A New Republic (4): Constitutional Reform

2020-01-12T19:07:46+01:00Sun, 12th Jan '20, 19:07|

Edgar Depasquale delivered this contribution at Repubblika's General Meeting. The text from the manifesto under the Constitutional Reform heading follows. https://youtu.be/GZfCmQSkBms 2. Structural and Constitutional Developments  The time has come for us to examine the Constitution of Malta, the fundamental pact that makes of us a civil and democratic state. We need to reflect on, [...]

A New Republic (3): Ethics in Public Life

2020-01-12T19:03:07+01:00Sun, 12th Jan '20, 19:03|

Patrick Tabone intervened at the General Meeting of Repubblika on Ethics in Public Life. Scroll down to read the text in the manifesto. https://youtu.be/HSJg8BU75NQ Public Life based on and guided by ethical principles We all have the right and duty to contribute to public life. Although we do this to different degrees and in different [...]

A New Republic (2): Repubblika’s Manifesto

2020-01-12T18:59:54+01:00Sun, 12th Jan '20, 18:59|

https://youtu.be/lGdM9CpL0Uk Here is the introductory section of the manifesto adopted yesterday: A New Malta, A New Republic During the last few months and weeks we have undergone an experience that is unique in the history of our country. We saw the upsurge of a national movement that was not led by a political party. We [...]

A New Republic (1)

2020-01-12T18:54:34+01:00Sun, 12th Jan '20, 18:54|

Click here to download the manifesto adopted by the General Meeting of Repubblika last Saturday. repubblika-ram-final In subsequent posts I am going to upload English translations of the various sections in the document together with videos of various contributions made to the discussion. Here is the introduction to the session by the President-Elect of Repubblika, [...]

GUEST POST: On Robert Abela’s election

2020-01-12T18:49:45+01:00Sun, 12th Jan '20, 18:49|

Everyone's wiser with hindsight, and with hindsight, we should have seen this result coming.  The fact that many of us did not, or, more specifically, were duped into believing that this wouldn't happen, is yet another feather in the cap of Muscat's total control of the state of affairs both within his party and the [...]

Nixon’s choice (4): The abortion of civil society

2020-01-12T07:50:02+01:00Sun, 12th Jan '20, 07:50|

What will happen next? Joseph Muscat has planned this transition because he is not quite done yet serving a cold dish of revenge. In his small mind Joseph Muscat did not have to resign because of anything he did wrong or anything he was supposed to do and did not. His sense of entitlement tells [...]

Nixon’s choice (3): They get to choose your king

2020-01-12T07:47:25+01:00Sun, 12th Jan '20, 07:47|

It goes to show how this perversion of having card carrying members of political parties choose prime ministers for the entire nation is eroding democracy and destroying people’s confidence in public life. Consistently, the lesser candidate wins. It has happened time and time again in the UK. And the dynamics of Robert Abela’s election have [...]

Nixon’s choice (2): Shut up and win

2020-01-12T07:45:21+01:00Sun, 12th Jan '20, 07:45|

Robert Abela became the prime minister of Malta by not saying anything to Malta for the past 4 weeks. He stuck to the policy of contempt that was central for Joseph Muscat to survive in Castille for as long as he did. The best way to do well in a tough interview is to refuse [...]

Nixon’s choice (1): How Joseph picked Robert

2020-01-12T07:43:39+01:00Sun, 12th Jan '20, 07:43|

Robert Abela is replacing Joseph Muscat. Or rather Joseph Muscat replaced himself with Robert Abela. Let’s not now represent Chris Fearne as the good man who lost the battle. Chris Fearne is, or maybe was until yesterday, arrogant, self-important, completely unaware of how he comes across as someone for whom everyone else is a helpless [...]

If they could write history

2020-01-10T07:41:16+01:00Fri, 10th Jan '20, 07:41|

Chris Fearne wondered how his party could have its voice if its TV station was taken away. Rather than clawing back on his party’s control of the media landscape he declares he wants to expand its share. English language media have an “agenda against the Labour Party” he said. He explained to his audience that [...]

16 January: Vigil for Truth and Justice

2020-01-17T06:45:42+01:00Thu, 9th Jan '20, 18:55|

The protest goes on until our objectives are met. That's justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia. And justice for Malta. We're too far from that when Keith Schembri has not started answering questions, when Konrad Mizzi and Chris Cardona continue undisturbed. We're too far from justice when Joseph Muscat acts as if he has no responsibility. [...]

Read this post about expensive watches

2020-01-09T17:56:11+01:00Thu, 9th Jan '20, 17:56|

Read this article from the FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) blog that highlights the use of wrist watches for bribery and corruption. Over the last few weeks as news emerged of the sort of gifts Joseph Muscat got from Yorgen Fenech over time I tried to imagine putting myself in Joseph Muscat's position and wonder [...]

Long read: The blues

2020-01-09T18:39:21+01:00Thu, 9th Jan '20, 16:29|

The European Parliament published the report of the delegation that visited Malta in the heat of the crisis when protesters were meeting almost every day in Valletta calling for Joseph Muscat’s immediate resignation. The report recalls the reasons why the EP delegation effectively joined those calls. It reports on meetings with lawyers, journalists and activists [...]

Konrad Mizzi, work sets you free

2020-01-08T20:22:12+01:00Wed, 8th Jan '20, 20:22|

Let’s see what Konrad Mizzi is saying here, shall we? “You escaped from your country. We saved you from drowning. We sheltered you in our home. We clothed you. We fed you. But now learn to respect us. Us, our country, our culture, our religion and our people.” He’s addressing whoever has been causing trouble [...]

Continuity candidates

2020-01-08T14:55:33+01:00Wed, 8th Jan '20, 14:55|

Chris Fearne and Robert Abela can both be described with the term that would count as a death sentence in a leadership campaign elsewhere. They are ‘continuity candidates’. The British press is busy hanging that ignominious label on the potential successor of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader they dislike most. Clearly the British Labour Party [...]

Our people first

2020-01-08T11:48:02+01:00Wed, 8th Jan '20, 11:48|

Campaigners for the Labour Party’s leadership have been appealing for unity. Theirs is not the sort of unity that someone like the Archbishop, say, professes. It’s not about focusing on our shared and common interests, sacrificing our own needs for the benefit of the greater good. That’s unity that comes from commitment to others before [...]

If Muscat knows who else got expensive watches and is keeping it secret, add another crime to his indictment

2020-01-07T17:05:38+01:00Tue, 7th Jan '20, 17:05|

Joseph Muscat's defence, such as he seems to believe it is, that he wasn't the only one to get expensive limited edition fuck-off white gold watches from Yorgen Fenech is no defence at all. 'Yes your honour I killed many Jews, but everyone was doing it those days'. Even in Nuremberg they were too embarrassed [...]

Of course it’s our business

2020-01-07T19:24:34+01:00Tue, 7th Jan '20, 15:16|

Joseph Muscat is looking forward to being left the fuck alone. He fully expects to become "a private person" after he retires graduating from the current bother of even having to dodge annoying questions. The questions should no longer be coming his way. There was some of that expectation in his response to questions today [...]

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