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‘Money is our power’

2021-08-10T09:43:27+02:00Tue, 10th Aug '21, 09:43|

Melvyn Theuma told the court yesterday that Yorgen Fenech had used that phrase – ‘money is our power’ – when Theuma had suggested to Fenech that he could stop paying the imprisoned Degiorgios the tens of thousands they had been extorting from him. It’s one of those quotes that would be left hanging in silence, [...]

Charity begins at the local church

2021-08-10T08:51:36+02:00Tue, 10th Aug '21, 08:51|

Several months ago, Repubblika argued MPs should not be government Ministers. Access to public money and contesting a constituency seat are a toxic combination. Byron Camilleri, the guy who stood idly by as prisoner after prisoner was found dead or dying in prison, has found public money to pay for the repair of the roof [...]


2021-08-09T10:55:20+02:00Mon, 9th Aug '21, 10:55|

Many have good reasons to take a dim view of Sandro Chetcuti and be wary of what he has to say. Some would stop themselves listening to him because he was a notorious acolyte of Dom Mintoff. Or because he stood alongside Joseph Muscat in that man’s rise to power, brokering contacts for him as [...]

This is who we are

2021-08-09T09:41:40+02:00Mon, 9th Aug '21, 09:41|

If you haven't listened to the podcast, you may prefer to read the detailed feature by the BBC's Jane Mackenzie on the El Hiblu 3. The photos with the piece are by Joanna Demarco. Three young men were arrested when they were still boys, clearly wrongfully accused of terrorism. Malta rushed into exaggerated accusations based [...]

GUEST POST: The national sasla

2021-08-09T08:37:11+02:00Mon, 9th Aug '21, 08:37|

This was sent in by someone I know who calls himself ‘Flower’. Beneath is a tangential note by Manuel Delia. Sasla.  If I were a gambling man, I would easily win a bet if I stated that no one born this side of the millennium does not think this is a bad autocorrect of a [...]

Cautionary tale

2021-08-09T13:44:58+02:00Thu, 5th Aug '21, 09:49|

This cartoon by the great Seb Tanti Burlo' is a lesson for me as well. Treat people with respect, steer clear of murdering bastards, and lay off the doughnuts. How's that Edward Zammit Lewis?

Top reason Edward Zammit Lewis must go

2021-08-04T10:46:31+02:00Wed, 4th Aug '21, 10:43|

It's not because he spoke of his electorate in offensive terms, describing the average Labour Party supporter as an imbecile. They're right to feel hurt but they can deal with that when it's their turn to vote in the next election. Edward Zammit Lewis had his Ġaħan conversation with a person he described and continues [...]

Have mercy

2021-08-04T10:18:24+02:00Wed, 4th Aug '21, 10:18|

I have often argued that the power of deciding on immunity from prosecution or relief from punishment handed down by courts to acquire witnesses for the prosecution should not be a political decision. Right now ministers decide who gets to be pardoned to turn state’s evidence and who doesn’t, when that decision has a direct [...]

After suspension, arrest and prosecution

2021-08-03T13:01:15+02:00Tue, 3rd Aug '21, 13:01|

In June of last year Ian Abdilla was transferred out of the Economic Crimes Unit. Yesterday he was suspended altogether from the police force. The police department says he’ll face PSC proceedings. That’s nowhere near enough. Ian Abdilla is not accused of taking a part-time job without his boss’s permission. He’s not being disciplined because [...]

Ian Abdilla suspended, will face disciplinary investigation

2021-08-03T10:39:16+02:00Tue, 3rd Aug '21, 10:39|

The former chief of the Police’s Economic Crimes Unit, Ian Abdilla, has been suspended from the Police Force and will face investigations under disciplinary rules governed by the Public Service Commission this website has learned. Ian Abdilla was removed from the Economic Crimes Unit last June soon after Commissioner Angelo Gafà took office and was [...]

The ultimate false equivalence

2021-08-03T10:19:19+02:00Tue, 3rd Aug '21, 10:18|

Photo: REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi (MALTA)(2008) Alfred Sant waved off the Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry like a whiff from an open sewer. He criticised the inquiry for shallowness and partiality while he treated its dozens of recommendations and pages upon pages of analysis backed by hundreds of hours of evidence with 80 words on [...]

Edward’s last legs

2021-08-02T14:22:17+02:00Mon, 2nd Aug '21, 14:22|

A government that justifies Edward Zammit Lewis walking out of a Cabinet meeting as he did this morning in possession of any government papers apart from his souvenir copy of his resignation has no intention of implementing the findings of the Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry. Edward Zammit Lewis openly admits he was a “friend” of [...]

You kept your lunch down? Let me help you.

2021-08-02T14:39:54+02:00Mon, 2nd Aug '21, 13:49|

Read first my earlier piece about Marie Benoit being feted by Mrs Keith Schembri who was relaunching her brochures for the ultra-rich buying Maltese passports. Now that you're no longer wondering why your face is green, here's a reminder about who Mrs Keith Schembri's new "partner" being mentioned by Marie Benoit is. The name is [...]

I dare you to keep down your lunch

2021-08-02T12:22:50+02:00Mon, 2nd Aug '21, 12:21|

You know how they call us ‘elitist’. How they used to say Daphne disdained the proletariat and that our support for the cause of justice for her came from delusions of Victorian grandeur. Do you remember Keith Schembri, kicking and screaming on his way to Kordin for his two-week sojourn there while he fought for [...]

PODCAST: Cherry-picking

2021-08-02T09:46:35+02:00Mon, 2nd Aug '21, 09:46|

Manuel Delia · Cherry Picking Faced with an inquiry report that damns the failure of State institutions to protect a journalist and prevent her from being killed, Robert Abela’s first speech at a Labour Party engagement is about fixing journalism. He doesn’t propose to fix the attorney general’s office headed by someone damned by the [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: The unpresentables

2021-08-01T07:16:20+02:00Sun, 1st Aug '21, 07:15|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "Muscat’s cabinet ministers are Abela’s cabinet ministers. The people who have now been convicted by a state organ of enabling a murder, expect that Muscat’s resignation and Abela’s half-hearted apology to be punishment enough and they can go on as if nothing has ever happened. "Their objective [...]

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