Collective selective amnesia

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2023-11-13T08:15:25+01:00Mon, 13th Nov '23, 08:15|

It looked like a fun day out. The country’s leaders of all hues and holders of all manner of office went for a cheerful “walk with the president” this Saturday. You look at their happy grins you’d think all was well with the world. Or at least, while the world went to shit, all was [...]

And then they were three

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2023-11-10T11:38:05+01:00Fri, 10th Nov '23, 11:38|

Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed on a Monday. The following Sunday there was a big march in Valletta. I was invited to speak at that event, but I had nothing to do with its organisation. I wasn’t an activist of any sort at the time. I was caught by the events of that week like [...]

What he may be wanting us to understand

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2023-11-09T14:29:57+01:00Thu, 9th Nov '23, 14:29|

Read this report of the arguments brought in court today by Keith Schembri’s lawyers. I’m not summarising it because the issues are very complex and there’s a lot being hinted which is not being explicitly said in all the words here. I don’t want any of that lost in summaries and adaptations. The following list [...]

GUEST POST: Did we really hear the Prime Minister well?

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2023-11-09T14:26:49+01:00Thu, 9th Nov '23, 14:26|

If Robert Abela really thinks that all politicians are elected to deal out favours to those who vote for it whether they are entitled to these favours or not, then he is a crooked misinformed despot who should not hold office. Absolute monarchs or dictators do exactly that. They choose whom to favour either because [...]

The dignity of the functions of prime minister

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2023-11-08T13:16:25+01:00Wed, 8th Nov '23, 13:16|

Photo: Domenic Aquilina/ EPA-EFA/Shutter stock That’s what he said was on his mind, when Antonio Costa, until then the socialist prime minister of Portugal,resigned from his post yesterday. “The dignity of the functions of prime minister is not compatible with any suspicion about his integrity, his good conduct and even less with the [...]

Inequality before the law

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2023-11-08T10:30:05+01:00Wed, 8th Nov '23, 10:30|

Silvio Grixti came out of his cave yesterday. He sent a pointed rhetorical question addressed to Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne. Why weren’t publicly known allegations of medical certificates fraud not investigated by the police, he asked? The press tried to reach the disgraced former Labour backbencher to get out of him details about the [...]

Presidential mediocrity

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2023-11-07T10:24:46+01:00Tue, 7th Nov '23, 10:24|

This is a statement issued today by the president’s office after a fugitive who turned himself in to the police and told the court he has been working on a construction site at San Anton Palace while the police were looking for him: With reference to reports that are appearing in the media, the Office [...]

The vanishing phones of Keith Schembri

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2023-11-07T07:39:49+01:00Tue, 7th Nov '23, 07:39|

Keith Schembri’s lawyers are having none of it. A phone that was held for safekeeping by a magistrate in a case against Keith Schembri vanished for a while only to reappear in another file which was not supposed to be in the magistrate’s office at all. The brief disappearance of the phone is now being [...]

First good citizen

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2023-11-06T13:57:15+01:00Mon, 6th Nov '23, 13:57|

Tristan Farrugia Tedesco is hardly a reliable source of information. He was in court today after giving himself up to the police on his lawyer’s advice yesterday. He’s been on the run for a while. The police told the court they’ve chased him over rooftops at least twice. Turns out avoiding arrest by jumping across [...]

A systemic onslaught on the rule of law

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2023-11-06T09:46:57+01:00Mon, 6th Nov '23, 09:46|

This post will refer to several episodes that happened over the last few days that may at first appear unconnected but are in reality part of a growing trend of erosion of every individual’s right to seek the protection of the court from their government. Consider first this One TV report of a lawsuit brought [...]

GUEST POST: A return to first principles of democracy

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2023-11-06T09:35:57+01:00Mon, 6th Nov '23, 09:35|

The state of the nation The turbulent waves of this scandal-plagued bewildered populist authoritarian government have led to an evidenced and indisputable illiberal democracy roiled by a crisis of legitimacy. The mechanisms of scandalous and criminal history of this government in addition to a political model painstakingly moulded on polarisation and abuse of power and [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: Grinding to a halt

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2023-11-06T09:23:22+01:00Mon, 6th Nov '23, 09:23|

From my article in yesterday's The Sunday Times: "The inquiry Repubblika star­ted four years ago is, by defi­nition, four years old. It’s bound to wrap up at some point and people, such as a couple of other newspapers last week, have been speculating that it’s nearing completion. It is hard to imagine that an inquiry [...]

Gathering dust

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2023-10-31T11:39:17+01:00Tue, 31st Oct '23, 11:39|

The OECD’s detailed recommendations on improving standards in public life is less than a week old. The machine hasn’t been switched off yet and I’ve started mouthing the Lacrimosa already. Ask me again in a year which of the recommendations have been taken up by the government and nothing would make me happier than to [...]

THE SUNDAY TIMES: The fog that comes from somewhere

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2023-10-29T08:56:37+01:00Sun, 29th Oct '23, 08:56|

From my article in The Sunday Times today: "Yorgen Fenech will walk, if out of nine jurors hearing his case enough of them allow themselves to be conditioned by inherent prejudices of a regular Labour Party voter. That’s at least half of them. A few of the other half might be politically inclined to wish [...]

Proposed media reform is “disappointing” – activists

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2023-10-29T08:51:35+01:00Sun, 29th Oct '23, 08:51|

The following is a statement issued by the Media Reform Initiative, a group I'm in which is made up of journalists Monique Agius, human rights lawyer and academic Therese Comodini Cachia, and journalists and academics Joe Borg and Natalino Fenech . The Media Reform Initiative affirms that it is very disappointing that the proposals in [...]

GUEST POST: Robert Aquilina, you are not alone

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2023-10-29T08:44:54+01:00Sun, 29th Oct '23, 08:44|

Robert Aquilina has been repeatedly asking, even through his lawyer, for protection for himself and for his family. The Police Commissioner, who has been well aware of the threats Dr Aquilina has been receiving, should have ordered this protection without being asked. And there weren't only threats. There has been an attempt of forced entry [...]

Real and present danger

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2023-10-28T08:30:24+02:00Sat, 28th Oct '23, 08:30|

Repubblika's president Robert Aquilina has today filed his umpteenth plea to have the security of his family protected by the police. For a short while the police provided a watch outside his house at night. And then they didn't. It wasn't because the threats he received diminished. On the contrary. Since he's been left without [...]

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