Pissup. Brewery. Can’t do it.

2020-10-30T14:55:44+01:00Fri, 30th Oct '20, 14:55|

Karol Aquilina raised an issue in parliament yesterday that may seem at first like a piece of administrative pedantry. In April 2020, the government announced the appointment of a new financial intelligence agency board for a 3-year term. The appointment followed the procedure required by the law regulating money laundering. So far so good. But [...]

Trial judge dismisses all 124 technical objections by alleged Daphne killers. Trial to start “when it’s their turn.”

2020-10-30T13:38:34+01:00Fri, 30th Oct '20, 13:36|

The court has just completed an 11-month process of evaluating 117 objections raised by lawyers for Alfred and George Degiorgio and 7 objections raised by lawyers for Vince Muscat, who have been in preventive custody since they were charged in December 2017 for the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The court also dismissed an objection [...]

Big test for institutional independence

2020-10-30T17:17:43+01:00Fri, 30th Oct '20, 13:16|

Maybe it’s because I binged on the Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit, but I’m visualising this as a middle game on a chess board of a match I’m watching, but I’m not smart enough to guess where this will go. Times of Malta is reporting that the CEO of the financial regulatory body “suspended himself” [...]

False economies

2020-10-30T12:28:22+01:00Fri, 30th Oct '20, 11:14|

Why is the government so hostile to the idea of increasing the number of judges and magistrates? It is facile to say that such a move “wouldn’t solve everything”. Of course, it wouldn’t. Outside a chemistry lab there’s nothing you can add to anything that would change everything about something. Granted some judges are more [...]


2020-10-30T10:13:56+01:00Fri, 30th Oct '20, 10:13|

Will clumsy functionaries paid by tax payers to make politicians look good on social media, please mind their fingers? I remember as a junior staffer helping out in the organisation of a visit by a Chinese Assistant Deputy Under Prime Minister or something, which from a country of more than a billion people is still [...]

GUEST POST: A Proud Prime Minister

2020-10-30T09:46:34+01:00Fri, 30th Oct '20, 09:46|

A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you. – C.S. Lewis Prime Minister Robert Abela is a proud man. He said it many a time during his two-hour reply to the leader of opposition’s [...]

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