Why has the Police Minister not resigned yet? Take 2

2018-03-14T10:01:22+01:00Mon, 12th Mar '18, 12:03|

I don’t want to start quoting myself like I’m some authority. But the heading of this piece is the same heading of a blog post I wrote on the 17th October, 2017. I was reminded of that when after the culture minister, the interior minister of Slovakia has now resigned. The culture minister had said [...]

I think it’s safe to assume it isn’t a zombie.

2018-03-12T10:57:01+01:00Mon, 12th Mar '18, 10:53|

The similarities between Jan Kuciak and Daphne Caruana Galizia were something to talk about for a while. Now the differences between Slovakia and Malta are a more obvious topic of discussion. The realities of the two countries are light years apart. True they are both European democracies that joined the EU on May 1st, 2004 [...]

Jeux interdits

2018-03-12T09:20:48+01:00Mon, 12th Mar '18, 09:20|

Malta needs to have a long and hard think about our relationship with Russia. Please don’t push this too far from your mind on the usual Lilliputian pretext that we’re too small for anyone to care. Dom Mintoff has really ingrained in the collective psyche of this country the notion that we can act like [...]

Five years of living the dream

2018-03-12T08:20:49+01:00Mon, 12th Mar '18, 08:20|

Konrad Mizzi was formally informed five years ago today he would be a government minister with a desk at the Auberge de Castille. This had been part of the roadmap for some time and Konrad Mizzi knew the role he would play well. But a formal handshake with a prime minister in office is a [...]

Two-thirds of not that much

2018-03-10T19:42:51+01:00Sat, 10th Mar '18, 19:42|

I hesitated from wading in into Parliament’s decision to give uncapped pension to any Parliamentarian serving even a single term. Knee jerk reactions are usually not a good idea, especially when they beg themselves. And this one does. After all it’s not that much of a debate. I have not heard anyone outside Parliament say [...]

Never forget

2018-03-09T11:03:04+01:00Fri, 9th Mar '18, 11:03|

Yesterday I wrote that the manner of the removal of the court decision against Yanica Barbara from the public record ought to be investigated. Owen Bonnici stepped up and spared the need to investigate. ‘I did it’. He ‘explained’ to the Times of Malta this was applying the legal principle of ‘the right to be [...]

The eighth task of Asterix

2018-03-09T10:36:23+01:00Fri, 9th Mar '18, 10:01|

Lawyers for Jonathan Ferris this morning filed yet another protest on his behalf giving a detailed account of the sort of runaround he is being given by the authorities whose interest lies in him remaining silent. We are supposed to have whistle-blower protection in this country. The theory is that when the bosses are corrupt, [...]

ARGUABLY KELLY: The sound of the Prime Minister’s silence

2018-03-08T17:37:13+01:00Thu, 8th Mar '18, 17:37|

From Arguably Kelly's blog post of today: "The sheer arrogance of our PM and his gang of cronies is actually astounding at this point. It’s an arrogance that became even clearer when Muscat was asked about his thoughts regarding the government’s accountability in the case of Daphne’s murder following their Slovakian counterpart’s response: "Naħseb li l-accountability tagħna hija li nsibu [...]

Legal turnstiles

2018-03-08T15:21:56+01:00Thu, 8th Mar '18, 15:21|

So Yanica Barbara got her lawyer to point out she was merely conditionally discharged when she was found guilty of stealing a credit card and using it for some shopping. Although the crime she was found guilty of committing carries a prison sentence, the court decided not to impose that penalty and let her off [...]

REPLY: Statement by lawyer for Yanica Barbara and Thomas Sant

2018-03-08T14:40:22+01:00Thu, 8th Mar '18, 14:40|

Sent in by Dr John Bonello: Sir, I write on behalf of Dr Yanica Barbara and Dr Thomas Sant and would refer to an article carried on your portal, entitled "Bending the Rules" (published on Tuesday) whereby you allege that “eight years ago Yanica Barbara and Thomas Sant were found guiltyand given suspended sentences for theft [...]

Clean slate

2018-03-08T13:22:27+01:00Thu, 8th Mar '18, 13:22|

The removal from the public record of an embarrassing court decision against a government official is a scandal in and of itself. The stupid 19 year old girl who stole a credit card and went on a shopping spree is now a 28 year old woman around whom rules are bent and exceptions made just [...]

Jacob Rees-Mogg on Freedom of Speech

2018-03-08T12:04:08+01:00Thu, 8th Mar '18, 12:04|

Watch this remarkable speech in the Commons by Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, far from my favourite person in the world but brilliant here while making a strong case against the use of libel laws and defamation suits to silence critics of politicians and independent journalists, as well as rules to subject the press to state [...]

What happens in Riga

2018-03-08T09:18:35+01:00Thu, 8th Mar '18, 09:18|

The goings on in the political and banking scene in Latvia should be attracting more attention here. Latvia’s third largest bank, ABLV, has just been driven out of business after the United States Treasury proposed to ban ABLV from having a correspondence account in the United States due to money laundering concerns. The Financial Crimes [...]

Street Justice

2018-03-07T16:18:40+01:00Wed, 7th Mar '18, 16:16|

I’m not a caveman. I do not want to give the impression that I think wives allow themselves to be used as mouthpieces by their husbands. Anyone who knows my wife knows that is one primordial macho prejudice I most definitely cannot have. But read through this Facebook chat started by Labour MEP Marlene Mizzi [...]

Manchurian bank

2018-03-07T15:12:25+01:00Wed, 7th Mar '18, 15:12|

Creditors and depositors of Cypriot Laiki bank are on tenterhooks to see the purchase of that bank’s shares in Lombard Bank go through. Indeed contrary to mistaken information in a The Sunday Times report, the purchase of the shares would go a long way to settle moneys owed to creditors and depositors, not the Cypriot [...]

Bending the rules

2018-03-06T18:55:24+01:00Tue, 6th Mar '18, 18:54|

Ivan Camilleri’s Times of Malta story on two law graduates passed by the reviewing board of judges for their warrant in spite of a criminal record makes for great reading. And it caused something of a stir. First a summary of the facts: eight years ago Yanica Barbara and Thomas Sant were found guilty and [...]

Steward dismisses accounting staff

2018-03-06T14:33:50+01:00Tue, 6th Mar '18, 14:33|

One of the first tasks undertaken by the new management of the Karin Grech, Gozo General and St Luke's Hospitals was to dismiss administrative staff. This website is informed the entire accounts department is being shut down and staff made redundant. I have asked Vitals Health (now owned by Steward) to confirm or deny this [...]

What the Maltese really think of corruption

2018-03-06T12:57:51+01:00Tue, 6th Mar '18, 12:57|

Even logic is subject to mood. If one’s own hypotheses are not challenged they become dogma and one is stuck without a way out. In times like these we give in to despair when argument is not enough, logic is optional, truth but a version of reality likely least favoured by many. But in despair [...]

Long read: The People vs Democracy

2018-03-06T10:47:31+01:00Tue, 6th Mar '18, 10:47|

Take some time to read this article in The Guardian by Yascha Mounk on the uncertain state of play of liberal democracy in the world today. It is hardly comforting that Malta is but a part of a worldwide trend. The fact of the matter is anyone born after 1980 is not directly experienced in [...]


2018-03-05T21:50:12+01:00Mon, 5th Mar '18, 21:50|

I’ll be honest with you. I cannot be fagged to go down the comments board, particularly the ones under the Facebook posts, to give individual answers to the shocked, the obtuse, the stubborn, the disappointed, the angry, the stupid, the facetious, the cowardly and even the odd sincerely confused. What they all seem to be [...]

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