Guest Post: The swallowed whistle

There she was, running and huffing, blowing her whistle. Every time she blew on it, the players paused, some stopped, some looking for direction and others with a sense of incredulity.

And then the inevitable happened. An ‘oops moment’, the whistle infirmly held by the lips, made the journey backwards towards her throat! What! Hands on knees and bent over out of breath, straining to regurgitate the damned whistle, whilst trying to draw breath, each time the whistle sounding faintly from the abyss into which it had fallen.

Her players looking on, unsure as to which way to run, the other winning team looking on with disdain.

When her ladyship took on the role of coach and then captain of the team, she had a nice shiny whistle on a chain around her neck. Her team were all so proud of that whistle! It would bring them victory they prayed and they vowed allegiance to their coach. How could they fail when they had the sound of the whistle to follow?

They took to the pitch egged on by that sound, obediently industrious every time it sounded. But what now? That nice silver whistle was choking their leader. That chain around her neck was throttling her. Who would direct their thrust now? And the winning team have stopped to stare and some are even advancing with the ball. Their goalie cannot make up his mind, does he try and save or does he wait for the final whistle from the captain? But all he can hear is the huffing and puffing and the occasional whistley wheeze.

An then the ball is flying through the air, and it’s not just one! How can he save them all, it’s not fair, this is not what the coach had promised, this is not what the game looked like, not when the little silver whistle was sounding.

Pluto

Joseph aktar fdat minn Simon u l-Labour jirbaħ l-elezzjoni

Illum rajna diversi sondaġġi fuq il-gazzetti.

Hemm dak maħruġ mill-Maltatoday u dak maħruġ mit-Torċa. It-tnejn li huma qegħdin jindikaw rebħa Laburista fl-elezzjoni li jmiss u t-tnejn li huma qegħdin jindikaw li l-Prim Ministru huwa l-aktar mexxej fdat f’Malta.

Flejthom u osservajthom u xtaqt ngħaddi ftit osservazzjonijiet. Is-survey tal-Maltatoday qiegħed jindika vantaġġ ta’ ftit aktar minn 4% għall-Partit Laburista, mentri s-survey tat-Torċa qiegħed jindika vantaġġ ta’ 9% għall-Partit Laburista. Wieħed tajjeb josserva li s-survey tal-Maltatoday ma ġiex weighted skont id-distretti li ġejjin minnhom in-nies u skont ma vvutaw in-nies fl-2013, kif jindika r-ritratt t’hawn taħt.

Is-survey tal-Maltatoday huwa rappreżentattiv skont l-etajiet u s-sess. Mentri s-survey tat-Torċa huwa rappreżentattiv skont is-sess, l-etatjiet, id-distretti, kif ukoll skont kif ivvutaw in-nies fl-2013, kif wieħed jista’ jara f’dan it-tieni ritratt.

Din hija xi ħaġa ferm importanti biex ir-riżultati jkunu rappreżentattivi ta’ kif inhi s-sitwazzjoni bħalissa. B’hekk jindika li s-survey tat-Torċa huwa aktar rappreżentattiv mal-popolazzjoni ta’ Malta. Is-survey tat-Torċa jindika li l-Prim Ministru huwa fdat b’10% aktar minn Simon Busuttil. Barra minn hekk, is-survey tat-Torċa jindika li d-distakk bejn il-partiti huwa wieħed kbir. Infatti wieħed jista’ jara li hemm distakk ta’ 9% favur il-Partit Laburista.

Guest Post: What a sordid affair!

As far as stories go, the Pilatus Bank affair is not one of Bogan’s best pieces. You see, the difficulty with this story is that she has one source of information, Mrs AB. This source is questionable, to say the least.  We know for a fact Mrs AB is under investigation. This is by her own admission. We know for a fact that she has stolen documentation. This too, is by her own admission. She is being investigated by the police for accusations she placed against them. This, again, is by her own admission. Even the most sympathetic ear will question her motives. Why on earth would a newly-hired individual be playing these silly games?

The whole interview in the Independent is written in the first person. In other words the article is quoting, verbatim, what Mrs AB is saying. Why no discussion? Why are no questions being asked? Is Bogan telling us these are not her words after all? Perhaps a little distancing from her part too. The English is good and bears the tell-tale signs of the author. Polished, covering all the loop holes. Then there is the issue of the timing. Why was the story released now at the precise time when the PN starts its onslaught? Why has Mrs AB spent a whole year waiting when, again, by her own admission, she needed closure?

