So now it’s the Pope’s fault, is it?

2020-05-05T20:24:30+02:00Tue, 5th May '20, 19:25|

Evarist Bartolo has taken his slithering, conniving, weaselly cunning to the foreign office exporting his particular brand of Maria l-Maws subterfuge and deceit and seeking to package it as diplomacy. Our country’s diplomacy. He’s picked up a standard racist troll’s taunt “daħħalhom id-dar tiegħek lis-suwed, ħelu” and sent it to the Pope. The argument is [...]

Familiar methods

2020-05-05T11:59:42+02:00Tue, 5th May '20, 11:59|

First, use the law to flout the law. Joseph Muscat’s government kept doing that all the time, pulling out legal loopholes and minor legal detail in order to suffocate the real intent of the law. They would say Jason Micallef and Tony Zarb were exercising “free speech” while they abused official power to intimidate and [...]

Fighting fire with spittle

2020-05-05T08:29:06+02:00Tue, 5th May '20, 08:29|

The police department is beefing up its anti-financial crimes unit. The responsibilities of the unit are enormous. It is split in four sub-units: economic crimes, anti-money laundering, financial crimes analysis and blockchain analysis. Although we would never have a department bearing the name, because people might get the idea that we have a specific problem [...]

GUEST POST: Pilatus Bank and the Competent Person (2)

2020-05-05T07:59:44+02:00Tue, 5th May '20, 07:59|

Continues from Part 1, linked here. In this article, I am writing on some of the key points highlighted in the second and third six-monthly reports of the Competent Person, together with my observations. These two reports were addressed to the Parliamentary Secretary for Financial Services and Digital Economy, on 24 March 2020, and 14 [...]