L-Erbgħa fost il-Ġimgħa last night had a manel (that’s a panel composed entirely of men who in this case met to perorate about a woman) discussing the current state of play in the criminal proceedings against the killers of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

I was part of the manel, so I find myself having to apologise for that.

The other participants were Labour MP Manuel Mallia, who had led the charge at the Council of Europe to try to block an investigation into why Daphne was killed and what Malta was doing about it, Robert Musumeci, who created an online campaign with the crass and dangerous tag #galiziabarra, and PN candidate Mark Anthony Sammut.

Christian Grima wrote after the show that I was wishy-washy “as usual”. Of course, I’m a poor judge of my own performance but the suggestion he makes that I am somehow on the side of Joseph Muscat and Keith Schembri places me in a universe where “on the side of”, “wishy-washy” and “as usual” mean the opposite of what they mean in the universe Christian Grima inhabits. I have to remind myself again to ignore the dubiously motivated but transparently insincere slurring rants of a man who has long forgotten to distinguish his imagination from the real world outside it.

But please, by all means, reach your own conclusions. This video of the discussion (split in two unequal parts) is being placed here with the producers’ permission.