was in control of his party. The fact that a General Council meeting is being forced on him to ask a question he ruled out – whether he should stay on as leader – [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Null and void

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2019-06-23T17:56:21+02:00Sun, 23rd Jun '19, 17:56|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "Mark Chetcuti’s judgment about the db project permit being null and void is sound. But the logical extension of that judgment is that the entire infrastructure of our governance ought to be declared just as null and just as void." Read the full article here.

Poor excuse for a human

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2019-06-21T15:06:10+02:00Fri, 21st Jun '19, 13:53|

It is the liars that accuse journalists of fake news. And the people who are consumed with irrepressible bitterness and hate are the ones who call writers hate-mongers. Frank Portelli is both. I can never forget the chilling feeling of seeing him stand for the leadership of the Nationalist Party theatrically casting aside a piece [...]

Kurt Farrugia leaving Castille – sources

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2019-06-19T18:10:43+02:00Wed, 19th Jun '19, 18:10|

Separate sources have told this website that the chief government spokesman Kurt Farrugia is leaving his job in Castille to take over the running of the government's foreign investment agency, Malta Enterprise. Kurt Farrugia has been a central figure of Joseph Muscat's administration from its very first day. He was the only person trusted by [...]

Stalemate

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2019-06-19T18:04:07+02:00Wed, 19th Jun '19, 18:04|

Someone with a serious case of pathological optimism described the outcome of yesterday’s meeting of the PN’s parliamentary group as a truce, a temporary ceasefire of sorts while a modus vivendi is found. Armistices can be reached because combatants become exhausted and stop being confident further military action could bring them any closer to the [...]

Is Neville Gafa’ on another ‘personal’ trip to Libya?

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2019-06-19T11:32:58+02:00Wed, 19th Jun '19, 11:32|

Neville Gafa', whose job in the government has never been specified, was part of an official government delegation yesterday meeting the Prime Minister of Libya Ahmed Maiteeq. After some uproar when he was identified in official photographs of the Libyan government, Neville Gafa' was last November "formally asked by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs" what [...]

Maltese ambassador ‘misrepresents himself’ as UN ambassador, Sicilian news site says

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2019-06-19T11:00:38+02:00Wed, 19th Jun '19, 11:00|

Malta’s ambassador to Bulgaria Ray Bondin has been accepting the hospitality of Sicilian town councils allowing them to believe he holds a UN office he has been out of since 2013. The news was reported by Sicilian news organisation ragusanews.com that reported the Mayor and Council of Gela yesterday hosted Ray Bondin with much pomp [...]

Happy Day. Unless you’re Silvio Debono.

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2019-06-19T10:45:04+02:00Wed, 19th Jun '19, 10:40|

It’s a day for toasting Moviment Graffitti and civil society today. Facing incredibly overwhelming odds they took legal action to stop the development of the dB monstrosity over St George’s Bay and the court agreed with them the permit was issued in spite of a flagrant conflict of interest involving a member of the planning [...]

This post features Pierre Portelli

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2019-06-19T08:20:53+02:00Wed, 19th Jun '19, 08:20|

It felt good answering the call of Moviment Graffitti yesterday to march in solidarity with people who lost their homes to the greed of next door construction projects and to protest against those whose greed brought their losses about. Wayne Flask’s literary speech was not just enviable prose. It was a manifesto of anger and [...]

Repubblika on the intimidation of MPs

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2019-06-18T15:56:21+02:00Tue, 18th Jun '19, 15:56|

Statement by Repubblika of today: Repubblika is deeply concerned at what appear to be coordinated attacks and attempts at intimidating Members of Parliament in an effort to get them to submit and comply with views and opinions held by an unquantified number of vociferous individuals. Our Parliamentary democracy needs our Members of Parliament to function [...]