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Financial Services: Corking a punctured barrel

2017-07-09T21:50:00+02:00Tue, 27th Jun '17, 13:49|

Think of a barrel of whiskey with a corked hole at its bottom. It is water-tight and holds the whiskey inside, for years if it needs to. As long as the cork holds. That is its weakest point that may hold for decades or give at any moment and let all the whiskey gush out [...]

Demanding the Impossible

2017-07-09T21:50:03+02:00Mon, 26th Jun '17, 08:54|

I had some friendly backlash to my piece yesterday on The Sunday Times. It surprised me, although perhaps it should not have.I was told on the one hand that I’m a hopeless idealist chasing unicorns and that the job requirements I listed for the job of PN leader were impossibly onerous and no one alive, [...]

Irridu naqdu ‘n-nies

2017-07-09T21:50:02+02:00Sat, 24th Jun '17, 09:42|

So fair and foul a phrase I have not heard.It’s a mantra repeated without fail but with much frustration by the party loyalists who will stick with the PN through thick and thin but who have a shared theory on why others would not. It’s that verb ‘qeda’ that is so loaded in the Maltese [...]

A People’s Party

2017-07-09T21:50:02+02:00Fri, 23rd Jun '17, 09:10|

Political parties do not exist for their own sake. They are an enabling tool for the functioning of democracy. It helps to understand where they came from. Commons elected to Westminster were chosen, not for belonging to this or that party, but for being the favourite representative of their constituency.But in a chamber of hundreds, [...]

Note to the PM: We’re not idiots

2017-07-09T21:50:03+02:00Wed, 21st Jun '17, 17:23|

On election’s eve, Joseph Muscat, wanted to make sure the justified rumblings among employees and people who economically depend on the gaming industry changed nothing in the outcome he wanted out of the election. Not for him electoral loss because of the economic consequences of the corruption in his government.So he resorted to the simplest [...]

Two weeks

2017-07-14T14:43:58+02:00Tue, 20th Jun '17, 14:30|

It’s been two weeks to the hour that this blog has been around. It was two nights after the election result and the first morning back to work and the old routine. Everything was the same again but everything was different. I’ve now been away from the local political scene for over 4 years. I [...]

Catch them young

2017-07-14T14:42:33+02:00Tue, 20th Jun '17, 08:34|

When they had to choose between the obscurantist proto-communist puppets of Libya and western liberal democracy the first time voters of 1981 and 1987 did not have a tough choice. They are 48 to 58 now. When we had to choose between Europe and vaguely described, poorly argued shades of xenophobic isolationism, the choice for [...]

Damn right I’m angry

2017-07-14T14:41:41+02:00Mon, 19th Jun '17, 02:40|

The Archbishop had to intervene to tell us hate speech is not such a great idea. He did so after Tony Zarb came back from his retirement to incite the lynching of David Casa and Roberta Metsola for doing a Fredo Corleone and taking sides against the family. Alfred Griscti then predictably branded the Archbishop [...]

European voters

2017-07-14T14:40:47+02:00Sat, 17th Jun '17, 09:13|

The first electoral appointment for the newly re-configured PN, will be the European Parliament elections in 2019. Naturally incumbents, candidates and aspirants will probably already be thinking how they can position themselves to try to carve a space for themselves in the big blue chamber. It’s also by extension a significant position in the national [...]

The left flank

2017-07-14T14:48:05+02:00Fri, 16th Jun '17, 19:02|

There is a vacuum in our political framework and nature, to coin a phrase, abhors a vacuum. Labour is thoroughly invested in the irrepressible and irreversible exploitation of the little space that we have. Economic libertarianism has become the central philosophical precept of the political program of the Labour party and profit has become its [...]

Change continues

2017-07-14T14:39:07+02:00Thu, 15th Jun '17, 18:10|

There are two stages in the life of a political party. True life is cyclical so one stage gives way to another over and over again. A political party is either implementing its political program or writing it. A political party does not lose its reason for being when in opposition. All this apocalyptic dejection [...]

So what does the PN stand for?

2017-07-14T14:38:16+02:00Wed, 14th Jun '17, 17:17|

I remember I was upstairs in the balcony of the hall of the old Stamperija. It was the General Council meeting of the PN after the 1996 election. I sat with the press because I was not even a signed-up member of the party at the time, let alone a Councillor. But it was a [...]

To the Labour voter who disapproves of corruption

2017-07-14T14:36:52+02:00Tue, 13th Jun '17, 16:15|

This one goes out to people who voted Labour understanding, perhaps only privately, the seriousness of what had already been proven with respect to Konrad Mizzi, Keith Schembri and Brian Tonna. You are a big, big, big chunk of the voting population. If 55% of our voting population is too obtuse, ill-informed, susceptible to have [...]


2017-07-14T14:35:50+02:00Tue, 13th Jun '17, 11:36|

Here's a Facebook post by Frank Psaila capturing the mood of the times in and around the PN. Quite a few people have been speaking about their exclusion or the exclusion of others from the direction of the PN in recent years. Some have been less than subtle in their complaints they themselves or some favourite of [...]

Paying someone else’s bills

2017-07-14T14:35:06+02:00Mon, 12th Jun '17, 16:51|

Apart from the political unfairness and criminal illegality of buying votes of entire families by giving unproductive lifetime sinecures to individuals, one should take the time to work out the economic cost of this. We must do this because economic consequences take a long time to bubble up and they give way like quagmire around [...]

GUEST POST: What’s next?

2017-06-11T17:21:00+02:00Sun, 11th Jun '17, 17:21|

By Aeacus:Muscat’s single most important objective now must be to retain power by averting and / or neutralising the effect of the corruption allegations levelled at him (Schembri and Mizzi) during his first term. He needs to deal with, at least, four fronts:§  The courts of law:  Here he will probably rely on the natural [...]

Popular justice

2017-07-14T14:34:10+02:00Sun, 11th Jun '17, 17:18|

Here's the Prime Minister speaking to inewsmalta.com, the online version of the GWU's l-orizzont: “Il-kritika se tibqa’ pero bid-differenza li Konrad Mizzi ġie ġġudikat mill-poplu.” I’m not quoting out of context, selectively choosing a sound bite that distorts the intention of the speaker. This is the highlighted quote chosen by the very friendly interviewer to [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Labour’s streets war

2017-07-14T14:33:13+02:00Sun, 11th Jun '17, 08:49|

My article in The Sunday Times this morning: The election result can be dissected in matters of ideology, presentation, language and methods. The ideological question is whether, given the territory occupied by Labour in the civil liberties space and the economic management space, the PN was reduced to an identity orphan unsure of what it wants [...]

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