Freedom is

2018-02-20T13:23:11+01:00Tue, 20th Feb '18, 13:23|

The Times of Malta report on illegal billboards is the fact file you needed if you were still impressed by the government’s insistence they was enforcing the law when they removed #occupyjustice billboards criticising them. Discriminate enforcement of the law is illegal. The law is not made of the chapter and verse that is thrown [...]

Le mépris

2018-02-20T09:09:16+01:00Tue, 20th Feb '18, 09:09|

Information on the conditions reached by our national health services are starting to emerge. Inspite of unaccounted for tens of millions and of a hypothec on the concession tied up to a farmers’ bank, the operator of three of our hospitals had no money to pay salaries to the 80 odd employees it was responsible [...]

There’s a name for that

2018-02-20T07:05:56+01:00Mon, 19th Feb '18, 18:28|

Adrian Delia went to court today to challenge the privatisation of the hospitals. Strictly speaking he was challenging the concession of the public land. At law a Parliamentarian is allowed to go to court to challenge a concession of public land if it is not used in compliance with the terms that Parliament granted it [...]

The world is watching

2018-02-19T13:05:14+01:00Mon, 19th Feb '18, 13:05|

A civil society movement set up in the wake of the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia buys space on 3 billboards that carried adverts for beer and holiday offers before. That event would have been a matter of moderate interest in the local media and stopped there. The government strikes down the billboards within 12 [...]

Up side down

2018-02-19T14:32:38+01:00Mon, 19th Feb '18, 12:46|

David Casa walked out of the court building this morning relatively unscathed. He’s not wearing the handcuffs Manuel Mallia believes he deserves. Yet. People wonder how nothing sticks to Joseph Muscat. It’s because he uses henchmen to deliver the biting quotes and scandalous actions. He got a Valletta councillor to try to destroy the Republic [...]

Envy of the world? Not quite.

2018-02-19T10:54:53+01:00Mon, 19th Feb '18, 10:37|

The classic Abwehrmechanismen to rationalise international criticism of Malta's kleptocracy is that "our foreign critics envy us". Who doesn't want Joseph Muscat as their prime minister if what you get in the package is sustained economic growth, low taxes and a budget surplus? It looks like a good deal but scratch the surface and imitating Malta [...]

We deserve better

2018-02-18T18:58:09+01:00Sun, 18th Feb '18, 18:45|

Statement by #occupyjustice: A day after billboards put up by #occupyjustice were pulled down by the authorities, the activists rallied in front of Castille with banners of the same messages and lay them at the Prime Minister’s doorstep. “Prime Minister if you think you are going to silence us by pulling down our billboards, or [...]

STAR COMMENTS: Changing moods

2018-02-18T17:01:20+01:00Sun, 18th Feb '18, 17:01|

Here are two comments from two different people about how the Republic Street memorial calling for justice elicits responses that do not make it to Super 1's angry reports on 'provocations'. Know that the people do care . Yesterday I was in Valletta with a group of ladies, celebrating a friend's birthday. None of the [...]

High-fiving over the girl

2018-02-18T13:55:39+01:00Sun, 18th Feb '18, 13:55|

Ground-breaking journalism from the folks at Labour HQ. Owen Bonnici and Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi look for and find a photo-op to persuade the world they’re not feuding. They found an event where they were not likely to quarrel. I didn’t realise these Clockwork Orange intrusions into the bedrooms of centenarian bed-ridden ladies were still a [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Too cruel anywhere

2018-02-18T08:55:42+01:00Sun, 18th Feb '18, 08:55|

From my piece on The Sunday Times today: "A man who introduced himself as a pros­pective candidate to the mayorship of Valletta said he “did not altogether agree with Daphne’s killing” but a memorial of flowers in Valletta was offensive to his constituents. "Another man pretended to squeal in agony because one of Daphne’ sisters [...]

What do you do with the school yard bully?

2018-02-17T13:51:21+01:00Sat, 17th Feb '18, 13:51|

There are mixed reactions to the current controversy over the Daphne Caruana Galizia memorial in Republic Street. Some of those who supported her in life and wish for nothing better than for justice to be dispensed after her killing are not entirely sure the whole flowers and candles debate is worthwhile. After all if the [...]

When the cracks start showing

2018-02-17T13:58:26+01:00Sat, 17th Feb '18, 07:49|

Labour is not certain how to manage the persistent civil society pressure that four months after Daphne Caruana Galizia's killing is still very much there. Protests rarely last this long in Malta and the government's reliance on collective amnesia is not working this time round. It looks like they're having to improvise as they go [...]

Mintoff’s picture

2018-02-16T23:26:38+01:00Fri, 16th Feb '18, 23:26| Civil Society's comments tonight on Mintoff's picture at the Daphne Caruana Galizia memorial in Valletta: We understand why someone would want to put pictures of Raymond Caruana and Karin Grech on a popular memorial and protest site demanding justice and an end to impunity. Mintoff died in his sleep of natural causes. No one [...]

Equivocating equivalence

2018-02-17T13:59:30+01:00Fri, 16th Feb '18, 17:21|

This is how Labour justify themselves. They throw contradictions in the mix, confusing issues and throwing people into forced reserved neutrality. I saw them do it to a smart man a few weeks ago. Owen Bonnici tried to drown Antonio di Pietro in a sea of dubious facts, half-truths and lies which the man had [...]

The picture they should have put there

2018-02-16T09:20:57+01:00Fri, 16th Feb '18, 09:18|

And inevitably someone brings pictures of Karin Grech and Raymond Caruana to the Daphne Caruana Galizia memorial in Republic Street. I see the point of those who did that of course. The two cases demand justice. Unlike Daphne Caruana Galizia, neither one of them was specifically targeted. But this is not a pantheon to rank [...]

#OccupyJustice: 3 billboards for the prime minister

2018-02-16T23:23:11+01:00Fri, 16th Feb '18, 08:18|

#Occupyjustice statement: In the Oscar-nominated movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, an anguished mother seeks justice for her murdered daughter. After months pass without the culprit being caught, the mother makes a bold move, and puts up three billboards on a main motorway, with pointed messages directed at the town’s revered Chief of Police. In [...]