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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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  • Labour’s moral compass

    At 5am this morning, Evarist Bartolo uploaded another post on his Facebook page. He didn’t mention Montenegro, Konrad Mizzi, Joseph Muscat or 17 Black. Still, by his standards, he was less cryptic than usual. If Labour really wants to renew itself, he wrote, it needs a moral compass. Mere rebranding won’t cut it. The Party […] More

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  • The kink in the armour

    Government ministers have a new buzzword. They tell us they want to make the country ‘future-proof’ as it recovers from the pandemic slump. Except what they say doesn’t add up. ‘Future-proofing’ a country does not mean making it immune to crises. The entire world has just been reminded of nasty surprises. We should expect more, […] More

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  • The politics behind the budget

    Robert Abela has hyped up tomorrow’s mini-budget. He’s said it will have unprecedented incentives and giveaways. Is there a general election around the corner? Abela denies it in a way that makes it difficult for him to change course. He has criticised Adrian Delia for talking up a general election. Abela says this is a […] More

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  • Police commissioner: myths and facts

    In the summer of 2001, on the day that John Rizzo’s appointment as the new police commissioner was announced, I was having dinner with someone who had had an advisory role in the choice. Rizzo’s predecessor had resigned after a sex scandal, and the adviser was relieved that finally, the whole affair was behind the […] More

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  • Flying the Jolly Dodger

    When Robert Abela’s critics call him the continuity candidate, they are throwing his words back at him as an accusation. But what they understand by continuity is not what he promised. It’s important to understand the growing gap between the two. All Abela meant by continuity was what Labour Party members understand by a return […] More

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  • Voldemort returns

    Joseph Muscat’s supporters and critics are at it again. This time, though, it’s the critics who are hyping him up, the supporters downplaying his role. Is he really charting Malta’s path to post-pandemic recovery? Or should we pay heed to Silvio Schembri and Edward Scicluna, respectively ministers for the economy and finance? They say he […] More

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  • The real game in the migrant saga

    Is it legal, the way that Malta is treating irregular migrants crossing from Libya? Strangely, this question is a distraction. It prevents us from taking in the full picture of what’s going on. It’s strange because international law lies at the heart of the case. It’s a distraction because international law is no longer the […] More

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