UPDATED:The vanishing act

2023-08-14T15:42:03+02:00Mon, 14th Aug '23, 14:06|

Updated at 15:40 of 14 August 2023 An edition of the Government Gazette has issued a notice that Robert Abela is away and Chris Fearne is Acting Prime Minister. The notice is dated today but back-dated to yesterday when the prime minister was already away.   The authors of our constitution anticipated a very simple [...]

Standing mother

2023-08-14T09:30:46+02:00Mon, 14th Aug '23, 09:30|

I have read many beautiful and heartfelt obituaries and appreciations of Rose Vella who became a reluctant public figure when her daughter, Daphne Caruana Galizia, was killed nearly six years ago. I have little to add to the admiration of those who came to know her in her great pain. “At the cross her station [...]

Is Norma Saliba just very lucky?

2023-08-14T09:07:35+02:00Mon, 14th Aug '23, 09:07|

Except perhaps as a government agent on national TV news, Norma Saliba hasn’t been particularly successful in her last job. No one remembers a single piece of journalistic work that she can be even in part credited for. TVM News under her stewardship lost several impartiality complaints and won close to no awards for the [...]

Dumb City

2023-08-14T08:17:04+02:00Mon, 14th Aug '23, 08:17|

In today’s Malta Independent Alfred Sant reluctantly acknowledges that “negative thinking” is, on balance, a good thing. He says that critics of the government who point out what they think is wrong without constructively presenting alternatives are boring and tedious. But none of that makes them useless. You need negative thinking because out of that [...]

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