GUEST POST: This country is sickening sick

2020-07-10T15:45:23+02:00Fri, 10th Jul '20, 15:44|

The country is sick. It is sick because corruption has become the order of the day. Every deal, every project, is tainted with corruption for the few to make millions. Corrupt businessmen found fertile land in Joseph Muscat’s government and with a little effort they managed to rope in ministers. They promised to make them [...]

Legal experts contradict Adrian Delia: the President should make Therese Comodini Cachia leader of opposition

2020-07-10T16:35:07+02:00Fri, 10th Jul '20, 15:31|

Legal advice seen by this website and requested by a group of MPs who have asked the President to appoint Therese Comodini Cachia as opposition leader, confirms that the constitution requires the President to remove Adrian Delia immediately and replace him with their candidate for the post. Confusion arose yesterday when Adrian Delia said he [...]

Looking away from Ian Abdilla

2020-07-10T15:29:28+02:00Fri, 10th Jul '20, 15:29|

The madness of the situation in the Nationalist Party with Adrian Delia strapped with explosives threatening to blow the whole thing up if he’s not allowed to blow the whole thing up, makes it almost tempting to look away from what else is happening in the country. Of course, that’s because Adrian Delia strapped himself [...]

PODCAST: A leader in name. Another in fact.

2020-07-09T12:33:48+02:00Thu, 9th Jul '20, 12:33|

Emanuel Delia · A Leader In Name. Another In Fact. The vote of the PN parliamentary group two days ago could have happened a year ago, even two. It could have happened before Adrian Delia was elected party leader in September 2017. The day before that ballot, then party leader Simon Busuttil did his final [...]

LISTEN: The pilot episode of Mhux Xandir Malta

2020-07-07T16:20:25+02:00Tue, 7th Jul '20, 11:41|

Mhux Xandir Malta · Mhux Xandir Malta Episode 1 Repubblika announced today the launch of MHUX XANDIR MALTA, a satirical and irreverent podcast, describing it as "a spindle up the butt of Malta’s ridiculous but not so funny political class". From Repubblika's Facebook page: "They say laughter is the best medicine. This podcast will not [...]

Repubblika brands judicial reform “a sick joke”

2020-07-07T11:39:04+02:00Tue, 7th Jul '20, 11:39|

The government's bills to change the composition of the judicial appointments committee after pressure from the Venice Commission were meant to remove government control on choosing judges. But the new system gives that power to the President who is appointed by the government as well. A reform on the way the President is chosen makes [...]

GUEST POST: Malta’s institutions work, says who?

2020-07-07T09:54:17+02:00Tue, 7th Jul '20, 09:54|

“Do not be negative. Our institutions are working.” That is the standard reply by the government, its trolls and apologists when one mentions or asks about corruption, money laundering and a host of other criminal activities by ministers, government officials and their friends we face every day. Outgoing Prime Minister Joseph Muscat used to insist [...]

GUEST POST: Of faith and politics, a heuristic approach

2020-07-07T09:39:22+02:00Tue, 7th Jul '20, 09:39|

This is not an academic critique on the recently approved changes to the Partit Nazzjonalista statute; certainly not a reproachful exercise of an otherwise highly deliberate, researched and pragmatic political instrument focussing on party structure and rules of procedures. It is an attempt towards a dialogue on the relevance of faith in a post-modernist party. [...]

Racism is expensive

2020-07-07T09:18:09+02:00Tue, 7th Jul '20, 09:18|

There are 50 people out in our waters who have spent another night on choppy seas lying on metal floors caked with cow dung the animals shat a week ago. That’s a result of government policy not to allow migrants to land before European countries accept to take them off our hands. The policy is [...]

He won’t go quietly into the night

2020-07-07T08:45:40+02:00Tue, 7th Jul '20, 08:45|

Adrian Delia is the archetype of the populist tyrant. It doesn’t matter to him that he doesn’t have the support of his Members of Parliament. It does not matter to him that you can’t have a leader of opposition if the opposition does not follow him. He will stick around claiming legitimacy from his party [...]

Impeach Peter Grech

2020-07-07T09:34:54+02:00Tue, 7th Jul '20, 08:17|

Only Parliament can fire the attorney general. Peter Grech is not the mastermind of the corruption and crime perpetrated by Joseph Muscat’s gang. But he was their willing tool. They needed him to instruct the police to stay away from the Nexia BT offices where evidence of corruption was allowed to perish. There can be [...]

It doesn’t look good enough for cows

2020-07-05T20:54:32+02:00Sun, 5th Jul '20, 20:54|

Around 50 migrants are in Malta’s territorial waters within sight of our coast. They have been sleeping on the metal floor of sea-going stables right next to the dung of animals that have been delivered to Africa and that has been fermenting and rotting for days. These pictures taken by the crew of the MV [...]

PODCAST: ‘I’m behind you’

2020-07-05T12:41:58+02:00Sun, 5th Jul '20, 11:44|

Emanuel Delia · 'I'm Behind You' For a minute, leave aside the political calculus: who wins the next election; how Labour consolidates its ample majorities even though it rightly deserves exile from government until a generation that supported, protected and perpetrated corruption is outgrown; how the PN stays afloat; whether it’s time for a third, [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: When the time for Joseph comes

2020-07-05T11:39:34+02:00Sun, 5th Jul '20, 11:39|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "It’s hard to find an accurate translation of the specific meaning of “ma npaxxuhomx” when it is used in the local political context. It literally means one should not act in a way that gives pleasure to the enemy. That does not merely mean ‘let us not [...]

PODCAST: News of the death of the passport scheme has been greatly exaggerated

2020-07-04T13:52:41+02:00Sat, 4th Jul '20, 13:52|

Emanuel Delia · News of the death of the passport scheme has been greatly exaggerated The government is desperate to look like it's cleaning its stables before the Moneyval sword falls in October. A cosmetic clean-up of the passport scheme was inevitable but the government is risking allowing Moneyval to see through the subterfuge and [...]

Something Arthur Azzopardi said

2020-07-03T10:44:31+02:00Fri, 3rd Jul '20, 10:44|

Il-Koħħu’s former lawyer testified today at the inquiry into Daphne Caruana Galizia’s killing. He said he knew he was in danger but the police denied him security saying that if they were to give him protection everyone would know il-Koħħu was spilling the beans. But by then everyone knew il-Koħħu was spilling the beans. The [...]

Time for Anġlu to drink the Petrus

2020-07-04T13:44:25+02:00Fri, 3rd Jul '20, 09:17|

The Commissioner for Public Standards has activated a section of the law that creates his office in cases where he finds a breach of ethics by an MP and thinks the MP should face a serious rap and a possible order to cough up some money. This hasn’t happened before because the Commissioner for Public [...]

Government by the inept

2020-07-06T12:12:16+02:00Fri, 3rd Jul '20, 09:01|

A radio show of lackeys this morning praised Julia Farrugia Portelli for her BBC interview yesterday. They thought that her invitation to Boris Johnson to go jogging with her amounted to “a mic drop”. Truly a government of the mediocre for the mediocre.   Julia Farrugia Portelli was an embarrassment on TV yesterday. She [...]

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