BOXING DAY

Christmas might have been a time of goodwill to all men but that was just one day. By Boxing Day it had all changed at Dar Centrali. The fighting and bitching returned with a vengeance.

Adrian Delia must have some support, since he actually won the leadership contest, but it’s hard to spot. The best many of his MPs can do is remain silent because they can think of nothing good to say about him, while some party members aim their views in no uncertain terms. You’d think the contest between Adrian Delia and Chris Said was still going on.

Here are some of the highlights of a party at war with itself. It’s better entertainment than you’ll ever see on NET TV.

 

Kiefra, iżda huwa stat ta’ fatt

Dan l-aħħar il-Kap tal-Oppożizzjoni beda juża l-paragun tal-ġbir tal-flus biex jgħid li hu iktar popolari. Għall-ewwel darba l-PN ġabar ftiti iktar flus mill-PL fil-maratona tal-ġbir ta’ fondi u Adria Delia tela’ s-sema bil-ferħ u sserraħ rasu li n-nies qegħdin warajh.

Tant għandu problema ta’ kredibbilta li ħafna kellhom dubju kemm ġara hekk verament. Imma nsomma, żmien il-Milied u ħaqqu jifraħ hu wkoll, għala le?

Minkejja li ġabar aktar flus, naqqas fil-popolarita u stħarriġ ieħor tal-Malta Today juri li d-distakk bejnu u Joseph Muscat kompla żdied u d-differenza bejniethom hija ta’ 43.2%. Storika. Is-survey sar bejn is-6 u l-14 ta’ Diċembru. (il-ġbir ta’ fondi mill-partiti sar fl-10 ta’ Diċembru).

Fl-aħħar xhur il-fiduċja tan-nies f’Delia kompliet ħadet daqqa l-isfel tant li naqqa it-trust rate tiegħu b’8.8% mix-xahar ta’ qabel u llum qiegħed fl-aktar livell baxx illi qatt kien, 7.2%. Il-Prim Ministru naqqas ftit ukoll 3.3%, imma għadu jgawdi l-fiduċja tal-maġġoranza tan-nies.

Li kieku jkollok tgħodd dawk li qalu li ma jafux f’min għandhom fiduċja u lil dawk li jgħidu li m’għandhomx fiduċja f’ħadd u tgħatihom kollha lil Delia wkoll anqas jgħaddi lil Joseph Muscat.

Biex tkompli tgħaxxaqha, anke l-kelb ta’ Simon Busuttil irnexxilu jġib iktar Likes fuq Facebook minn Adrian Delia!

Din hija naqra kiefra imma huwa stat ta’ fatt li ritratt tal-kelb ta’ Simon Busuttil tella’ 3.8k Likes sa dalgħodu

Waqt li l-messaġġ tal-awguri ta’ Adrian Delia u l-mara tiegħu tella 2.5k Likes!

L-aqwa li ġbarna l-flus!

Il-Kumplament tal-festi t-tajba.

Il-Milied it-tajjeb lil kulħadd

Kapitlu magħluq u l-bieb l-miftuħ

 

Norman Vella huwa l-ewwel vittma ta’ Pierre Portelli bħala Kap Eżekuttiv ta’ Media Link. L-ex kandidat tal-PN u preżentatur ħabbar li llum se jagħmel l-aħħar programm tiegħu fuq il-media tal-PN.

Huwa fatt magħruf li Norman Vella ma jarax għajn m’għajn ma’ Adrian Delia u għalhekk ħelsu minnu bl-iskuża li l-programm tiegħu mhux se jkompli mill-iskeda l-ġdida.

Saħanitra Norman Vella kien iddikjara illi ma kienx lest iċedi s-siġġu tiegħu lil Adrian Delia  jekk Hermann Schiavone jċedi s-siġġu tiegħu fuq il-Ħames Distrett. Delia ra kif pattihielu.

M’gġandix dubju li fil-ġimgħat li ġejjin Norman Vella imur jifforma parti mill-media tal-Knisja mmexxija minn Fr Joe Borg. Fil-fatt diġa’ huwa kontributur fuq in-news portal tal-Knisja.

Daphne Caruana Galizia kienet tfaħħar ħafna x-xogħol ta’ Norman Vella li bħal l-ex preżentatur l-ieħor tal-PN, David Thake kienu meqjusa qrib tagħha.

