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Quotes of The Week

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    “One of the greatest statesmen Malta ever had.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on Guido de Marco at the un­veiling of a statue of the late former president outside the law courts in Valletta. “Malta’s EU environment commissioner can expect tough...

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    “This is intimidation and harassment.” Għadira nature reserve warden Ray Vella questioning police’s motives for showing up to question him after he rescued a flamingo chick. “Magistrates sometimes end up hoping the punishment they hand down will...

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    “There are obviously concerns about [Islamic State infiltration]...” US Ambassador to Libya Deborah Jones, who has moved her operations to Malta, when asked about the threat of extremists infiltrating Libya. “Nobody deserves to die at...

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    “I hold this position in obedience and will only leave in obedience.” Archbishop Paul Cremona quashing speculation that he will be resigning for health reasons after The Sunday Times of Malta columnist Fr Joe Borg spoke about a leadership...

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    “This was a series of unfortunate events.” An airport source explaining why the airport was closed for nearly two hours after a nationwide blackout led to double back-up failure. “People were pushing and shoving... but lights had only been out...

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    “Some of the proposed solutions are draconian.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat reacting to the Malta Employers Association’s proposals suggesting that self-inflicted ailments, such as hangovers, should not qualify for sick leave. “She was forced to...

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    “We cannot really say... that MartinGalea was not beaten. We said that according to medical records he had no signs of violence.” The Prime Minister’s spokesman when asked why the version of Martin Galea, who was held hostage for 11 days in...

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    “Legally correct but illogical.” Lawyers reacting to a magistrate’s decision to order police to charge six Birdlife activists with illegal possession of dead protected birds. “We are acting very prudently... and we don’t want any information to...

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    “It seems... all the talk about justice reforms is just lip service.” Opposition justice spokesman Beppe Fenech Adami questioning the appointment of Wenzu Mintoff, a staunch Labour activist and former Kulħadd editor, to the position of a...

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    “I’ve never been treated like this in my life.” Government envoy for Asia Sai Mizzi breaks her silence to hit back at claims she earns €13,000 a month. “All the prime ministers I know are queuing up to court China.” Joseph Muscat in­sists Malta...

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    “Every promotion brings with it changes that are not all appreciated.” Former police commissioner Peter Paul Zammit’s first comments to the press after resigning – he is the shortest-lived officer in the position since 1975. “They should not be...

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    “Society needs to understand that the proposed decriminalisation of drugs is completely different from outright legalisation.” Justice Minister Owen Bonnici commenting on a Eurobarometer report which showed only 14 per cent of Maltese agreed with...

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    “We chose national unity over partisan politics and this is another sign that we want to start doing politics differently.” A Nationalist Party spokesman after PN leader Simon Busuttil tweeted that the party will bring forward its traditional...

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    “Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare.” Pope Francis appealing for peace in the Middle East during a prayer service at the Vatican with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. “Isn’t it time for...

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    “Today it is hunting... tomorrow it may be something else.” FKNK president Joe Perici Calascione while presenting a petition of 104,293 signatures calling on MPs to make it illegal for minority rights to be abolished by referendum. “You killed my...

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    “The party needs a different strategy and a radical overhaul.” PN committee members speaking after the party’s executive committee discussed its disappointing result in the European Parliament election. “Not the time to chicken out.” PN leader...

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    “There is no exemption for police officers not to attend court sittings.” Justice Minister Owen Bonnici insisting that although the EP election put a strain on police resources this did not mean sittings ground to a halt. “We’re fighting red tape...

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    “Blood was flowing everywhere.” Kleaven Cassar recalls the horror of seeing his son after he was attacked in Paceville. “Cyrus [Engerer] has already paid for his mistake.” Civil Rights Minister Helena Dalli says she has no intention of sacking...

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    “His courage makes him a soldier of steel.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat praising Cyrus Engerer who pulled out of the European Parliament race after he was found guilty of distributing pornographic images of his ex-boy­friend in an attempt to...

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    “A throwback to the time when the price of canned tuna was set by the State.” The Nationalist Party reacting to the “good news” promised by the Prime Minister that saw petrol prices drop by 2c and other fuel costs locked. “Moment of truth for the...

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