PN is slowly distancing itself from this story because it has the signs of a major backfire. It has institutional memory of what happened in 2013 when the PN, by their own admission, saw Bogan as the main reason for their defeat. How some things don’t change. Some people never learn.

Wegħduha ċittadinanza Maltija, xogħol u jitwaqqgħu l-kawżi

Wara li Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando kiteb dak li sar jaf fuq Facebook dwar il-ftehim li l-PN għamel maċ-ċittadina Russa li qed tigdeb fuq il-Prim Ministru u familtu kien hemm informazzjoni oħra li waslet għandi fis-sigħat li għaddew dwar il-wegħdi li għamel il-PN.

Simon ma ltaqax direttament mar-Russa u l-PN għamlilha dawn il-wegħdi permezz ta’ terza persuna. Daphne taf b’dan l-arranġament.

Jekk il-PN jirbaħ l-elezzjoni (diffiċli ħafna skont l-aħħar stħarriġ tal-opinjoni pubblika) ir-Russa se tingħata ċittadinanza Maltija, se tingħata xogħol (u hemm min issuġġerixxa Brussell) u se jitwaqqgħu l-kawżi kollha li qed tiffaċċja fil-Qrati.

Ir-Russa marret għand il-Maġistrat, mhux għax laqgħet l-appell ta’ Simon Busuttil biex min jaf xi ħaġa jitkellem u jiddefendih, kif qed jipprova jagħti l-impressjoni l-PN. Marret nhar il-ġimgħa wara li kellha l-assigurazzjoni li meta jkun fil-gvern se jieħdu ħsiebha.

Iċ-ċittadinanza Maltija kienet il-karrotta li baqgħet imdendla fuq ras din il-mara. L-ewwel offerta kienet li jitwaqqgħu l-kawżi kontriha madankollu dan ma kienx biżżejjed biex tmur tgħid dak li suppost taf lill-Maġistrat u reġa’ kien hemm kuntatt permezz ta’ terza persuna biex ir-Russa tkun konvinta titkellem anke jekk ma għandha ebda provi f’idejha.

Għall-PN biżżejjed iddaħħal id-dubji f’din il-kampanja ta’ gideb li issa ilha għaddejja erba’ snin sħaħ u intensifikat fl-aħħar ġimgħat kontra l-Prim Ministru u familtu bl-għajnuna ta’ din il-mara li ngħatat l-assgurazzjoni mill-PN li se jieħdu ħsiebha sew jekk jirbħu l-elezzjoni.

About malicious and vexatious whistleblowers

A whistleblower who reveals wrongdoing is a good thing, but are all whistleblowers honest? Not necessarily.

Here is Malta we are starting to learn a great deal more about whistleblowers and what motivates them.

Academic studies found some whistleblowers have what is known as ‘inadequate personalities’. These are emotionally unstable, dependent, and often paranoid people who feel hard done by. They resist taking responsibility for their actions and seek to blame other people or organisations for their failures.

Other whistleblowers demonstrate characteristics of a narcissistic personality; then there are psychopathic whistleblowers who may use ‘whistleblowing’ as a defence against action such as performance management or dismissal. They may also use it as means of making money – such as securing a favourable financial exit package.

In truth, the aim of some whistleblowers is completely negative: disrupt and destroy at all costs.

PN: A party isolated from the public

“We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are”. This little soundbite circulates the internet dozens of times a day.
It comes from Anaïs Nin (1903 – 1977), born to Cuban parents in France, who lived most of her life in the United States where she became an established author.
In essence what this means is that if I am honest, I believe that most people are like me – honest; if I am corrupt, I believe that most people are like me – corrupt.
In other words other people mirror my own image; a reflection of my character type.
And this is the situation that has resulted in the PN party hitting rock bottom; it is being run by the few overlords and cohorts who, because they are corrupt, can accuse others of being corrupt, because that is what is being reflected back to them by their own mental mirror; which is quite pathetic because they are trapped in their own personal hell where they see nothing but negativity.
Their state of denial of this country’s positive performance, which is supported by cold hard facts and rock solid statistics backed by the EU itself, is hard to comprehend and only serves to isolate the PN further from the public.

Ir-Russa mwiegħda iktar affarijiet apparti li jitwaqqgħu l-kawżi

Ir-Russa li qiegħda f’konfoffa ma’ Daphne u Simon biex tigdeb kontra l-Prim Ministru u l-familja tiegħu qed tkun imwiegħda affarijiet oħra apparti dak li qal Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando. Uffiċċjalment, sa issa l-PN ma ċaħadx dak li kiteb fuq Facebook l-eks Deputat Nazzjonalista.

