The prime minister we never had

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2020-01-16T11:08:34+01:00Tue, 14th Jan '20, 18:12|

Simon Busuttil has this afternoon been appointed by EPP bigwigs as Secretary General of the European People’s Party. Bully for him. In June 2017 this country chose Joseph Muscat over him as prime minister. That was our loss. By ‘our’ I don’t mean the PN within which I felt entirely comfortable at the time. By [...]

Hey you pitiross, not so fast.

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2020-01-14T14:44:14+01:00Tue, 14th Jan '20, 14:44|

  It looks like there isn't going to be the sort of continuity that Neville Gafà fully expected for himself. The Times of Malta are reporting he "resigned" today. It's not likely that was in his plans. Just yesterday he was strutting like a peacock (maybe enough with the avian analogies) at the swearing in [...]

Repubblika wrote a letter to Robert Abela today

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2020-01-14T14:39:34+01:00Tue, 14th Jan '20, 14:39|

This was sent today by Repubblika to the new prime minister: Photo: REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi Prime Minister, On behalf of Repubblika, I am sending you a copy of the manifesto that was adopted on Saturday 11 January 2020. This manifesto summarises what we are expecting from our Government and from public life in [...]

Memo to the prime minister: Order Keith Schembri to hand over his passwords to the police. Now.

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2020-01-14T14:17:11+01:00Tue, 14th Jan '20, 14:17|

The government of a country is not the private affair of its officials. No government official should be allowed to conduct any government business on private email accounts, off-site servers or coded messaging services that cannot be centrally decoded and administered by the appropriate government agency. In other words, no government business should be conducted [...]

Domine Dirige Nos (3)

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2020-01-14T19:04:26+01:00Tue, 14th Jan '20, 13:59|

Keith Arnaud in court today appeared to be the only one in the country not to notice that the United States government, clearly frustrated for being ignored for two years while the country is lied to by our own government saying the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder case had not yet been resolved because the FBI [...]

Domine Dirige Nos (2)

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2020-01-14T13:57:59+01:00Tue, 14th Jan '20, 13:57|

It is incredible to me how oblivious the police officers testifying in the various cases related to the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia seem to be to their responsibilities and to the consequences of their negligence. Former police commissioners are lining up in front of the inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination to explain, in [...]

Domine Dirige Nos (1)

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2020-01-14T13:56:35+01:00Tue, 14th Jan '20, 13:56|

In the prosecution of a criminal case it is the judge’s job to be impartial between the cops and the robbers. For us out here we’d always want to root for the cops so they put the baddies in jail and keep us safe. I am not even remotely inclined to help Yorgen Fenech or [...]

Robot Abela addresses the nation

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2020-01-13T21:55:13+01:00Mon, 13th Jan '20, 21:55|

              The new prime minister kept an entire country waiting for almost an hour longer than the announced time for his inaugural “address to the nation”. Before he came on, TVM played a soft-porn rendition of the national anthem intended to remind us, as if anyone needed reminding, that [...]

The heat is on

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2020-01-13T19:25:34+01:00Mon, 13th Jan '20, 16:36|

Neville Gafà is guest of honour at the swearing in ceremony of Robert Abela. It looks like the new prime minister will go out of his way to let everyone know Keith Schembri will remain right where he's been for several years now, firmly above the law. Robert Abela should disabuse himself of the impression [...]

A third memo for Robert Abela. Today you can implement the first GRECO-required reform.

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2020-01-13T14:07:02+01:00Mon, 13th Jan '20, 14:07|

Joseph Muscat’s government broke with convention and had his office and the offices of his ministers employ an estimated 700 people from outside the public services in “positions of trust”. Joseph Muscat did not invent employment contracts at the pleasure of the minister for people from outside the service. I always make it a point [...]

Memo to Robert Abela. One of many to come.

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2020-01-13T10:38:04+01:00Mon, 13th Jan '20, 10:10|

Robert Abela takes office at 3pm this afternoon. He is pleading for sympathy because he’s new to the job and wants to be given time to find his feet. And yet he pledges to be a prime minister of “continuity” meaning he was elected on the promise there would be no hiccups. The contradiction does [...]

A New Republic (11)

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2020-01-12T19:31:45+01:00Sun, 12th Jan '20, 19:31|

These are the concluding remarks at Saturday's Repubblika general meeting by the organisation's president Vicki Ann Cremona. https://youtu.be/-2FOzl6GMJ8

A New Republic (9): The rule of law

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2020-01-12T19:28:41+01:00Sun, 12th Jan '20, 19:28|

Eve Borg Costanzi gave a contribution on justice reform while Michael Zammit Maempel focused on press freedoms at Saturday's general meeting of Repubblika. Scroll down for the text of the rule of law chapter in Repubblika's new manifesto. https://youtu.be/RbbL0Lno_S0   https://youtu.be/uaz-K4F-EJ0   Equal Justice, Guaranteed Liberties Repubblika would like to contribute to the continuous efforts [...]

A New Republic (8): A just society that includes all

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2020-01-12T19:24:17+01:00Sun, 12th Jan '20, 19:24|

Michael Piccinino spoke about social inclusion at Repubblika's general meeting. The social policy chapter from Repubblika's new manifesto is below. https://youtu.be/CyzRXUVhV24   6. An inclusive, just and humane society. Repubblika believes that no society can be healthy until even a single person remains excluded. We believe that we are all responsible for each other and [...]

A New Economy (7): An Environment for All

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2020-01-12T19:20:16+01:00Sun, 12th Jan '20, 19:20|

Joanna Spiteri Staines spoke at the Repubblika General Meeting about environmental policy. The environment chapter from the manifesto is below. https://youtu.be/rPrnDhQ--aY   5. An Environment that is enjoyed by All No one lives in isolation. Whatever we do or otherwise, we will always live within an environment. The difference lies in the quality of the [...]

A New Republic (6): A New and Sustainable Economy

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2020-01-12T19:19:11+01:00Sun, 12th Jan '20, 19:15|

Joe Farrugia, who is also Director General of the Malta Employers' Association gave this contribution to the discussion on Saturday. Scroll down for the economy chapter in Repubblika's new manifesto. https://youtu.be/ksaDNO-NHRw   4. A New, Honest and Sustainable Economy Rather than proposing a specific economic theory, we are hereby listing all those values that we [...]

A New Republic (5): Education and Information for Responsible Citizenship

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2020-01-12T19:18:38+01:00Sun, 12th Jan '20, 19:12|

Leonard Bezzina discussed reforms in education while Josef Lauri discussed the broadcasting media landscape in Malta and needs for change there. Scroll below for the education and information chapter of Repubblika's new manifesto. https://youtu.be/VfJb3G1Nncs   https://youtu.be/UnBdtY6RQlI   3. Training for a participative and responsible citizenship Democracy comprises a series of institutions and processes, including elections, [...]