Slam another nail

2023-06-30T07:11:29+02:00Fri, 30th Jun '23, 07:11|

Anġlu Farrugia, that erstwhile hollow waste of space famous mostly for incurable ignorance masquerading, poorly, as a speech impediment, has effectively neutralised the law providing for the self-policing of the political class. He’s broken it to the point that it can’t be used unless it’s rewritten. There’s a Commissioner for Standards in Public Life who [...]

Rabid bark

2023-06-28T09:12:23+02:00Wed, 28th Jun '23, 09:12|

So, Joseph Muscat was riled yesterday, poked by incessant questions from the chairman of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, Darren Carabott, insisting he would not be made a parrot, which is exquisitely ironic given the recent revelation that he was billing a parrot trading company more than ten grand a month for a slice of his [...]

Dropping eaves

2023-06-27T08:36:13+02:00Tue, 27th Jun '23, 08:36|

They say people should never be allowed to see how sausages are made. And laws. The making of laws is a queasy business. The ongoing debate in Europe about a media freedom law has gotten ugly and has come up on a disturbing juncture. The original draft of the European Commission proposed strict rules against [...]

The futility of administrative tinkering

2023-06-26T08:55:00+02:00Mon, 26th Jun '23, 08:55|

In 2011, Joseph Muscat, then Leader of Opposition, said he would “address head on the racket of the local wardens system”. Local wardens had by then been around for a decade. In 2001, Local Councils were given the power to dispatch local wardens on beats they desired. If councillors had a problem area they needed [...]

Hopeless Professor

2023-06-23T13:45:42+02:00Fri, 23rd Jun '23, 13:45|

Predictably Simon Mercieca responded to my article where among other things I said he works for Yorgen Fenech. I also said in that article that Simon Mercieca denies working for Yorgen Fenech. He denies it again, this time in an article headlined “If Manuel Delia is convinced that Yorgen Fenech pays me, he can always [...]

Justified whataboutery

2023-06-23T08:06:42+02:00Fri, 23rd Jun '23, 08:06|

Photo: REUTERS/Gianni Mania There’s hardly more welcome feedback than when I’m told that I have found the words someone is looking for to express an opinion they might feel in their gut but haven’t elaborated enough to mouth it. Reading comments on social media during the televised and vain search for five passengers [...]

Unreasonable doubt

2023-06-21T10:09:11+02:00Wed, 21st Jun '23, 10:09|

Simon Mercieca is serialising a drip dripping of extracts from the criminal inquiry into the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia in defiance of explicit court orders and of implicit norms of basic decency. Simon Mercieca works for the man accused of killing Daphne Caruana Galizia. He denies that claim and says his mission is merely [...]

Speech from the scaffold

2023-06-21T08:15:18+02:00Wed, 21st Jun '23, 08:15|

In 2003 Joseph Muscat talked himself into believing the Labour Party had won their anti-EU campaign. The ‘No’ votes were far fewer than the ‘Yes’ votes and yet he celebrated in the street. I say talked himself into believing it. I have no idea what he believed. I can only look at how he acted. [...]


2023-06-20T10:26:43+02:00Tue, 20th Jun '23, 09:49|

A court found that in 2013 Edwin Vassallo should have been elected to Parliament. He wasn’t because the Electoral Commission put some of the ballots that would have had him elected in the wrong drawer. The court agreed this was unfair on Edwin Vassallo and ordered the state to pay him the salary he would [...]

Arseholes of the world unite

2023-06-20T08:11:13+02:00Tue, 20th Jun '23, 08:11|

Health warning: The word arsehole appears several times in this post. Byron Camilleri and Owen Bonnici announced they are proposing changes to the law to stop the police from pressing charges against comedians and satirists who say out loud that Gordon “sess fil-patata is an abomination” Manché is an arsehole. The Ministers say they want [...]

Eighteen years in vain

2023-06-19T07:58:15+02:00Mon, 19th Jun '23, 07:58|

The prosecution’s case against the two men the state accused of killing Albert Rosso 18 years ago never looked like it stood much chance of success. The victim’s body was never found. The evidence against the accused was scant, barely circumstantial, and connected them poorly to the events the prosecution argued occurred before the disappearance [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Turning the tables

2023-06-18T07:21:28+02:00Sun, 18th Jun '23, 07:21|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "Fundamental human rights are there to protect powerless individuals from the hegemony of the state. Muscat is using rights that are meant to protect us from the state in order to protect the state from us. Because if he committed crimes connected with the VGH contract, he [...]

Shameless plug

2023-06-17T15:38:26+02:00Sat, 17th Jun '23, 15:38|

If you come here regularly, I don’t need to tell you this blog has been neglected these last few days. Here’s why. You see, about two years ago, things were at a very hot point for me. My website was spoofed, my identity impersonated, my sanity questioned.  That’s while I was the target of an [...]

What’s missing is the plan

2023-06-07T08:22:30+02:00Wed, 7th Jun '23, 08:22|

I read this morning’s Times of Malta editorial that follows up Clyde Caruana’s recent remarks about the need to revolutionise Malta’s economic model. Leader says they should get on with it then. Fair enough. After all, as the editorial observes, there’s increasing consensus that we can’t go on like this. There’s a phrase in the [...]

What Joseph Muscat is hoping to achieve

2023-06-05T17:19:20+02:00Mon, 5th Jun '23, 17:19|

Joseph Muscat does not like being forced to make choices. The man was prime minister, for crying out loud. That does things to the portion of your brain which is normally open to compromise. The sort of inebriating power he enjoyed atrophies the average intellectual capacity of normal people who live normal lives unable, as [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Everybody does it

2023-06-04T07:31:11+02:00Sun, 4th Jun '23, 07:31|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "Whoever placed those stories in the Pakistani websites knew just what would happen. Fearne’s thundering claims of purity have been severely undercut. Anyone in the Labour Party who might have been tempted to rally around him has now been denied an untainted alternative to Muscat and Abela. [...]

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