PODCAST: Jackboots

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2020-08-05T11:02:17+02:00Fri, 31st Jul '20, 18:54|

Manuel Delia · Jackboots The Nationalist Party is free to make its own choices of course. If the decision this weekend is to keep Adrian Delia on the path of confirmation, then that is its business. There’s a lot of the last-minute desperate campaigning going around reminding PN councillors why they should not give party [...]

Smorgasbord of insanity (8)

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2020-07-30T20:37:32+02:00Thu, 30th Jul '20, 17:29|

Dulcis in fundo: Robert Arrigo. The man is now quivering under the enormous chip on his shoulder. I’ve known Robert Arrigo’s political frustrations for decades. He always thought that his tourism business and his football club experience entitled him to high political office. He never understood why they rather worked against his chances. It never [...]

Smorgasbord of insanity (7)

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2020-07-30T17:27:36+02:00Thu, 30th Jul '20, 17:27|

Then there’s André Grech on whom generally speaking the less said the better. But I could not let this post of his pass. He bastardised Martin Niemöller’s famous quote about Adolf Hitler’s dismantling of freedom in Germany to adapt it to what he believes are his circumstances. This is perverse on so many levels. André [...]

Smorgasbord of insanity (6)

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2020-07-30T17:25:12+02:00Thu, 30th Jul '20, 17:25|

Then there’s Frank Portelli who has been campaigning for Adrian Delia since the day he himself was a candidate for the post. He’s the one who gestured on TV by throwing a piece of paper to the floor saying that represented Daphne Caruana Galizia which he said would be dumped on the rubbish heap of [...]

Smorgasbord of insanity (5)

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2020-07-30T17:22:39+02:00Thu, 30th Jul '20, 17:22|

Then there’s Edwin Vassallo’s brother in religious arms Simon Mercieca whose Facebook campaigning has become ever more deranged. Here he is referring to an archaic definition of the label ultramontane to say I was accusing him of supporting the Pope, which he said was an insult he was proud to receive because he loves Pope [...]

Smorgasbord of insanity (4)

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2020-07-30T17:11:42+02:00Thu, 30th Jul '20, 17:11|

Consider now the ultramontane alliance of crusading fanatics that is campaigning for Adrian Delia to stay because they believe he’s their best chance at forcing the PN to become a confessional, racist, Muslim-baiting, auto-flagellating cult. This is Edwin Vassallo’s video response to my article about black-clad ideological extremism in the orbit of Adrian Delia. He [...]

Smorgasbord of insanity (3)

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2020-07-30T17:09:09+02:00Thu, 30th Jul '20, 17:09|

There was another one about Jason Azzopardi that was gleefully spread by the tandem of One TV and Simon Mercieca who form a strange Molotov-Ribbentrop alliance. It’s the one about Jason Azzopardi having visited the Hilton Hotel. https://youtu.be/1utY8LMOlTc   That’s before the 17 Black revelations mind you. This completely bonkers tu quoque is supposed to [...]

Smorgasbord of insanity (2)

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2020-07-30T17:04:58+02:00Thu, 30th Jul '20, 17:04|

First, there’s this idea being promoted that PN councillors should not vote in a way that could mean Jason Azzopardi is right. In obvious coordination with One TV they have made Jason Azzopardi a figure of hate. They have lampooned him, slandered him, demonised him and isolated him. The latest effort in this silly personalisation [...]

Smorgasbord of insanity (1)

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2020-07-30T17:02:34+02:00Thu, 30th Jul '20, 17:02|

The Nationalist Party is this weekend having a conversation with its death. Everything dies one day or the next. Famously the knight in Bergman’s Seventh Seal played chess with death to try to delay the inevitable. Will the PN manage to postpone its final hour? It all depends on how this chess game plays out. [...]

