16 August: Vigil for Truth and Justice

2021-08-15T09:52:24+02:00Sun, 15th Aug '21, 09:52|

Join us in Great Siege Square tomorrow 16 August at 7pm. Because unless we do something about it, they have every intention of getting away with Daphne's murder. The speakers tomorrow are Becky D'Ugo from #occupyjustice, Neil Falzon from Aditus, and Alessandra Dee Crespo from Repubblika. We'll be gathering for an in-person vigil in Valletta [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: How to get away with murder

2021-08-15T09:44:05+02:00Sun, 15th Aug '21, 09:44|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "Zammit Lewis does not contest the facts. He can’t. Too many people have seen his exquisitely tender messages. But defending a person widely suspected to have bribed your colleagues while having a relationship with them behind the public’s back is not, Zammit Lewis insists, a resignation matter; [...]

Inconvenient republicans

2021-08-14T12:53:48+02:00Sat, 14th Aug '21, 09:37|

The campaign to elbow Repubblika out of existence continues apace. Consider this article on the Labour Party’s English-language website. The contradictions are as familiar as they are obvious. Repubblika, the article posits, represents a hostile take-over of the non-governmental sector by pretend-independents who are really agents of the Nationalist Party. Look at them, the article [...]

There’s a difference

2021-08-12T22:10:16+02:00Thu, 12th Aug '21, 15:41|

There are times when even I am too tired for outrage. I followed the court updates as Yorgen Fenech’s lawyer Charles Mercieca “grilled” Matthew Caruana Galizia in cross examination today. I’m not giving you a blow-by-blow account because you can read it elsewhere. It’s all really summed up in the line Charles Mercieca threw at [...]

The ninth chasm

2021-08-12T10:40:08+02:00Thu, 12th Aug '21, 10:40|

Nothing fills gaps in the agenda of political parties than stories of divisions in the party they oppose. For that to work they must set a scene of a Leviathan, a behemoth that properly incorporates everyone who is not them. The line used to be ‘min mhux magħna, kontra tagħna’. Those who are not Labour, [...]

Another reason why we don’t have Electrogas prosecutions

2021-08-12T09:28:35+02:00Thu, 12th Aug '21, 09:28|

L-orizzont today rushed in defence of the only person they like in the Nationalist Party, Adrian Delia. They mocked Repubblika’s remark that should allegations that Adrian Delia conspired with Yorgen Fenech while Parliament was debating his ownership of 17 Black he should withdraw from politics for good. L-orizzont said this was part of Repubblika’s silly [...]

MONEY MAGAZINE: Sacking Malta and Gozo

2021-08-12T08:39:02+02:00Thu, 12th Aug '21, 08:39|

This is my article in this month's Money Magazine: In March 2019, four months after the world learnt that Yorgen Fenech owned the company that Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi’s accountants told Mossack Fonseca was their “target” to pay them, with others, $2 million for no reason whatsoever, the chief executive at the Planning Authority, Johann [...]

He’s accountable to God. So shut up.

2021-08-12T08:17:11+02:00Thu, 12th Aug '21, 08:17|

Was George Vella elected president of a democratic republic or made mullah of a theocracy? His comments to Times of Malta today answer that question. He was asked if he felt accountable for the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia given that an inquiry had found him, along with all of Joseph Muscat’s Ministers, collectively responsible [...]

Half-hearted vote-buying

2021-08-11T16:43:38+02:00Wed, 11th Aug '21, 16:43|

I wrote this piece yesterday about Ministers using public money in their constituency to help their personal re-election campaigns. I specifically mentioned Alex Muscat who swindled almost a million euro from the moneys earned from the passport swindled to swindlers to pay for the lighting up of the Mosta church in his constituency. Today he [...]

Adrian Delia’s lawsuit against Lovin Malta is nothing short of SLAPP

2021-08-11T15:57:06+02:00Wed, 11th Aug '21, 15:57|

Adrian Delia knows full well that Lovin Malta’s reporting about what Yorgen Fenech had told a third party about him is entirely accurate. Lovin Malta reported a conversation Yorgen Fenech had with Diane Izzo about the Parliamentary debate that discussed the revelation he owned 17 Black. In that conversation, Yorgen Fenech admits that Rosianne Cutajar’s [...]

When a Minister calls an inquiry

2021-08-10T12:23:14+02:00Tue, 10th Aug '21, 11:36|

The government appears to have finally realised that the regularity with which prisoners try or manage to kill themselves can become a political problem. Utterly unable or unwilling to touch any of the friends of Joseph Muscat, they seem unable or unwilling to do the obvious: fire Alex Dalli and replace that tinpot tyrant with [...]

‘Money is our power’

2021-08-10T09:43:27+02:00Tue, 10th Aug '21, 09:43|

Melvyn Theuma told the court yesterday that Yorgen Fenech had used that phrase – ‘money is our power’ – when Theuma had suggested to Fenech that he could stop paying the imprisoned Degiorgios the tens of thousands they had been extorting from him. It’s one of those quotes that would be left hanging in silence, [...]

Charity begins at the local church

2021-08-10T08:51:36+02:00Tue, 10th Aug '21, 08:51|

Several months ago, Repubblika argued MPs should not be government Ministers. Access to public money and contesting a constituency seat are a toxic combination. Byron Camilleri, the guy who stood idly by as prisoner after prisoner was found dead or dying in prison, has found public money to pay for the repair of the roof [...]


2021-08-09T10:55:20+02:00Mon, 9th Aug '21, 10:55|

Many have good reasons to take a dim view of Sandro Chetcuti and be wary of what he has to say. Some would stop themselves listening to him because he was a notorious acolyte of Dom Mintoff. Or because he stood alongside Joseph Muscat in that man’s rise to power, brokering contacts for him as [...]

This is who we are

2021-08-09T09:41:40+02:00Mon, 9th Aug '21, 09:41|

If you haven't listened to the podcast, you may prefer to read the detailed feature by the BBC's Jane Mackenzie on the El Hiblu 3. The photos with the piece are by Joanna Demarco. Three young men were arrested when they were still boys, clearly wrongfully accused of terrorism. Malta rushed into exaggerated accusations based [...]

GUEST POST: The national sasla

2021-08-09T08:37:11+02:00Mon, 9th Aug '21, 08:37|

This was sent in by someone I know who calls himself ‘Flower’. Beneath is a tangential note by Manuel Delia. Sasla.  If I were a gambling man, I would easily win a bet if I stated that no one born this side of the millennium does not think this is a bad autocorrect of a [...]

GUEST POST: I am angry

2021-08-05T13:51:40+02:00Thu, 5th Aug '21, 13:51|

I am angry. No scratch that. I am beyond angry. I am livid. I am livid and mad at what is happening to my country. I am angry at the forces in my country that have created a society that only works for the favoured few. A culture with an agenda of greed, and the [...]

Cautionary tale

2021-08-09T13:44:58+02:00Thu, 5th Aug '21, 09:49|

This cartoon by the great Seb Tanti Burlo' is a lesson for me as well. Treat people with respect, steer clear of murdering bastards, and lay off the doughnuts. How's that Edward Zammit Lewis?

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