F’informazzjoni oħra li waslet għandi fis-sigħat li għaddew, ir-Russa kienet imwiegħda affarijiet oħra wkoll apparti li jitwaqqgħu l-kawżi kriminali li qed tiffaċċja fil-Qorti marbuta ma’ frodi u rapport falz. Aktar dwar dan, matul il-jum sakemm nikkonferma d-dettalji tal-ftehim li Daphne u l-PN ma’ din il-persuna.

Ir-Russa ġiet f’kuntatt ma’ Daphne permezz ta’ Avukat li kienet marret ħadet parir mingħandu u xorob l-istorja tagħha u minn hemm bdiet tinbena l-kampanja kontra l-Prim Ministru u l-familja tiegħu. Kampanja mibnija fuq gidba li se tisplodi f’wiċċ Simon ġaladarba tkun magħrufa l-verità.

 

Guest Post: Jigdeb għax ma għandu xejn x’jikkritika

Fi ftit ġranet kellna sensiela t’aħbarijiet verament notevoli. L-iffirmar tal-ftehim kollettiv għall-ħaddiema taċ-ċivil, it-tħabbira li Malta kellha surplus ta’ €101 miljun, il-ftuħ tal-power station il-ġdida u l-waqfien għall-dejjem tal-użu tal-HFO, it-tħabbir ta’ ftehim għaż-żieda fil-paga minima …
L-aħbarijiet ma jaqtgħu xejn u jumejn ilu, b’ħerqa kbira, smajt lil Simon iħabbar l-għaqda bejn il-Partit Nazzjonalista u l-Partit Demokratiku. Koalizzjoni storika u speċjali ħafna għax normalment il-koalizzjonijiet isiru wara elezzjoni mhux qabel. Koalizzjoni għal min m’għandux identità politika u jrid jirkeb fuq ħaddieħor minkejja li f’din is-sitwazzjoni, mhux ċar min qed jirkeb fuq min. Kelli nerġa’ nisma sewwa dak li qal Simon għax ma stajtx nemmen mill-ewwel. Kellu l-kuraġġ jgħid li għandu bżonn lil Marlene u li grazzi għaliha:
“… ser jiżdied l-iskrutinju fuq il-Partit Nazzjonalista, biex l-affarijiet jagħmilhom sew …”, “Għalhekk qed nagħmlu dan il-ftehim, għax jien irrid l-akbar pressjoni possibbli fuqi, kemm minn naħa tiegħi imma anki min-naħa ta’ Marlene, biex l-affarijiet isiru sew”.
Verament fiha x’tixtarr din l-istqarrija u jqumu l-mistoqsijiet:
Simon jafda lilu nnifsu?
Probabbli li le u allura għandu bżonn min joqgħod għassa tiegħu. Nagħtih parir li meta jkun fuq it-TV iqabbad lil xi ħadd ieħor jaqralu l-SMS’s. Tista’ faċilment tieħu dan ir-rwol Marlene u fejn ma jafx, tgħallmu.
Minn meta se jibda l-iskrutinju ta’ Marlene?
Tajjeb tgħidilna ftit jekk hux se tħares ftit lura minbarra ‘l quddiem Marlene. Kuntenta li ngħaqdet ma’ min bla skrupli ta’ xejn talab li jiġi ffinanzjat mill-privat. Ser tiċċekkja hemmx ftehim oħra bħalma Simon għamel mad-DB Group? Jekk dan l-aġir għandu l-barka tagħha, taħseb li hija kredibbli meta tgħid li trid tnaddaf il-politika?
Dak li huwa verament ammirevoli huwa r-ritmu li bih il-Gvern qed iħabbar inizjattivi u riżultati. Dan iġiegħlek kważi titħassar it-tratti pwerili ta’ Simon, Marlene u sħabhom li qed jitfixklu f’xulxin u jfixklu anki ‘l dawk li jixtiequ jemmnu fihom, għax minflok proposti joħorġu biss tgħajjir u ħdura msejsa fuq għira bla qies għas-suċċessi li qed ikollu pajjiżna.

The possibility hardly exists, but it would be cataclysmic

Let’s face it, Simon Busuttil is not really fit for purpose. He just does not make the grade. To have the Bidnija blogger wagging him around, like a dog wags its tail, proves it.

And to be in hock to such as she is not only demeaning but dangerous. In the remote possibility of Busuttil winning the government she would rule over him. Of course her VAT debts would be written off, the public land she has assumed for herself will be made hers, all court fees will be written off, and Busuttil would always be open to blackmailing demands from her.

