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GUEST POST: The story of two young politicians

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2021-12-16T14:57:31+01:00Thu, 16th Dec '21, 08:48|

The measure of a man is what he does with power – Plato Joseph Muscat and Roberta Metsola are perhaps the most prominent politicians of their generation. Joseph Muscat was born in 1974 and at the age of 18 he joined Labour’s One (at the time Super One) Radio. In 1995 he was elected to [...]

GUEST POST: How the few harmed all

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2021-11-19T10:13:24+01:00Fri, 19th Nov '21, 10:13|

In 2013, Joseph Muscat was elected with an impressive majority following a sleek and very expensive campaign with the solemn pledge to rule by meritocracy, reduce utility tariffs and care for and protect the environment. Thousands believed him and saw in him a new saviour, the one who could deliver the Labour Party from decades [...]

GUEST POST: What a namby-pamby

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2021-11-12T09:23:06+01:00Fri, 12th Nov '21, 09:23|

Weakness in attitude becomes weakness of character. - Albert Einstein That Robert Abela is a weakling is a known fact. He’s been prime minister for nearly two years now and his actions or rather his inactions and his preference for sitting on the fence prove just how puny he is. Our premier thinks that ignoring [...]

GUEST POST: Our man in London. Possibly.

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2021-11-04T08:02:59+01:00Thu, 4th Nov '21, 08:02|

In 2013, successful criminal lawyer Manwel Mallia, decided to enter politics. He was elected and appointed by disgraced Prime Minister Joseph Muscat as minister for home affairs. He was soon in the limelight because in his first declaration of assets he declared storing €500,000 in cash at home, snugly under some mattress one would presume. [...]

GUEST POST: The times are not a-changin’

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2021-10-26T09:01:24+02:00Tue, 26th Oct '21, 09:01|

Just five days after Robert Abela was sworn as prime minister on 12 January 2020 incompetent, and since investigated by a magistrate’s order for alleged complicity in crimes, Lawrence Cutajar resigned from his post as Commissioner of Police. Not to diminish his income Robert Abela gave him a consultancy appointment worth €31,000 per annum which [...]

GUEST POST: The legacy we leave

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2021-10-14T07:35:01+02:00Thu, 14th Oct '21, 07:35|

It is said that Josef Stalin once ripped all the feathers off a live chicken as a lesson to his followers. He then sat the chicken on the floor a short distance away. The chicken was suffering immensely but yet when Stalin tossed some wheat toward it, the chicken followed him around. “This is how [...]

GUEST POST: Déjà vu

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2021-09-20T16:25:02+02:00Mon, 20th Sep '21, 16:25|

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. - George Santayana Those who, like me, are of a certain age will surely remember what Malta went through in the seventies and eighties under the regime run by the party then known as the Malta Labour Party. The Mintoff and Karmenu Mifsud [...]

GUEST POST: In B.E.D with Yorgen

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2021-09-16T08:39:21+02:00Thu, 16th Sep '21, 08:39|

I am not referring to the MP who allegedly slept with Yorgen Fenech, the man accused of masterminding the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. She says that’s a private matter. I beg to differ but that’s for another time. I am not even referring to a sitting minister who had, and maybe still has, a [...]

GUEST POST: You took an oath

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2021-09-07T14:17:45+02:00Tue, 7th Sep '21, 14:17|

A few days ago I suggested to Joseph Muscat, shamed former prime minister, selected as the most corrupt politician of 2019 and also known as ‘Ix-Xiħ’ to disappear after his feeble attempt to become relevant again. Today I would like to invite Mr Angelo Gafà, Commissioner of Police, to come into view. It has been [...]

GUEST POST: Just disappear, won’t you?

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2021-08-29T07:24:31+02:00Sun, 29th Aug '21, 07:24|

The 2019 Corrupt Politician of the Year awardee is trying to make a comeback. He had been hibernating for many a month with his spouse informing us where they were holidaying through Instagram. But Joseph Muscat is too narcissistic to stay away from centre stage and suddenly decided that after more than four years, an [...]

