GUEST POST: Comparing PL and PN accounts (2)

2019-08-07T09:40:34+02:00Thu, 8th Aug '19, 09:35|

Continues from yesterday's piece by Godfrey Leone Ganado who looks at the financial statements filed by the Labour and Nationalist parties under electoral law … and pokes his fingers in the many holes. The comparative analysis is based on the accounts submitted to the Electoral Commission in accordance with the Financing of the Political Parties [...]

“It’s all legal”

2019-08-07T15:32:04+02:00Wed, 7th Aug '19, 15:32|

Ever so often it’s time to bring this picture up again. This time it’s about pezzonovante Engelbert Grech who used to be Film Commissioner — that’s the government agency that promotes the film industry — and now in the private business of providing production services for international film producers. In this photo of our very [...]


2019-08-07T15:02:58+02:00Wed, 7th Aug '19, 15:02|

Some really weird things are happening around the case of Darren Debono. The authorities of Italy and the United States are after him. But he seems to be chasing the Maltese authorities rather than the other way round. In Italy, he’s being tried for fuel smuggling after the Dirty Oil investigation by the Italian authorities [...]

Betting against the Nietzschean Uebermensch

2019-08-07T15:04:23+02:00Wed, 7th Aug '19, 14:08|

Archbishop Charles Scicluna may find he has little effective means of exerting discipline on David Muscat, the cleric who insists he has no regrets about speaking in praise of Adolf Hitler admirer Norman Lowell in a gathering of white supremacists celebrating Lowell’s birthday. The bishop may have the technical authority to order his priest to [...]

Judge Grixti blocks start of VGH inquiry even though not all suspects appealed

2019-08-07T10:52:45+02:00Wed, 7th Aug '19, 10:52|

Judge Giovanni Grixti agreed with Ministers Edward Scicluna, Konrad Mizzi and Chris Cardona that an inquiry into the privatisation of three states hospitals ordered by Magistrate Claire Zammit Stafrace should not start while some of the suspects — the Ministers — have appealed the order. This in spite of the fact that a fourth suspect, [...]

Fifty days

2019-08-07T10:26:52+02:00Wed, 7th Aug '19, 10:26|

Ignoring a resolution approved by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe is not without consequences. We often have misguided expectations of international law which inevitably means we’re quick to be disappointed by it. Those misguided expectations are in reality only more amplified versions of the inherent disappointment in ordinary, everyday law. We complain [...]

GUEST POST: Comparing PL and PN accounts (1)

2019-08-07T10:57:57+02:00Wed, 7th Aug '19, 09:35|

Godfrey Leone Ganado looks at the financial statements filed by the Labour and Nationalist parties under electoral law ... and pokes his fingers in the many holes. The comparative analysis is based on the accounts submitted to the Electoral Commission in accordance with the Financing of the Political Parties Act, and the guidelines issued by [...]

Repubblika on ‘consultation’ on Constitutional Reform

2019-08-07T08:21:09+02:00Wed, 7th Aug '19, 08:21|

Repubblika statement: Repubblika expresses its appreciation for the remarks made by President George Vella a few days ago that the process of Constitutional Reform must not be limited to the interests of the two Parliamentary political parties but must include broad participation including that of civil society. We are however concerned that the first steps [...]

Ali Sadr trial assigned to new judge

2019-08-07T08:17:26+02:00Wed, 7th Aug '19, 08:17|

A new judge has been assigned the case of Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad that is due to start this October in New York on federal charges of bank fraud and busting sanctions against Iran. The previously assigned judge, Andrew Carter, had to recuse himself from hearing the case after it emerged that he owned stock [...]

Anything to buy time

2019-08-06T08:15:55+02:00Mon, 5th Aug '19, 14:18|

Bear with me for a few lines of tedium which you need to know to understand the frame of Edward Scicluna’s, Konrad Mizzi’s and Chris Cardona’s hive mind. Repubblika filed a request in court of an inquiry to start into the hospitals privatisations and any criminal activity that may have happened. Repubblika indicated Edward Scicluna, [...]