Even PN supporters accept he has severe limitations. They stand by him, but between themselves they whisper their disappointment. They were aghast that, in a fit of pique, he lifted the lid on the PN’s relationship with, and indebtedness to, the db Group. Just how many other industrialists have a stick to beat him with?

Who would want such a man as Prime Minister? It makes me wince to even think of the prospect.

The man is dangerous to the country. Even the PN’s idol, Eddie Fenech Adami, never achieved anything like what Joseph Muscat is getting. Can Simon do so? EFA got us the cancer factory and the weak-construction Mater Dei hospital, which ended costing us Lm250,000,000, or five times its planned cost of Lm50,000,000. There were periti, truck drivers, contractors and I don’t know who else involved in the weak cement corruption. No one smelled the rot. Not even the bloodhound, RCC.

Joseph Muscat has achieved unprecedented employment figures, has switched off the cancer factory for good and built a gas-fired power station, turned a €300 million deficit into a €100 million+ surplus, and drawn unprecedented foreign investment, raised the pension payments and, just this week, the minimum wage – with the two latter increases coming after decades. In 25 years the PN never increased the pension entitlements, not even by one cent, though the Gonzi government secretly voted a weekly €500 increase for its ministers and parliamentary secretaries.

Are we to ditch all Labour’s achievements by electing such a weakling as Simon Busuttil? What we should be asking ourselves is: would a Busuttil government keep up the progress in the health sector for instance, and keep the sector free of payment? Or will we revert to out of stock medicines, so that those needing them would have to buy them themselves?

Would there still be full employment with Busuttil in charge? Would the day care centres remain free of charge? Would university education remain free? Would stipends be retained?

Or would Busuttil resort to lies, as he is doing with such abandon right now, no matter whom he hurts by his unfounded attacks. Which makes me wonder where on earth the Church is in all this unashamed untruth. Does the Church still believe in charity? Or is it considering aligning itself with Busuttil’s forza nazzjonali?

Simon Busuttil had the nerve to call on the President of Malta to use her moral authority. I wonder, does he believe the Church has any such virtue? Does he himself have any moral fibre to reject unbridled ambition and all its unfathomable consequences?

Il-gladjaturi tal-politika

Kull min f’dawn l-aħħar jiem segwa l-politika lokali żgur li kellu jniżżel fi griżmejh doża ikbar minn tas-soltu, hekk kif iż-żewġ Partiti ewlenin spiċċaw f’taqbida sfiqa, b’eluf ta’ telespettaturi jistennew bi ħġarhom min minnhom se joħroġ bl-unuri u min se jbaxxi rasu u jidħol f’qoxortu. Stħajjiltha ġlieda bejn il-gladjaturi, bl-uniċi żewġ differenzi jkunu li hekk kif ix-xabla ta’ gladjatur minnhom togħsfor, dlonk titnewwel xabla oħra minn DCG. U xħin wieħed mill-gladjaturi jkun kważi ċeda, toħroġ Marlene biex forsi t-taqbida tintrebaħ.

Ejja mmorru ftit lura. Bdejna b’allegazzjonijiet minn DCG, hekk kif tat in-nar lil storja fabrikata (għax s’issa, għalkemm għaddejja inkjesta maġisterjali, għad m’hemmx provi ċari, iswed fuq l-abjad, li l-kumpanija Egrant hija ta’ Michelle Muscat. Anzi, Brian Tonna ta’ Nexia BT ippreżenta provi li l-kumpanija Egrant hija tiegħu). Il-media tal-PN kompliet tkabbar il-ħuġġieġa. Bagalji, titjiriet, shredders … issemma minn kollox. Kull angolatura ġiet esplorata u manipulata. U qed ngħid manipulata għaliex s’issa, kif għedt, għad m’għandniex prova waħda li hi waħda.
Imma n-nies mill-ħemda u l-kumdità ta’ darhom jixtarru u jaħsbu. X’għandna quddiemna? X’evidenza għandna li dak li qed jingħad huwa minnu? Il-Prim Ministru ċaħad l-allegazzjonijiet l-għada li ħarġu. Iżda DCG u tal-PN baqgħu għaddejjin. Hekk kif ilbieraħ deher il-whistleblower il-Qorti ħsibt li din se tkun qeda tippreżenta dokumenti li juru kemm dak li kien qed jiġi allegat kien minnu. Imma erġajna b’xejn!
Allura wieħed jistaqsi … jekk il-PN qed jagħmel dawn l-allegazzjonijiet kollha mingħajr l-ebda pulzier ta’ evidenza, għaliex qed jagħmel dan kollu? Nerġa’ ngħid, in-nies tanalizza. U jiena bħalhom. Domt nara u nsegwi biex nifforma opinjoni bbażata fuq il-fatti. Fl-aħħar jiem rajna wkoll lill-PN jingħaqad mal-Partit Demokratiku. Imma jekk qed jingħaqdu f’Forza Nazzjonali kif qed jgħidu, Forza Nazzjonali kontra xiex? Forza Nazzjonali kontra l-allegazzjonijiet mingħajr ebda bażi?
Allura dan għalija ma jreġix u nasal ngħid li tant il-PN qed jipprova jaqbad ma’ kull tibna li jsib, li ġibed miegħu lill-Partit tal-Oranġjo u qed jipprova jasal fi ftehim mal-Alternattiva Demokratika.
Din hija l-interpretazzjoni tiegħi tal-fatti li għandna quddiemna. Għaliex konvint li bħalma jagħmel il-bqija tal-poplu, nifforma l-opinjoni tiegħi fuq il-fatti u xejn iżjed.

