What are we teaching the young ones?

2018-11-07T21:33:52+00:00Wed, 7th Nov '18, 20:59|

A reader sent me this extract from the introduction of a book I had read several years ago. By sharing this quotation I do not endorse the author. His book is an apology and glosses over facts painting the black one white. And as the reader himself told me, the reference to the Nazis is [...]

Letting them get away with it

2018-11-07T17:41:27+00:00Wed, 7th Nov '18, 17:03|

The point is often made that the ‘attacks’ on Adrian Delia have the consequence of weakening the opposition’s ability to stand in the way of Joseph Muscat. There’s something to be said for that argument. After all, it is clear that Joseph Muscat is getting away with a lot. Let’s just throw a few things [...]

Mr Bonnici, tear down that wall. Or maybe not.

2018-11-07T15:03:05+00:00Wed, 7th Nov '18, 15:03|

The protest for truth and justice in Great Siege Square has not yet achieved what it set out for. But it has had an unintended bonus. We’re going to get a new Great Siege Square. Well, at least new paving, new lights and perhaps a fountain, a mediaeval clock tower, space for ponies for kiddie [...]

Everything happens for a reason

2018-11-07T12:07:51+00:00Wed, 7th Nov '18, 12:07|

Between February 2013 and June 2014 Maria Efimova worked in a Russian-owned perfumery in Cyprus. On 28 November 2017 the Cyprus police authorities issued a warrant for the arrest of Maria Efimova on allegations made by her former employer she had done something wrong while in his employment four years earlier. During those four years, [...]

MONEY: Vested Interest

2018-11-07T11:40:15+00:00Wed, 7th Nov '18, 11:40|

This is my article in this month's Money Magazine. There’s a saying in Maltese which like all the interesting ones is for the ears of adults only. It is perhaps a reflection of the local psyche that the Maltese word for cheating is also the word for having sexual intercourse.  Loosely translated the saying goes that [...]

How much for a Dali? A Patrick Dali.

2018-11-07T11:32:50+00:00Wed, 7th Nov '18, 11:32|

Patrick Dalli is Helena Dalli’s husband. He is a businessman in his own right. And, apparently he’s also an artist. As I never tire of reminding everyone I am no art critic so I would not be able to appraise his work even if I had ever seen it. I have never seen it. Times [...]

Where are all the protectors of politicians’ privacy?

2018-11-06T14:23:29+00:00Tue, 6th Nov '18, 14:23|

They’re busy being amused by Matteo Salvini’s picture of his oblivion as his girlfriend plotted the end of their relationship. I argued last week that Adrian Delia’s separation is a matter of public interest. I shouldn’t have had to, but a bunch of ‘holier than thou’ — to coin a phrase — marched out to [...]

The right choice for President

2018-11-05T17:18:04+00:00Mon, 5th Nov '18, 17:18|

A week ago the court “expressed dismay” at Evarist Bartolo’s handling of corruption in his Ministry. He covered it up, ignoring information that was presented to him. Instead, he stood by as the police persecuted the whistleblower, now acquitted at last. Evarist Bartolo’s name is now being mentioned as a possible nominee for the presidency, [...]

Online petition demanding government protects law-abiding customers of Satabank

2018-11-05T16:55:50+00:00Mon, 5th Nov '18, 16:55|

Over a hundred individuals have signed an online petition demanding immediate government intervention at Satabank to ensure that people who have broken no laws are no longer penalised by having their bank accounts frozen. The freeze on everyone’s accounts at Satabank has now been going on for 16 days with some individuals saying they are [...]

From the page to the real world

2018-11-05T16:23:22+00:00Mon, 5th Nov '18, 16:23|

Twenty-five years ago, Alternattiva Demokratika used to publish a bi-weekly newspaper that ran a story about a Member of Parliament who dodged taxes on money he stashed in the UK.  The guy was called Lino Gauci Borda and the gossip at the time — this never made it anywhere near print of course — was [...]

Schiavone describes PN leader after “a few drinks”: “Adrian is like a piece of shit”

2018-11-04T12:56:35+00:00Sun, 4th Nov '18, 12:56|

Herman Schiavone in a Facebook post denies a Malta Today story that he, Schiavone, was “mulling dignified exit” for Adrian Delia. He branded Malta Today’s report as “deceiving” and that “Adrian Delia is not resigning and is becoming stronger day by day”. Herman Schiavone will have to deny this post as well then. In a [...]

So this is how liberty dies: with thunderous applause

2018-11-04T11:58:15+00:00Sun, 4th Nov '18, 11:58|

The Observer columnist Nick Cohen wrote this piece on The Guardian about how Donald Trump’s authoritarianism, isolationism and American exceptionalism is giving license to tyrants of the world to go down roads the civilised world of 1945-2016 would have stopped them from pursuing. Brazil, Turkey, Slovakia and — you’ve guessed it — Malta makes the [...]

“Not fit for purpose”

2018-11-04T11:33:31+00:00Sun, 4th Nov '18, 10:53|

The editor of The Sunday Times today noticed it as others have. When on Wednesday I published the story that Nickie Vella de Fremeaux asked her husband Adrian Delia for a separation, a floodgate of abuse came on. There should have been no question on the public interest of the story as The Sunday Times points [...]


2018-10-30T15:20:21+00:00Fri, 2nd Nov '18, 00:01|

Every four days, a journalist is murdered, often because he or she denounced corruption, trafficking, political wrongdoing or human rights abuses. Those responsible for these killings are almost never brought to justice. This website is proud to be part of the UNESCO's campaign #TruthNeverDies on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for [...]

The question of public interest

2018-10-31T14:46:57+00:00Wed, 31st Oct '18, 13:48|

I am not surprised at the reaction out there to the story I published this morning about Nickie Vella de Fremeaux asking her husband Adrian Delia for a separation. The reaction is exactly what I expected it to be and it's not a joy ride I can tell you. There are people who for genuine [...]

Covering up corruption is corrupt

2018-10-31T13:11:11+00:00Wed, 31st Oct '18, 13:11|

There are two important stories in today’s Times of Malta that need attention and need some connecting as I see it. On page 4 of the print edition, there’s Ivan Camilleri’s court report of Magistrate Ian Farrugia criticising Minister Evarist Bartolo for sitting on information of corruption of a member of his staff. It’s the [...]

Nickie Vella de Fremeaux asks Adrian Delia for separation

2018-10-31T01:30:59+00:00Wed, 31st Oct '18, 01:30|

Nickie Vella de Fremeaux, the spouse of Leader of the Opposition Adrian Delia, has asked her husband for a separation, this website is informed. The communication was sent last week in a formal letter sent to Adrian Delia at his office at the headquarters of the Nationalist Party in Pieta’. The letter was signed by [...]

You’re being watched

2018-10-29T16:42:26+00:00Mon, 29th Oct '18, 16:42|

Photo: Washington Post Facial recognition technology is coming our way. If you’re in Paceville or in Marsa the government will know it. You might argue that is because the places are unsafe and law enforcement needs all the help it can get to bring order where there is none. But the consequences could [...]