When in doubt, blame Ian

2020-08-25T10:08:29+02:00Tue, 25th Aug '20, 10:08|

Last May, The Shift News reported that the president and the prime minister separately rejected requests the website made under the Freedom of Information Act to publish Joseph Muscat’s resignation letter. The prime minister’s reason was plausible. The requested letter was not in the records of the prime minister’s office and they were therefore unable [...]


2020-08-24T18:44:21+02:00Mon, 24th Aug '20, 18:44|

My wife, who is French, does not get British humour. As far as she’s concerned British humour is an oxymoron. It’s not just that she doesn’t laugh when Basil Fawlty goose-steps with his finger under his nose wearing a mock Hitler moustache, or that she doesn’t giggle when Derek Trotter nonchalantly rests on the upturned [...]

Signs of the times

2020-08-24T10:26:12+02:00Mon, 24th Aug '20, 10:25|

Take a look at this picture. This was taken this morning outside police headquarters. These people waiting in line are teachers employed in Malta’s schools on a casual basis. That means they do not have permanent employment with schools but are contracted yearly before the scholastic year starts and have a contract that sees them [...]

The “patriots”’ talk of a referendum is as ignorant as it is racist

2020-08-24T09:54:59+02:00Mon, 24th Aug '20, 09:54|

When 10% of the population sign a petition for a referendum, a nation-wide ballot is called. With 40,000 signatures backing the so-called patriots’ petition to parliament to stop rescuing migrants drowning in our seas, the people-hating, black-baiting racists are calling for a national vote so that a national majority can, as the petition has it, [...]

GUEST POST: Game, set and

2020-08-24T08:25:36+02:00Mon, 24th Aug '20, 08:25|

Match. Yes, the Maltese people have yet to finish off the match against the corrupt Joseph Muscat, the man who for six years raped and plundered their country. Joseph started his ‘mission’ way before 2013. He worked relentlessly with his bosom friends, Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi on the 4th floor at the Glass Palace. [...]

Mario Cutajar’s mess

2020-08-24T08:03:08+02:00Mon, 24th Aug '20, 08:03|

After news broke of the arrest and arraignment of Aldo Cutajar for money laundering, his brother, Mario Cutajar, issued a statement last Monday providing the “facts” explaining how he had nothing to do with his brother’s deployment to Beijing and Shanghai and had therefore no responsibility to carry. The thrust of the statement was intended [...]

GUEST POST: Xarabank, Oh eh oh, oh no!

2020-08-22T17:26:11+02:00Sat, 22nd Aug '20, 17:26|

First a disclaimer: I have never been a fan of Xarabank; maybe in the very beginning when it looked new and bucked the trend of the usual fare on the national broadcasting channel: cooking shows, religious programmes and news bulletins interspersed with the ubiquitous teledrammi. These television dramas hooked an entire nation for years on [...]

In ‘n’ out

2020-08-21T17:08:46+02:00Fri, 21st Aug '20, 17:08|

Photo: Newsbook We have Joseph Muscat’s version of what his conversation with the police this afternoon was about. Apparently they disturbed his daily yoga routine to ask him questions he’s already answered and to assure him he’s not under investigation. He didn’t seem annoyed they didn’t just send him a Hallmark card though. [...]

Pravda and Izvestia

2020-08-21T14:55:37+02:00Fri, 21st Aug '20, 14:53|

As the tabloids used to say, you heard it here first. Joseph Muscat has been called in to questioning under caution by the police in connection with the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. Moments later it hit the front pages of all on line media in Malta. Of course it did. A former prime minister [...]


2020-08-21T14:21:10+02:00Fri, 21st Aug '20, 14:21|

In 23 years I watched Xarabank some 4 times. I was on the show 3 of those times and did badly every time. The fourth time was the show when they had people speaking for candidates in the PN leadership election who wanted to replace Eddie Fenech Adami. That’s 16 years ago now. Like many, [...]

Joseph Muscat called to police headquarters for questioning on assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia

2020-08-21T13:35:05+02:00Fri, 21st Aug '20, 13:30|

Former prime minister Joseph Muscat is expected in the coming hours to visit the police headquarters to answer police questions regarding the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. He is expected to be placed under caution before questioning starts. He'll be asked to respond to information provided to the police by Yorgen Fenech, who has been [...]

GUEST POST: How to mismanage a pandemic

2020-08-21T12:00:48+02:00Fri, 21st Aug '20, 12:00|

The debacle started a little over a month ago when positive coronavirus cases started to dwindle. The health professionals warned that a second wave of covid-19 would hit Malta. Prime Minister Robert Abela rubbished the warnings claiming that “waves are in the sea”. He even accused doctors of scaremongering the public because they were envious [...]

The only emotion he could express

2020-08-21T11:32:25+02:00Fri, 21st Aug '20, 11:32|

118 people were about to drown. 5 of them were children. 1 a new-born baby. The Armed Forces of Malta were dispatched to rescue them. They were saved from certain death and brought ashore. And the only emotion Security Minister Byron Camilleri could express in a video he posted was anger. It’s not just the [...]

PODCAST: One danger

2020-08-20T14:58:39+02:00Thu, 20th Aug '20, 11:54|

Manuel Delia · One Danger This is not a “reply” to One TV. I’m always bored by people conducting their personal crusades and speaking on their own behalf about nothing but themselves. I would hate to bore myself. But this is a commentary about their conduct. I have for some time been a critic of [...]

A planning permit for the Golgotha

2020-08-20T09:59:02+02:00Thu, 20th Aug '20, 09:59|

The curious incident of the vanishing, reappearing crucifix sums up our country neatly. A group of devotees erected a crucifix on a prominent escarpment for the Easter festivities. They meant the symbol for themselves but if it had been facing south they could call it our own Statute of Liberty, a beacon seen from the [...]

When dinosaurs underestimated the big fire in the sky

2020-08-19T16:41:05+02:00Wed, 19th Aug '20, 16:41|

The main cast and crew of Jurassic World clearly do not get their news from One TV. They missed the memo that says that Malta has the best response against the coronavirus. That there's really nothing to worry about and spinning in Ragusa is the appropriate behaviour if you're the commander in chief responding to [...]

Dog days of summer

2020-08-19T16:25:59+02:00Wed, 19th Aug '20, 16:25|

On Sunday 9 August, a 19-year-old was seriously injured in a fight on the Coast Road. Police said that the 19-year-old from Ħamrun was involved in a fight with two men. A hard object was used in the fight. On the same day, perhaps in a related incident, a Spanish woman suffered serious injuries in [...]

Silence is neutral

2020-08-19T17:02:33+02:00Wed, 19th Aug '20, 16:15|

The Broadcasting Authority has tried to justify its decision to order TVM to switch off the cameras when journalists start asking questions to ministers during covid-19 press conferences. It said the transmission of press conferences was a public service because it allowed people to acquire information on the pandemic. But “unexpected” questions provoke a political [...]

A week of WTF moments

2020-08-19T10:33:50+02:00Wed, 19th Aug '20, 10:33|

The effort to stay awake is exhausting. Electric shocks start out as torture. But now our body aches when the shocking stops. This is a sample from only this week, the slowest news week after Christmas, of the ‘you’ve got to be kidding me’ moments we’ve had. The Broadcasting Authority ruled that journalists create imbalance [...]

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