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  • MaltaFiles and public perception

    It's been a sad month for Malta. Allegations of corruption galore and, no matter whether you're Team Red or Team Blue or Team Let's Check Out What's Actually Happening Before Deciding (blessed be your rare souls), one thing we have to be all in...

  • We're in a bad place

    We're in a bad place

    Given my venerable age, I am often up at fourish, and I succumb to the temptation to check out the portals. On Daphne Caruana Galizia's blog, what seems to be the reason for Premier Muscat calling an early election leapt out at me. The signs that...

  • How Donald met Joseph

    How Donald met Joseph

    Oh boy, has it been a couple of months in the world of politics! Who would ever have thought that the head of a government would fire the person responsible for heading criminal investigations in order to stop an investigation on himself and the...

  • Let’s stop humming and hawing about the MFSA chairman

    Let’s stop humming and hawing about the MFSA chairman

    Politics is often something of a circus with strange acts by politicians and stranger ones by those chosen by politicians to head our most important institutions. Back in time, but coincidentally also when Labour were in power, we even had a...

  • Bishops under attack for stating the obvious

    Bishops under attack for stating the obvious

    Why are Labour elves and trolls who populate the social networks, particularly Facebook, incensed by the election pastoral letter written by our bishops and published on Saturday? Go on Facebook and you can read the abuse, insults and crude...

  • The discrete charm of Malta’s bourgeois democracy

    The discrete charm of Malta’s bourgeois democracy

    Those of us who could see an election approaching like a car crash in slow motion, anticipating an ensuing cacophony that would drive the Dalai Lama to absolute distraction, cannot help but aim for levity, especially when everything else becomes...

  • Brandishing Power

    Brandishing Power

    Russell Brand, the actor, comedian, kicked-out BBC Radio 1 DJ, has never been one to do things by half. His ‘brand’ of comedy was always controversial, and extremely funny. But when this established stand-up comedian was asked, in 2013, to...

  • The coalition of the willing

    The coalition of the willing

    There was an interesting snippet of news a couple of days ago, pretty much drowned out by the stench of alleged corruption wafting out of Castille. (Editorial note, you have to say "alleged" if you want to avoid vexatious libel cases) The snippet...

  • This election is not about the Panama Papers

    This election is not about the Panama Papers

    Or at least not just about the Panama Papers. This election is about saving journalists their jobs. You see, the thing is, this really was the government that kept on giving. And I’m not referring to the just announced minimum wage increase which...

  • Long live the king

    Long live the king

    “I’ll call an election,” said the king, standing near his castle. All talk of greed, hidden accounts, corruption, investigations, kickbacks and Iranian banks are causing undue pressure on this fabled land.” And, like the famed magician the king...

  • Dice thrown

    According to Premier Joe, once the decision was there to be taken, then it had to be taken. He then reached into his pocket and, with a sneer, threw the dice down the table. On 4th June, we'll get to know if he's thrown snake-eyes or hit a...

  • At last, something Joseph and Simon can agree on

    At last, something Joseph and Simon can agree on

    With what seems to have become a daily deluge of claims and counterclaims, rumours, gossip and comments, and the increasingly fractious relationship between Muscat and Busuttil, it’s nice to report that the leaders of the two largest political...

  • Tick tock Tick tock

    Tick tock Tick tock

    According to the latest opinion polls the Labour Party will win the next election. And of the two potential prime ministers after the next election, the people trust Joseph Muscat more. I thought the two—Joseph Muscat and the Labour Party—were...

  • The scourge of omertà

    The scourge of omertà

    Francis Vassallo, an expert in the financial world, recently spoke out without reservation and declared that the situation in Malta is beyond worrying. He went as far as to say that unless the competent authorities take action immediately the...

  • Those of us who are not shouting

    Those of us who are not shouting

    On September 19, 2016, I wrote an article which I titled A leader’s gamble, where I dwelled on the Panama papers and the political choices made by the Prime Minister. I won’t regurgitate my words but in my concluding question I asked whether we...

  • Seven reasons why people are so quick to believe Daphne Caruana Galizia

    Seven reasons why people are so quick to believe Daphne Caruana Galizia

    But there’s no evidence! How can you believe someone if they have no evidence? Well the answer to that is pretty simple, there is such a thing as conjecture which makes Daphne Caruana Galizia’s allegations easier to believe and while these points...

  • Is Muscat credible?

    In politics, reputation is everything. Anyone who follows politics will have heard this countless times.Reputation determines credibility. People are judged on their behaviour patterns, which build up a picture. We understand a person’s character...

  • On taking buses

    On taking buses

    Breaking long-standing promise to myself, like many I watched the latest episode of Xarabank: hence this blog, because what's the use of putting yourself through something like watching Xarabank if you can't use it for some fun?   Thankfully, the...

  • Of levels of proof

    Of levels of proof

    I'm going to take a bit of a different angle to the obvious with this Egrant fiasco. And it is a fiasco, make no mistake. It's all very well to say "we need proof". But when you have the owner of an Iranian bank and his risk manager making like...

  • If this, then that

    To my admittedly unscientific mind, as soon as mention was made of Pilatus Bank, the powers that be had three scenarios open to them. Please feel free to comment if other options present themselves to you. Scenario 1 There were never any documents...

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