Projection

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2018-03-16T16:59:34+01:00Fri, 16th Mar '18, 16:43|

The Appeals Court decision confirming an earlier defamation sentence against Saviour Balzan is interesting. Saviour Balzan made a defamatory allegation against Richard Cachia Caruana, the court decided, when he alleged he dragooned a regiment of commentators and used them to harm the enemies of Lawrence Gonzi. Saviour Balzan had specifically written about Daphne Caruana Galizia [...]

Baqgħu sakemm qatluha

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2018-03-16T09:06:27+01:00Fri, 16th Mar '18, 09:06|

Five months ago today Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed. Joseph Muscat is still in office. Every day without justice they kill her again. Join the call for justice tonight at 18:30 in front of the courts building in Valletta.  

Tiring ironies

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2018-03-15T11:40:51+01:00Thu, 15th Mar '18, 11:40|

So Mossack Fonseca is no more. There are many other law firms in many other tax havens hiding the secrets of many other politicians. But this one is gone. It is a bitter sweet moment for many people in Malta, but for none more so than Matthew Caruana Galizia. It is indeed a strange day. [...]

What’s going on at Global Capital?

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2018-03-15T12:23:12+01:00Thu, 15th Mar '18, 08:49|

Its binding bid to buy Lombard Bank is as clear as mud. As a listed company Global Capital have a legal obligation to announce to the market important information to avoid rumours and speculation. They did make an announcement two days ago but it had the opposite effect. They claimed the offer to buy half [...]

Glenn Bedingfield’s questions

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2018-03-15T08:18:18+01:00Thu, 15th Mar '18, 08:18|

Glenn Bedingfield stood in defence of what he believes is his right to work for two institutions that are designed by our Constitution to be independent of each other and for one to keep the other in check and the other to balance out the one. Here’s an extract from his intervention in Parliament yesterday. [...]

Robert Fico resigns. Joseph Muscat not.

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2018-03-15T09:51:51+01:00Wed, 14th Mar '18, 20:13|

As others pass it, here we are every day failing the test of democracy. Robert Fico’s offer to resign as Prime Minister of Slovakia in the aftermath of the killing of journalist Jan Kuciak is the control sample in the experiment happening here in Malta testing the hypothesis that democracy here has failed. Robert Fico’s [...]

Withhold your consent

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2018-03-15T09:49:43+01:00Wed, 14th Mar '18, 17:04|

Everyday your democracy dies a little. Speaker Anġlu Farrugia confirmed his ruling today. Simon Busuttil is not to allowed to ask whether Keith Schembri really owns accounts in Dubai and at Pilatus Bank. UNPRECEDENTED: The Speaker has confirmed that I cannot ask the PM if his Chief of Staff has a bank A/C in Dubai [...]

Having and eating cake

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2018-03-15T09:50:59+01:00Wed, 14th Mar '18, 12:40|

The Times of Malta’s story today about Glen Bedingfield having risked his seat in Parliament during his term of contract with the government that expired last Christmas is interesting but, I would argue, incomplete. The constitution seeks to separate the executive from the legislative. To an extent, in the Westminster model we use this is [...]

Cheese omelette

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2018-03-14T14:13:20+01:00Wed, 14th Mar '18, 10:36|

I found the ġbejna-froġa episode so mind numbingly bland and childish I could not bring myself to write about it. Then on RTK last Friday I had a bit of a laugh when Charles Briffa gave the linguistic history and Tonio Borg the parliamentary history of Maltese insults. Go to 0:25 to hear the relevant [...]

Kapo

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2018-03-13T11:51:10+01:00Tue, 13th Mar '18, 08:38|

The Speaker’s decision to block Simon Busuttil’s question to the Prime Minister whether the chief of his staff has a bank account in Dubai and another at Pilatus Bank is a scandal. But you wouldn’t know that. In a world where all pigs fly, an airborne ham is unremarkable. The Dubai bank account is mentioned [...]

G Farrugia Calleja: You couldn’t make it up

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2018-03-13T07:09:41+01:00Tue, 13th Mar '18, 07:09|

By resident guest George Farrugia Calleja: If Joseph Muscat and Adrian Delia had been found to have slunk off into some obscure corner of the least salubrious bar in the most disreputable part of town to smoke a crack pipe together, they wouldn't have come anywhere near as close to sullying the reputations "enjoyed" by [...]

Has Joseph Muscat just written a cheque to his father?

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2018-03-12T16:39:11+01:00Mon, 12th Mar '18, 16:39|

The 170,000 euro announced today for fireworks factories will attract those who do not approve of fireworks who will say this is a waste of tax-payers money. The point is as moot as it is predictable. I rather like fireworks -- when I'm awake. But I disapprove of the risks to life and limb and [...]

GamingCompliance: Suspect Italian Operators Abandon Malta

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2018-03-12T14:49:55+01:00Mon, 12th Mar '18, 14:49|

Here's a Nicola Tani report on industry journal GamingCompliance about developments since the Malta Gaming Authority gave in to pressure from Italy after news kept popping up of Italian organised crimes using Malta-licensed firms for money laundering. After all the defence that everything was as it should have been, we now know that was not [...]

La Repubblica on Catania-Malta mafia connections

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2018-03-12T14:41:07+01:00Mon, 12th Mar '18, 14:41|

Read this blog by veteran Sicilian journalist Luciano Mirone about the comings and goings between Catania and Malta of mafiosi that do not fit the stereotype of the uncouth Corleonesi but are sharp-suited smooth talkers here for business. Luciano Mirone's blog is here.

Dangerous moron

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2018-03-12T14:23:46+01:00Mon, 12th Mar '18, 14:23|

Kenneth Spiteri announced on his Facebook page just last week that he started a new job at Transport Malta. Go on. Give the man a 'like'. I cannot claim to understand their recruitment rules but just as he was starting there, he wrote in another Facebook comment that should he have the chance he’d blow [...]

Why has the Police Minister not resigned yet? Take 2

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2018-03-14T10:01:22+01:00Mon, 12th Mar '18, 12:03|

I don’t want to start quoting myself like I’m some authority. But the heading of this piece is the same heading of a blog post I wrote on the 17th October, 2017. I was reminded of that when after the culture minister, the interior minister of Slovakia has now resigned. The culture minister had said [...]

I think it’s safe to assume it isn’t a zombie.

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2018-03-12T10:57:01+01:00Mon, 12th Mar '18, 10:53|

The similarities between Jan Kuciak and Daphne Caruana Galizia were something to talk about for a while. Now the differences between Slovakia and Malta are a more obvious topic of discussion. The realities of the two countries are light years apart. True they are both European democracies that joined the EU on May 1st, 2004 [...]