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    Why fix what you can hide?

    In their latest attempt to make things look better — or less terrible — than they are, the Malta Business Registry did a little housekeeping. They deleted the online records of tens of thousands of shell companies which had been dissolved or liquidated. Now, cleaning the servers of defunct companies might not seem like such […] More

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    The Importance of Being Bernard

    Barring any last-minute surprises, the race for nationalist party leader will be run by two horses. The incumbent who failed to read the writing on the wall will be faced by an ‘outsider’ from Birzebbugia. Polls and surveys on a lazy, heatwave ridden Sunday seem to have anointed Bernard Grech as the more plausible winner. […] More

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    Leaked recordings: Who benefits?

    There are three parties that have access to the Melvin Theuma tapes presented by the prosecution in court in the compilation of evidence against Yorgen Fenech: the police, the prosecution and lawyers acting parte civile, as well as the defence. On Sunday, in yet another twist in what is fast becoming a sordid farce that […] More

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    COVID-19 and what matters

    We can agree to hold Robert Abela to account over his leadership of the pandemic crisis without, however, letting critics off the hook. If Abela appears to be losing sight of some fundamental issues, so do some critics. Does it really matter if Abela doesn’t wear a mask? No. Heads of government are not ordinary […] More

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    Malta is highly contagious

    There’s a plague raging on the streets of Malta, and it runs much deeper than the novel coronavirus. It’s more contagious than cooties, the kissing disease and the common cold. And it’s been raising red flags around the world since a hotspot was identified in the Mediterranean. Everyone smelled the stench in the room, of […] More

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    Party people

    The Party is paramount. All hail the Party. The Party is the Alpha and the Omega and all that there is in between. Quite frankly, it is impressive how the Constitution of this great republic has not been amended to reflect the fact that “Malta is a democratic republic based on the Party”. The Party, […] More

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    Anatomy of collusion

    Evarist Bartolo, the foreign minister, has drawn stiff criticism following his testimony at the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. So have his fellow ministers serving in Joseph Muscat’s governments. It’s now clear that they rubber-stamped the Electrogas power station project, and the Vitals Global Healthcare deal, without proper scrutiny in Cabinet. […] More

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    An epidemic of collective amnesia

    Malta is suffering from an epidemic of collective amnesia. While top government officials have escaped the dreaded coronavirus unscathed, they’ve been struck down by symptoms of selective memory loss that seem to flare up whenever they’re forced to testify in courts and inquiries. Take the Vitals MOU, for example. The Shift reported on this clearly […] More

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    Time to call this out

    I am certain that every family in Malta has that ‘one’ daughter – the one who was a rebel from the moment she arrived, ready to take on the world. I inherited the crown from a favourite aunt and have held it for a number of years.  I’m delighted to say that I now share […] More

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    It is our duty to question

    Picture it. A slit throat that does not permit you to speak. Severe abdomen wounds and slashes to the wrist. It would have been enough to kill any one of us but the result of his condition, even if stable, is that he cannot speak. Yet, his first priority is to reassure us all he […] More

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    A day in the life of…

    Every morning my husband brings me a cuppa in bed and I grudgingly murmur a “thank you”. I should be thankful for this loving gesture but I am not; in fact, my 5am mug of tea irritates the hell out of me. He places it in my eye line so that as I struggle to […] More

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