(UPDATED:) THE SUNDAY TIMES: The Maltese mafia is here

2024-04-27T10:54:09+02:00Sun, 21st Apr '24, 07:04|

If you prefer to watch the video: https://youtu.be/MXUYk9H2y0o   From my article in The Sunday Times today: "There are three questions that must precede the inquiry whether Malta is a mafia state. Is the mafia real? Does the phenomenon exist in Malta? Has it infiltrated the Maltese State? Here’s why the answers are yes, yes [...]

MONEY MAGAZINE: Before the next economic model

2024-04-11T10:06:08+02:00Thu, 11th Apr '24, 10:06|

My article in this month's Money Magazine. It is almost dogmatic to say that politics cannot do much about the economy. Since the neo-con days of the 1980s, the generally accepted maxim is that the less politicians do, the better the economy is likely to fare. As the phrase “new economic model” is dropped ever [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: The president’s diary

2024-04-08T07:35:56+02:00Mon, 8th Apr '24, 07:35|

From my article in The Sunday Times this week: "George Vella couldn’t preside over a conversation that would examine the very values that brought him to that presidency. Not even if he wanted to. If he did want to, he would still have needed the willing participation of ministers, of political leaders, of leaders of [...]

Political interference

2024-04-02T15:45:55+02:00Tue, 2nd Apr '24, 15:45|

I disliked the news that the new company that took over Air Malta’s business removed the requirement that cabin crew must speak Maltese, although my reasons may be a bit different from the ones you’ve heard. I also thought the airline’s response that they didn’t need to speak Maltese because 80% of their passengers would [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: The infallible chastiser

2024-03-24T07:48:00+01:00Sun, 24th Mar '24, 07:48|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "An €800 slip-up is not the end of the world or a resignation matter, especially if Abela was prepared to blame a staffer, as he did in any case. The refusal to apologise for a self-evident error and breach of rules, however, is profoundly worrying. It shows [...]

Blowing off the whistle-blower

2024-03-16T06:57:30+01:00Fri, 15th Mar '24, 10:19|

Whistle-blowers are everything we’re programmed to dislike. They are close to something wrong, maybe even part of it. The chemist who exposed the cigarette makers for putting addictive poison in their products, was a chemist who had put addictive poison in cigarettes. Every day before whistle-blowers decided to blow the whistle was a day when [...]

Collective unethical responsibility

2024-03-14T08:16:00+01:00Thu, 14th Mar '24, 08:16|

Imagine that. The CEO of a company hands the board their notice of resignation after their position became untenable due to public outcry over their conduct. That happens on 1 December with a notice that expires by the following 12 January by when the board of directors will have found a new replacement CEO. The [...]

Maybe it isn’t a cult, he said, probably sarcastically

2024-03-13T13:12:19+01:00Wed, 13th Mar '24, 13:12|

The fact that there’s disagreement within the Labour Party about the return of Joseph Muscat is the best thing I’ve heard about the Labour Party in a long time. I don’t mean that in the schadenfreude sense with which some politicians of the PN delighted in the news. Nationalists must feel some relief to be [...]

At first, I thought this was meant to be funny

2024-03-13T09:57:40+01:00Wed, 13th Mar '24, 09:57|

Clint Azzopardi Flores is running for the European Parliament on the Labour Party’s ticket. He’s a banker who spent time working in Malta’s embassy in Brussels. Judging by this article of his he’s also a nutcase. By that I don’t mean he’s somehow exceptional. Though to be fair these choice quotes from his analysis of [...]

The best of us

2024-03-12T08:09:25+01:00Tue, 12th Mar '24, 08:09|

The prime minister’s office and the prime minister’s wife gave Times of Malta statements that manage to sound both categorical and hopelessly vague at the same time. The newspaper offered the Abela couple the opportunity to comment about an internal assessment made by their bankers when Robert Abela ascended the throne. That internal report asked [...]

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