The heading says it all

2019-04-15T11:05:33+02:00Mon, 15th Apr '19, 11:04|

Rightly or wrongly, the PN has placed itself in direct confrontation with the independent media. Its last remaining pen-holding sympathisers either work for it or work for the Labour Party with whom it shares many interests. When Saviour Balzan is your attorney, your days are numbered. When the Times of Malta rolls out an editorial [...]

Repubblika files judicial protest: No judicial appointments before reform

2019-04-14T13:12:32+02:00Sun, 14th Apr '19, 13:12|

Press Release by Repubblika: Repubblika filed a judicial protest in Court demanding the government freezes appointments to, and promotions in, the judiciary until measures to ensure judicial independence are properly introduced. Judicial independence is not just a right for judges. It is a human right of all of us, protected by the European Convention, that [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: The Triq tal-Ġebel

2019-04-14T08:56:46+02:00Sun, 14th Apr '19, 08:56|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "Mr Souleymane has been killed in the street. We are supposed to reserve judgement on the motivation of the killing until the police determine who did it and why. Of course we know the police are almost certainly not doing any such thing. Whether because they do [...]


LETTER: On how to vote

2019-04-13T11:59:12+02:00Sat, 13th Apr '19, 11:59|

This was sent in by a reader: Dear Manuel, This is a letter from an avid reader of your blog who would like to remain anonymous . First of all, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation for all your efforts in advocating good governance. That Labour will retain four seats is a [...]

GUEST POST: Are we really against corruption?

2019-04-13T11:05:55+02:00Sat, 13th Apr '19, 11:04|

I decided to write these few words after reading Vicki Ann Cremona’s article 'Error of Judgment' in yesterday’s Times of Malta. I also took note of the Facebook comment of Ms Mandy Carly, Kristie Debono’s sister, who seems to find it hard to accept the idea of freedom of speech.   I don’t think I [...]

Reżistenza: Omertà kills. Hope lies with the truth.

2019-04-13T09:10:25+02:00Sat, 13th Apr '19, 09:10|

Reżistenza statement this morning: The Maltese institutions are on their knees, exhausted from a cocktail of incompetence & collusion. Nobody has remained accountable for their actions. After all, once we are in l-aqwa żmien, what shortfalls can anyone find? In 2016, our country lived a pivotal moment. It could have been the beginning of a [...]

Local business leaders express “shock and disapproval” at corruption in public procurement

2019-04-12T17:00:13+02:00Fri, 12th Apr '19, 17:00|

Corruption in public procurement is “eroding business confidence to the detriment of law-abiding companies and their employees,” business organisations have said. In separate statements, the Chamber of Commerce and the Employers Association expressed “shock and disapproval” at the government’s decision to shift goalposts in major contract selection processes. The MEA complained of “discrimination against the [...]

Minister’s aide “biased shit-hole” remarks “particularly reprehensible” – Commissioner for Standards

2019-04-12T16:38:58+02:00Fri, 12th Apr '19, 16:38|

Commissioner for Standards in Public Life George Hyzler has found the actions of the Foreign Minister’s private secretary Alessandro Mangion “particularly reprehensible” when he called an international human rights campaigner a “biased shit-hole.” The incident occurred in December last year when Alessandro Mangion rebuffed PEN International campaigner Sarah Clarke at a UN migration meeting. Ms [...]


2019-04-11T09:24:52+02:00Thu, 11th Apr '19, 09:24|

The Herman Schiavone Kristy Debono incident of this week has all the hallmarks of a trap. Someone appears to have relied on clear vulnerabilities to cause embarrassment and harm, though the list of vulnerabilities and the list of people who benefited from this mess are so long, it is impossible to be sure of the full [...]

Trouw: Daphne is still present everywhere in Malta

2019-04-11T08:38:38+02:00Thu, 11th Apr '19, 08:38|

Photo: Joanna Demarco Dutch daily newspaper Trouw carried a detailed feature on Daphne Caruana Galizia including interviews with her son Matthew and sister Corinne Vella. From the article: "Caruana Galizia is, to a certain extent, still present everywhere in Malta, although the government prefers to close the chapter immediately. That government would rather speak [...]

Die Welt: The Minister who called Daphne Caruana Galizia “hate blogger”

2019-04-11T10:24:47+02:00Thu, 11th Apr '19, 08:27|

German daily Die Welt reported on Owen Bonnici's abysmal performance in Strasbourg this week. "Owen Bonnici tried all he could this Tuesday morning to convince those present that in his home country everything is in order and that the investigation into the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was being seriously conducted. 'We have left [...]

DW: An island of hope

2019-04-11T08:05:57+02:00Thu, 11th Apr '19, 08:05|

In case you missed it, a few days ago DW carried a feature about the aftermath of the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia and Jan Kuciak in their respective countries. From that piece: "Unlike in Slovakia, little has changed on Malta and the same persons Galizia investigated remain in positions of power. Three arrests have [...]

GUEST POST: Forgetting the point

2019-04-09T17:00:29+02:00Tue, 9th Apr '19, 17:00|

Sent in by someone I know. 2019 The biggest issue on a Sunday in a quaint island in the middle of the Mediterranean is not the fact that there are serious environmental health concerns with people hospitalised in increasing numbers to breathe through a mask. Nor is there a discussion related to the fact that [...]

Wherefore art thou Peter Grech?

2019-04-09T16:20:13+02:00Tue, 9th Apr '19, 16:20|

Peter Grech this morning was an even worse spectacle than his boss, Owen Bonnici. We have come to expect politicians to be utterly bereft of decency. But Peter Grech embodies the moral collapse of our public service which, ironically, he represented so accurately and ineloquently today. In the four years of the past crisis, in [...]

Owen Bonnici turning stones

2019-04-09T16:09:45+02:00Tue, 9th Apr '19, 16:09|

If you watched the Council of Europe session this morning you will have seen Owen Bonnici play his act again of the benevolent absorbent of any criticism cheerfully and indecently agape like a Venus flytrap. ‘We are a reformist government,’ he tells people in the audience who have written or at least read the reports [...]

A soup of moral equivalency

2019-04-09T16:02:44+02:00Tue, 9th Apr '19, 16:02|

When Adrian Delia asked for the Greco report to be debated with “some” urgency in Parliament, Chris Fearne told him his side would be happy to discuss money laundering any time. Of course the Greco report was not about money laundering. That’s the Moneyval report and that’s still a few months away. But it didn’t [...]