And the Livin’ is Easy

2019-08-05T11:22:38+02:00Mon, 5th Aug '19, 11:22|

Policy by gaslighting. The manipulation is so brazen it doesn’t mind being obvious. Now we’re supposed to spend the week speculating what tattoos Joseph Muscat has tucked away. Want to bet it’s something like this? While you’re distracted by this, killing time on the beach, your country is being taken away from you. That’s why [...]


2019-08-05T10:14:58+02:00Mon, 5th Aug '19, 10:06|

Lovin Malta spotted the word ‘Invictus’ — undefeated ... unconquerable, even — tattooed on the Prime Minister’s arm. They gaped in disbelief as will anyone at first. That’s the first reaction Joseph Muscat wanted to provoke. And then anger. Joseph Muscat is no Latinist. He could have gloated over his electoral record in Swahili or [...]

16 August: Vigil for Truth and Justice

2019-08-17T04:09:38+02:00Mon, 5th Aug '19, 09:19|

The Council of Europe's deadline for an independent and public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia expires in just over a month. There's no sign the government intends to comply with this. Our call for truth and justice must be renewed. 16 August 2019 Great Siege Square, Valletta 19:30


2019-08-04T09:00:04+02:00Sun, 4th Aug '19, 09:00|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "This disassociation bet­ween the symbols and their creators is grossly insensitive to victims. It is supreme­ly ironic that petards proudly carrying charges from Nazi Germany are lit up on August 15, the anniversary of the Santa Marija Convoy that saved the islands from the imminent prospect of [...]


2019-08-04T08:55:09+02:00Sun, 4th Aug '19, 08:55|

Look at this post from Facebook. Some people who missed the opportunity of hurling insults out of their car towards a small bunch of activists illegally arrested for placing symbolic crosses on trees marked for the cop, went on Facebook to speak their mind. It’s all summed up in one, gloriously bordered in green, word: [...]

GUEST SERIES: Owen Bonnici’s oath (3)

2019-08-02T12:59:16+02:00Fri, 2nd Aug '19, 10:48|

Concluding part of this series. The first part is here. 3. Dr Vincent Galea: Il-kontenut ta’ dan ir-rapport li inti qrajt allura, iddiskutejtu ma’ membri tal-Gvern jew ma’ membri tal-Partit Laburista? Dr Owen Bonnici: Assolutament le, assolutament le. Dr Vincent Galea: Lil xi Ministru iehor? Biex inkun car, ikunx hemm Ministru X u jghidlek isma [...]


2019-08-02T09:12:18+02:00Fri, 2nd Aug '19, 09:12|

Times of Malta yesterday reported how a TV production company has been given office space at the TVM building. There’s plenty that is wrong with that. This particular company is one of many that competes for contracts with TVM. Saving on rental costs (not to mention benefitting from the use of the assets in television [...] petition calling for an inquiry into killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia has more than 40,000 signatures

2019-08-01T15:30:17+02:00Thu, 1st Aug '19, 15:30|

Italian journalists Sandro Ruotolo and Paolo Borrometi have renewed their appeal for more signatures on their online petition demanding the opening of an inquiry into the assassination Daphne Caruana Galizia within the deadline identified by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. At the time of writing, the petition has gathered 40,343 signatures. If [...]

GUEST POST: Aftermath

2019-08-01T16:01:54+02:00Thu, 1st Aug '19, 14:58|

Sent in by Lake: Barely one week ago PN councillors, predictably, decided to reconfirm Adrian Delia as their leader and condemn their party to electoral irrelevance whilst we are left with more questions than answers. Ironically, the whole purpose of this masochistic exercise was to address the big doubts looming over the PN's head, free [...]

GUEST SERIES: Owen Bonnici’s oath (2)

2019-07-31T10:49:07+02:00Thu, 1st Aug '19, 10:43|

The first part of this series is here. 2. Dr Vincent Galea – Jigifieri din l-inkjesta allura jekk joghbok li waslet ghandek minghand Dr Pawlu Lia, qatt iddiskutejtha mal-Avukat Generali inti? Dr Owen Bonnici – Le jien ma ddiskutejtx l-inkjesta mal-Avukat Generali. Li tkellimt mieghu dwar l-issue tal-pubblikazzjoni ghaliex l-Avukat Generali infurmani immedjatament li huwa [...]