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The weed on Parliament’s floor

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2021-12-07T10:51:27+01:00Tue, 7th Dec '21, 10:51|

Not everything, I grant you, is useful evidence to support the argument that democracy is eroding. But, I promise you, this is. NGOs, experts, and professionals are turning to the President of Malta urging him to refuse to sign into law the new cannabis liberalisation bill recently approved by Parliament. As elsewhere, I am not [...]

The rot is everywhere

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2021-12-06T08:07:40+01:00Mon, 6th Dec '21, 08:07|

On Saturday, Times of Malta ran an editorial that put a simple to understand but rather rhetorical question. Is Malta’s justice system working? Since the question followed a chilling list of documented episodes of administrative, procedural, and technical failures in investigations, prosecutions, and judicial processes the answer cannot be anything but a resounding ‘no’. Two [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: The way they do things

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2021-12-05T19:30:27+01:00Sun, 5th Dec '21, 09:42|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "The European Commission is funding an OECD research exercise to advise the standards in public life commissioner on how to improve oversight rules and procedures. The government is invited to participate, along with the opposition, experts and civil society. The government was represented at the introductory meeting, behaving [...]

Something beginning with ‘a’

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2021-12-03T09:17:25+01:00Fri, 3rd Dec '21, 09:17|

I have written here a few times about the disturbing trend of aspiring politicians going into strategic marriages to marry a spouse with a surname beginning with the letter ‘a’ just so they can adopt their spouse’s family name and climb to the top of the ballot sheet. The technical term for declaring voting indifference [...]

Do it again, Joe

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2021-12-03T10:49:00+01:00Fri, 3rd Dec '21, 08:43|

Right on cue Joseph Muscat protested that it was Christian Grima’s fault that he did not show up to back up his claim that he had been libelled by the suggestion that he “blew up Daphne”. The man practically invented the hollow excuse that has since become a tiktok trend. Er, sorry your honour, I [...]

His reputation just got worse

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2021-12-02T12:11:16+01:00Thu, 2nd Dec '21, 12:09|

Joseph Muscat will try to spin himself out of this because he’s spun himself out of much worse. But not showing up to argue in the libel suit he filed against Christian Grima and having his case thrown out as a result is simply an implicit admission that he does not fancy his chances arguing [...]

Psyched

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2021-12-01T11:51:39+01:00Wed, 1st Dec '21, 11:51|

I found the interview prison psychologist Gail Debono gave Malta Today’s Raphael Vassallo disturbing reading. A couple of brief disclaimers out of the way first. This interview was timely and the questions asked pertinent. After the episode when a man was urged to jump off a bastion by onlookers filming tiktoks, instant psychologists sprouted everywhere [...]

Dissecting audiences

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2021-11-29T08:29:15+01:00Mon, 29th Nov '21, 08:28|

It’s not people who follow timesofmalta.com or read The Times of Malta in print in the morning who are likely to be impressed by some Anthony Degiovanni accusing Matthew Caruana Galizia of “contributing to his mother’s killing”. So, when an unidentified “spokesman from the OPM condemns” Anthony Degiovanni’s remarks to comments made exclusively to the [...]

I can’t bear this

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2021-11-27T16:36:34+01:00Sat, 27th Nov '21, 16:36|

A friend told me it was wrong of me to call the Speaker and his lawyer piles of shit, not when I complain about hate speech. I tell other people that words are like stones, they should use them to build bridges not to throw them at someone else. And yet I am weak and [...]

Deliver your letter to Anġlu at a demo on Monday

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2021-11-26T08:17:44+01:00Fri, 26th Nov '21, 08:17|

Protest on Monday 29 November 2021 at 6 pm: Anġlu Farrugia and Rosianne Cutajar should no longer be in our Parliament Repubblika, Occupy Justice and manueldelia.com support Matthew Caruana Galizia’s demand for the resignation of Speaker Anġlu Farrugia and express their agreement with remarks made by former prime minister and former Speaker Lawrence Gonzi that “we [...]

Anġlu Farrugia and his lawyer, unqualified piles of shit

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2021-11-25T16:53:12+01:00Thu, 25th Nov '21, 16:48|

I saw this yesterday when the Speaker got his lawyer Ian Refalo to write on his behalf because he couldn’t bring himself to write to Matthew Caruana Galizia. This letter should be immortalised as perhaps the final nail in the coffin of our Parliamentary democracy. The list of reasons for this is very long, the [...]

Matthew Caruana Galizia asks speaker to resign over Rosianne Cutajar case

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2021-11-24T12:44:48+01:00Wed, 24th Nov '21, 12:44|

In a reaction to the Speaker’s poor excuse of a “reprimand” to Rosianne Cutajar, Matthew Caruana Galizia told Anġlu Farrugia he should resign immediately “in the best interests of our democracy, and due to your proven incapacity and unwillingness to defend parliament from corruption”. Daphne Caruana Galizia’s eldest son and director of the foundation set [...]

On SLAPPs

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2021-11-23T16:51:57+01:00Tue, 23rd Nov '21, 16:51|

I was very happy to participate today on the second day of this important conference on SLAPP suits hosted in London by the Justice for Journalists Foundation and the Foreign Policy Centre. If you want to watch this morning's session scroll to 10:30 on the time shown at the top right of the screen of [...]

Her journey

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2021-11-23T09:06:34+01:00Tue, 23rd Nov '21, 09:06|

I’m no expert on the dynamics of the internal politics of the European Parliament. I can add nothing to the “informed sources” quoted by other media groups rating Roberta Metsola’s chances at being elected president. Any ‘analysis’ would be derivative, the sort a local sports commenter would give discussing the soccer world cup on TV [...]

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