F’wieħed mill-blogs riċenti tiegħu, Vella ftaħar li kienu saħansitra arrestawh minħabba Daphne Caruana Galizia wara li allegatament ġibed ritratti f’żona ristretta tal-ajruport fejn jaħdem bħala uffiċjal tal-immigrazzjoni. Fil-fatt Norman Vella huwa impjegat taċ-ċivil u jibbloggja regolarment kontra l-gvern iżda qatt ma jkun ikkritikat li hu mħallas mit-taxxi tagħna (għal min iħallas it-taxxi qed ngħid) u jikteb kontra l-Labour.

L-azzjonijiet u d-dikjarazzjonijiet tiegħu irritaw it-tmexxija l-ġdida tal-PN u raw kif għamlu u qatawlu rasu minn issa għax jemmnu fil-liberta tal-espressjoni. Adrian Delia fetaħ beraħ il-bibien tal-PN. Imma bħalma ġralu ta’ qablu, il-bibien miftuħa iktar qed jintużaw biex joħorġu jew jitkeċċew nies, milli biex jidħlu lura.

This is the view of a Nationalist

Today in the Malta Independent, Simon Mercieca expressed his views on what’s going on in Brussels and Malta:

Are Brussels’ lobbyists hitting out at us?

There is a concerted effort from lobbyists in Brussels to destabilize Malta. If there is need of confirmation, the vote taken at the European Parliament to declare Malta a tax haven is a case in point. Luxembourg, Lichtenstein and others are conveniently overlooked. This goes beyond local issues whether related to the Panama Papers or the irresponsible behavior of individuals such as Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi.  Personally, I see Keith Schembri as a wheeler dealer who made his money under the Nationalist Party, learning the tricks of the trade from individuals who today are protesting in our streets demanding the rule of law. Irrespective of our views on Schembri, Mizzi and Daphne’s assassination, lobbyists in Brussels are all out to gain economic and political mileage at the expense of Malta and by harping on the Panama Papers, hide their ulterior motives. Regrettably, that is the impression being relayed.

What is of interest here, however, is that this current heat on Malta is coming from the European Left, in particular, MEPs from a Socialist and Leftist background. They have no genuine interest in whether in Malta there is rule of law or not. Their motives go well beyond issues of local politics, including the interest of the Opposition to gain political mileage.

Under new leadership, the PN is showing wisdom and cautiousness and has stopped shooting from the hip. Nevertheless, the problem with the PN is that there are still deputies who, for their own reasons, but certainly not in the interest of Malta, are still chained to the old system of doing politics; now obsolete worldwide. Some of these deputies have been listed as potential supporters of at least one of these powerful lobbies operating in Brussels. This type of politics does not impress and will not carry votes with any party indulging in such tactics. The electoral result of 2017 shows that Malta has changed for the better.  It is a pity that, for electoral exigencies, Muscat still kept Mizzi and Schembri who are proving to be this government’s Achilles’ heel.

It is perhaps opportune to also mention the Paradise Papers that have revealed the investments in different tax havens of important names. Important names, ranging from Louis Hamilton, Shakira and Madonna to the Queen and her heir and not forgetting multinationals like Apple and Nike are mentioned. Yet nowhere is there such a vitriolic on-going campaign similar to the one Malta is experiencing at present.

Yet duplicity does not stop here. I think it was a mistake on the part of the Nationalist MPs to join a protest that was addressed by Antonio Di Pietro. It only goes to show that they do not have any sense of historical decency. Di Pietro was the person who destroyed the Democrazia Cristiana for political reasons. In Italy, justice started to be used and manipulated for political motives. I still remember Fr. Peter Serracino Inglott telling me about the unjust pressure that he had to endure for giving a job to a number of Italian politicians at our university. I am referring to the Socialists Ando’ and Scotti. These two gentlemen remained forever grateful to Malta for helping them in a moment of need. Their political career was being destroyed by the judiciary for political reasons. I realized how Fr. Peter’s judgement was right when Bettino Craxi died in exile in Tunis. The Italian state wanted to honour him with a state funeral! The family turned down the offer: in fact he is buried in Tunis.  I don’t want to discuss Di Pietro’s party issues regarding the issue of receiving tangenti or kickbacks. What concerns me is that, instead of honouring a historic memory, the PN deputies ended up joining political groups staging protests but whose interests do not necessarily converge with that of the PN.

