Leeching off the public purse
If there’s one thing your former finance minister likes spending money on, it’s himself. Let’s tally up all the government pay cheques Edward Scicluna is currently cashing. He was earning €62,979 per year as finance minister, but that’s likely gone up substantially now that he’s Governor of the Central Bank. More on that below. According […]

 

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Prime Minister resigns over corruption allegations
The Prime minister resigned immediately, bringing down his government after an investigation into corruption involving his Party was launched.  He argued that although suspicions did not imply guilt, they cast a serious shadow. “In such a situation it seems only right that by resigning myself I will give the opportunity for light to be shed […]

 

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No time for a weak constitution
Parliament. They’re are at it again. The two Parties that have twisted the Constitution into their own image and likeness are once again tinkering with the basic law of the land. The latest excuse is boosting women’s rights. The changes to the law include a special mention of that situation where ‘only two Parties’ get […]

 

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The first sign of corruption
Georges Bernanos (1888-1948): ‘The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means.’ If the first sign is meant to sound the alarm, contemporary Malta doesn’t need one. We have plenty of other signs to signal the rot: collapsing houses, crooked deals, shady banks, nefarious cronies, […]

 

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Did they even read their own law?
The Department of Information (DOI) has refused to give The Shift access to MPs’ tax declarations because we’re not on its ‘press register’. The very idea contradicts the 2018 Media and Defamation Law. That’s the name for those “reforms” Owen Bonnici tried to take credit for after attempting to push through a draft law that included […]

 

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Donald, is that you?
Donald Trump blew a gasket. He unleashed his fury on his unflinchingly loyal and notoriously deferential Vice President Mike Pence. Delusional Donald believed he had won the election by a landslide and expected Pence to break the law by rejecting the electoral college vote in favour of Biden. So when Pence led the joint session […]

 

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