Have the government tried governing?

2023-03-13T07:51:33+01:00Mon, 13th Mar '23, 07:51|

Read this report in Times of Malta of a court decision ordering the state to pay compensation to the owners of a warehouse that rented it out in 1976 and have since collected a pittance in rent until the tenant stopped paying them. As a result of 1979 laws, that still needed to take into [...]

Now he wants to shut the stable door

2023-03-13T07:07:33+01:00Mon, 13th Mar '23, 07:07|

After days and weeks of ignoring the question hoping it would go away, Robert Abela, perhaps shaken to his core by yesterday’s Malta Today poll, undertook to get out of Steward the money they were paid to repair the hospitals which they didn’t spend as they promised. The fact it took him so long to [...]

It’s the corruption, stupid

2023-03-12T08:13:36+01:00Sun, 12th Mar '23, 08:13|

For 10 years Joseph Muscat worked on the assumption people would not care about their politicians’ corruption as long as the going was good. You see, here’s how Alfred Sant’s logic on The Sunday Times is upside down. In his effort to excuse his party, on which, incredibly, he still depends to keep his job [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: End of the socialist affair

2023-03-12T07:16:00+01:00Sun, 12th Mar '23, 07:16|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "Socialism and the socialist tradition do not have the monopoly of concern for the public good. The notion of public space and collective interest is older than monarchies, let alone socialism. But I’m not going into a debate here about the nuances of political history. The point I [...]

The cartel decade

2023-03-10T07:36:22+01:00Fri, 10th Mar '23, 06:52|

Bernard Grech was spot on yesterday. The 10th anniversary of Labour’s coming to power marks a decade where the basic rules of conduct in government were systemically ignored and where politics stopped being a process of driving change in the interest of the public good and became instead a process of serving the interests of [...]

Signs of life

2023-03-07T08:05:26+01:00Tue, 7th Mar '23, 08:05|

This is a place where you come to mourn democracy. Like Orwell’s Benjamin the donkey I bray about my memory of earlier times, when I was younger and the sun shone brighter, though it got less hot. When I speak of political violence I was vaguely aware of in my childhood and of the EU-membership [...]

manueldelia.com co-production wins Best Editorial in IĠM Awards

2023-03-05T05:37:24+01:00Sun, 5th Mar '23, 05:37|

'When They Come Undone', a 2020 co-production of Repubblika, #occupyjustice, and manueldelia.com, was awarded the Best Editorial or Opinion Piece Award at the first IĠM Awards to be held in three years recognising the best journalistic works between 2020 and 2022. The jury panel which selected the film that won this category reported that "there [...]

Pleasures yet to come

2023-03-02T18:36:29+01:00Thu, 2nd Mar '23, 18:36|

You know how Joseph Muscat says he welcomes scrutiny into the hospitals swindle? Let me tell you what that means. It does not mean that if we’re able to dig deeper in that contract we’ll find nothing untoward. It means rather that the deeper the dig, the smellier the shit, and the more people are [...]

Chris Fearne should update his reading list

2023-03-02T11:58:16+01:00Thu, 2nd Mar '23, 09:29|

I don't know if Chris Fearne reads this blog but he should add blogs to his reading list. In this interview from May 2016 he tells The Malta Independent he doesn't read "blogs with no evidence" in reference to Daphne Caruana Galizia's Running Commentary. https://youtu.be/fBlM3epgsvI Well, that's the problem, isn't it? Maybe if he read [...]

Highway to Heaven

2023-03-02T10:06:48+01:00Thu, 2nd Mar '23, 08:20|

Joseph and Michelle Muscat went to a church in Rabat yesterday. Mid-week mass may be unusual for some but not for our former first couple. It's unclear from the pictures whether they were wearing North Face, Gucci, or Louis Vuitton. No matter the clothes their place in paradise is assured. They were welcomed yesterday in the [...]

Shower head

2023-03-01T15:34:42+01:00Wed, 1st Mar '23, 15:34|

Joseph Muscat was irritated by Robert Aquilina’s visit to his state-provided office this morning. Nobody likes to be told their proper place is serving time. But if Robert Aquilina said Pope Francis’s place was in prison, the absurdity of the notion would be such that Pope Francis would ignore it. Replace Pope Francis with anyone [...]

A Matryoshka doll of injustices

2023-03-01T09:41:28+01:00Wed, 1st Mar '23, 09:41|

Read this report of a court decision by Judge Joanne Vella Cuschieri yesterday that found that landlords of three interconnected properties in Isla are victims of the state because they have not been allowed to enjoy their property. The court has ordered the state to compensate them for their suffering. The report will give you [...]

Like a virgin

2023-02-28T13:56:03+01:00Tue, 28th Feb '23, 11:34|

Ministers yesterday needed to somehow emerge as winners after a court ruled that they had behaved in a way that does not fit anyone with the country’s interests at heart. (That’s what the court called them, using a descriptor for a dictionary term the court could have opted for: fucking traitors). Ministers needed to live [...]

It’s still you

2023-02-27T08:16:46+01:00Mon, 27th Feb '23, 08:16|

For two hundred and eighty weeks we have had to go on without the benefit of your presence, without your unwilling leadership, without the trust you enjoyed of people who knew what was happening to us which you repaid with your life. You would have chuckled at the irony of the events of the last [...]

#occupyjustice: The Real Deal

2023-02-26T13:14:39+01:00Sun, 26th Feb '23, 13:14|

The following is a statement by #occupyjustice: Today, #occupyjustice inaugurated a monument to commemorate the sole contribution to the people of Malta of the Oxley Group, Vitalis/Bluestone, Vitals Global Healthcare and Steward Healthcare in collusion with the Maltese Government and its operatives. It is a representation of the only investment that was made out of [...]

Exit clauses

2023-02-26T13:11:48+01:00Sun, 26th Feb '23, 13:11|

  There’s a lot of chatter, which I have sought to ignore, about people taking credit not due to them or refusing to give credit where it is due when talking about Friday’s massive court decisions. I think a discussion on credit is secondary to the substance of the matter and as readers of this blog [...]

Saint Christopher

2023-02-26T10:28:55+01:00Sun, 26th Feb '23, 10:28|

Chris Fearne doesn’t want to go down in this storm. This is not just the desire for power or the fear of losing it. It is also because he is absolutely convinced he is innocent of the Steward catastrophe even if everyone else within smelling distance of the health ministry is guilty as a dog [...]

Ġakbini buying spoiled wheat

2023-02-26T09:57:34+01:00Sun, 26th Feb '23, 09:57|

It would be amusing had the consequences not been so serious, to see Steward’s reaction to a court decision that found they extorted money that did not belong to them, they enriched themselves unlawfully at the expense of citizens, that their behaviour is worthy of condemnation, that they showed contempt for their obligations, for the [...]

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