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So far Andrew Borg-Cardona has created 27 blog entries.

GUEST POST: A tale of KM to KM

2023-12-05T12:42:56+01:00Tue, 5th Dec '23, 12:41|

The law provides for the protection of workers’ rights in a transfer of business situation.  Basically, what happens is that when there is a transfer of business, workers’ acquired rights are protected, such that there is an automatic switch over of employment (and the rights attendant thereon) from the “old” to the “new” employer. If [...]

GUEST POST: Oh, what a show

2022-01-30T10:28:08+01:00Sun, 30th Jan '22, 10:28|

I didn’t think it would have been possible to up my goggle-box watching, but since COVID, I’ve managed. So, when it was proposed that instead of the usual Saturday evening movie (one becomes more of a creature of habit as age increases) we would watch The First Ever Malta Film Awards, I didn’t kick up [...]

GUEST POST: A Contemplation on Freedom of Expression

2021-12-17T19:56:36+01:00Fri, 17th Dec '21, 19:56|

In a country so finely ruled under the Rule of Law that even cases against state organisations are tolerated (I quote Mr Speaker’s faithful legal beagle here, who let slip his sublime take on democratic governance while arguing a case on behalf of no less an august institution as the FIAU) it is perhaps a [...]

GUEST POST: I M Beck’s Saturday rumination

2021-12-11T16:54:35+01:00Sat, 11th Dec '21, 16:54|

I was chewing the fat, duly masked and distanced, with a bloke of sound mind, and similar to mine and we riffed on a theme. We agreed, as blokes of similar minds tend to, that we have no illusion about the state of the PN and the capabilities of Bernard, as they are viewed by [...]

GUEST POST: Just a quick ‘no, but, yes, but’

2021-04-02T07:56:45+02:00Fri, 2nd Apr '21, 07:56|

PM Abela said that justice will not be served if all Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murderers walk free. “We can’t go in the direction where no one is found guilty in the Daphne Caruana Galizia murder […] If we want justice, but it means everyone walks free, then that isn’t justice,” is the exact quote reported [...]

GUEST POST: Justice, Quid Iuris?

2021-01-30T09:55:05+01:00Sat, 30th Jan '21, 09:55|

On the setting of the sun on the first year of His Master’s reign, Edward Zammit Lewis thought it would be timely to take stock of what has been achieved. He took up a whole page of the Times of Malta to do this little thing. He wasn’t talking about the attack, repulsed with contempt, [...]

GUEST POST: Strike, Don’t Strike

2020-12-14T14:38:25+01:00Mon, 14th Dec '20, 14:38|

Every so often, in the gaps between stories about COVID-19, the latest corruption and impunity scandal and Brexit, we get chunky headlines about how the court has stopped a nurses’ strike or allowed a nurses’ strike or a pilots’ strike or non-strike. Industrial disputes, especially when they risk inconveniencing a wider range of people than [...]

GUEST POST: Pia, celebrated

2020-12-04T14:58:03+01:00Fri, 4th Dec '20, 14:40|

The reaction of many good people to the judgement that held that It-Torċa had not libelled Pia Zammit was to be expected. Likewise, I stand with Pia, it need hardly be said. I was going to add ‘and some not so good ones’ or use ‘assorted luvvies’ instead of ‘many good people’, but hey, I [...]

GUEST POST: Speak some evil

2020-09-19T08:56:57+02:00Fri, 18th Sep '20, 16:34|

At about 2pm on the Friday when he testified in front of the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, I put up this post on Facebook: The post was accompanied by a photo of the simpering minister, who our dashing PM, on his elevation from consultant to his predecessor to consultee to [...]

GUEST POST: Well, don’t blame us then

2020-07-25T10:45:35+02:00Sat, 25th Jul '20, 10:45|

George Hyzler’s findings in respect of Joseph Muscat’s en famille trip down to Dubai, round about the time when COVID-19 had thrown the world into turmoil, gave rise to quite a few reactive mutterings. Some of these were in the sense that Hyzler had been intimidated by that fellow Glenn Bedingfield’s assorted slurs. Bedingfield, of [...]

