Hannibal comes

2022-04-18T07:59:09+02:00Mon, 18th Apr '22, 07:59|

Robert Abela told journalists he saw no need for change in the Speaker’s office and will be retaining Anġlu Farrugia for a record third term. Here are a few things that are wrong with that statement, leaving aside for a moment the fact that Anġlu Farrugia’s first two terms have demonstrated a propensity to provoke [...]

The woman inside

2022-04-11T21:24:17+02:00Mon, 11th Apr '22, 11:38|

Aaron Farrugia’s first steps as infrastructure minister are attracting close scrutiny as he adapts to the big chair occuppied for the last five years by his predecessor in the infrastructure ministry, Ian Borg. Aaron Farrugia’s very first engagement since his surprise promotion to the “super ministry” last week was a visit to the offices of [...]

A president being made

2022-04-11T10:34:43+02:00Mon, 11th Apr '22, 10:34|

Evarist Bartolo has started campaigning for the presidency to replace George Vella when that other Labour Party veteran retires for good. He hasn’t said so, not least because he only really needs to convince the prime minister and the leader of opposition of his suitability for the post. Whatever he plans to do in private [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Cain travels on Abel’s passport

2022-04-11T08:50:53+02:00Mon, 11th Apr '22, 08:50|

From my article in yesterday's The Sunday Times: "How would we feel if Orban decided to grant Hungarian citizenship to indicted Russian war criminals and they showed up at our airport, sashaying through the Schengen corridor with a Diner’s Club Card and a lease agreement for some waterfront property? "By Malta’s interpretation of the exclusive [...]

What Robert Abela got wrong

2022-04-08T10:27:38+02:00Fri, 8th Apr '22, 10:27|

A few days ago, I wrote a piece about the people Robert Abela left out of his government and why I thought those were good decisions. Here I am following up the piece with a list of decisions he took on who to include in the government which I think are wrong. Owen Bonnici was [...]

Suspected illegal gambling behind thrown basketball match: MGA official among sanctioned players

2022-04-08T09:27:20+02:00Fri, 8th Apr '22, 09:27|

The council of Malta’s basketball federation has fined Hibernians and Depiro clubs and suspended coaches and players from top tier basketball games after the two teams appeared to throw a league game a few days ago. The council ruled that the integrity of the game was lost when the score remained unchanged for the last [...]

Misused quota

2022-04-08T11:03:42+02:00Fri, 8th Apr '22, 09:08|

I criticised Labour for filling a seat in Parliament with someone who didn’t even bother to contest the elections of last week. They can do it. But they shouldn’t have because the action in and of itself demonstrates contempt for the democratic process. There were plenty of unelected candidates to choose from but Labour kept [...]

Warts don’t wash off

2022-04-07T10:22:53+02:00Thu, 7th Apr '22, 10:22|

I am as pleased to see Glen Bedingfield and Rosianne Cutajar re-elected to Parliament as I might be after eating a plateful of shards of glass. Actually putting both in the same category is unfair. Glen Bedingfield is nasty, angry, and a propagandist for Joseph Muscat, so it gives me displeasure to see him elected [...]

Family, lawyers recognised for fighting impunity for Daphne’s assassination

2022-04-06T14:07:10+02:00Wed, 6th Apr '22, 12:20|

At the Global Freedom of Expression awards handed out by Columbia University, the Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation received "special recognition". The University also recognised the legal team representing the family and the family's supporters. Lawyers Therese Comodini Cachia, Jason Azzopardi, Eve Borg Costanzi, and Joseph Zammit Maempel were mention in the citation of the award [...]

Irregularities at Identity Malta cost Alex Muscat his job

2022-04-06T09:54:09+02:00Wed, 6th Apr '22, 09:54|

Sources at Identity Malta suggest that former Parliamentary Secretary Alex Muscat lost his government post after the last general election because of irregularities discovered at Identity Malta, the agency that manages the passport sales. Reports of mismanagement, overtime abuse, and the suspicion of kickbacks charged to clients of the passport selling scheme reached the office [...]

Look how positive

2022-04-05T17:21:20+02:00Tue, 5th Apr '22, 13:52|

This morning I wrote about Michael Falzon, the bitter and angry former Nationalist minister who’s all over Facebook because he’s looking forward to a play that mocks Daphne Caruana Galizia. He’s just written an article saying the PN is suffering the consequences of allowing Repubblika to exist. The line is being repeated like an existential [...]

Not so strange bedfellows

2022-04-05T11:12:31+02:00Tue, 5th Apr '22, 11:12|

This article is about Michael Falzon. That’s not the mild Labour minister from Sliema who likes fireworks, but the former PN minister exposed by journalists for dodging taxes and, probably, stashing bribes he collected when he was a government minister. He is lapping at the ankles of Mario Azzopardi the playwright like a man-whore, transparently [...]

Inconstant Pardoner

2022-04-05T09:26:52+02:00Tue, 5th Apr '22, 09:26|

Photo: Jonathan Attard with Chris Cardona (Miguela Xuereb/Newsbook) George and Alfred Degiorgio have filed yet another constitutional complaint, this time insisting that their umpteenth request for a presidential pardon is given a fair hearing. I have slightly more sympathy for their plea than I would for a meteor about to hit earth and [...]

St Luke’s, Karin Grech, and Gozo General Hospitals may now belong to the Queen of England. Really.

2022-04-04T14:37:02+02:00Mon, 4th Apr '22, 14:35|

Photo: Queen Elizabeth II at the laying of the first stone of Gozo General Hospital in the 1960s. (Louis Cardona/Pinterest). The UK company that is listed in Malta’s Business Registry as the sole owner of the Maltese company Steward Healthcare International Limited has been struck off and all its property and rights “are [...]

Unbreaking old promises

2022-04-04T12:19:45+02:00Mon, 4th Apr '22, 12:19|

When Aaron Farrugia was first made minister in 2020, he publicly announced he would keep a register of all meetings he would have with stakeholders. He said he would publish the register as a way of ensuring transparency. The statement was made in January 2020 when Robert Abela first came to office. Meetings held by [...]

Orban’s Hungary: another one-party (non-)democracy

2022-04-04T11:51:27+02:00Mon, 4th Apr '22, 11:51|

Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu/Bloomberg via Getty Images Victor Orban’s party won over 50% of the national vote in elections last night. This will be his fourth consecutive term as prime minister. Though the main opposition parties backed one rival candidate against him, they did not hit 35%. Hungary’s electoral system gives Orban’s party more [...]

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