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The farcical middle act of a tragedy

2022-06-25T10:00:06+02:00Sat, 25th Jun '22, 10:00|

Jean Claude Micallef is pitching for the job to run the association of premier league football clubs saying in a Facebook post (because that’s how job applications for senior executive positions are filed these days) words to the effect that he meant to rescue Maltese football from having “its reputation clouded”. I can tell you [...]

Tensions within MFA as Joseph Muscat recalls political debt owed by Bjorn Vassallo

2022-06-25T09:03:45+02:00Sat, 25th Jun '22, 09:03|

MFA President Bjorn Vassallo is under pressure to support Joseph Muscat’s candidature to the presidency of the association of elite football clubs, not least because the support of key Joseph Muscat allies was crucial for Vassallo’s election in 2019. Bjorn Vassallo owes his election to the top job in the football federation to key Joseph [...]

UPDATED: Our right to remember

2022-06-24T12:54:38+02:00Fri, 24th Jun '22, 12:25|

UPDATED: 24 June 2022, 12:46 Yesterday I wrote a piece about the utterly baseless claim that “because of data protection laws,” the police cannot tell us about what happened to one of its most senior officers found by an independent inquiry to have suffocated corruption investigations. I wrote how privacy laws are misused to pervert [...]

How Labour MPs tried (again) to dilute a Council of Europe resolution, and failed (again)

2022-06-24T09:57:10+02:00Fri, 24th Jun '22, 09:57|

Labour MPs sitting at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe tabled 10 amendments to a draft resolution calling on Malta to step up its reforms and 8 of them were thrown out by the Assembly in near unanimous votes. The MPs, Naomi Cachia, Chris Bonett, Romilda Baldacchino Zarb, and Cressida Galea, attempted to [...]

Pressure “from Castille” on football chiefs to drop Muscat presidency idea

2022-06-24T09:24:35+02:00Fri, 24th Jun '22, 09:13|

Photo: REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi Multiple sources in premier league football clubs have reported to this website receiving calls from Robert Abela’s staff to warn them against hiring Joseph Muscat as chief of the professional clubs’ association. OPM staff are reported to have told leaders of the footballing world that should they support Joseph [...]

This privacy business

2022-06-23T14:40:12+02:00Thu, 23rd Jun '22, 14:40|

Privacy laws exist to protect private people from the abuses of a government or authorities or people of power with access to information given to them for other purposes. Let’s take the obvious example. You tell your doctor you have a sexually transmitted disease you probably didn’t get from your husband. You must tell her [...]

First things first, right?

2022-06-22T14:50:48+02:00Wed, 22nd Jun '22, 14:50|

It won’t surprise anyone that unlike the general trend in Europe, most Maltese people worry more about their standard of living than the protection of European values. In people’s mind, too often, values have no value. The question was being asked as Europe was measuring the mood about the consequences of the war in Ukraine. [...]

Go on then, show us how corrupt football is

2022-06-22T10:45:42+02:00Wed, 22nd Jun '22, 10:45|

God knows I’m not an expert. It’s not the smartest thing to rely on vaguely informed prejudices and making judgements on poorly informed smatterings of mostly misunderstood information. Don’t come here for an analysis of the ins and outs of Maltese (or any other sort of) football. But I know Joseph Muscat. I’ve been one [...]

PODCAST: A question the government does not want asking

2022-06-22T10:13:58+02:00Wed, 22nd Jun '22, 10:13|

Manuel Delia · A Question The Government Does Not Want Asking The debate at the Public Accounts Committee on whether police chief Angelo Gafà should be called to testify in the interminable Electrogas inquiry was spine-crushingly boring. The outcome was that the government MPs over-ruled the wishes of the opposition MPs to call Gafà to [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: What risk to manage

2022-06-20T08:49:23+02:00Mon, 20th Jun '22, 08:49|

From my article in The Sunday Times yesterday: "Before all this started, the general mantra was that it is statistically impossible that, within all the billions of dollars that flow through Malta, there is no dirty money worthy of prosecutions and convictions in court. "The billions still flow, perhaps slightly reduced. With all the additional rules [...]

Can a judge say sorry?

2022-06-17T10:01:22+02:00Fri, 17th Jun '22, 10:01|

Apparently quite a few people were in the room when Magistrate Yana Micallef Stafrace thundered at Janice Chetcuti and called her behaviour as doing ‘worse than the worst criminal whore has ever done in my courtroom’, or words to that effect. The magistrate reported the lawyer for – the Maltese text says – “joqgħodu jitbewwsu [...]

Did you know we have a national anti-racism policy?

2022-06-16T15:21:58+02:00Thu, 16th Jun '22, 15:21|

I didn’t have the heart to write again about Lassana Cisse today despite the last farewell by his friends at the mosque this morning. I last wrote about the man in this post when I heard his body was finally going to be put on its way back to his mother. I read the coverage [...]

Untenable position

2022-06-16T11:20:20+02:00Thu, 16th Jun '22, 11:20|

Readers familiar with this blog know that I do not presume to have a contribution to make to every controversy on the island. People familiar with me know that I’m likely to have an opinion. But I limit the opinions I write about in my blog to ones that are informed, that I’ve read about, [...]

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