Small mercies

2023-03-21T12:22:01+01:00Tue, 21st Mar '23, 12:22|

Sometimes, amid the depressing immutability of our situation, there are brief moments of temporary delight, cool pecks on the cheek like memories of mother’s comforting kisses. I remember reading about the taped conversation between Yorgen Fenech and Melvyn Theuma while they were discussing nervously the crowds gathering in Valletta. What pleasure it was to hear [...]

Is Robert Abela still disgusted?

2023-03-21T09:05:50+01:00Tue, 21st Mar '23, 09:05|

In June 2020 Robert Abela had been Prime Minister for less than 6 months. That’s when news broke that within a 3-week flip Enemalta poured nearly €5 million into Yorgen Fenech’s pockets to broker a deal worth less than half of his commission. That was the Montenegro windfarm scandal. Robert Abela was still trying to [...]

GUEST POST: A pack of cards and a pack of thieves

2023-03-21T09:02:48+01:00Tue, 21st Mar '23, 09:02|

Friday the 24th of February 2023 is marked as the day of criminals. It was the date of the landmark judgement in the case instituted by MP Adrian Delia against the criminals who lay behind the planned and executed fraudulent deal between members of the cabinet of the Maltese government led by Joseph Muscat and [...]

What exactly is George Vella waiting for?

2023-03-20T09:56:53+01:00Mon, 20th Mar '23, 09:56|

I am reproducing the first two paragraphs of a Times of Malta report about George Vella’s brisk and brusque response to the question as to whether he feels he has any share of responsibility in the hospitals privatisation which a court ruled was the product of fraud. President George Vella brushed off questions on whether [...]

(Allegedly) raped on a police sergeant’s couch

2023-03-18T08:45:19+01:00Sat, 18th Mar '23, 08:45|

Think how unlikely a woman who has been raped might think it is that she may be believed when she reads about a woman police officer raped twice inside the police station and ignored for months before she's made to face a gruelling trial alongside her alleged rapist. At one point, the alleged rapist appears to [...]


2023-03-17T14:35:09+01:00Fri, 17th Mar '23, 14:35|

I have overcome deep set qualms to share this video with you. It’s filmed off a screen, a brief extract of a TVM program intended to provide health education to the masses, which seems to mean for TVM that supremely qualified doctors are to be locked up in a room with the most utterly incompetent, [...]

Comparisons are not always odious

2023-03-16T07:41:41+01:00Thu, 16th Mar '23, 07:41|

A few days ago, I wrote about the Lawrence Gonzi litmus test comparing the governance standards since 2013 with standards we all expected before that. I got some flak for that because, I was reminded, the Gonzi years were far from perfect and his faults and the faults of those times may fade in my [...]

The king’s blue passport

2023-03-15T07:02:57+01:00Wed, 15th Mar '23, 07:02|

It emerged yesterday in Parliament that Joseph Muscat is allowed to use a diplomatic passport and “other protocol facilities ... as part of his severance package”. There’s no suggestion this privilege has a time limit. It appears that Joseph Muscat has been appointed diplomat for life merely because, for 7 years, at one point, he [...]

Have the government tried governing?

2023-03-13T07:51:33+01:00Mon, 13th Mar '23, 07:51|

Read this report in Times of Malta of a court decision ordering the state to pay compensation to the owners of a warehouse that rented it out in 1976 and have since collected a pittance in rent until the tenant stopped paying them. As a result of 1979 laws, that still needed to take into [...]

Now he wants to shut the stable door

2023-03-13T07:07:33+01:00Mon, 13th Mar '23, 07:07|

After days and weeks of ignoring the question hoping it would go away, Robert Abela, perhaps shaken to his core by yesterday’s Malta Today poll, undertook to get out of Steward the money they were paid to repair the hospitals which they didn’t spend as they promised. The fact it took him so long to [...]

It’s the corruption, stupid

2023-03-12T08:13:36+01:00Sun, 12th Mar '23, 08:13|

For 10 years Joseph Muscat worked on the assumption people would not care about their politicians’ corruption as long as the going was good. You see, here’s how Alfred Sant’s logic on The Sunday Times is upside down. In his effort to excuse his party, on which, incredibly, he still depends to keep his job [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: End of the socialist affair

2023-03-12T07:16:00+01:00Sun, 12th Mar '23, 07:16|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "Socialism and the socialist tradition do not have the monopoly of concern for the public good. The notion of public space and collective interest is older than monarchies, let alone socialism. But I’m not going into a debate here about the nuances of political history. The point I [...]

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