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Quotes of The Week

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    “He informed me… when the matter appeared in the media.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat saying he only found out about his chief-of-staff Keith Schembri’s Panamanian shell company when the story broke in the media. “Only one honourable thing to do:...

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    “He’s asked for the impossible.” Speaker Anġlu Farrugia reacting to Labour MP Joe Sammut’s request for press surveillance; a request slammed by former ECHR judge Giovanni Bonello as a “job for a Big Brother State, not a democratic...

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    “European leaders would do well to take a back seat unless invited to do so.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat when asked if he would be campaigning for the UK to remain in the EU. “Once you have a wall and no ceiling, it’s like having a deck of...

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    “It takes heroes to defy the one who has the sole prerogative to appoint and promote judges and magistrates" Ex-ECHR judge Giovanni Bo­nello on how Malta is the only country in the democratic world where the ap­point­ment and promotion of members...

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    “A double constitutional gaffe.” Constitutional expert Kevin Aquilina describing the controversial nomination of two new magistrates – both Ingrid Zammit Young and Caroline Farrugia Frendo did not meet the legal criteria to be appointed. “A...

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    “The report was all a justification for a politically motivated attack against me… It is a nasty (porkerija) report.” Former parliamentary secretary Michael Falzon accusing the Natio­nal Audit Office – that concluded he colluded with Government...

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    “The implications for journalism will be retrograde, sinister and absurd.” Columnist Ranier Fsadni on the repercussions if a magistrate rules that Daphne Caruana Galizia must reveal her sources in a libel case where she claimed Energy Minister...

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    “He wanted me to listen to one of his songs… I later learnt it was Space Oddity.” Gynaecologist Donald Felice reminiscing about his student days strumming the guitar with a lesser-known David Bowie, who was on the island for the Malta...

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    “I am the cleaner here.” A woman at Construct Furniture when asked for the contact details of the proprietor’s son Fernando Agius, who featured in the Prime Minister’s New Year’s message – it turned out the couple did not benefit from Labour’s...

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    “Putting cameras in individual cells is not off the table, especially if this could help save lives.” Police Commissioner Michael Cassar on considering installing CCTV in detention cells at the police headquarters after a 38-year-old German was...

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    “The truth has taken on a new meaning under this government.” Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil reviewing the past 12 months during a radio interview. “We did not expect that so many of our middle management and high ranking officials would...

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    “This decision is mine alone, and no one imposed it on me.” Labour Whip Godfrey Farrugia defending his decision to vote in favour of transferring land to Sadeen Education Investment for the American University of Malta after protesting against the...

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    “I will not keep my mouth shut as a result of this intimidation.” Archbishop Charles Scicluna reac­ting to criticism of his speaking out against the government’s record on the envi­ronment and heritage. “Ian Borg has to take the decision he needs...

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    “I have to say mea culpa on behalf of my party, as we should have tackled this before… I will give the government all the necessary support to tackle the illegal boathouses once and for all.” Opposition leader Simon Busuttil on the illegalities...

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    “Thank you for making me feel so old.” Queen Elizabeth II responding to a toast by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the CHOGM dinner. “Mankind is its own worst enemy.” French President François Hollande, in Malta for the CHOGM, on the...

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    “By tackling the Mepa de-merger the way he did, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has not only failed to deliver his own promises but also betrayed those who truly care for the environment.” Environment shadow minister Marthese Portelli during a press...

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    “Overnight I asked security services, police and army chiefs for further security review. No threats we know of but keeping cautious approach.” Prime Minister Joseph Muscat in a tweet soon after the coordinated terrorist attacks in the heart of...

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    “I apologise unreservedly to the electorate for my error of judgement.” Joe Cassar as he stepped down as Nationalist MP after a “ferocious attack” in the wake of press reports about dealings he had with the contro­versial Gaffarena family. “An...

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    “We must exclude nobody and include everybody.” Archbishop Charles Scicluna welcoming the most important message that emerged from the Vatican’s three-week synod. “What woman would allow a man to sit on her in the tight surroundings of a...

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    “This happens often, we have been saying for years that schools are not secure. You can just storm into most of them and no one will stop you.” MUT president Kevin Bonello reacting to the lack of security at schools which led to an inebriated...

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