MONEY MAGAZINE: The leaden foot of politics

2017-10-30T22:55:28+01:00Mon, 30th Oct '17, 16:20|

The following is my article first published in the current issue of Money. It was written before the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia: To imagine that a significant and particularly sensitive industry like financial services can exist in a jurisdiction completely indifferent to the political context in which it must operate is unforgivably naïve. Financial [...]

The reform we do not need

2017-10-31T11:45:54+01:00Mon, 30th Oct '17, 16:07|

Parliament is convening tonight to discuss an emergency motion by the Opposition to debate the situation in the country and presumably discuss the demands from civil society to remove the police commissioner and the attorney general. There’s a wider demand from civil society which seeks a shake-up of our constitutional model. It is not just [...]

Are experts watching the works on the tal-Qares megaliths?

2017-10-29T11:04:36+01:00Mon, 30th Oct '17, 10:50|

In the midst of all that is happening, please take a moment to visit the Facebook page of Temple Rescue, an NGO seeking to prevent the destruction of pre-historic heritage near Mosta. Development there has been approved in spite of objections by experts who want to protect what is known and believe there could be [...]

“Daphne’s death will explode in your face,” PM says

2017-10-30T21:49:14+01:00Mon, 30th Oct '17, 10:27|

The Prime Minister was reported in The Times saying yesterday “all those trying to make political mileage out of the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia would see it blow up in their face.” Although the defense that protesters are not interested in political mileage, merely political change, will not be heard, it is presumed Joseph [...]

Impunity in a mafia state, for so it is

2017-10-29T13:00:12+01:00Sun, 29th Oct '17, 12:15|

Adrian Hillman made the press today. The Sunday Times reports “senior government officials recommended” his appointment to the Board of Trustees of the American University of Malta. The “recommendation”, for which read Keith Schembri exercising his political muscle and calling a favour from that white elephant on public land, materialised in Adrian Hillman’s appointment. But [...]

Intentional inconsistencies

2017-10-30T21:43:54+01:00Sun, 29th Oct '17, 10:27|

When the Charlie Hebdo attack happened, the prime minister of Malta flew to Paris to march in protest. When Daphne Caruana Galizia died, the prime minister of Malta flew to Dubai to sell passports. Here's another inconsistency. When a courageous young man protested alone on the steps of Castille to make a point about an [...]

To learn nothing

2017-10-29T10:17:24+01:00Sun, 29th Oct '17, 10:15|

Here is the prime minister of Malta challenged by the press to express his views on the consultant to his Minister Konrad Mizzi calling protesters in front of Castille whores. The fact that he had to be door-stepped by the press to express a view should, in a normal country, be a gross public relations [...]

The corruption hitlist

2017-10-29T09:46:01+01:00Sun, 29th Oct '17, 09:46|

It was right for Ryan Murdock to combine his tribute to Daphne Caruana Galizia with a reminder of the list of issues objective and expert opinion identifies as in need of urgent resolution. He quotes from the Transparency International report on Malta from last February published as the Egrant storm was brewing. * Notable integrity [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: For a new Malta

2017-10-30T10:28:15+01:00Sun, 29th Oct '17, 09:30|

From my piece in The Sunday Times today: "We must show the world that we realise we have a problem and we are going to do something about it. Muscat and Delia should both resign. A cross-party coalition led, of course, by the Labour Party should form a government with a short mandate and a [...]

Qed tagħmlu l-ħsara ‘l pajjiżna!

2017-10-29T09:13:29+01:00Sun, 29th Oct '17, 09:13|

The authoritarian and populist repression perpetrated by the Joseph Muscat regime has now entered a new, ever uglier phase. The death of Daphne Caruana Galizia has removed from Labour’s sight the obvious focus of their derision and demagoguery, forcing them to scatter their attacks wider. Of the many things Daphne Caruana Galizia was wrongly accused [...]

Bombings and arrests

2017-10-27T15:21:28+02:00Fri, 27th Oct '17, 14:53|

The policeman heading the investigations into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia has over the past three years led investigations into five other car bombings. He solved none of them. There was the Marsaxlokk bombing of Darren Degabriele who died of his wounds after his car was bombed in June 2014. He was believed to [...]

Senior government official attacks international press

2017-10-27T11:58:14+02:00Fri, 27th Oct '17, 11:58|

The reports in the international media are starting to irk the prime minister's office. Keith Schembri's assistant, MP Alex Muscat, writing today in The Malta Independent, branded international press reports "biased" and "distorted". Because of course it is reasonable to expect that when a journalist is incinerated in a bomb, the press take a "balanced" [...]

Tony Zarb, who called women protesting whores and traitors, is on Konrad Mizzi’s payroll

2017-10-27T09:11:11+02:00Fri, 27th Oct '17, 09:11|

Tony Zarb is not a retired behemoth of the socialist movement who farted from the wrong end in his dotage calling a 100 women with homemade placards and matching T-shirts whores, traitors and seditionists. He's a government official, paid by the state as a consultant of Konrad Mizzi, the only government Minister in the European [...]


2017-10-27T00:03:36+02:00Thu, 26th Oct '17, 23:56|

Here's Tony Zarb this evening, apparently overwhelmed by the sight of a hundred women protesting against his great leader. "Good evening Friends. These went to the wrong place. Instead of Castille they meant to go to Strait Street and travel back to the 1960s. They would have gone to the right place because they have [...]

Free speech, Labour style

2017-10-26T20:49:12+02:00Thu, 26th Oct '17, 20:47|

Here is Matthew Carbone, number two in the communications office of the government of Malta. He's the coconut's deputy so I suppose that makes him the walnut. He's not there to show his grief at the brutal assassination of a journalist. He's not there to speak to protesters on behalf of government about its commitment [...]

Women for women for Malta #occupycastille

2017-10-26T17:25:31+02:00Thu, 26th Oct '17, 19:30|

The following is a transcript of the statement by the women protesting in Castille now. #occupyjustice statement We are an ever-increasing non-partisan group of women from all walks of life. We are concerned for our future and that of our children. This is not the Malta we recognise, not the Malta we want to leave [...]

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