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Civilian oversight

2023-05-30T10:23:43+02:00Tue, 30th May '23, 10:23|

Photo: Consolidated Rescue Group Four international NGOs have published a joint statement accusing the Maltese authorities of breaking international law by forcefully dragging 500 migrants in distress in Malta’s search and rescue area back to Libya. Read it, especially for its detail because it is the level of detail that should inform your [...]

A dusty legacy

2023-05-30T09:14:20+02:00Tue, 30th May '23, 09:14|

The small nations games are on and may the girls and boys in red have the best time and make their mothers and fathers proud. But the good will athletes are entitled to, should not be taken hostage by a government unable to do its job. Except for The Shift’s sharp reporting, the press has [...]

Purging Muscat

2023-05-28T09:50:29+02:00Sun, 28th May '23, 09:50|

There’s an article in The Malta Independent today by Noel Grima which has the word ‘de-muscatification’ in its heading. It’s about how this country needs to reverse the policies of Joseph Muscat in order to start getting things right. It criticises Robert Abela for sticking to ‘continuity’ with the years of Muscat. There’s another article [...]

Need for speed

2023-05-26T08:58:05+02:00Fri, 26th May '23, 08:58|

I like to preface every argument I dare make about transport issues with a lesson I was once given in person by Michael Portillo who introduced himself to a meeting of transport officials from all over the world as a former future prime minister of the UK. I worked in the transport ministry at the [...]

Asking nicely is not going to cut it

2023-05-25T12:42:48+02:00Thu, 25th May '23, 12:42|

Konrad Mizzi ignored the auditor general’s questions about the botched hospitals privatisation while Joseph Muscat and Keith Schembri sent him non-answers. Darren Debono refused to testify against the bosses of the criminal gang he worked for even after he was pardoned for shooting at police officers trying to stop them robbing a bank. Yorgen Fenech [...]

The bigger problem

2023-05-24T12:29:21+02:00Wed, 24th May '23, 12:29|

Other things have happened since, so the small controversy after the Commissioner for Standards in Public Life’s decision not to investigate Arnold Cassola’s complaint about Kurt Farrugia’s and Paul Zahra’s failure to cooperate with the Auditor General has largely been forgotten already. But I was on holiday so bear with me while I catch up. [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Catching the Penguin

2023-05-21T07:23:43+02:00Sun, 21st May '23, 07:23|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "The Batman is a symbol of hope for a cartoonist who has given up on the ability or willingness of ordinary forces of law to fight on the side of justice and lock up the supervillains that plague us. Of course, we can draw cartoons and read [...]

RIGHT OF REPLY: From Chetcuti Cauchi Advocates

2023-05-17T15:00:51+02:00Wed, 17th May '23, 15:00|

The below was sent in by a Dr Charlene Mifsud in response to this earlier post. As usual comments are not posted under a post carrying a reply. In your blogpost, you allege that in his work as an IIP agent under the 2014 Individual Investor Programme, a lawyer at the firm raised funds from [...]

#occupyjustice: Reopen the Egrant inquiry

2023-05-17T08:30:32+02:00Wed, 17th May '23, 08:30|

Statement by #occupyjustice On Tuesday, #occupyjustice staged a protest outside Castille to draw attention to the fact that, in spite of recent revelations regarding the Egrant Inquiry and all the dirty manoeuvres by Pilatus Bank officials and employees, there hasn’t been so much as a peep of action from the Floriana Police Depot or the [...]

Licence to harass

2023-05-16T09:01:01+02:00Tue, 16th May '23, 09:01|

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the acquittal of an alleged rapist who was accused of having forced himself on his colleague inside a police station. In that case the accused admitted he had raped the victim when interrogated by the police but the judge ruled the evidence inadmissible because when he was served [...]


2023-05-16T08:33:21+02:00Tue, 16th May '23, 08:33|

We’ve been waiting for the final NAO report on the hospitals swindle. We’ve been waiting since at least 2019 when we filed and fought in court to start an inquiry into the crimes we were alleging happened in the hospitals concession. We filed in court because the police and the AG ignored the evidence, particularly [...]

It’s not just about libel

2023-05-15T16:31:09+02:00Mon, 15th May '23, 16:31|

One TV has called me many things it would consider insulting. It has called me an extremist, a Nationalist, and a campaigner ‘against Malta’. It has reported as a negative that for some time I lived in Zimbabwe. It marks periodically, nearly thirteen years after the fact, the bus reform with which my name was [...]

Extreme dysfunction

2023-05-15T07:39:15+02:00Mon, 15th May '23, 07:39|

Read this article in yesterday’s The Malta Independent by Professor Kevin Aquilina, who teaches and researches law at the university. He’s no big fan of Repubblika. A few days ago, he criticised our decisions about the Pilatus case where we anticipated possible court orders to discuss the evidence we had in hand behind closed doors, [...]

Anatomy of a scandal

2023-05-17T16:26:04+02:00Fri, 12th May '23, 13:12|

I’m sorry if I’m not letting go of this bone quite yet. Illum last Sunday screamed tabloid headlines that Repubblika “accepted” donations from applicants for citizenship despite its publicly and loudly declared objections to the scheme. In this other post I explained my wonder at how they reached that conclusion when they had no basis [...]

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