Has someone said Parliamentary reform?

2021-01-13T17:00:33+01:00Wed, 13th Jan '21, 17:00|

The Labour government has trivialised the position of Member of Parliament to the point of absurdity and, by logical extension, irrelevance. Consider the series of cynical moves that played out over the last several days. Edward Scicluna resigned from parliament. It was really because he was retiring from or being thrown out of the front-bench [...]

Ask him 100 times

2021-01-13T16:26:56+01:00Wed, 13th Jan '21, 16:26|

Robert Abela refused to answer questions on whether he recused himself when cabinet discussed and decided to refuse a pardon to Vince Muscat il-Koħħu in exchange for testifying for the prosecution in the case against Daphne Caruana Galizia’s killers and several other cases, including murders. The issue of recusal came up because Vincent Muscat told [...]

MONEY MAGAZINE: Coming out into the heat

2021-01-13T15:23:16+01:00Wed, 13th Jan '21, 15:23|

This piece has been in print for a while but I missed it when it came out in November. Hopefully it hasn't aged too much. Let’s be optimistic, shall we? If only for the sake of argument the worst of Covid-19 is a memory, and our economy and our way of life can emerge from self-isolation [...]

Repubblika publishes proposals for reform of Parliament

2021-01-13T08:36:19+01:00Wed, 13th Jan '21, 11:20|

Repubblika President Robert Aquilina today delivered to Parliament’s Speaker a copy of a document proposing Parliamentary reform. Speaking to the press, Robert Aquilina recalled that this year will be the 100th anniversary of Malta’s Parliament. Though Parliament operates from a new building it is burdened by old-fashioned practices that are out of sync with today’s [...]

Euronews: Has Malta changed since Joseph Muscat?

2021-01-13T08:48:28+01:00Wed, 13th Jan '21, 08:48|

Euronews separately interview Carmel Caccopardo and me about if and how Malta has changed in the year since Robert Abela took over. They also asked the government and the Labour Party for interviews but, as ever, "neither had responded at the time of publication". The article is linked here.

Ian Borg. Smeg head.

2021-01-13T07:51:00+01:00Wed, 13th Jan '21, 07:51|

Someone caught Ian Borg throw in a swear word on TV. The video made the rounds. I wasn’t shocked and I was not going to pretend I was. It’s a bit uncouth perhaps but it happens. God knows it happens to me, though a little bit of self-awareness normally means you can avoid swearing mid-sentence [...]

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