Edward Scicluna the baby

2022-01-20T09:52:25+01:00Thu, 20th Jan '22, 09:51|

A few days ago on the Central Bank's official Instagram account, Edward Scicluna mourned David Sassoli the president of the European Parliament who died in office.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Central Bank of Malta (@centralbankmalta) Fair enough you'd say since Edward Scicluna was himself an MEP and he [...]

Your trust is irrelevant

2022-01-20T09:42:49+01:00Thu, 20th Jan '22, 09:42|

A few more observations about remarks by Joseph Muscat and Robert Abela after yesterday’s police raid on the former prime minister’s house. They said the same thing which suggests they co-ordinated their remarks. From Times of Malta’s interview with Joseph Muscat: “Muscat said his faith in the inquiry had now been dented, as his initial [...]

It’s not for the prime minister to be issuing warnings to magistrates. Here’s a warning to the prime minister.

2022-01-19T20:40:59+01:00Wed, 19th Jan '22, 20:40|

Robert Abela is not in a good place. Like Joseph Muscat he appears to have been pre-advised of the raid at his predecessor’s house today. His response is rehearsed and recognisably Muscatian. Robert Abela warned the magistrate to stay within the limits of the law and not to use her powers for ulterior motives. Wipe [...]

Here’s a knocking indeed

2022-01-19T16:52:38+01:00Wed, 19th Jan '22, 16:52|

Joseph Muscat’s house has been raided by the police and his phones have been taken away. He says he was “half surprised”, which means he had been tipped off and had been expecting this. He wasn’t surprised at all. He still has friends on the inside to tip him off. One can only hope that [...]

Tagħna wkoll bravu ta

2022-01-19T14:50:51+01:00Wed, 19th Jan '22, 14:50|

Most of this is sadly untranslatable. Not that sadly I suppose. One TV has a story about Leo Brincat, a former Labour Minister who sits on the EU’s Court of Auditors. The headline says Leo Brincat is doing “important” work in the EU, referring to two files of fairly routine audits on Leo Brincat’s desk. [...]

Not before the election

2022-01-19T09:58:20+01:00Wed, 19th Jan '22, 09:58|

Repubblika has recently alleged that the police are under pressure not to act in a way that causes the government any embarrassment between now and the election. There are many examples that outwardly suggest this to be true. Franco Vassallo writes this morning that three years after then Magistrate, now Judge, Aaron Bugeja ordered action [...]

GUEST POST: Chapeau to you Roberta

2022-01-18T12:11:35+01:00Tue, 18th Jan '22, 12:11|

Roberta Metsola is on track to become the third female President in the history of the European Parliament. Roberta Metsola’s journey to the European Parliament was quite unlikely, but she was always driven by this motto: if you believe in something, don't give up on it. She can be an example and inspiration for young [...]

Not bad for a traitor who hates Malta

2022-01-18T11:05:43+01:00Tue, 18th Jan '22, 11:05|

Watching Robert Abela look for ways of looking good basking in the light of Roberta Metsola’s election would be funny if it weren’t so fucking typical of this country that such a strategy would work. There are sheep out there who think that this election happened because Robert Abela permitted it. Is it a good [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: The going of David Thake

2022-01-16T09:20:11+01:00Sun, 16th Jan '22, 08:40|

From my article in THE SUNDAY TIMES today: "The general rule of thumb is that the public is more lenient on Labour politicians. It’s the fate of the nerds, I suppose. Teachers expect the worst from the recidivist hooligans who sit in the back of the class causing all sort of trouble. Any minor infraction by [...]

The myth of the Mizzi Übermensch

2022-01-16T10:00:55+01:00Sun, 16th Jan '22, 08:34|

People who should know better still speak in glowing terms of Mintoff’s economic policies though those policies were only slightly more enlightened than Soviet collectivisation. It shouldn’t surprise us then that there are people out there who still think Konrad Mizzi could count. He can’t, except when he’s dividing bottom lines by 10 to work [...]

GUEST POST: The American University of Malta Goes Remote

2022-01-14T17:13:41+01:00Sat, 15th Jan '22, 09:30|

Covid restrictions have had an impact on pretty much everything. Most, if not all, universities across the globe moved from face-to-face to online teaching. The University of Malta is home to 11,850 students on a range of 930 courses, including 1,242 international students from 119 different countries. Nevertheless, and in line with many other educational [...]

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