Stand up to be counted

2017-10-16T18:16:34+02:00Mon, 16th Oct '17, 18:16|

Daphne is never coming back. But we are left here. This country and this democracy is what we are left with. Living among us are people who think they can get away with murdering a journalist. They think so because of the things Daphne Caruana Galizia explained to us so clearly: the police will not [...]


2017-10-16T16:39:22+02:00Mon, 16th Oct '17, 16:32|

I wrote a few days ago that the problem with Daphne Caruana Galizia was there was only one of her. Now she’s there no more. I wrote “Reading what otherwise sensible people are writing on Facebook about ‘shutting Daphne up’, ‘sweeping the blogger away’ and other frankly horrific notions reveals a stunning democratic immaturity. I [...]


2017-10-16T08:22:47+02:00Mon, 16th Oct '17, 08:22|

The Times reports police are sitting on incriminating evidence of serious fraud committed by the Education Minister’s former canvasser. If any of these episodes go unobserved, unremarked and unopposed they become the new normal. We will get desensitised and worse will be allowed. We can no longer rely on the parliamentary opposition to bring these crimes, of action or of [...]

Freedom from conscience

2017-10-13T11:56:48+02:00Fri, 13th Oct '17, 11:56|

The Catholic Church’s reaction to the budget should not go unnoticed. The fact that it passes in silence is because many of us would rather ignore our conscience than feel it prick. You can criticise the Church for many things, but it has one thing going for it: it is remarkably consistent. It is clear [...]

Deficit of the soul

2017-10-11T17:04:10+02:00Wed, 11th Oct '17, 17:04|

Malta Today’s screaming headline that the government’s own estimates were not showing the much vaunted surplus the government was promoting caused some head scratching. After clarifying the matter with the Finance Ministry, Malta Today explained that government will be able to report a surplus in their general accounts once they can report revenue from the [...]

Un unico destino

2017-10-09T14:26:27+02:00Mon, 9th Oct '17, 14:26|

Today’s L’Espresso previews a documentary film “Un Unico Destino” that will be broadcast for the first time this Sunday on the Italian Sky Atlantic. The film will tell the story of how an Italian frigate hid from view 60 miles south of Lampedusa ignoring repeated calls from a Maltese rescue plane to save 270 people [...]

Pay teachers more

2017-10-09T10:01:01+02:00Mon, 9th Oct '17, 10:01|

The chief of the faculty of education, that trains all new teachers joining the profession here, has warned against reducing the standards of teacher training in order to beat teacher shortage. If he felt he needed to give this warning it must mean he knows it is being seriously considered. What retrograde, third world madness [...]

Requiem for a dream

2017-10-08T20:13:27+02:00Sun, 8th Oct '17, 19:37|

The findings of the Malta Today survey need many a spoonful of sugar to go down the throat of anyone who wants the present government kept in check. Its excesses went uncontrolled when it was opposed by a principled opposition with a remote chance of damaging it in the polls. It has now been replaced [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: On economic bubbles

2017-10-08T09:35:53+02:00Sun, 8th Oct '17, 09:35|

From my The Sunday Times article today: "Our current economic boom, in all sectors of activity – construction being but one example – is in and of itself a bubble. All of it. And it is fuelled by the speculative and completely misguided notion that the fiscal exceptions we secured in 2004 will still be [...]

When guardians rob their wards

2017-10-06T10:20:21+02:00Fri, 6th Oct '17, 10:18|

Corruption has soured common sense in our community making greed the new national religion. Here is Maurice Mizzi, serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, President of the Mizzi Organisation and, drum roll, Guardian of Future Generations, writing recently in his organisation’s in house magazine: “Malta is on the crest of a wave as evidenced by the new buildings [...]

We accept too much

2017-10-05T09:19:18+02:00Thu, 5th Oct '17, 09:19|

No one ever said politics was a path to sainthood. If you do things the proper way it is almost certainly a path to poverty or at best a modest existence and though perhaps not obviously aspired to, a life of honest modesty is a good thing. For as long as there are humans involved, [...]

Justice: one foot in the grave

2017-10-03T11:48:35+02:00Tue, 3rd Oct '17, 11:48|

Labour media, Labour trolls, and generic Simon-Busuttil-haters across the political aisle are celebrating as a victory Judge Antonio Mizzi’s decision not to recuse himself from hearing his wife’s boss’s appeal from a lower court decision to investigate allegations of his crimes. That fact alone is both predictable and shocking. It both confirms every single expectation [...]

Administrators of injustice

2017-10-02T13:42:59+02:00Mon, 2nd Oct '17, 13:41|

The Chief Justice did not have to deliver the speech he delivered today. He chose to because he wanted to. As the principal defender of the rule of the law of the land his words are not an ordinary opinion like mine or the next guy’s. If the lead judge thinks the state of affairs [...]

The Bangemann syndrome

2017-10-02T09:12:46+02:00Mon, 2nd Oct '17, 09:12|

No one suggests it was not tough for Deborah Schembri to get back on her feet when she was not returned to government at the June elections. The fact of the matter is our country drops its public servants like hot metal. In a democracy no politician can expect job security. The people hire and [...]

Clean up your own mess

2017-09-29T15:28:16+02:00Fri, 29th Sep '17, 15:28|

There has been some debate about whether the Opposition should accept the Government’s invitation to nominate a member on its waste management committee. The arguments for an invitation to the Opposition are quite straightforward and at face value should not be controversial. Waste management is a creeping national crisis that piles up on our waist [...]

Malta? L’estremo lembo del nido italico!

2017-09-28T15:01:29+02:00Thu, 28th Sep '17, 14:57|

The nineteenth century movements in Europe that would eventually call themselves nationalist were disparate and distinctive. Indeed there were as many “nationalisms” as there were nations. The method of elite nationalist movements was replicable, by and large: design a culture, reverse engineer its pedigree and proclaim its rights to self-determination. But the details were never [...]


2017-09-28T08:33:24+02:00Thu, 28th Sep '17, 08:33|

Matthew Mizzi sent in this detailed response to my earlier post ‘Staying put’, where I expressed disagreement with people leaving the PN because of concerns about direction the new leadership is taking. I argued that without glossing over those concerns, which I share, critics of the new leadership should not forfeit their right as party [...]

Ballot box legitimacy

2017-09-27T10:28:15+02:00Wed, 27th Sep '17, 10:28|

The upcoming deputy leadership elections in the PN will be an administrative and financial headache, quite apart from the politics involved. As with the leadership election, the long-winded process will climax with a ballot for the wider membership suffrage. The whole thing does feel a little over the top. Those who have come to terms [...]

With great power …

2017-09-26T14:44:02+02:00Tue, 26th Sep '17, 14:44|

When you’re 38,000 votes behind the opposition you cannot afford to be complacent about the votes you lose. I think the entire PN is aware of that simple fact and everyone who wants the best for the PN hurts when they hear of this one or that one leaving. In 2013, Simon Busuttil wanted to [...]

Staying put

2017-09-25T09:39:49+02:00Sun, 24th Sep '17, 23:11|

Kevin Cassar, formerly a general election candidate for the PN, is now an ex-PN member. He resigned in a letter to Assistant General Secretary Jean Pierre Debono made public by Cassar on Facebook. The usual wise guys reacted with a smug “Kevin who?” There is a general attitude from the Adrian Delia loyalists in the [...]

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