What I find has been a threat to our rule of law is the recent development on the local legal front where no legal firm wanted its lawyers to appear in court to represent the men accused of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder. Each and every individual has a right to a defence counsel but that those firms specializing in criminal law shut their doors reeks of mafiosity. Not even during the Inquisition did Malta’s legal system sink so low.

As for the recent letter from a British legal firm received by the Caruana Galizia family who in turn passed it on the government, this too is a threat to our rule of law. The letter highlights two points:  First that our legal firms are considered somewhat inferior to those in England. Secondly, it carries a colonial frame of mind. Yet, having a British firm accusing the Malta Police Force investigations as going against human rights is presumptuous and impertinent. The UK has voted to go out of the EU for this very reason. Britain does not want the European Court of Human Rights to override sovereign decisions taken in British courts.  I cannot imagine that the British public would appreciate a non-British firm writing such an insulting letter had a similar high-profile murder similar to ours occurred in Britain.  Unfortunately, the Nationalist Party who fought colonialism has today reduced itself to becoming a great political lackey.

Our police force has again come under attack and has been accused of having passed on information to the foreign press by the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera.   But no one has asked whether the informer actually leaking the news could have been one of the foreign investigating units asked to assist in investigating this case. Given that Italy has always had very close ties with the FBI, I am inclined to think that the chances that this type of news was leaked to the Italian press came from such a source rather than from our local police.  It is a known fact that the Italian journals are closer to the FBI than to Europol, also involved in this investigation.

Some years ago, a horrible double murder took place in a flat in Sliema. Maltese citizens are still in the dark about this case. The police has not yet released any information about the finger prints found in that flat where the double murders took place and to whom these finger prints belonged. All those who followed this other tragedy still remember the position taken by Daphne Caruana Galizia regarding this case at the time. She wrote articles upon articles inviting the Maltese public to allow the police to work in peace. I am sure that some of the police officers involved in investigating that crime are today investigating her brutal assassination. But now, the tune has changed. These same investigators are now being questioned about their integrity and a foreign legal firm is alleging that there is no rule of law in Malta! The obvious question that comes to mind is:  why is the work of the police officers being questioned now in Daphne’s case yet it was never questioned in the Sliema case?  Indeed, in the latter case Daphne Caruana Galizia felt the need to write and appeal that the police be allowed to get on with their job.  Curious indeed.

There is an expression in Italian to describe all this: la stagione dei veleni – or the season of poisons. In such an atmosphere, all those lobbyists in Brussels who have interest to hit and damage Malta’s reputation are having a field day.

Mining Marlene’s mind

Marlene Farrugia is on to something when she talks about mindsets. She has her beliefs and holds to them even when reality is quite different. But why criticise her for this, when stubborn mindsets are taking hold everywhere?

Marlene Farrugia has insisted that “Forza Nazzjonali” is thriving and growing by the day. This was her response to PN officially dissolving the coalition.

To borrow a phrase from the world of Donald Trump, she was offering an alternative fact.

She also told us that Adrian Delia’s PN was “shrinking and haemorrhaging by the hour”. It’s not my job to jump to Adrian Delia’s defence but he might suggest a good deal of that shrinking was achieved by his predecessor.

Rigid mindsets belong to obsessives. They see what they want to see, everywhere. Joseph Muscat couldn’t scratch his nose in public without Daphne Carauana Galizia witnessing the decline of civilisation. And anyone who gives a Christmas present is obviously corrupt and making a secret payment for a favour gained.

In the real world, people are getting on with the lives. They’re grateful to raise children in a relatively safe country where jobs are plentiful and there is freedom of speech.

Marlene Farrugia has enjoyed the full fruits of our democracy, exercising her right to throw tantrums in at least three political parties. But let us give her the last word.  She says it’s important to “unite and work together”.