Evarist’s original sin

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2020-07-30T11:24:37+02:00Thu, 30th Jul '20, 11:24|

Evarist Bartolo’s repeat performance of his Tim Sebastian confession at the Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry begs for comment. It begs for sarcasm, mockery, scepticism and more than a little hilarity too. I will just focus on the hypocrisy of it all. Evarist Bartolo says Keith Schembri was too powerful and that wasn’t good for anyone [...]

GUEST POST: Letter to Robert Arrigo

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2020-07-29T20:09:19+02:00Wed, 29th Jul '20, 20:09|

Dear Robert As you surely remember, I together with a group of core PN   friends, had met you privately, to discuss our concerns regarding the leadership of the PN under Adrian Delia. During our meeting, you had shown appreciation of our concerns, and you had promised us to follow them up directly with Adrian Delia, [...]

GUEST POST: Light at the end of the tunnel?

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2020-07-29T10:26:51+02:00Wed, 29th Jul '20, 10:26|

Possibly, after three years in limbo, the Partit Nazzjonalista may finally be seeing a glimpse of light at the end of the long dark tunnel. Maybe. This week the General Council will decide whether a vote of confidence in Adrian Delia or an election by the councillors and tesserati for a new leader will take [...]

GUEST POST: Group-19, a coherent homogeneity

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2020-07-29T10:13:43+02:00Wed, 29th Jul '20, 10:13|

Political parties, like presumably most other organisations, associations and groups, are not homogeneous entities. They are made up of individuals each and every one of them with different socio-economic, educational, religious and cultural backgrounds and hence with different opinions and ideas. They seek membership of such groups because they share the principles, the objectives and [...]

More push-backs to Libya as illegal practice to be examined by UN Human Rights body

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2020-07-28T15:23:10+02:00Tue, 28th Jul '20, 15:19|

More migrants have been dragged out of Malta’s search and rescue area and taken back to detention centres in Libya under inhuman and degrading conditions. Saturday, 72 migrants were picked up in Malta’s area of responsibility at sea by Libyan coast guards and taken back to Tripoli. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees repeated [...]

The Official Monster Raving Loony Blogger

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2020-07-28T10:55:33+02:00Tue, 28th Jul '20, 10:55|

John Dalli has become a biċċa blogger. I’m not telling you this because I necessarily recommend his blog. He’s there in the background like the odd items on an essential reading or viewing list for collectors, gathering dust on the back of shelves. I never had a copy of Mein Kampf mostly because I have [...]

PODCAST: Job description

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2020-07-28T09:42:19+02:00Tue, 28th Jul '20, 09:42|

Manuel Delia · Job Description In June 2017, soon after the general election result was known, Simon Busuttil announced he would resign the PN leadership. It wasn’t what at the time I thought should happen but there’s only one thing worse than having a person occupying that position who would rather be doing anything else. [...]

GUEST POST: It’s like déjà vu all over again

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2020-07-28T08:20:26+02:00Tue, 28th Jul '20, 08:20|

So Adrian Delia has reportedly declared that in the event that the General Council decides to hold an election for the leadership of the PN, he will contest the election. Now this begs the question – will he be allowed to take part in the election? According to a recent press release by the PN, [...]

Ultramontane

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2020-07-27T11:12:55+02:00Mon, 27th Jul '20, 11:12|

Simon Mercieca’s Facebook campaigning in support of Adrian Delia takes the form of what he must imagine is some sort of crusade. I choose the word carefully, served up warm on the plate of a historian. Simon Mercieca’s line developed long before Adrian Delia materialised. After the 2013 election, the PN accepted that its social [...]

Blockchain website says “Malta has been writing cheques its ass can’t cash”

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2020-07-27T09:31:29+02:00Mon, 27th Jul '20, 09:31|

In anticipation of the Moneyval verdict, Malta is quietly dropping the much-vaunted ‘Blockchain Island’ slogan reversing years of hype led by Joseph Muscat and Silvio Schembri. As parliamentary secretary responsible for the project Silvio Schembri led the charge of exaggerating the development of the industry in Malta. In the midst of the political crisis of [...]