GUEST POST: I had a dream

2020-09-17T10:44:31+02:00Thu, 17th Sep '20, 10:44|

You see things; and you say, ‘Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’ – George Bernard Shaw I woke up with a start. It had been raining heavily with frequent bursts of thunder throughout the night. It was chilly, so I put on a t-shirt and walked to the [...]

PODCAST: Being Joseph Muscat

2020-09-17T09:58:23+02:00Thu, 17th Sep '20, 09:58|

Manuel Delia · Being Joseph Muscat Kenneth Rijock’s post from yesterday got a lot of attention. He quotes investigators saying Joseph Muscat is still effectively in charge of the government, running a system of patronage for people in office paying them in cash from proceeds of crime. Rijock reports Muscat is under investigation in the [...]

Monkey business

2020-09-16T16:50:56+02:00Wed, 16th Sep '20, 16:50|

We met in Valletta today with required distances to keep each other safe but close enough to the Auberge de Castille to tell the wise monkeys in there we're still watching them. And hands off the Daphne inquiry. It must be allowed to work for as long as it needs to. The photos are by [...]

Hope must not compensate for reality. The PN is a mess.

2020-09-16T13:24:14+02:00Wed, 16th Sep '20, 13:21|

The rules about leadership of the PN in the amendments written into the statute some months ago had Adrian Delia in mind but not in the way things have turned out. The author of the changes intended to prevent another compromised cowboy, with baggage in his past that would weigh down the entire party, from [...]


2020-09-16T08:31:52+02:00Wed, 16th Sep '20, 08:31|

Two years ago today, the government decided to ban the protest demanding for truth and justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia. The government ruled that 11 months of protest had been quite enough and it was time to turn the page. After the initial four or so large protests called by the Civil Society Network and [...]

Political justice

2020-09-16T08:09:04+02:00Wed, 16th Sep '20, 08:09|

The prime minister’s remarks yesterday about the Daphne inquiry being an “experiment” he all but rules as failed show that his decision some weeks ago to impose a 15 December deadline on the process was a deliberate act intended to suffocate the inquiry. It also shows that the intention comes from his unhappiness with what [...]

Some prep work for Chris Fearne

2020-09-15T17:15:21+02:00Tue, 15th Sep '20, 16:11|

This week, the Deputy Prime Minister of Joseph Muscat and the Deputy Prime Minister of Robert Abela, Chris Fearne, is testifying at the inquiry looking into the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia. He's testifying three years after the murder. Two months after the murder, in December of 2017, he had firmly held views. They were [...]

GUEST POST: Holier-than-thou

2020-09-15T10:56:17+02:00Tue, 15th Sep '20, 08:07|

We are all sinful. The trouble is that some men consider themselves less sinful than others or holier than others – Bangambiki Habyarimanai So the Partit Laburista, in the name of good governance and transparency, wants the due diligence conducted by the PN Electoral Commission to be made public. They, at least, did not have [...]

GUEST POST: Malta Expects

2020-09-15T07:55:49+02:00Tue, 15th Sep '20, 07:55|

Sent in by someone known to me. Prior to closing with the enemy off Cape Trafalgar in 1805, Admiral Nelson sent his famous signal. ‘England expects that every man will do his duty’. Over 150 years later, in his inauguration speech President John F. Kennedy uttered his inspirational ‘Ask not what your country can do [...]


2020-09-15T07:49:26+02:00Tue, 15th Sep '20, 07:49|

Il-Prim, bil-kupuni wera kemm għandu 'big heart' Mhux bħal ta' qablu li spiċċa għall-iskart! Biss fuq il-mewġ ma jġibx waħda żewġ. Għax mill-baħar u l-vajrus, issa tela' anke fl-art!

GUEST POST: The First Families of Business vs We, the People

2020-09-13T18:22:14+02:00Sun, 13th Sep '20, 16:25|

Whereas reading the newspapers has always been one of the enjoyable pastimes reserved for Sundays – poring over them after Mass over pastizzi and copious amounts of cappuccino, or in the afternoon after a gigantic Sunday lunch with family, happily hiccupping one’s way through digestion, they have rapidly become the dark cloud that remind us [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Inquiry in a mafia state

2020-09-13T07:12:18+02:00Sun, 13th Sep '20, 07:12|

From my article in today's The Sunday Times: "At least, while they await trial, the Degiorgios live in prison. But the Fenechs, the Apap Bolognas and the Gasans continue to cash in on the Electrogas deal every day, their conscience undisturbed, their luxury yachts purring, their Pacific island bank accounts bubbling gently, their hold on [...]

The Dudes

2020-09-12T17:05:49+02:00Sat, 12th Sep '20, 17:05|

I'm square. I never tried a joint. Not like Adrian Delia never. Properly never. All I need is another vice, but with all that's going on in this country I don't blame the Labour youth branch to make a plea for a little laughing grass. I'm sure Joseph Muscat would look innocent walking out of [...]

LISTEN: If you’re a Labour MP with knowledge of bribery and money laundering, this one is for you

2020-09-13T06:46:49+02:00Sat, 12th Sep '20, 16:42|

US Financial Crime blogger Kenneth Rijock reported today that 3 senior government officials including two ministers are speaking to US and other authorities about what they know of bribery and money laundering. He calls them the Valletta 3. I spoke to him earlier today and asked him what colleagues of the Valletta 3 should be [...]

Somebody get this guy some help

2020-09-12T15:56:44+02:00Sat, 12th Sep '20, 11:34|

This is not a spoof. This pathetic, grasping, self-pitying, own-voice-loving excuse for a man is literally mourning the fact his is not the only voice worth listening to on radio. I had to screen-shoot his Facebook post before someone with some sanity left in them tells him this makes him look like Harry Potter's cousin [...]

GUEST POST: Come October

2020-09-12T11:13:23+02:00Sat, 12th Sep '20, 11:13|

Detail of front cover of "Fearless: The Story of Daphne Caruana Galizia" by Gattaldo. The original Roman calendar had only ten months, and October was the eighth month. January and February hadn’t been added to the calendar yet. Like its neighbouring months September, November, and December, the numerical name stuck even after Julius Caesar expanded the [...]

They would say that, wouldn’t they?

2020-09-12T10:48:01+02:00Sat, 12th Sep '20, 10:47|

We should all be grateful to the Electrogas directors for informing us of their internal inquiry that found no corruption in the deal for which their company exists. It’s nice that they looked into the matter and it’s nice they told us about it. Now, if they don’t mind very much, they can fuck back [...]


2020-09-12T09:30:10+02:00Sat, 12th Sep '20, 07:57|

The casual way with which I referred to Christian Grima and Simon Mercieca in the same sentence without contrasting the two and what they are doing was flippant and inexcusable. I apologise to Christian Grima for allowing that fact to suggest that the sins of the latter could be visited on the former. I also [...]

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