GUEST POST: The troll in chief

2021-03-21T19:05:09+01:00Sun, 21st Mar '21, 19:05|

Since I have been told many times by the trolls that infest our social platforms that I need to ‘get a life’ because I am not a ‘mara simpatika mingħajr pretensjonijiet’, I decided to spoil the little life I’ve got and sit through the prime minister’s appearance on troll-central’s favourite television channel this morning.  I [...]

GUEST VERSES: Where are you now? (Maltese)

2021-03-21T18:56:19+01:00Sun, 21st Mar '21, 18:56|

Fejn qiegħed issa, ja bully? by Inger Cini Ejj'aqbeż għalihom ja pulċinell. Le, ma tmurx titfa xi dell! Kodard, x'imkien tistaħba. Ixorbu kollu dak l-inbid, Ara jfakkrikx hu u nieżel, F'meta kont bieżel tigdeb u tgiddeb u tħalli id-demm jiġri bla nkwiet. Ara jfakkrikx li inti daqshom, pupazz miskin f'dan l-att li għaddej; miġbud u [...]

STAR COMMENT: When Robert Abela watched and smirked

2021-03-21T18:39:21+01:00Sun, 21st Mar '21, 18:39|

This comment was sent by Edward Mallia under this morning's post about Matthew Pace, remanded in casted at Kordin prison and erstwhile board member at the Planning Authority. On your comment about the Matthew Pace: "He was forced to resign from the Planning Authority when his ITS tower imbroglio was discovered when he worked to [...]

Daphne was right

2021-03-21T11:13:46+01:00Sun, 21st Mar '21, 11:13|

Probably, if you’re reading this, you never really doubted it. Probably, if you’re reading this, like me you felt pangs of guilt on 16 October 2017 when you thought that if you had done more to say that you thought Daphne was right her powerful voice would have reached further. I do not suggest you [...]

Over dead bodies

2021-03-21T11:25:43+01:00Sun, 21st Mar '21, 11:12|

The importance of a national debate on what has been and is happening in Malta is imperative. I have no sympathy with the difficulty Robert Abela must have with coming out with a line that doesn’t harm his political party. If he praises institutions and himself for letting them work, he legitimises their action, effectively [...]

Re-open Egrant

2021-03-21T11:10:39+01:00Sun, 21st Mar '21, 11:10|

When then Magistrate Aaron Bugeja wrapped up the Egrant inquiry he went beyond his call of duty. The exercise of collecting evidence was meticulous, laborious and expensive. Aaron Bugeja was definitely within his rights to conclude that he found insufficient evidence to let him confirm with any confidence that the claim that Egrant belonged to [...]

Next, the Panama Papers

2021-03-21T11:09:24+01:00Sun, 21st Mar '21, 11:09|

Rightly, there was a lot of talk yesterday about Simon Busuttil being proved right. Of course, he was. I’m rather bothered right now about the people proven wrong. I’m thinking right now of Giovanni Grixti. The Criminal Court judge blocked another inquiry that Simon Busuttil requested and Magistrate Ian Farrugia accepted should be launched saying [...]


2021-03-21T12:25:57+01:00Sun, 21st Mar '21, 11:08|

‘Business-friendly’ as Joseph Muscat meant it is ultimately a business-unfriendly form of government. As he flirted with private interests at those lunches before 2013 that Sandro Chetcuti and others organised for him, Joseph Muscat promised business leaders he would run his government as some sort of clearing house for them. This sounded appealing. Certainly, more [...]

True enough this is the tip of the iceberg. Big iceberg. Big tip.

2021-03-21T11:06:02+01:00Sun, 21st Mar '21, 11:06|

An element of Keith Schembri’s spin on what’s happening to him is that the charges he faced yesterday are unrelated to his position in government. TVM newspaper commenters, including Michael Falzon the former PN minister who stashed his ill-gotten gains in Switzerland and was pardoned for it by Joseph Muscat, took up that spin this [...]

Dragging his father down.

2021-03-21T11:02:52+01:00Sun, 21st Mar '21, 11:02|

Picture: Malta Today Keith Schembri won’t take this lying down. He’s going to fight, and he’s going to blame everyone but himself, and he’s going to play the martyr, and he’s going to give us a lot of that macho working class hero crap, and he will give no quarter to the idea [...]

Not the first time I told him this. This should really be the day Adrian Delia fucks right off.

2021-03-21T11:00:40+01:00Sun, 21st Mar '21, 11:00|

It is remarkable that Adrian Delia tried to take credit for yesterday’s outcome. Let’s just measure the opportunity cost, right? It’s a big if to wonder what things might be if Simon Busuttil did not resign the leadership in 2017 so let’s not even speculate that far. But we can, in our controlled intellectual experiment, [...]

Fit and proper

2021-03-21T10:59:22+01:00Sun, 21st Mar '21, 10:59|

I’m not quite sure what the financial services regulator is waiting for to strike off Zenith, Matthew Pace’s rebranded financial services firm that helped Keith Schembri hide his money. They provided services for grandees like Robert Musumeci and Deo Scerri too but Matthew Pace slept hard last night because of Keith Schembri’s business. Someone at [...]

Equality behind bars

2021-03-21T10:58:33+01:00Sun, 21st Mar '21, 10:58|

The prison director had explained to me how induction into prison works under covid conditions. New prisoners are immediately set up in Division 6, a corner of prison so mediaeval that the Committee to Prevent Torture argues it should be shut down altogether. The miserable area is kept in business as a deterrent like the [...]

Fraudulent irony

2021-03-21T11:42:47+01:00Sun, 21st Mar '21, 10:57|

Think back to October 2018. Parliament. Chris Cardona is sweating. He’s just been caught in a lie. He had told the police and everyone else who cared to listen that France 2’s April 2018 report that he had met one of the Degiorgios before their arrest was false. He didn’t know the Degiorgios. But La [...]

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