Adrian Delia won today

2021-05-06T21:23:54+02:00Thu, 6th May '21, 20:45|

A false equivalence was created over the last few days that, as ever when that happens in a battle between right and wrong, handed the victory to the wrong. The Nationalist Party issued a statement today that reads like the Munich ‘compromise’ of 1938. The PN is proclaiming peace in our time. Yeah right. In [...]

GUEST POST: Bernard Grech needs to brush up on recent history

2021-05-06T13:07:21+02:00Thu, 6th May '21, 13:07|

Filed by someone known to me. It is in the Labour Party’s eminent interest to keep pushing out the narrative that criticising the government is being negative, thus attempting to pull the rug from under the Opposition’s feet, an Opposition whose DUTY it is to criticise the government when it behaves badly. When it does [...]

Sweet talker

2021-05-05T10:40:09+02:00Wed, 5th May '21, 10:40|

One TV had a field day with my reaction to Bernard Grech’s announcement that he had no problem with Adrian Delia. They’re going to have a field day with this. During Adrian Delia’s campaign for survival as party leader, his sub-literate henchman Vincent Borg, known as Ċensu l-Iswed, posted a long article on Facebook in [...]

PEN remembers Daphne during Press Freedom Week

2021-05-05T09:15:58+02:00Wed, 5th May '21, 09:15|

Photo: Pippa Zammit Cutajar PEN International today renewed its call to Maltese authorities to ensure full justice for all those involved in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia and the corruption she exposed. The worldwide organisation also called on the prime minister to act on the findings of the Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry [...]

But it’s good for the country, ħi

2021-05-04T07:39:51+02:00Tue, 4th May '21, 07:39|

Just to put things in perspective. Robert Abela recognised that the procurement of a €275 million project at St Vincent de Paul did not tick procedural boxes. He grossly understated the egregious flouting of procurement law but even the minimal things he acknowledged he justified by saying we now have a larger SVDP residence and [...]

A €275 million corruption scandal, an auditor’s declaration it’s all illegal, a half-hearted apology and silence

2021-05-03T19:11:00+02:00Mon, 3rd May '21, 19:11|

Look, I appreciate that this scandal-a-day decade must have desensitised even the most fragile flowers. It’s become very hard to be shocked anymore. And we worry that frantic indignation makes us look uncouth. The thing to do is not to flinch and to give an aloof air of dispassionate normality. What’s another illegal contract, another [...]

GUEST POST: Robert’s yokes

2021-05-03T08:59:35+02:00Mon, 3rd May '21, 08:59|

“One cannot free oneself by bowing to the yoke, but by breaking it.” Carl Jung Before he was elected Labour leader, Robert Abela spoke of a “diabolical plan”. It was probably an inside message. The rest of us out here did not understand what he meant. Now, 15 months later, it seems clearer. To ensure [...]

The war inside their head

2021-05-03T08:39:56+02:00Mon, 3rd May '21, 08:39|

Philip Sciberras, former judge, former Labour MP, a former unsuccessful mediator between the feuding Alfred Sant and Dom Mintoff, former Alfred Sant crony, holder of multiple pensions, long-term informal monopoly-holder of sensitive inquiries commissioned by the government, and vomiter of sundry hate against anything which does not conform with the diktat of his Labour Party, [...]

The vain hope for presidential reprieve

2021-05-03T08:20:30+02:00Mon, 3rd May '21, 08:18|

Malta’s presidents are expected to behave like the Queen of England. Whatever their opinions on decisions taken by their government, they are supposed to smile politely and assent without comment. But the Queen of England was bred for the sort of steely ambivalence that she needs to weather any and all assaults on her dignity. [...]

Hidden inside

2021-05-03T07:53:22+02:00Mon, 3rd May '21, 07:53|

A convicted double-murderer has sent his lawyer to court to complain of inhuman conditions in prison. Why should we take the word of a convicted double-murderer as gospel truth? We shouldn’t. We shouldn’t take anyone’s word as gospel truth. We should listen to testimony, even if it is given by a convicted double-murderer but we [...]

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