Guest Post: Judge for yourselves

As the title of the article published last February, which is being reproduced hereunder implies, up until 10 months ago Malta was not on Oxfam’s radar; however when the PN instigated the Pilatus Bank issue just 2 months later back in April, all of this took a change for the worse. We’ll leave you to judge for yourselves.
“Is Malta a Tax Haven? Not according to Oxfam International” – an article posted by Giselle Scicluna on maltawinds.com on 6th February 2017.
“Oxfam International is a renowned global organisation originally founded in Britain in 1942. Upon inception, the group campaigned for food supplies to be sent through an allied naval blockade to starving women and children in enemy-occupied Greece during the Second World War. Nowadays Oxfam is at the forefront of a global movement campaigning with other organisations, to end unfair trade rules, demand better health and education services for all, and to combat climate change. Its ultimate aim is to eradicate the injustice of poverty.
Late last year Oxfam, as part of its global goal to ensure justice and the fair distribution of wealth, has published a report on what it considers to be the world’s worst tax havens (full version of report here) and reported by taxlinked.net here.
All this is obviously commendable, but let us backtrack for a moment and recall the instance wherein amid much fanfare another report regarding tax havens was published by the European Greens – a report crudely titled “Is Malta a Tax Haven?”, commissioned by MEP Sven Giegold who has taken the time and the trouble in a concerted effort to target Malta in his ‘noble’ crusade against tax evasion and avoidance as reported on maltawinds.com.
Oxfam is an international stalwart in championing fair and just practices, with a sterling reputation spanning more than seventy years…Strangely, considering how the European Greens have kicked up a storm, in Oxfam’s in-depth report, naming and shaming the world’s worst tax havens, there is not a hint of a mention of Malta and its purported tax haven status. Curiously, in its list of the worst 15 perpetrators, amid the usual suspects like Bermuda and Cayman Islands, The Netherlands clocks in at a robust No.3, with Ireland and Luxembourg at No. 6 & 7 respectively and Cyprus at No.10.
And naturally the obvious question comes to mind…With these four much larger jurisdictions, all EU members, why would the European Greens, namely Sven Giegold, incessantly target Malta…Is this simply part of a ‘noble’ quest for justice or is there a more sinister basis for this? Could the fact that the EU’s smallest jurisdiction is well, alive and kicking, flourishing even, as opposed to its struggling counterparts be the reason for this? Why now? Especially since Malta’s tax regime was reviewed by the Commission prior to the country’s accession to the EU in 2004? Why, given his insatiable penchant for justice, were in-depth reports by Mr Giegold not commissioned on The Netherlands, Ireland, Luxembourg and Cyprus?
Oxfam is a global institution whose reputable standing on the international stage is irrefutable…Again, with such damning evidence, why would Mr Giegold ignore all that is staring him up the nose and instead choose to harangue at every opportunity Malta’s tax system? Sadly, there are no prizes for the right answer…”

Iddivorzjaw! Minn żwieġ ta’ konvenjenza

Bi tmiem tal-ftehim ta’ koalizzjoni bejn il-Partit Nazzjonalista u l-Partit Demokratiku, li kkontestaw bħala lista waħda fl-elezzjoni ġenerali, żdiedet il-konfużjoni li diġa’ kienet tinħass meta l-Oppożizzjoni suppost kellha l-istess whip u l-istess linja fil-Parlament.

Il-poplu spiċċa lanqas jaf fejn qiegħed mal-oppożizzjoni li issa hija mifruda iktar minn qatt qabel.

Dawn l-aħħar żviluppi mhux biss jikkonfermaw kemm kellhom raġun il-Prim Ministru u l-Partit Laburista meta wissew b’koalizzjoni ta’ konfużjoni, iżda juru wkoll kemm il-Partit Nazzjonalista m’għandux il-kredenzjali biex imexxi l-pajjiż. Dan għax minflok jingħaqad qed jispiċċa jinfired iktar minn qatt qabel.

Tajjeb wieħed ifakkar li l-Oppożizzjoni ikkontestat punt kostituzzjonali dwar in-numru ta’ siġġijiet li kienet intitolata għalihom fuq il-premessa li l-PN u PD huma ħaġa waħda, b’ lista waħda u whip wieħed.

Skont il-Partit Nazzjonalista, l-investituri barranin kellhom jippakkjaw u jitilqu mill-pajjiż jekk jerġa’ jiġi elett Gvern Laburista.  Iżda,  kienet il-koalizzjoni li ppakkjat u telqet.