Terinatova: Skont JPO, ir-Russa mwegħda li jitwaqqgħu l-akkużi kontriha mil-PN

L-ex Deputat Nazzjonalista Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando għadu kif kiteb fqu Facebook dwar informazzjoni li għandu dwar x’kienet imwegħda l-ex impjegata tal-Pilatus Bank li qed tikkolabora ma’ Daphne Caruana Galizia biex toħroġ il-gideb dwar il-familja tal-Prim Ministru.

Skont Pullicino Orlando, l-PN wiegħed jwaqqa’ l-każi ta’ frodi li din il-mara għandha.

Terinu saret Terinatova!

Biex Daphne tgħidlu prosit

Fl-aħħar intervjena! Biex jidher li qed jiġbed il-ħabel tal-partit u Daphne forsi Daphne ma tibqax tikteb kontrih. Imma ma paxxitux, ma qaltlux prosit. Xorta għadha ma taħmlux.

Konfużjoni fuq min ikun Viċi Prim Ministru tal-Koalizzjoni

Jekk il-Partit Laburista jirbaħ l-elezzjoni li jmiss nafu min se jkun id-Deputat Prim Ministru, imma jekk jirbaħ Simon ma nafux min se jkun il-Viċi Prim Ministru tiegħu. Sa ftit tal-ġimgħat ilu kien ikun Mario de Marco li huwa wieħed mill-viċi kapijiet u suppost ikun hu l-viċi Prim Ministru.

Iżda issa l-PN ma għadux partit waħdu, għandu miegħu lil Marlene Farrugia u mhux ċar jekk hux se tkun hi l-viċi ta’ Simon jew xi ħadd bejn Beppe u Mario.

De Marco m’għandux idea min se jkun.

A simple question deserves a simple answer

When the scandals broke on Austin Gatt and oil, Austin Gatt and the smart meter contracts, on Tonio Fenech and Montebello, on George Pullicino increasing height limits as an election stunt, on Dolores Cristina and her son’s EU fund mistakes, and on a long, long list of others why did the Police not immediately seal off ministries and seal off their homes (if corruption was alleged in the remodelling of a home as in Tonio Fenech case)? Why was any evidence not immediately preserved then? These were allegations about an established political party, not a lone wolf.

And why did Gonzi’s people leave Castille naked except the crucifixes? Nothing was there when they left office. No computers, nothing. All papers had gone too. There was something these people did not want found for sure.

What were all these PN people hiding and why were the Police not called to immediately protect any evidence? This never ever happened in Eddie or Gonzi’s time however strong the allegations. The Police never ran to the evidence to protect it, did they?

Malta was not a Police state then and is not a Police State now. DCG getting our phone records means they want it to be a PN Police state next time, run by informers who will protect THEM at the expense of all of US.

AD are thinking of a coalition with a party that lied about their own leader, Harry Vassallo, in order to win an election which was very close in 2008.

They lied and said Harry Vassallo had not completed his tax returns.

Shanaia Bonello hija Alan Abela Wadge

Alan Abela Wadge jinħeba wara fake profile bl-isem ta’ Shanaia Bonello biex jgħajjar dak kollu li għandu x’jaqsam mal-Labour. Ftit tal-jiem ilu nqabad li hu fake profile tiegħu u neħħieh.