Open the doors of justice!

2017-09-18T11:58:29+02:00Mon, 18th Sep '17, 11:55|

Judge Antonio Mizzi decided today that Simon Busuttil’s arguments for him, the judge, to recuse himself from hearing the prime minister’s appeal from a lower court’s decision to order an investigation into the Panama scandal is heard in an open court. It was the right decision. The contrary would have been a travesty. It was [...]

Don’t go where I can’t follow

2017-09-17T00:45:40+02:00Sun, 17th Sep '17, 00:45|

Adrian Delia is now leader of the PN. Many expected this for some time. That expectation has peaked excitement and confidence in his supporters some of which leaked in bluster and spittle. His detractors felt dread and a sense of doom. Some of which leaked in bluster and spittle. And now the result is out, [...]

Take out the trash day

2017-09-16T18:34:43+02:00Sat, 16th Sep '17, 18:34|

There’s no better day for the government to bury bad news than the leadership election in the opposition party. It is indeed remarkable than in the midst of election day, the PN found the presence of mind and the focus to not let Konrad Mizzi’s quite horrific threat to Air Malta employees pass without comment. [...]

Truth. Always.

2017-09-16T15:02:33+02:00Sat, 16th Sep '17, 15:02|

Daphne Caruana Galizia wrote that Adrian Delia’s law partnership with Georg Sapiano earns money from billing porn. Her words were “Delia and Sapiano run the CCBill porn-billing operation in Malta, for which they bill Ron Cadwell heavily. This website was unable to discover whether Cadwell/CCBill pays them outside Malta or whether they keep a percentage [...]

Tomorrow vote for:

2017-09-15T09:03:30+02:00Fri, 15th Sep '17, 09:03|

A friend of mine had dinner with Eddie Fenech Adami a few days ago. “Chief”, he asked him, for the oldies will always call him ‘Kap’, “who should I be voting for?” After a pregnant silence – that dramatic pause for effect the consummate diplomat never drops even if he’s been out of business for [...]

Party media: mutually assured destruction

2017-09-14T10:45:06+02:00Thu, 14th Sep '17, 10:45|

I am no fan of arguments for cross-party consensus. I appreciate that negotiation can be productive where confrontation is not. But in political discourse, disagreement is essential to ensure transparency in argumentation, an honest pursuit for alternatives, and the avoidance of collusion between political forces at the expense of the public. A dialectical process is [...]

The problem with Daphne Caruana Galizia …

2017-09-13T16:24:06+02:00Wed, 13th Sep '17, 00:12|

… is that there is only one of her. She has not been too far from the news for the past 30 years. She is, if you think about it, a more long-lasting feature of our scene than Alfred Sant, Lawrence Gonzi and others who invested their life to exist in the public eye. I [...]

Frank Portelli begged Simon Busuttil to stay on as PN leader even as he was filing his nomination for the post

2017-09-11T17:23:31+02:00Mon, 11th Sep '17, 17:23|

Frank Portelli, erstwhile PN leadership candidate, is all over Facebook teaching us all a lesson in party loyalty and unity after losing an electoral race. He shows us how it should be done by firing grape-shot in the general direction of anyone he dislikes in the process hitting innocent bystanders like there’s no tomorrow. In [...]

Redefining urgency. Redefining justice.

2017-09-11T12:40:09+02:00Mon, 11th Sep '17, 12:40|

We have come to accept as inevitable the interminable twists of court procedures which we are told exist to ensure justice where expediency and swiftness would suppress it. But sometimes it’s just a joke. The long-winded case on whether evidence of crimes presented to the courts connecting our senior politicians to the Panama revelations, ought [...]

Anger and argument

2017-09-11T10:29:08+02:00Mon, 11th Sep '17, 10:29|

I remember when radio stations were first liberalised in Malta. I remember Michael Frendo piloting the law through parliament. Eons ago now. But there was another eon that had just ended when the Nationalist Party was hounded like a para-military organisation on suspicion of possessing equipment it could use to communicate without the regime eavesdropping. [...]


2017-09-10T08:01:20+02:00Sun, 10th Sep '17, 07:59|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "People watching the war of words over Facebook are seeing arguments they became entirely familiar with in the run-up to the general election. There is admiration of contempt; rationalisation grounded in misguided loyalty; projection of original sin on any alternative; a shift of focus from the message [...]

Blind Sentinels: All FIAU analysts shared one password

2017-09-09T18:01:49+02:00Sat, 9th Sep '17, 18:01|

For several months at least the computer system of the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit worked with a simple log-in/password system for its security. Given the sensitivity of the money laundering investigations this Unit is responsible for that is staggering in itself. What is more amazing is that all staff shared a single password to log-in [...]


2017-09-07T15:38:16+02:00Thu, 7th Sep '17, 14:21|

The persistent perception of our community is that people of African heritage who live here are a separate and distinct set of aliens corralled in an area lent to them because providing them with solid ground under their feet is Christian charity compared with leaving them to be swallowed up by the open sea. Inside [...]

Invisibility cloak

2017-09-06T15:18:53+02:00Wed, 6th Sep '17, 15:18|

The passport scheme is a pet hate for me: for reasons of principle, because I cannot conceive how citizenship can have a price tag; for reasons of reputation, because our European friends and allies are rightly annoyed about the implications on them of our little bargain sale; for reasons of social justice, because property prices [...]

Cracks in Malta’s property boom – Italian expats publication

2017-09-06T14:19:09+02:00Wed, 6th Sep '17, 14:19|

See this editorial of the Corriere di Malta, an Italian language website for expats living here. The publication has expressed doubts about the sustainability of the growth of Malta’s properties for some time now. But they are taking their editorial concerns up a notch with this commentary, particularly now that it is witnessing quirky policy [...]

Life membership: what does that even mean?

2017-09-06T09:53:02+02:00Wed, 6th Sep '17, 09:53|

To be a member of the PN one must be a Maltese citizen of at least 16 years of age and accept the statute and the discipline of the party. There’s a safety clause in the statute that also requires a party member to be approved by the party’s executive committee or an official delegated [...]

Plus ça change

2017-09-05T11:58:44+02:00Tue, 5th Sep '17, 11:57|

The primary vocation of a political party is governing. There is no doubt about that. Anything else is second best and therefore defeat. The constitution assigns very important roles to politicians who do not make it to government but government is where they all want to go. And it is right because politics is a [...]

The choice Chris Said made

2017-09-04T10:13:07+02:00Mon, 4th Sep '17, 10:13|

Chris Said had three options to choose from. The traditional thing to do would have been to withdraw his candidature and openly back Adrian Delia in the final round going for party unity and ensuring for himself an influential future in the PN led by his erstwhile rival. That normally happens when the choice of [...]

Party unity

2017-09-02T23:06:25+02:00Sat, 2nd Sep '17, 23:06|

The deadline for my piece on tomorrow’s The Sunday Times loomed large at 10am this morning. I wrote my piece on the basis of what seemed to me to be the likeliest scenario after today’s vote. I wasn’t wrong. Adrian Delia has been commended to the members of the PN by the members of the [...]

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