Not kickbacks. Not nothing either.

2021-03-25T19:06:07+01:00Thu, 25th Mar '21, 19:06|

In his effort to keep Labour on side, Keith Schembri announced hours before his arrest that a magisterial inquiry found no proof that payments he received from Brian Tonna at Pilatus Bank amounted to kickbacks on the back of the sale of passports. Today the police testified in court that the magistrate had not found [...]

This website is currently under attack

2021-03-25T18:33:57+01:00Thu, 25th Mar '21, 18:33|

The software that tries to protect this website when it is attacked has just raised a yellow alert. Truth Be Told is currently being bombarded with a denial of service (DDOS) attack. The assault is increasing exponentially and at any time I fully expect to be taken off-line. In the meantime, visitors to the website [...]

GUEST POST: Keep your eyes on the ball

2021-03-25T18:07:25+01:00Thu, 25th Mar '21, 18:07|

It is no exaggeration to say that the most important cases pending in court at this time, by many miles, are those relating to the brutal assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. So much so that it doesn’t really need saying, except for the fact that it does. Follow my thinking here. The trigger-men, one of [...]

GUEST POST: Reflections

2021-03-25T18:00:13+01:00Thu, 25th Mar '21, 18:00|

Today a friend told me he was in a particularly funny mood - he sent me a meme of our ex university classmate on his daily jog with a caption ‘Me on my way to Dingli to save 300 year old carob trees and ODZ land’. I replied with a tearful emoji. We exchanged another [...]

Off. Then on again.

2021-03-25T17:41:41+01:00Thu, 25th Mar '21, 17:41|

  From testimony heard in court this morning we learnt that after his arrest earlier this month, Brian Tonna was stripped of his warrant to practice his profession as an accountant. The warrant is governed by the accountancy board. The board is appointed by the government. The fact that with all that was in the [...]

Not cleaning up the act. Edwina Licari still “general counsel” at MFSA.

2021-03-25T17:17:50+01:00Thu, 25th Mar '21, 17:17|

There was Alex Agius Saliba today, haranguing the European Parliament for daring to criticise Malta for pervasive corruption. He told MEPs how “proud” he was. Ugh, that pointless verb used by the useless when describing their pointless role in something they have no influence on whatsoever. He was proud, he said, of the achievements of [...]

Impressions of that debate

2021-03-25T16:44:45+01:00Thu, 25th Mar '21, 16:36|

If you don’t feel shame watching MEPs queue in single file to indict Malta for supporting a government with blood on its hands, you have lost all residual belonging to this country. I’m not necessarily criticising you. I’m just telling you I haven’t caught up with you yet. And if I feel the shame, I [...]


2021-03-25T13:56:26+01:00Thu, 25th Mar '21, 13:56|

It's tougher for women in politics. It's a man's world. Men persist in objectifying women. They judge them by appearance instead of the quality of their work. They speak about their looks, ranking them in ways that would relegate your average balding, pot-bellied hirsute oaf to oblivion. Women in politics have to push against the [...]

The Żeppi l-Ħafi method

2021-03-25T12:10:45+01:00Thu, 25th Mar '21, 12:10|

The Labour Party has already managed once before to protect and free a person charged for being a criminal mastermind on the back of compelling evidence that he ordered the assassination and political murder of someone he wanted out of the way. It was the attempted assassination of one of Keith Schembri’s predecessors, Richard Cachia [...]

Maria l-Maws’ survival strategy

2021-03-25T11:12:15+01:00Thu, 25th Mar '21, 11:12|

About a year ago, Evarist Bartolo was skewered by Tim Sebastian. Watch it again like a delicious rerun of one of the later episodes of Breaking Bad. At that interview Evarist Bartolo admitted (not that he could avoid to) that between 2013 and 2019 he belonged to a corrupt government. That, as the interviewer put [...]

Goes to show how switched on MFSA are

2021-03-25T09:17:28+01:00Thu, 25th Mar '21, 09:17|

In court this morning prosecutors asked the court to inform the financial services regulator that last Saturday they charged with money laundering companies authorised by the MFSA to provide financial services. The court approved and ordered that the MFSA is informed. Presumably one expects the MFSA to now, finally, withdraw their approval of these cowboys [...]

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