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  • Restoration won’t fix flawed democracy

    It’s easier to gain five kilos than to lose them. And it’s easier to slide down into the Economist’s ‘flawed democracy’ category than to climb out of it. That creates an important benchmark for Robert Abela. His opponents can taunt him with our demotion, no matter what he does. But if Malta is promoted, he […] More

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  • Keep an eye on fake news

    To evaluate Robert Abela’s first week as Prime Minister, you need to keep in mind the following question. Be warned: At first it will sound like a stale jibe, but it has everything to do with real hard decisions that Abela will need to take. Why is it that, in the last three years, Maltese […] More

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  • Robert Abela faces the world

    So, it’s Robert Abela, after all, who’s our next Prime Minister. Critics and supporters alike have called him the continuity candidate. But we’re about to find out there’s no such thing as continuity. The world does not stand still. It waits for no one. The long list of Cabinet ministers who endorsed Abela’s rival, Chris […] More

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  • Joseph Muscat’s insurance policy

    One week to go and Labour gets a new leader. Then Joseph Muscat’s Farewell Tour comes to a stop. Probably. Well, maybe just a few more tearful hugs before a really massive crowd. For those of you asking whether Muscat takes us for fools: No, it’s clear Muscat no longer bothers to disguise what he’s […] More

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  • On Joseph Muscat’s watch

    He kept insisting he wanted to resolve the Daphne Caruana Galizia assassination “under my watch”. It turns out his wrist watch may have been a significant clue, hiding in plain sight. It was in 2014 that Yorgen Fenech allegedly gifted Joseph Muscat with the white gold, Bvlgari collector’s item whose estimated worth is in the […] More

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  • Ask what you can do for your country

    A lot of us have spent over three years protesting that Keith Schembri deserved to be exiled from politics, not just Castille. This week, senior Labour politicians and operatives agreed so openly that Schembri felt compelled to resign from the Party. Are we now on the same page? Not quite. The protestors – including many […] More

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  • Blame the system, not just the crooks

    With the spotlight on the rot surrounding Joseph Muscat, it’s clear that the current crisis is not the accidental result of a few bad actors. The peripheral government job awarded in 2017 to assassination middleman, Melvin Theuma, shows how the State was captured by criminals. It was a job he never even asked for. He […] More

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  • If Muscat won’t bail out, he must be pushed

    After a tumultuous week, it is evident that Joseph Muscat is disgraced. Evident to anyone, that is, with two brain cells to rub together and the backbone to speak one’s mind – with due allowances for those to whom the dawning truth is so hurtful that they need to shield their eyes. The issue still […] More

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  • Our tough man in Castille

    It shouldn’t need saying, but it’s part of our political predicament that it must be said: The police doing their duty does not mean ‘the institutions are functioning’. The Prime Minister cannot simultaneously “wait for the facts to emerge” when he is also in a position to control which facts do emerge. Joseph Muscat cannot […] More

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  • The sanity of crowds

    “What is there new to say?” asked Petra Caruana, as she began to address the crowd gathered yesterday evening in Valletta. Her point, to the people protesting against corruption: We’ve known all the politically damning facts for some time. It’s not talk we need but for other people, who acknowledge what’s happening to the country, […] More

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  • The Three Amigos Ride Again

    The three Cabinet ministers with special involvement in the Vitals Global Healthcare (VGH) deal are once more appealing a magistrate’s decision to order an inquiry. The arguments in their appeal have implications that go far beyond this particular case. Here’s a paradox: if you believe the ministers are innocent, you have more reason to be […] More

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  • Parliament should summon Neville Gafà

    For too long, the press has declined to address the full implications of the mysterious relationships that the equally mysterious Neville Gafà has with Libya. The press has been very good in showing the slipperiness and evasions of both Gafà and the government. But the affair has been treated as largely a domestic scandal, not […] More

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