GUEST POST: That probation clause

2020-07-01T15:32:45+02:00Wed, 1st Jul '20, 15:32|

That the way the new Police Commissioner was selected was simply a bit of a smokescreen to salve consciences pricked by the Venice Commission’s Report is a given. That the PN MPs forewent their opportunity to grill the anointed one is understandable, if to some minds (mine included) perhaps unfortunate. That the it is up [...]

GUEST POST: A question or six for you

2020-03-30T14:28:03+02:00Mon, 30th Mar '20, 14:28|

Far be it from me to distract Minister Fearne from his duties at this time. He can answer for his part in all of this in the future, and his part was anyway relatively minimal, in the circumstances, he was just another minister nodding when Joseph Muscat said jump. There are plenty of ministers who [...]

GUEST POST: The man, measured

2020-03-28T08:49:19+01:00Sat, 28th Mar '20, 08:47|

So there you have it, a doctor, flanked by experts, is undermined by his political master, a lawyer, flanked by - well, if Peanuts Scicluna and the Boy Schembri are anything to go by - buffoons. Just in case cabin fever has got you, I’m talking about Minister Dr Chris Fearne and Prime Minister Dr [...]

GUEST POST: The measure of the man

2020-03-25T12:28:17+01:00Wed, 25th Mar '20, 12:28|

I’m not an economist, so I won’t comment about PM Robert Abela’s “thirds wave” of rescue measures. All I know is, the amount of questions as to how they’re going to work and what small enterprises, apparently not much represented in the MCESD, are supposed to do, that were raised in a forum I’m in [...]

GUEST POST: Into the future darkly

2020-03-21T11:59:38+01:00Sat, 21st Mar '20, 11:58|

As I write this, on Sky News two grinning idiots are being asked why they are out, having a drink in a public space, despite the UK government’s request that people don’t do this. Admittedly, their Prime Minister is himself a grinning idiot, albeit one that has finally started listening to the grown-ups. Their answer [...]

GUEST POST: No honeymoon, Robert

2020-01-19T18:17:13+01:00Sun, 19th Jan '20, 16:42|

If you needed confirmation that Robert Abela’s premiership wasn’t going to get - or deserve - a honeymoon, Sunday’s papers provided it. On Malta Today, its owner Saviour Balzan wrote about how a bunch of craven cowards vomited their thoughts about the disgraced Joseph Muscat into his lap. These revolting turds weren’t named, but according [...]

GUEST POST: Equivalencies denied

2020-01-07T12:17:25+01:00Tue, 7th Jan '20, 12:09|

It is a fundamental of political discourse, especially in a close-minded tribalist society like ours, to justify burying one’s head in the sand (or justifying the antics of your own side, for that matter) by saying that “hey, they’re all the same, didn’t he do what you’re criticising the other guy for?” Many of the [...]

GUEST POST: At the decade’s end

2019-12-31T20:03:56+01:00Tue, 31st Dec '19, 20:03|

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 2019, we found ourselves at what may very well turn out to be the beginning of the end. We were in Magistrate Axiak’s court, into which a couple of hours earlier, Keith Schembri had strode, flanked by his pretty high-powered legal team, [...]

GUEST POST: Reflections on righteousness

2019-12-28T17:29:27+01:00Sat, 28th Dec '19, 17:29|

Labour’s leadership hopefuls are busy letting us have the benefit of their wisdom about everything under the sun.  They carefully calibrate their sublime utterances with an eye to the electorate that will be elevating them or casting them out into the wilderness, where there will be weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth. Or some such [...]

GUEST POST: Why Egrant matters

2019-12-20T18:14:57+01:00Fri, 20th Dec '19, 18:05|

When soon-to-be (but not soon enough) ex-PM Joseph Muscat had done his snivelling big-girl’s blouse act after he had published the conclusions of Magistrate, now Judge, Bugeja’s report on the ownership of Egrant Inc, many were signally unimpressed. You see, when a judicial officer uses words, these are used with precision (and quite a bit [...]

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