GUEST POST: The handshake

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2020-08-05T11:11:22+02:00Wed, 5th Aug '20, 11:11|

Sent in by Spartacus: What you are looking at is a photo of two persons shaking hands. There is nothing so special about it. They are smiling and seem to be so content in each other’s company. This is what the picture imparts.  But for all those who are unfamiliar with these two persons, let [...]

GUEST POST: Every nation deserves the government they have

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2020-08-05T10:58:57+02:00Wed, 5th Aug '20, 10:58|

“Every nation deserves the government they have” -- Joseph de Maistre. Absolutely true. Malta is a fine example. For the Maltese, democracy means that they can vote every five years. They cast their vote on election day and then go on about their lives as usual until the next election and in between they do [...]

From the frying pan

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2020-08-05T10:37:14+02:00Wed, 5th Aug '20, 10:37|

Adrian Delia issued a statement saying that all candidates for the leadership of the PN should submit themselves to a thorough due diligence process. Including himself. He seems to have been reacting to an appeal made to the party – quite likely also initiated by him – for the requirement to have him go through [...]

Unwritten history

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2020-08-05T09:54:10+02:00Wed, 5th Aug '20, 09:54|

Pieter Omtzigt today reacted to Edward Zammit Lewis’ triumphalism on the “historic” constitutional amendments adopted 10 days ago by Parliament. Writing in Times of Malta he observed that “it seems that most MPs had not even seen the final texts when they were told to vote for them. This is not how things are done [...]

Dessun Norma

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2020-08-04T15:48:40+02:00Tue, 4th Aug '20, 15:38|

After Reno Bugeja’s retirement from heading TVM’s news department, the Labour government has wheeled out Norma Saliba whose previous job was spokesperson for President George Vella. Her LinkedIn profile still says she works at the president’s. I’m going to assume that that is just inaccurate reporting rather than she’s holding on to both jobs at [...]

The photo proves it

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2020-08-03T09:46:16+02:00Mon, 3rd Aug '20, 09:46|

Jason Azzopardi was wondering why he was being taunted by the likes of Simon Mercieca with a tu quoque about his supposed relations with Yorgen Fenech. He didn’t know the guy. Never met him. And has been busy these past three years risking life and limb to get him to serve the longest prison term [...]

GUEST POST: An open letter to Adrian Delia

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2020-08-03T08:48:59+02:00Mon, 3rd Aug '20, 08:48|

Dear Adrian, Let me say it at the beginning. As a man and a lawyer, I respect you. You know the reasons so I will not elaborate. But unfortunately you do not have what it takes to be a political party leader. To be leader of a party you need to have a vision. You [...]

The only field that matters

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2020-08-03T08:25:49+02:00Mon, 3rd Aug '20, 08:25|

There are no certain outcomes in elections. Adrian Delia lost the confidence of the majority of his parliamentary group, of the executive committee of his party and, after Saturday’s ballot on whether to call a fresh election for his post, a majority of the party’s general council, its highest organ. But in all three bodies [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Sausages and laws

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2020-08-02T08:34:01+02:00Sun, 2nd Aug '20, 08:34|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "Our democracy is failing because our political parties are unregulated, their internal elections are outside the scrutiny of the state and open to corrupt practices, they hog free speech by employing journalists and pollute the media landscape, they are funded from backhanders on the back of public [...]

GUEST POST: Adrian Delia is after absolute power

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2020-08-01T16:47:17+02:00Sat, 1st Aug '20, 16:47|

Time of essence. I humbly just ask the reader to focus and draw their own conclusions from what the following would aspire to convey. The individual’s personal thinking is much more relevant that one’s reading itself. On a number of occasions, I had through literature concluded that the current impasse of the Partit Nazzjonalista is [...]

GUEST POST: What a week

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2020-08-01T16:38:03+02:00Sat, 1st Aug '20, 16:38|

Harold Wilson in the mid-1960s said that “a week is a long time in politics”. Indeed, during this past week, we had enough news to keep us occupied reading inside under the air conditioner and forgetting the sweltering heat outside. As October looms, money laundering prosecutions remain worryingly low ahead of a crucial second Moneyval [...]

The ultimate gaslighting

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2020-08-01T09:26:49+02:00Sat, 1st Aug '20, 09:26|

Adrian Delia’s first marriage is far from the first or the last to breakdown. And if work had something to do with it, it won’t be the first or the last either. But for him to take the floor yesterday at the PN’s general council and try to guilt councillors into thinking his marriage broke [...]