Beyond the basics

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2020-01-07T14:32:08+01:00Tue, 7th Jan '20, 14:32|

Read this report in today's Times of Malta of a chat I had with their Sarah Carabott about Repubblika's planned general meeting this Saturday. When we announced the meeting some people -- well Malta Today mostly -- assumed we were getting ready to launch a new political party. That's because we said we wanted to [...]

GUEST POST: Equivalencies denied

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2020-01-07T12:17:25+01:00Tue, 7th Jan '20, 12:09|

It is a fundamental of political discourse, especially in a close-minded tribalist society like ours, to justify burying one’s head in the sand (or justifying the antics of your own side, for that matter) by saying that “hey, they’re all the same, didn’t he do what you’re criticising the other guy for?” Many of the [...]

Fraudulent balloting (4)

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2020-01-06T14:07:16+01:00Mon, 6th Jan '20, 14:07|

Just because an internal PN election in 2004 made the providentially correct choice of Lawrence Gonzi over John Dalli, it does not mean that we have to continue to live dangerously hoping card-carrying party fans choose sensibly who should be prime minister. And the Labour Party of 2020 is a million miles away from the [...]

Fraudulent balloting (3)

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2020-01-06T14:02:11+01:00Mon, 6th Jan '20, 14:02|

If we were to apply the unverifiable doubts in an internal party election and try to fit them in national elections which we fully expect to be reliable, we might get a hint of the risks we’re playing with. Imagine how life would be if a political party beat the other by 2,000 votes at [...]

Fraudulent balloting (2)

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2020-01-06T14:28:06+01:00Mon, 6th Jan '20, 13:55|

Labour supporters are getting to choose the next prime minister of Malta. But ‘prime minister’ is a serious understatement as a description of the role. There’s also the annoying detail that our prime minister – whoever happens to be holding that office – is effectively an elected absolute monarch, a bit like a pope. He [...]

Fraudulent balloting (1)

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2020-01-06T13:48:35+01:00Mon, 6th Jan '20, 13:48|

  Allegations of fraud in internal party elections have become habitual. It is frightening that this can happen. Although party elections are theoretically internal to the party itself, it’s clear that the implication is national. Therefore fraud in party electoral processes is cheating the entire country of the correct outcome of an election. Think of [...]

GUEST POST: Bella Ciao II

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2020-01-06T08:30:35+01:00Mon, 6th Jan '20, 08:30|

Bella Ciao is an Italian ‘canto popolare’. It tells the story of a ‘partigiano’ who offered his life, not exclusively in times of war, for his country’s freedom or liberation. In years, it developed into a protest call against forms of dictatorship and oppression. It was revived when Italy was struggling to overwhelm fascism. This ‘canto [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Political parties now have a choice

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2020-01-05T09:53:41+01:00Sun, 5th Jan '20, 09:53|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "They expect us now to walk away and stay home as they go on as if nothing ever happened. We’re not doing that. Our aspirations for a new Republic are clear and legitimate. We are not demanding the impossible. We are not anarchists. We believe in the [...]

Frans Timmermans mocked for having posed with Joseph Muscat. “Who next? Kim Jong Un?”

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2020-01-03T21:03:38+01:00Fri, 3rd Jan '20, 21:03|

European politicians are starting to have to regret having been seen with Joseph Muscat. European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans has faced criticism in his native Netherlands for standing by Joseph Muscat during his last months as Maltese premier even as he was covering up the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia and of the corruption [...]

Join us Sunday 5 January

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2020-01-06T06:38:55+01:00Fri, 3rd Jan '20, 10:20|

Yesterday Jason Micallef came down like a ton of bricks on an artist who decided to take the stage on Sunday and join the protest against corruption. Why her in particular? Because she has a regular slot on a program shown on TVM. They have something to threaten her with, a consequence she'd have to [...]