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GUEST POST: Ian Borg’s unfinished projects

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2020-12-07T08:17:06+01:00Mon, 7th Dec '20, 08:17|

Ian Borg, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects has a thing for TV and reporters’ cameras. He calls a press conference every alternate day to inaugurate some project or other. He has become a TV figure wearing the famous bright yellow vest and hard hat. I will watch out for his safety shoes next [...]

GUEST POST: Robert Abela’s week

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2020-11-30T08:13:18+01:00Mon, 30th Nov '20, 08:13|

‘Due to the fast-changing pace of the political landscape, the fortunes of a politician or political group can change drastically just in the course of a single week.’ - Attributed to Harold Wilson, 1964. The new incomplete ‘important artery’ in Gozo’s road network, inaugurated with much pageantry by the Prime Minister about a fortnight ago [...]

GUEST POST: The mulberry bush

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2020-11-23T08:52:26+01:00Mon, 23rd Nov '20, 08:52|

Dawra durella Qabża żigarella Ċoff tal-bellus Ċaqċaqielu lill-għarus. Axxa, axxa, Missieru mastrudaxxa Ma’ rasu għandu faxxa. Issa kulħadd jitbaxxa. Dawra Durella is a Maltese rhyme which children used to sing whilst dancing in a revolving circle. When the rhyme came to an end they all sat down. It was very popular years ago when cars [...]

GUEST POST: Scruples, or the lack of

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2020-11-20T13:33:32+01:00Fri, 20th Nov '20, 13:33|

The dictionary definition of ‘scruples’ is having a kind of moral compass that lets you know what’s right. Often it is used in an outraged way when someone does something bad. Liars, thieves, criminals and politicians have fewer scruples than the rest of us. The idea of scruples has to do with ethics and morality, [...]

GUEST POST: The inauguration of a partly completed 800 metre road and the Vice-President of the European Parliament

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2020-11-16T08:24:20+01:00Mon, 16th Nov '20, 08:24|

Robert Abela got to know that Bernard Grech was going to be in Gozo last Thursday. He has spies everywhere. He was not to be outfoxed. He gathered his communications staff (about 81) and ordered them to prepare a public relations event for the same day. Telephones buzzed to all ministries to see if there [...]

GUEST POST: With hindsight

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2020-11-13T09:57:33+01:00Fri, 13th Nov '20, 09:57|

Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, "It might have been.” - Kurt Vonnegut One of the buzzwords frequently used by Labour ministers, prime or otherwise, officials and trolls is ‘with hindsight.’ It’s the magical word that they think can absolve them of their blunders and make them as clean as [...]

GUEST POST: Seven days news summary in Malta

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2020-11-09T07:59:58+01:00Mon, 9th Nov '20, 07:59|

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people. – John F. Kennedy While the whole world [...]

GUEST POST: A narcissist for a Prime Minister

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2020-11-05T13:28:17+01:00Thu, 5th Nov '20, 13:28|

Superiority complex is a term used to describe people who compensate for feelings of inferiority (feeling like they're less than other people, not as good as others, worthless, etc.) by acting in ways that make them appear superior. They do this because controlling others may help them feel less personally inadequate. Yesterday you were excellent and replied in [...]

GUEST POST: The Golden Passport

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2020-11-04T08:08:30+01:00Wed, 4th Nov '20, 08:08|

Money don't get everything, it's true What it don't get, I can't use Now give me money That's what I want That's what I want, yeah That's what I want - ‘Money’ by The Beatles Since its inception in 1995, the Corruption Perception Index, Transparency International’s flagship report has become the leading global indicator of [...]

GUEST POST: A Proud Prime Minister

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2020-10-30T09:46:34+01:00Fri, 30th Oct '20, 09:46|

A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you. – C.S. Lewis Prime Minister Robert Abela is a proud man. He said it many a time during his two-hour reply to the leader of opposition’s [...]

