If it’s ok to lie about vaccines, it’s ok to lie about Egrant

2021-04-08T14:12:34+02:00Thu, 8th Apr '21, 14:12|

‘It’s there,’ Robert Abela declared yesterday. ‘Black on white. The inquiry declared Egrant Inc belonged to Brian Tonna.’ The Egrant inquiry is more than 1,500 pages long. Robert Abela’s interviewer yesterday did not have a copy handy. Mark Laurence Zammit did recall the inquiry report was concerned with establishing whether Egrant belonged to Joseph Muscat [...]

You cannot race to the bottom on an empty stomach

2021-04-08T12:48:19+02:00Thu, 8th Apr '21, 11:45|

I must make a note of moving to the 4th district. You never go hungry or thirsty there. Before the last general election, Konrad Mizzi and Chris Fearne went into a bidding war on who would make their constituents diabetic or alcoholic first. Now that Konrad Mizzi is unlikely to be on the list of [...]

Magistrate dismissed claim that Daphne’s family lawyers were in contempt of her court

2021-04-08T10:53:18+02:00Thu, 8th Apr '21, 10:53|

Magistrate Rachel Montebello threw out today a request by Yorgen Fenech’s lawyer to find lawyers representing Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family in contempt of court. Lawyers Charles Mercieca, Gianluca Caruana Curran and Marion Camilleri accused Jason Azzopardi and Therese Comodini Cachia of defying an earlier order by Magistrate Rachel Montebello about using data from Yorgen Fenech’s [...]

L-aqwa fid-dinja

2021-04-08T10:23:14+02:00Thu, 8th Apr '21, 10:23|

Look, Malta’s vaccination program is doing well. Compared with the rest of the EU it is doing very well. So Robert Abela could go on TV and say his government is acquitting itself reasonably well in the national vaccination effort. Why does he feel the need to lie, exaggerate, and burst his own credibility, such [...]

Are the poppy seeds for a German cake?

2021-04-08T09:50:35+02:00Thu, 8th Apr '21, 09:50|

Note to Aaron Farrugia: if you’re going for gimmicks, make sure they work. The green-fingered minister is mailing a letter to every household with a bag of wildflower seeds and instructions on how to grow them. Several of the seeds that still need to be posted belong to species that are past their growth season [...]

Joe Cuschieri. He’s still there.

2021-04-08T09:37:25+02:00Thu, 8th Apr '21, 09:37|

Did I say that even after his resignation in disgrace from the financial services authority, Joe Cuschieri was still a director of a government company? I was wrong. He's a director of two government companies. Apart from the one I reported on yesterday, the Malta Business Registry says Joe Cuschieri is also the director of [...]


2021-04-08T09:14:44+02:00Thu, 8th Apr '21, 09:14|

You might think I’m asking for it. Think again. Newsbook revealed this morning that the parliamentary committee that reviews reports by the commissioner for standards is tomorrow due to discuss a report after a complaint Repubblika made about an advert run by Carmelo Abela. It was a full-page advert taken out in newspapers, half of [...]

The evolution of a lie

2021-04-08T08:32:27+02:00Thu, 8th Apr '21, 08:32|

This time of five years ago we were in the middle of the storm after the Panama Papers revelations.  Three companies: one owned by Keith Schembri, the other owned by Konrad Mizzi, and a third, Egrant, with an unknown owner. Joseph Muscat excused Keith Schembri saying this had been the private choice of a private [...]

GUEST POST: Follow the money

2021-04-08T08:20:29+02:00Thu, 8th Apr '21, 08:20|

Sent in by someone known to me: President Emeritus Marie Louis Coleiro Preca saw it fit to advise the Labour Party to apologise for the corruption, scandals and numerous other misdeeds committed by them not only whilst in government but also in the run up to the 2013 elections. Without wanting to go into the [...]

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