What Dr Muscat is creating “is a movement not a party because a party has its principles… Everyone is being allowed in like sheep and goats as long as we win. I am sorry to see my party (going down this road). You cannot accept everyone, without any vetting. Those who are being pushed most are the turncoats. Others, like me, are sidelined and the turncoats are raised sky-high. Turncoats do not come because they love the party but because they hate the others. And they will come with a shopping list; a list of requirements. A turncoat will not cause trouble now but in two or three years’ time when the party gets to government. This is not the way to do things,” Dr Vassallo said.
- At least someone, somewhere is seeing it. The Umbrella Party laid bare. Who will be Muscat’s JPO?
On a personal level, I am Cyrus’s Confirmation Godfather and care a lot for Cyrus and his family. I am deeply upset by the way certain elements in the media are manipulating two unfortunate incidents of people I deeply care for with the sole aim of defaming the Prime Minister and the people around him. - Edgar Galea Curmi
The godfather? the private lives of saints unfold in public…. and constitutional rule of law turns topsy turvy.
"Instead, some seem to prefer to while away their time peering incessantly into the windows of people’s lives through the never-ending news feed, to find out what’s going on back on The Rock and dispensing a stream of high-handed advice." -Josanne Cassar (TMIS)
Bring on the Foreign Interference Act, then we can rest content that the only heavy-handed advice we get is home grown. (Moviment Tindahalx (ghax Emigrant))
"A piece of meat so blue that Vincent Van Gogh would have put yellow dots on it and called it Starry Night." - Giles Coren (The Times) reviewing an excessively rare piece of viande or why we will never have this kind of food crit in Malta.
"Describing them as “the most-far reaching since the Notary Law’s inception in 1927,” parliamentary secretary for Lands Jason Azzopardi said the amendments aimed to introduce more regulation into a sector composed of around 290,000 professionals.” - MaltaToday
Minister Gatt has taken note of the hunger strike announced by Emmanuel Cini. He has asked Arriva to speak to the hunger striker and try to ensure that his ends are met. We know this from a report in the Times in which Gatt’s actions were transmitted to the Times by a spokesman for Dr Gatt.
Minister Gatt did not speak directly to the press. He did not speak to Emmanuel Cini either. If the striker is even half serious you’d expect a bit more commitment from Gatt. Instead of his usual gutsy dismissive statement we get his metatron - a spokesman for Dr Gatt. Which makes you wonder what happened to the other Emmanuel, the one who was only too happy to have his name linked to anything Arriva before the fiasco began.
You know which Emmanuel we are talking about. The one who very evidently does not know what a hunger strike means.
"Just three days after filing a judicial protest objecting to “unreasonable” bus routes, lawyer Joe Brincat has received more than 60 e-mails from disgruntled commuters complaining about unnecessarily lengthy journeys."
20 e-mails per day and 1 hunger strike? I’m sure I’d collect more complaints about Bondiplus, Xarabank and Affari Taghna if I took the same initiative (though not too sure if anything is worth hunger-striking about).
"Mi sarei augurato la rinuncia alla prescrizione da parte dell’Inter - ha dichiarato al termine del Consiglio federale il presidente della Federcalcio, Giancarlo Abete - l’etica non è mai andata in presrizione."
"He pointed to the PL’s position on divorce, saying that neither he nor the party had “moved a millimetre” throughout the unfolding of the referendum and its aftermath." - DOES HE BELIEVE WHAT HE SAYS? WHAT EFFING POSITION?.
"He explained that in terms of the Divorce Bill, the children of divorced parents had a guarantee of adequate maintenance until they turned 23 if they wished to continue to study beyond secondary school." … stipend was calculated to AVOID parents having yo cough up extra money… independent from parents
"i think that the maltese goverment PN,and LP,should work togther and send all these so called migrants back where they came from because in twenty years time these people gone take over our country and tell us what to do because they BREED LIKE RABBITS - send them home!!!"
- the idiots in this country never cease to amaze me.
PN: David Agius, Robert Arrigo, Joseph Cassar, Franco Debono, Mario de Marco, Joseph Falzon, Censu Galea, Michael Gonzi, Karl Gouder, Jesmond Mugliett, Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando and Chris Said.