GUEST POST: Numbers

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2020-10-28T14:51:39+01:00Wed, 28th Oct '20, 09:45|

People use numbers a lot. To measure time and to describe the weather; in school and at work; to count money, measure distances, reach phones open locks, read and flip through TV channels. Engineers use numbers to erect buildings and roll out roads. Doctors count cells and dose medicines. A few years back I wrote an article [...]

GUEST POST: A corrupt deal, endorsed by a corrupt government

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2020-10-26T07:26:11+01:00Mon, 26th Oct '20, 07:26|

The National Audit Office (NAO) had issued a report on the Electrogas power station and indicated ‘shortcomings’. There had been a cheaper option, the NAO found. To many, this was and is a clear indicator of corruption. The evidence was damning but the government, at that time headed by the most corrupt political person in [...]

GUEST POST: Mr Prime Minister, shall we blame Metsola and Casa for this too?

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2020-10-23T14:15:00+02:00Fri, 23rd Oct '20, 14:15|

According to Ernst and Young (Malta)’s foreign investment attractiveness survey, published last Tuesday, the lack of stability in the political environment has gone from once being a leading factor in drawing investors to the island, to now being viewed as a drawback. Malta’s attractiveness to foreign investors is at its lowest-ever level since data started [...]

GUEST POST: Playing God

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2020-10-22T10:00:54+02:00Thu, 22nd Oct '20, 10:00|

“I was scared. Do you know what it's like to hold someone else's life in your hands? It's like playing God. Can you think of anything scarier than that?”- Sidney Sheldon Let’s start with something light. A great piece of news was announced by Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, Chairman of the Malta Council of Science and [...]

GUEST POST: Not traitors

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2020-10-21T15:42:39+02:00Wed, 21st Oct '20, 13:06|

It’s not unpatriotic to denounce an injustice committed on our behalf, perhaps it’s the most patriotic thing we can do. – E.A. Bucchianeri Last Monday the European Union said that it will start legal action against Malta and Cyprus over their ‘golden passport’ citizenship scheme. Which is being abused by criminals. EU Commission vice-president Maros [...]

GUEST POST: Tempus fugit

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2020-10-16T08:04:00+02:00Fri, 16th Oct '20, 08:04|

“A week is a long time in politics.” The quotation is attributed to Harold Wilson, and was probably first said at a lobby briefing for journalists at the time of the sterling crisis in 1964. Interestingly, as Nigel Rees writes in Brewer’s Quotations records, Wilson himself, when asked just after his retirement as Prime Minister in 1977, [...]

GUEST POST: Bob, our super hero

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2020-10-14T08:31:39+02:00Wed, 14th Oct '20, 08:31|

“The only difference between a hero and the villain is that the villain chooses to use that power in a way that is selfish and hurts other people.” Chadwick Boseman Our prime minister used to do bodybuilding. There are many photos of his physique on social media. He has a near perfect body, the body [...]

GUEST POST: Pinokkju

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2020-10-13T07:55:47+02:00Tue, 13th Oct '20, 07:55|

“The only thing worse than a liar is a liar that's also a hypocrite!” - Tennessee Williams Pinocchio is a fictional character and the protagonist of the children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio written in 1883 by Italian author Carlo Collodi. Pinocchio was carved as a wooden puppet by a woodcarver named Geppetto in a [...]

GUEST POST: Economical with the truth

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2020-10-12T14:44:37+02:00Mon, 12th Oct '20, 14:44|

“I swear by Almighty God that the evidence I shall give shall be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” The evidence coming out from the hearings of the Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry is mind boggling and quite astonishing. It shows to what depth the core values of some people have descended, [...]

GUEST POST: On resignations and independents

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2020-10-11T08:26:08+02:00Sun, 11th Oct '20, 08:26|

A small number of passionate Adrian Delia’s supporters have decided to resign from their official roles within the Nationalist Party. It is their right and one cannot blame or criticise them. This is a free country and the Nationalist Party is a democratic institution. I am not talking of those who chose theatrics and took [...]

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