Bullying science with words

2020-07-27T08:02:10+02:00Mon, 27th Jul '20, 08:02|

Robert Abela gave many press conferences in May congratulating himself for his “great success” of containing the covid-19 outbreak. He didn’t have to do much himself. He was fortunate to have inherited a health minister who was exceptional in his cabinet for being competent and aware of his responsibilities. And he was fortunate to have [...]


2020-07-27T07:22:22+02:00Mon, 27th Jul '20, 07:22|

Whether out of complete delusion or because he believes this is a winning strategy, Adrian Delia sings from Joseph Muscat’s hymnbook. Consider this poem in his series of occasional outpourings of sincerity on social media. The claim being made here is that the Nationalist Party and Adrian Delia are indistinguishable, in the way Joseph the [...]

GUEST POST: Well, don’t blame us then

2020-07-25T10:45:35+02:00Sat, 25th Jul '20, 10:45|

George Hyzler’s findings in respect of Joseph Muscat’s en famille trip down to Dubai, round about the time when COVID-19 had thrown the world into turmoil, gave rise to quite a few reactive mutterings. Some of these were in the sense that Hyzler had been intimidated by that fellow Glenn Bedingfield’s assorted slurs. Bedingfield, of [...]

INTERVIEW: Louiselle Vassallo on risks to media pluralism in Malta

2020-07-24T17:27:44+02:00Fri, 24th Jul '20, 17:27|

Yesterday this website reported on the publication of the Europe-wide study on media pluralism conducted by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom co-funded by the European Union. The author of the Malta country report is Louiselle Vassallo who sat for this interview with me earlier today. Manuel Delia · Interview Louiselle Vassallo on [...]

PODCAST: The party members will get to speak

2020-07-24T10:41:28+02:00Fri, 24th Jul '20, 10:41|

Manuel Delia · The Party Members Will Get To Speak ‘The party belongs to its members,’ runs the motto of the Adrian Delia campaigners. They chose him to lead it and any attempt to remove him robs them of their right to choose the boss. That is not the logic of democratic systems but the [...]

PODCAST: Too big to handle alone

2020-07-23T19:07:16+02:00Thu, 23rd Jul '20, 15:28|

Manuel Delia · Too Big To Handle It is not disloyal to say that the crime of killing Daphne Caruana Galizia, the crimes that murder tried to cover up, and the crimes committed to cover that murder up, are beyond the capability of our institutions to address properly. I have been dragged to court for [...]

Media pluralism in Malta at risk, EU study finds

2020-07-23T11:28:10+02:00Thu, 23rd Jul '20, 11:28|

  Pluralism in Malta’s media was at ‘high risk’ in terms of market plurality and political independence. There’s also a ‘medium risk’ for social inclusiveness and basic protections of media plurality. The findings were reported today in an Europe-wide study on plurality in the media conducted by the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom [...]

True colours

2020-07-25T10:43:07+02:00Thu, 23rd Jul '20, 11:00|

The Executive Committee of the Nationalist Party meets tonight. It is being convened on the orders of the party’s leader Adrian Delia. He is convening a committee that has declared in a secret vote that it has no confidence in him. And yet he is charging ahead, putting on the agenda an item called “concrete [...]

GUEST POST: Deliberation or submissiveness at the PN

2020-07-23T10:02:58+02:00Thu, 23rd Jul '20, 10:02|

The Executive Committee of the PN, composed of some 70 accredited individuals, convenes this evening to discuss the party current situation. It is reported that the party leader will be proposing a strategy towards a way forward. This initiative, on the advice of his persons of trust, is however eclipsed by a remarkable threat; side-lining [...]


2020-07-22T09:43:11+02:00Wed, 22nd Jul '20, 07:39|

The idea that the main witness for the prosecution is seriously wounded is disturbing enough. But it's impossible to shake off the worry about the police reaching the conclusion it did so quickly, that Melvyn Theuma harmed himself, and proceeded to ram that conclusion down everyone's throat before the man had even reached the hospital. [...]

Repubblika renew call for Europol investigation

2020-07-22T07:30:28+02:00Wed, 22nd Jul '20, 07:30|

NGO Repubblika this morning called to an end to the mafia's control of Malta. "It has been weeks since we have asked for the launch of a joint investigating team between Europol and Malta's police. The Maltese authorities have done nothing." Repubblika renewed their request "with renewed determination". The NGO called on the prime minister [...]

Frankie Five Angels

2020-07-22T07:14:27+02:00Wed, 22nd Jul '20, 00:01|

Tom Hagen: When a plot against the Emperor failed... the plotters were always given a chance... to let their families keep their fortunes. Right? Frank Pentangeli: Yeah, but only the rich guys, Tom. The little guys got knocked off and all their estates went to the Emperors. Unless they went home and killed themselves, then nothing happened. [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: No to permanent revolution

2020-07-19T07:46:05+02:00Sun, 19th Jul '20, 07:46|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "We would call on our community not to look away with indifference at the failure of our parliament and the ineffective blubber that still calls itself the opposition within it. "We would call on our community not to assume that street protests will be enough to hold [...]

Our business

2020-07-18T13:28:59+02:00Sat, 18th Jul '20, 13:28|

If the ethical guidelines for people in public life, particularly disgraced prime ministers, permit them to receive lavish gifts without having to declare who gave them the gift and for what purpose, then our ethical guidelines need re-writing. The Commissioner for Standards was unhappy with Joseph Muscat for arrogantly saying that it was ‘none of [...]

Rosco P. Coltrane

2020-07-17T08:46:45+02:00Fri, 17th Jul '20, 08:30|

The people that call themselves the Civil Society Network put up click-baiting polls on Facebook. These ‘surveys’ have no basis in science, are not informative in and of themselves, the results – such as they are – are rarely made known, and are only tangentially relevant to any argument the person or organisation posting it [...]

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