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  • Steward: If not now, when?

    During a press conference devoted to how seriously the government was taking the national interest, in the face of the coronavirus, the Prime Minister was asked about the role of Steward Healthcare. It was an inevitable question. It’s on everyone’s lips. What wasn’t inevitable was the answer. Steward has taken ownership of three of our […] More

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  • Labour’s playbook catches coronavirus

    When they tell you it’s not about the money, it’s obviously all about the money. Steward Healthcare, which bought three of our hospitals for a song, while milking the public purse to the tune of €188,000 per day, fooled no one when it told The Shift that it was “insulting” to be asked about what […] More

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  • Gateway to a golden age

    I did not think I would live to see Maltese people everywhere queue in an orderly fashion, respecting personal space, and accepting that signed warnings applied to them as well, not just others. Nor have I ever seen such broad consensus – where it is not just the lion that lies with the lamb, but […] More

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  • Lessons from Babylon

    Here’s a lesson from 2,800 years ago for anyone seeking to learn anything from Monday’s tragedy in Santa Venera. The Code of Hammurabi stipulated that if a building collapsed, the builder was to be executed. We have a lot to learn from ancient Babylon. It’s not the punishment that’s instructive. It’s the reasoning that went […] More

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  • The OPM men who would do it again

    In the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, the former and current officials of the Office of the Prime Minister have given scandalous testimony. Much of the attention has been on their scarcely believable answers and their hostility to the panel of judges. But equally scandalous is what they have confidently asserted. […] More

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  • Silence is evidence

    They came, they addressed the Judges, and the wolves did not even bother with the sheepskins. The men from the Office of the Prime Minister don’t hide that they are hostile to the public inquiry into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. They treat the Judges as adversaries. They testified according to a clear shared […] More

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  • The general election we deserve

    Imagine this. A general election is called tomorrow for 21 March. Another massive Labour victory is what everyone expects. But why? One reason: the shambles that is today’s Nationalist Party. We’re already talking about it all the time. But there’s another reason and no one is talking about it. Everyone – Labour supporters and critics […] More

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  • Enemy of the State

    For the last several years, faced with many government scandals, it was easy to fall into a trap: to be so mesmerised by the quantity that none was properly understood. Today, the trap is different. Now, it’s the reverse. There are so many shocking revelations emerging in the public inquiry into whether there is any […] More

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  • Abela’s can, Muscat’s worms

    Consider these two extraordinary cases. A minister does the right thing and terminates a corrupt contract; but when journalists ask why she did it, she purses her lips as though saying anything would embarrass her government. Justifying justice seems uncomfortable. Then there’s the minister who the courts find to have directly, and repeatedly, broken protestors’ […] More

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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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