Author: Manuel Delia

Monday, September 6, 4 pm. People working for the National Festivities Committee erect a temporary wall, six feet high, across Republic Street. Officially, this is an anti-COVID measure to check that people entering Great Siege Square for a brief ceremony recalling the religious war of 1565 have been invited and are COVID-free. Waist-high barriers would have sufficed but they had an awkward job to do inside. Had they been photographed doing it, they would have unhappily made the front pages of the rest of the world. Like urologists going about their job, they first unfurled a curtain of secrecy over…

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An independent inquiry has found the Maltese state responsible for the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia. As Joe Brincat is fond of reminding us, he too is the Maltese state. He doesn’t remember killing anybody. So, by his logic, such as it is, the inquiry must be wrong and must be ignored. Brincat’s reasoning is that of a deranged lunatic but, in spite of some mealy-mouthed lip service – to mix oral metaphors – right after the inquiry report’s publication, the entire government, all the people named and identified by the inquiry, all people whose responsibility is explicit by having…

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The Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry report documents the irrefutable evidence that Malta’s democracy is corrupted The political survival of a generation of politicians, convicted by an independent board of judges for creating and preserving the environment that killed a journalist, depends on everyone forgetting that conviction or entirely misunderstanding it. The Daphne Caruana Galizia inquiry report documents the irrefutable evidence that Malta’s democracy is corrupted. We may think the country is ruled by the will of the people. But the real decisions are taken by a hidden cabal of favoured politicians, ruthless business clans and hardened, violent criminals. The independent…

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A thousand strangenesses are yet to be observed when the report of the public independent inquiry into the killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia is published, read, commented upon, fought over and shelved by a collective memory keen on the next distraction. Here’s one. The inquiry was set up in the heat of the fire that killed a journalist for doing her job. It documented the decades-long suffering she was subjected to by the murder of crows that passes for a political class in this country. It busily gathered evidence about the harassment, the lies to discredit her, the double assault…

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Probably the least helpful attempt to reassure us in the government’s post-FATF hymnbook sung to get us to start loving the grey list was the oft repeated line that the sun will still rise tomorrow. The day after Hiroshima was nuked, the sun still rose over that city. That didn’t mean all was well. The comparison is only useful to dismiss the blandly obvious distraction attempted by the politicians who want us to think of everything but our fate. Each day since the FATF decision emerged, a general sense of normality and ease has set in deeper. Life doesn’t feel…

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Two things happened this week that should remind us how rapidly and how dramatically freedom of speech is being eroded in this country. Jason Micallef is too often dismissed as a clown, because he is. But this particular clown heads the media of the ruling party and the agency that manages “culture” in the capital city. It is a mistake, therefore, to dismiss the man’s utterances as one does with some embarrassment the rants of a drunk. In a public statement, he called posters stuck in soil of planters in a public place, right opposite parliament, the building that houses…

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