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  • The corrupt, the greedy and the dupes

    We now know how the public broadcaster, PBS, colluded in shaping the narrative of the arrival of the first Electrogas tanker. The newsroom acted all grateful for a story handed to it by government spinners, and made itself available for any suggestions on how the narrative should be presented. Some of the democratic implications are […] More

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  • Respect human rights? It depends…

    Late last month, our justice minister announced the government’s right to suspend basic human rights if the situation warranted it. Edward Zammit Lewis, writing in The Times of Malta, said of the challenges of irregular immigration from Libya: “The Labour government has also tried to strike the difficult balance between respecting basic human rights and […] More

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  • Exit Poirot, enter Lt Columbo

    The public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia has entered a phase where many are both exhausted and fascinated by the testimonies, unsurprised and yet still shocked at what’s being revealed, in no doubt about the inquiry’s importance and yet wondering if it’s receiving too much importance. In short, ambivalence is setting in. […] More

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  • The beggar swaggers

    The Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry continues to draw testimony that confirms our worst suspicions, so it’s tempting to skim over it too quickly. A mistake, because it’s in the details that the damning evidence emerges. Last week, the finance ministry’s top civil servant, Alfred Camilleri, was asked about the Electrogas saga. In September 2017, there […] More

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  • How to wax about standards

    Any messiah can turn water into wine, but it takes a Minister of Justice, Equality and Governance to turn wine into water. You’d think Yorgen Fenech showed up at Joseph Muscat’s birthday party last year with three bottles of Acqua dell’Imperatore and not fine claret costing some €6,000 — at least from the way in […] More

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  • Inglourious Custards

    Courage is one virtue you can’t fake. That’s why senior public figures, who were afraid to stand up to the disgraced Joseph Muscat, hide their cowardice behind other virtues. Evarist ‘Galileo’ Bartolo hides behind prudence and smears the rest of us by saying we all need to examine our conscience. Peter Grech, the outgoing Attorney […] 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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  • 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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  • Kurt Farrugia to the rescue

    At the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Kurt Farrugia’s testimony was food for thought — a kind of Bounty bar, chocolate on the surface but pure coconut within. Joseph Muscat’s former communications chief had an overarching message: his boss had high ethical standards and was engulfed in scandal only by those […] More

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  • I’d have done it differently

    At the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the testimony by Ian Abdilla carried so many clamorous admissions that the implication of the politically most important one has been missed. The former head of the Economic Crimes Unit has acknowledged that the Panama Gang was not investigated – saying there were more […] More

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  • Montenegro and the unspoken threat

    There was public outrage when the finance minister, Edward Scicluna, described the government of Malta as the victim of the Montenegro wind farm scam that this website has exposed. Yet, he is right. In a way. Just not in the way he meant it. To understand why, remember this. If this deal is as corrupt […] More

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  • Robert Abela rewrites history

    Only one mistake, eh? For Robert Abela that is the sum total of Joseph Muscat’s fault in relation to Konrad Mizzi. He didn’t sack Mizzi (and Keith Schembri) back in 2016 when he found out about his Panama company, Hearnville. Abela says Mizzi deserved to be expelled from Labour’s parliamentary group but Muscat is a […] More

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