Quick, a white man is drowning

2021-04-18T17:06:35+02:00Sun, 18th Apr '21, 17:06|

The search and rescue command centre of Malta’s army this morning issued an alert that someone was stranded at sea to the distant south east of Malta and north of Libya. The alert instructs vessels in the area to go to the point from where the alert was sent and report any significant sightings to [...]

Is there a zebra on the spaghetti junction?

2021-04-18T16:50:43+02:00Sun, 18th Apr '21, 16:50|

Friday I criticised the prime minister for describing the new Marsa junction as some feat of engineering that people will fly to Malta to come to admire. I criticised the prime minister because not for the first time he allowed hyperbole to get the better of him. In reference to the Marsa junction I called [...]

Join tonight’s online vigil to mark 42 months since Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated

2021-04-16T11:23:43+02:00Fri, 16th Apr '21, 11:23|

A vigil to remember Daphne Caruana Galizia is being held on line today. Follow the events on the Facebook pages of Repubblika and #occupyjustice. 6.00 p.m. Mass In Memoriam from Bidnija Church celebrated by Mgr Joseph Bajada. 7.00 p.m. Vigil for Truth and Justice from the Great Siege Square in Valletta. The vigil has been pre-recorded [...]

The best spaghetti junction in the world

2021-04-16T11:17:37+02:00Fri, 16th Apr '21, 11:17|

A few days ago, our prime minister insisted on TV that Malta had the highest vaccination rate in the world. It doesn’t. We’re not doing too badly but he spoils that with vacant hyperbole. Yesterday, at an umpteenth gala event to “launch” roads that have been in use for months and have already been “inaugurated” [...]

GUEST POST: The fall of the ‘moviment’

2021-04-15T07:50:38+02:00Thu, 15th Apr '21, 07:50|

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every [...]

“No one in the country is convinced that all involved have been arraigned in this case.”

2021-04-14T20:34:20+02:00Wed, 14th Apr '21, 20:34|

I’m just putting this quote spoken twice today by the Deputy Attorney General prosecuting the case against Yorgen Fenech, out there as a headline. Because it needs to be registered. It clarifies, as Inspector Keith Arnaud also tried to do today, that remarks by the police chief Angelo Gafà the day the Maksar brothers and [...]

DIY revolution

2021-04-14T20:09:38+02:00Wed, 14th Apr '21, 20:09|

Mark Camilleri is the Executive Chairperson of the National Book Council. The National Book Council is an agency set up by law, specifically the National Book Council (Establishment) Order which is published under the Education Act. The regulations define how the Executive Chairperson is appointed. They are appointed by the prime minister upon the recommendation [...]

The smell test

2021-04-14T19:47:06+02:00Wed, 14th Apr '21, 19:47|

A political storm is raging in the UK over a lobbying scandal. The former prime minister and leader of the party in government, David Cameron, texted the health minister asking him to meet a client of his who was offering something to the health service for free. No rules were broken. This was a free [...]

Air Malta to post record losses for year before covid started

2021-04-14T08:49:38+02:00Wed, 14th Apr '21, 08:49|

The Maltese government will have a tough time convincing the European Commission to allow it to subsidise Air Malta for the next five years. As with any other airline, covid had a devastating effect on the national airline. But Air Malta recorded disastrous results before the covid pandemic hit. In fact, sources from within the [...]

The man who wanted to see his mother

2021-04-13T17:17:32+02:00Tue, 13th Apr '21, 17:17|

A man was desperate to travel to visit his elderly mother. Travelling is not easy these days. He needed a covid certificate and he could not find a clinic open on Sunday in time to get a result before travelling. He thought he would get away with changing some information on an old certificate he [...]

UPDATED: Oily fish from bloody waters

2021-04-14T07:35:29+02:00Tue, 13th Apr '21, 15:25|

Updated, 14 April 2021 07:33 Adds reply by Alexander Fenech. Last Sunday I wrote about the new laws restricting donations to NGOs ostensibly to fight money laundering. I commented on how the new laws made the act of a little old lady approaching you on Republic Street with a poppy appeal jar a criminal offence. She’s [...]

Mafia infiltration explained in a Labour Party campaign video

2021-04-13T13:36:28+02:00Tue, 13th Apr '21, 13:35|

During the 2013 election, the general line was that it was ‘cool to be Labour’. You were either ‘in’ the ‘moviment’ or you were a Nationalist laggard. The famous ‘Dad, jien ħa nivvota lejber’ video incarnated the message that the thing to do was to bring Labour in. Apologists for the Labour Party will now [...]

Are we going to party?

2021-04-13T10:26:00+02:00Tue, 13th Apr '21, 10:26|

Can the government please stop double-speaking? Tourism Minister Clayton Bartolo yesterday categorically assured us his government, including the tourism agency, are not "blessing" mass activities over the summer. Certainly not until the public health authorities tell us that it's safe enough to party. Now, look at this "glitch festival". It's being advertised for this summer [...]

Going beyond square one

2021-04-13T08:19:41+02:00Tue, 13th Apr '21, 08:19|

The first entry on the first day of this blog was an analysis of the 2017 election written two days after the result came out. Labour was in the throes of irrepressible celebration. And the taunts of vindication were everywhere. The trolls were all over the place. Daphne’s lies and Simon’s lies strengthened us, they [...]

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