GUEST POST: Tolerance is a virtue

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2021-08-16T08:58:48+02:00Mon, 16th Aug '21, 08:58|

December 16, 2019. Photo: Darrin Zammit Lupi A new face in politics, PN candidate Alex Borg, has declared “wholehearted condemnation” of the anti-corruption group Repubblika and the youth group Civil Society Network, describing them as “irrelevant” to his work. Dr Borg shared a Facebook poll by Civil Society Network which asked whether a [...]

GUEST POST: The hero and the villains

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2021-08-02T09:07:52+02:00Mon, 2nd Aug '21, 09:07|

The state should shoulder responsibility for the assassination. It created an atmosphere of impunity, generated from the highest echelons of the administration in Castille, the tentacles of which then spread to other institutions, such as the police and regulatory authorities, leading to a collapse of the rule of law. - The Daphne Caruana Galizia Public [...]

GUEST POST: The Johnny Cash Story

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2021-07-26T10:10:37+02:00Mon, 26th Jul '21, 10:10|

Silvio Zammit: …with a guaranteed proposal to lift the ban. Lobbyist: You can guarantee a lift of the ban? Is that what you said? Silvio Zammit: The proposal, the proposal, ok, and I can make you as well high-level meetings to end the rumours, and obviously these rumours will give you the guarantee that lifting [...]

GUEST POST: The trampled flower affair

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2021-07-19T08:41:33+02:00Mon, 19th Jul '21, 08:41|

Flowers grow back even after they are stepped on - Rosianne Cutajar MP   Rosianne Cutajar who started as a newscaster on One TV in 2010, became Qormi’s Labour mayor in 2012 when she was 24-years old. Considered very close to the higher echelons of the then Labour leadership (led by Joseph Muscat and Keith [...]

GUEST POST: Denial is not just a river in Egypt

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2021-07-01T17:15:16+02:00Thu, 1st Jul '21, 17:15|

The title is borrowed from Mark Twain. Last Wednesday, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published its decision to grey-list Malta, thus putting it on the same scale as Zimbabwe, Syria, Uganda and Sudan. Malta is the first member state of the European Union to be added to the money-laundering grey-list which could cause serious [...]

GUEST POST: Robert’s to do and not to do list

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2021-06-28T08:18:56+02:00Mon, 28th Jun '21, 08:18|

When corruption becomes a way of life, when all are convinced that fat cats would by hook or by crook, get whatever they wanted, even if that breached laws and regulations applicable to all, if sanctioning of blatant irregularities that should normally lead to criminal prosecution and administrative penalties becomes the norm, the rule of [...]

GUEST POST: Malta, Uganda, Yemen and Zimbabwe

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2021-06-24T09:20:44+02:00Thu, 24th Jun '21, 09:20|

Every country has the government it deserves – Joseph de Maistre Uganda is well-known for the grand-scale theft of public funds corruption involving public officials at all levels of society as well as widespread political patronage systems. Elite corruption in Uganda is through the benefaction system which has been aggravated by foreign aid. Aid has [...]

GUEST POST: Questions

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2021-06-21T10:00:45+02:00Mon, 21st Jun '21, 10:00|

I had six honest serving men. They taught me all I knew. Their names were ‘where’ and ‘what’ and ‘when’ and ‘why’ and ‘how’ and ‘who’. - Rudyard Kipling It’s been nearly 6 months, since December 2020 when the Parliamentary Secretary for Equality Rosianne Cutajar and Charles Farrugia, one of her political aides, were exposed [...]

GUEST POST: Humour me

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2021-06-16T09:45:40+02:00Wed, 16th Jun '21, 09:01|

The secret of humour is surprise. – Aristotle Prime Minister Robert Abela, interviewed on One Radio, said that the environment is one of the government’s top priorities. He said that the proof is in his government’s decision to commission a new interconnector – which according to Aaron Farrugia, our environment minister, will use hydrogen. So [...]

GUEST POST: The best in the world

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2021-06-14T09:05:13+02:00Mon, 14th Jun '21, 09:04|

In 2018, former premier Joseph Muscat predicted that Malta would be the best in Europe and the envy of the world. A little more than a year later the man crowned as the most corrupt politician of 2019 resigned in disgrace under pressure from civil society. He is now a nobody living in Burmarrad with [...]

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