Guest Post: Better standard of living for all

The news that those facing poverty or material deprivaiton( from a list of 11 items including one weeks holiday per year) has dropped by half in two years goes a long way to explaing Labour’s big lead over the PN.
if those facing material deprivaiton has dropped in half, that also means that those just above and well above this level have also faced an improvement in their standard of living. It means that the vast majority, under a Labour governemnt have had a huge and significant improvement in their standard of living.
No wonder the vote was what it was earlier this year. The Maltese have never experienced such a positive shift in their standard of living. The vote was an endorsement of Labour’s policies and a rejection of PN ones which are only about dirtying Malta’s repuation abroad, and fostering the” let the peasants eat cake” which has become the mantra of pro PN extremists like Eddie Aquilina and Manwel tal Arriva Delia….both with connections to Austin Gatt.
We all remember Austin’s undeclared bank accounts in Switzerland. How many bloggers came out then? How many civil society demos? How many representations to Brussels that Malta was not fit to be part of the EU.
The Maltese are doing better. Some are still not having enough to live on. The new poor are increasingly the old and the percentage of those facing some material deprivaiton has increased. This is an area for Justyne Caruana and the whole Cabinet to tackle with urgeny. The new poor must not be the old who tend to not moan, not blog, nor knock at the doors of MPs.
The Labour governemnt needs to continue on its mission to increase the standard of living for all of us. meanwhile the jobless traitors in the PN can work full time on trying to dirty Malta;s name abroad.

Freedom is built into the fabric of our nation

I have been reading so many articles, tweets and what not, giving the impression that there is no freedom of speech in our country.
The phrase “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” goes to the heart of democracy.  We believe in free speech, even when free speech hurts.
Much has been said about the state of this country, in our own media and foreign media, in recent times but the fact that so many criticisms have been aired actually proves one thing, freedom is built into the fabric of our nation.
We have a vibrant media with multiple choices in television, radio, newspapers and online. And any journalist can come here and report life as they find it.
The murder of Daphne Carauana Galizia was an atrocious act but the response of journalists and political commentators, who refuse to cower to fear, has been uplifting.
It’s fair to say that, before she died, Daphne Caruana Galizia had free reign to say what she liked, even when her allegations were false, misguided or spiteful.
And the people are free to believe what they wish to believe. The best they can do is listen to debate and weigh up the evidence as they see it before reaching judgement.
If the Labour election victory proved one thing this year it is that people won’t swallow everything they hear. They appreciate free speech but they appreciate facts and evidence too.

Hard to believe they want to harm the murder investigation

None of us can truly know the pain and grief being suffered by the family of Daphne Caruana Galizia. They are desperate for justice so it would be hard to believe they want to harm the murder investigation in any way.
This was an investigation where the best of the best, the FBI, Europol and other investigators from Finland and elsewhere were called  in to help. To the relief of the whole nation arrests have been made.
The Prime Minister was very cautious in his words as we have had previous cases where defendants claimed they had been prejudged. Everyone remembers the true shock in this country where someone no less important than the Chief Justice, well known to Richard Cachia Caruana and Eddie Fenech Adami, was allegedly overheard accepting a bribe from a drug trafficker to reduce his sentence.
That was one of the ugliest and scariest moments in our history because if a Chief Justice could be bribed for so little, how many other times had this happened in Malta’s judicial system?
It goes without saying that no Civil Society Network was born when the Chief Justice was caught accepting a bribe, There was no running to the EU to say Malta was unfit to apply for membership while its judiciary was in peril.
The Caruana Galizias, via a London based firm, allege the investigation is suspect. Do they seriously want to prejudge the result? Is their ultimate aim to find their mother’s killers or to prejudge Malta’s institutions?
We should not be dismissive of the pain of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s family, but we should all be thankful for the progress made in this investigation so far and be grateful for the professionalism of police officers who’ve worked night and day on this case.
Details of the investigation will emerge during the compilation of evidence against the three men which will start on Thursday.

