Baħrija house permit denied to PN President in 2009, now granted to new owners

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2021-04-22T11:02:52+02:00Thu, 22nd Apr '21, 11:02|

Another one of the “corruption” campaigns led by the Labour Party and its media while Joseph Muscat was opposition leader has fizzled out completely as a permit withdrawn in 2009 has been granted without any changes last Friday. The controversy was over an application for an extension to an old farmhouse in the Baħrija countryside [...]

GUEST POST: On being Maltese

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2021-04-22T10:09:16+02:00Thu, 22nd Apr '21, 10:09|

‘Lil din l-art ħelwa, l-Omm li tatna isimha’ the first line of L-Innu Malti ‘Patriot - a person who loves their country and who is ready to defend it against an enemy’ Oxford Advanced Learner’s Online Dictionary I would hesitate to define myself as a patriot. Unfortunately, in recent years the term has become [...]

Ian Borg is our collective bad husband

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2021-04-21T17:01:03+02:00Wed, 21st Apr '21, 17:01|

Watch these comments given to the press by Ian Borg announcing that his adviser’s daughter has resigned from her job in the government agency that he oversees. Ian Borg explains he had no idea about the fact that Adreana Zammit, daughter of his assistant Jesmond, got over €100,000 worth of work commissioned directly from her [...]

Brian Tonna represents the lie of meritocracy

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2021-04-21T15:45:21+02:00Wed, 21st Apr '21, 15:45|

I’m trying to follow the testimony of Brian Tonna to Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee. It is painful listening. People with sympathy for him must be in agony hearing him contradict himself, fudging and slipping. I have no sympathy for him. But I have sympathy for his supporters’ embarrassment for his inability to string a sentence [...]

The whip

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2021-04-21T15:08:07+02:00Wed, 21st Apr '21, 15:08|

The Commissioner for Standards George Hyzler has had to respond and defend himself from an onslaught by Glenn Bedingfield. Glenn Bedingfield was criticising George Hyzler for finding that Carmelo Abela breached ethics rules when he used public funds to take out full-page ads for personal propaganda. Glenn Bedingfield accused George Hyzler of hypocrisy. 'He overspent [...]

Former Labour councillor convicted of smuggling

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2021-04-21T13:57:39+02:00Wed, 21st Apr '21, 13:57|

Ivan Hallett from Floriana was handed a suspended jail term today and fined over €75,000 today for smuggling alcohol in 2015. A third of the fine will be paid to customs for the tax he avoided paying when he smuggled the bottles of vodka, whiskey and other drinks from Sicily. Ivan Hallet is a long [...]

We’re doing this wrong

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2021-04-21T13:46:30+02:00Wed, 21st Apr '21, 13:46|

Minnesota yesterday secured the conviction of Derek Chauvin a former police officer who killed George Floyd on 25 May 2020. It was an important trial because the homicide needed to be seen in the context of the relationship between the black community in America and the rest of American society. It was about police brutality, [...]

The heat is still on Chris Cardona

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2021-04-21T13:28:57+02:00Wed, 21st Apr '21, 13:28|

The former deputy leader of the Labour Party may have felt entitled to breathe easy when Vince Muscat and the Degiorgio brothers were denied pardons to turn State’s evidence. But Vince Muscat, who has confessed to and been convicted for killing Daphne Caruana Galizia, is still speaking about Chris Cardona’s alleged connections to Daphne’s murder. [...]

GUEST POST: Trapped by the rules of the game

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2021-04-20T14:04:52+02:00Tue, 20th Apr '21, 14:04|

Filed by someone who calls himself Hephaestus. This article is addressed to anyone who dreams of a better Malta during their lifetime. For some time now, I have had this nagging feeling that something is fundamentally wrong with our collective attempt as a nation to truly turn the page and decisively shift away from decades [...]

We don’t do it for the thanks

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2021-04-20T14:18:05+02:00Tue, 20th Apr '21, 13:32|

The European Court of Justice replied today to a request by a Maltese court hearing Repubblika’s case on judicial appointments. The obvious headline is the European Court did not agree with Repubblika that giving the prime minister of a country a decisive power when new judges are appointed is in breach of EU law. The [...]

Quick, a white man is drowning

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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?

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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

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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 [...]

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