“This is not Malta,” they said

2019-05-26T20:51:40+02:00Sun, 26th May '19, 20:51|

When a father of three was killed in cold blood merely for being where he was when two armed terrorists ran out of cats to torture, our leaders comforted our conscience by saying the racist killings of innocent people is not Malta. Go ask it to 15,000 holocaust denying, baby-killing, Hitler-worshiping bigots who voted Norman [...]

Plus ça change

2019-05-26T18:51:05+02:00Sun, 26th May '19, 18:51|

It’s bad form to be self-referential but I do so in the humble recognition of the fact that writing this morning’s The Sunday Times article ahead of the polling stations opening for business did not require any particular gift of foresight. The result was almost a foregone conclusion. There was a brief moment there when [...]

They think it’s all over

2019-05-26T16:03:22+02:00Sun, 26th May '19, 16:03|

Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri -- and Joseph Muscat -- have hoped for an electoral outcome that buries those who expose their corruption and crime since Daphne Caruana Galizia discovered what they did in Panama. A lot has happened in that time that would convince them for a while they have found liberation from the [...]

Fine tuning indeed

2019-05-26T15:57:43+02:00Sun, 26th May '19, 15:57|

‘A little fine tuning’ is what Clyde Puli said the PN needs now. Yeah. A little light dusting and this ship can occupy this spot on the bottom of the Atlantic for another generation. That it’s an unenviable, maddeningly difficult job to put on a brave face in the depths of disaster is granted. There [...]

Apparatchiks Numbers Five and Six

2019-05-26T11:13:11+02:00Sun, 26th May '19, 10:40|

Robert Musumeci left the TVM’s studios with what he must think is his killing quip. The PN is paying the price for “a blog for 10 years that destroyed people”. After all this time that Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bomb, they still can’t bring themselves to say her name. But they [...]

Apparatchik Number Four

2019-05-26T09:55:42+02:00Sun, 26th May '19, 09:55|

I should have long rested my case, but of all people, Emanuel Cuschieri supports it. One hymn book for spokespeople of the PN and spokespeople of the PL, crafted by Great Leader HQ.

Apparatchik Number Three

2019-05-26T09:46:18+02:00Sun, 26th May '19, 09:46|

Apparatchik Number 3 – after Hermann Schiavone and Robert Musumeci – David Agius continues to develop the official PN interpretation of the impending disaster it will face when what has been expected for two years is officially recorded by the Electoral Commission. David Agius takes the prompt from Robert Musumeci: yesterday’s vote is not a [...]

Apparatchik Number Two

2019-05-26T08:37:16+02:00Sun, 26th May '19, 08:37|

After Apparatchik Number 1 in the Adrian Delia universe – Hermann Schiavone – was wheeled out on TVM to declare that the devastating performance of the PN he and everyone expects today should not reflect on the PN’s leader Adrian Delia, Apparatchik Number 2 is now reinforcing that message. It’s Robert Musumeci, Adrian Delia’s henchman [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: The morning after

2019-05-26T18:51:51+02:00Sun, 26th May '19, 08:21|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "Muscat and Delia are gripped in a state of mutually assured survival. Like Victor Frankenstein and his Creature, they despise each other and yet one can’t be who they are without the other. "Fear of the grotesque staying power of Muscat makes Delia’s job too unenviable for [...]

Fixing the narrative

2019-05-26T07:57:52+02:00Sun, 26th May '19, 07:57|

Herman Schiavone, officially an Independent MP under suspension from the Nationalist Party, in practice most loyal apparatchik in Adrian Delia's universe, was first on TVM this morning spelling out the -- altogether predictable -- brief of the PN following from the expected election results from yesterday's vote. The TVM interview came minutes after this post [...]

Dangerous Nevisians

2019-05-24T17:15:08+02:00Fri, 24th May '19, 17:15|

Read this The Guardian story about a Russian oligarch black-listed from entering the EU who managed to travel freely and repeatedly throughout Europe using a St Kitts and Nevis passport he allegedly purchased. The gentleman concerned, Andrei Pavlov, denies this, as he would. As does the Nevisian premier whose law firm received Pavlov’s inquiry for [...]

Covering their tracks

2019-05-24T16:25:08+02:00Fri, 24th May '19, 16:25|

Money laundering is a bitch to prove. That's why law enforcement agencies have legal tools that allow them this crime that can be perpetrated on mobile phones and laptops. What's clearly maddening here is that months and years after we realise someone has probably been up to no good, the authorities look like they won't [...]

The Apalachin Meeting

2019-05-24T09:54:35+02:00Fri, 24th May '19, 09:54|

More reasons to look at that photo again. The guy who first posted it, in what was have been a moment of braggadocious impunity, is living the best of times. He had a lot to expect from 2019 that gave him reasons to raise a glass or two last Christmas. He is CEO of the [...]

The Hound

2019-05-24T09:22:28+02:00Fri, 24th May '19, 09:22|

Joseph Muscat’s henchmen are getting ready for a battle in Strasbourg over the findings of an inquiry required by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in the aftermath of the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia. The battle has been ongoing for some time and since Strasbourg is not foremost on people’s mind people [...]

ZDF: Press Freedom in Malta

2019-05-24T08:12:09+02:00Fri, 24th May '19, 08:12|

This feature on German TV ZDF covered this month's vigil marking 19 months since the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta. It is part of a series covering "Europe's borders" ahead of this weekend's EP elections. The feature is obviously in German but if you don't speak the language it's still worth taking a [...]

GUEST POST: Of Realism and Political Choice

2019-05-23T19:45:17+02:00Thu, 23rd May '19, 19:45|

(Political) Realism often revolves around power and security, not only in respects of international relations but up to an extent also in domestic environs. Realism, expounded up by Thucydides, Machiavelli and later Hobbes and Rousseau, is a general theory on how politics usually work. Focussing on a domestic enclave it theorises on human behaviour that [...]

GUEST POST: There are other ways

2019-05-23T19:40:28+02:00Thu, 23rd May '19, 19:39|

Every Maltese election is defined, at least in part, by fear. Fear that the wrong party will gain a majority, and with that majority and increased power will come repression and punishment, for daring to resist and for daring to be different. In this climate of fear, we often end up voting not for the [...]

A month from now

2019-05-23T19:19:46+02:00Thu, 23rd May '19, 19:19|

Rule of law: the #ECJ will deliver its judgment relating to the lowering of the retirement age for Supreme Court judges in #Poland on the 24th of June (C-619/18) — EU Court of Justice (@EUCourtPress) May 23, 2019 A month from today the European Court of Justice will decide on the important case the European [...]