Guest Post: The PN’s Macchiavellan machinations

Dr.Joseph Muscat, being the man who sees the bigger picture, knew that DCG’s atrocious murder was going to be an issue that the opposition and their allies would focus on; not out of any respect for the defunct blogger, but for the simple fact that in their small-mindedness they would be more interested in the smaller picture, to topple ths government rather than the future of this country, its booming economy and the effect that this would have on our children if this country was brought down on its knees.
So immediately he knew that they would resort to every dirty trick known to man to gain political mileage. And try they did but to no avail, because this government was elected with a landslide majority over its opponents thus giving it a very strong foundation to work on.
What the PN and its cronies are failing to fathom is this: You do not govern a country by committing dirty fouls each time an occasion presents itself. Over the past five years the PL under Dr. Joseph Muscat leadership has avoided all types of provocation thrown against it by keeping level headed.
Historically speaking the Nationalists never really won an election on their own merit. Let’s not forget that at least four elections were won by the PN as a result of its Macchiavellan machinations. 1) by riding on Raymond Caruana’s death in 1986 for the 1987 election by putting up a billboard at Blata l-Bajda that showed an artist’s impression of the scene with blood pooling around the victim while representations of Guido Demarco and Eddie Fenech Adami looked on; 2) taking advantage of Dom Mintoff’s ailing health in 1998 to turn him against Dr. Alfred Sant thus forcing Sant to go for an early election 3) a blatant lie by EFA against Dr. Alfred Sant on the eve of the 2003 election; 4) taking advantage of Dr. Sant’s health condition & getting that extra hour of voting to turn the tide of the election result in 2008.The  5th and final failed attempt was the Egrant issue that led Dr. Muscat to go for last June’s election.
So you see, technically speaking the PN, that party that portrays itself as the champion of democracy has never really won an election fairly, squarely and on its own merit.
As a government and a political party the PN has shown that it is great at conjuring dirty tricks but incompetent in managing its own and this country’s finances.
You see, it was too busy watching out for its own than what this country needed.

Irresponsible allegations intended to undermine the credibility and authority of all Maltese institutions and Government

The Government of Malta is very surprised that a firm of British solicitors, basing themselves solely on the information afforded to them by their clients, provided for publication of what is being called ‘Urgent Advice’ on the merits of a Maltese court case which is to be heard for the first time next week.

This attempt to write a completely one sided judgment in the court case before this is even heard is highly unethical and manifest a lack of respect for the Maltese Courts.

The undertone of the so-called ‘Urgent Advice’ is that the State was itself involved in the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia and on this basis it is argued that practically no Maltese authority should be involved in the investigation.

Such a serious allegation is not based on any proof but only on the open contempt which the clients hold towards the Maltese State. They are very irresponsible allegations intended to undermine the credibility and authority of all Maltese institutions nationally and internationally, and cannot be made or taken lightly.

The call for an international investigation despite the involvement in the investigation of the FBI, Europol and the Dutch forensic and Finnish investigative authorities, can now really be understood as a call for the elimination of all Maltese institutions from the investigation in favour of foreigners. Not only is such a step inconceivable in a sovereign and democratic country but it is also in itself a huge insult to the Maltese Courts, including the institution conducting the Magisterial Inquiry into the murder which was said to enjoy the confidence of all stakeholders.

It is clear that the so-called ‘Urgent Advice’ is nothing but more of the same one sided, uninformed and speculative attacks on a democratically elected Government and on the Maltese State for reasons known to whoever commissioned it.

Filmat: Stqarrija tal-Prim Ministru dwar l-arresti b’konnessjoni mal-qtil ta’ Daphne Caruana Galizia

Dan hu l-poplu

Tismagħhom jitkellmu taħseb li qed jitkellmu f’isem il-poplu kollu. Fil-fatt ikunu qed jitkellemu biss f’isem is-supporters ta’ Simon Busuttil. Dawn il-ftit mijiet huma s-supporters li għadhom jemmnu f’Simon Busuttil u fin-nies ta’ mad-dawra tiegħu. Mhux in-Nazzjonalisti tafux, għax il-PN qiegħed iżomm lura minn dawn il-protesti.

Eluf kbar ta’ nies kellhom jattendu għall-protesta li fiha kien se jitkellem Antonio di Pietro. Eluf kbar ta’ nies, il-maġġoranza kbira w assoluta tal-poplu Malti kellha tmur tisma’ lill-eks Maġistrat Taljan.

Żommu f’moħħkom kemm għandu appoġġ. Fuq nota pożittiva, waħda mill-akbar follol li qatt kellu quddiemu Michael Briguglio.