Over-promoted imbecility

2020-12-22T22:44:04+01:00Tue, 22nd Dec '20, 15:41|

This is Clint Camilleri, a government minister, seen here on national television well within the recommended two metres of space around people he does not live with. The woman in the picture is a resident of a Gozo residential area and like dozens of others in her neighbourhood, she put a solar panel on her [...]

Another WTF moment brought to you by your dear government

2020-12-22T15:18:00+01:00Tue, 22nd Dec '20, 15:18|

I mean really, what the fuck is this? This piece of misguided cinematic-trailer-style propaganda porn is so bombastic it totters uncomfortably on the line between the grotesquely superficial and the plain ridiculous. It announces, like the glorious spurts out of Moby Dick's blowhole, that the covid-19 vaccine is coming to Malta. The advert speaks of [...]

Since brevity is the soul of wit

2020-12-29T09:32:18+01:00Tue, 22nd Dec '20, 14:46|

The Times ran an editorial this morning headlined "the yardstick in public life". The leader was commenting on Robert Abela's new habit of shelving decisions when his ministers get into trouble. Robert Abela said he preferred to wait for an appeal from a decision on a libel case to which Ian Borg is not a [...]

Helping out the helpers

2020-12-29T09:33:03+01:00Tue, 22nd Dec '20, 14:17|

Can the prime minister muster enough self-respect to avoid lending the name of his constitutional office to the PR campaigns of his former clients? It just looks so bloody crass. Here's Robert Abela on a tour of the Alberta Group facilities, restraining himself from stabbing his own throat to kill the boredom. Alberta speak as [...]

Spiegel: The passports business made of fool’s gold

2020-12-22T10:57:15+01:00Tue, 22nd Dec '20, 10:57|

Frank Hornig for German news magazine Spiegel published this article headlined "The billion-dollar business with the golden passports". Here's a link to the original piece. For his article, Hornig interviewed me in view of my reporting on Malta's passport scheme: "When Manuel Delia wanted to visit his new fellow citizens in Malta, he experienced one [...]

GUEST POST: The biggest lie

2020-12-22T10:09:59+01:00Tue, 22nd Dec '20, 10:09|

  No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar. - Abraham Lincoln As someone wittier said of another prime minister, for Joseph Muscat lying is not second nature: it is nature. He lied to get to power and kept on lying throughout his short tenure. The damage he inflicted in our country, [...]

The measure of change

2020-12-22T22:18:59+01:00Tue, 22nd Dec '20, 09:02|

Can we at least agree on the targets here? Few would disagree that our justice system is in a desperate need for reform. Trying to argue that the problems we have, are created by the Labour Party is childish and silly. And for the Labour government to wash its hands of the problem because they [...]

GUEST POST: Revisiting representative democracy

2020-12-22T08:24:34+01:00Tue, 22nd Dec '20, 08:24|

Here are my reflections on how participatory and deliberative measures across political society could complement a revisited representative democracy in our country. Modern democracy could be termed as a “government by discussion” when public speaking and voting for representatives are the only direct formal rights adult citizens are entitled to. Paradoxically, the only moment the [...]

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