THE SUNDAY TIMES: The infallible chastiser

2024-03-24T07:48:00+01:00Sun, 24th Mar '24, 07:48|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "An €800 slip-up is not the end of the world or a resignation matter, especially if Abela was prepared to blame a staffer, as he did in any case. The refusal to apologise for a self-evident error and breach of rules, however, is profoundly worrying. It shows [...]

Blowing off the whistle-blower

2024-03-16T06:57:30+01:00Fri, 15th Mar '24, 10:19|

Whistle-blowers are everything we’re programmed to dislike. They are close to something wrong, maybe even part of it. The chemist who exposed the cigarette makers for putting addictive poison in their products, was a chemist who had put addictive poison in cigarettes. Every day before whistle-blowers decided to blow the whistle was a day when [...]

Collective unethical responsibility

2024-03-14T08:16:00+01:00Thu, 14th Mar '24, 08:16|

Imagine that. The CEO of a company hands the board their notice of resignation after their position became untenable due to public outcry over their conduct. That happens on 1 December with a notice that expires by the following 12 January by when the board of directors will have found a new replacement CEO. The [...]

Maybe it isn’t a cult, he said, probably sarcastically

2024-03-13T13:12:19+01:00Wed, 13th Mar '24, 13:12|

The fact that there’s disagreement within the Labour Party about the return of Joseph Muscat is the best thing I’ve heard about the Labour Party in a long time. I don’t mean that in the schadenfreude sense with which some politicians of the PN delighted in the news. Nationalists must feel some relief to be [...]

At first, I thought this was meant to be funny

2024-03-13T09:57:40+01:00Wed, 13th Mar '24, 09:57|

Clint Azzopardi Flores is running for the European Parliament on the Labour Party’s ticket. He’s a banker who spent time working in Malta’s embassy in Brussels. Judging by this article of his he’s also a nutcase. By that I don’t mean he’s somehow exceptional. Though to be fair these choice quotes from his analysis of [...]

The best of us

2024-03-12T08:09:25+01:00Tue, 12th Mar '24, 08:09|

The prime minister’s office and the prime minister’s wife gave Times of Malta statements that manage to sound both categorical and hopelessly vague at the same time. The newspaper offered the Abela couple the opportunity to comment about an internal assessment made by their bankers when Robert Abela ascended the throne. That internal report asked [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Making history

2024-03-10T07:45:05+01:00Sun, 10th Mar '24, 07:45|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "The notion that an academic could have their job threatened by the consequence of their controversial opinions is abhorrent. But the protection that academics rightly enjoy, giving them the space to think freely and critically, burdens them with the responsibility to be honest about the evidence that [...]

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