PL - Carmelo Abela, Chris Agius, Anthony Agius Decelis, Evarist Bartolo, Owen Bonnici, Leo Brincat, Stefan Buontempo, Charles Buhagiar, Luciano Busuttil, Chris Cardona, Justyne Caruana, Gino Cauchi, Helena Dalli, Joe Debono Grech, Michael Falzon, Anglu Farrugia, Michael Farrugia, Noel Farrugia, Roderick Galdes, Gavin Gulia, Jose’ Herrera, Charles Mangion, Joe Mizzi, Joseph Muscat, Silvio Parnis, Marlene Pullicino, Anton Refalo, Joseph M Sammut, Alfred Sant, George Vella, Karmenu Vella, and Anthony Zammit.
PN- Frederick Azzopardi, Jason Azzopardi, Tonio Borg, Giovanna Debono, Louis Deguara, Dolores Cristina, Beppe Fenech Adami, Austin Gatt, Lawrence Gonzi, Carm Mifsud Bonnici, Edwin Vassallo and Francis Zammit Dimech.
PL- Adrian Vassallo.
PN - Francis Agius, Charlo Bonnici, Jean Pierre Farrugia, Tonio Fenech, Mario Galea, Peter Micallef, Philip Mifsud, Clyde Puli, George Pullicino, Stephen Spiteri and Ninu Zammit.
"Addressing a news conference this morning, PL spokesmen Joe M. Sammut and Stefan Buontempo did not say how they expected the government to shoulder its responsibility. However, asked whether they were calling for resignations, they said they would make their requests clearer eventually.”
- sometimes just saying “Sorry” might turn out to be enough. “We’re just in it for the milking of your attention” the PL spokesmen thought… “we don’t want anybody to hurt or actually do something.
"He said the routes were planned by Halcrow and Transport Malta and passed following direct consultation with local councils and the public, with all routes on maps published several months before the tender for the services – which Arriva eventually won – was even issued." - The Times quoting Ministry Man Emmanuel Delia.
There you have it… Emmanuel Delay from the Ministry has confirmed what everyone was suspecting. The routes - the faulty routes - were not planned by Arriva. They were “imposed” on Arriva or whatever other company would have won the tender. So basically here is your checklist:
Airconditioned buses - ARRIVA
Courteous drivers - ARRIVA
Badly planned route system - Emmanuel (Manuel) Delia & the ministry people
“Infrastructure Minister Austin Gatt said today that it would be better if candidates standing for the forthcoming general elections were asked by the people what their views were on same-sex marriage, abortion and euthanasia. Speaking in Parliament during the Divorce debate, Dr Gatt said one would have to be short-sighted if he did not see that the next steps after divorce, would be efforts to introduce same-sex marriages, abortion and euthanasia.”
- Wrong on the non sequitur… but wouldn’t be that bad to know what the party position on each of the subjects was eh Austin?
Over the past few years Luxembourg has developed its own version of Malta’s Paceville (a smaller, more sanitised and controlled version in fact). Basically the land occupied by a former brewery in the picturesque Clausen district has been converted into a series of trendy clubs and bars collectively known as “Les Rives de Clausen”. From today’s news:
A security guard at the Rives de Clausen in Luxembourg city noticed two men motionless in a car in the early hours of Saturday morning and raised the alarm.
The discovery was made around 4am. The police arrived a short while later and discovered that one of the two was still holding a syringe in his hand and the other had a syringe in his abdomen. The police said that the two men are known heroin users.
It’s the rural affairs business again. It must be the most ill-defined ministerial portfolio of all time. Here goes our hapless Rural Affairs Minister again - this time it’s not Sliema but Malta’s capital CITY that has fallen under his scrutiny. Rural Valletta? Now that’s a first…
Rural affairs minister George Pullicino has promised a horse shelter at St Elmo’s and another one at the Cruise Liner terminal in Valletta.
adjective 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the country, country life, or country people; rustic: rural tranquillity. 2. living in the country: the rural population. 3. of or pertaining to agriculture: rural economy.
Origin: 1375–1425; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin rūrālis, equivalent to rūr- (stem of rūs ) the country, rural land (akin to room) + -ālis -al
“The electorate, will, this time round, be facing two major political parties with visibly defined principles. The choice will be either to vote for a liberal, inclusive and secular political movement or for a retro party epitomising anachronistic values. This, to me, will be a defining moment. - Jose Herrera, Times”—Sure. A defining moment indeed. Will the electorate once again fall for the PLPN bluff?
"This new attitude led to the prioritising of minority rights, thereby making the party far more inclusive and more European. Soon, it became all too evident that what the Leader of the Opposition had declared earlier on during his tenure was not mere rhetoric but hard facts. Senior Labour exponents have not shied away from taking the lead in affirming this political philosophy. Labour has been resolute in insisting on the secularity of our country and on the clear distinction between state and Church. This approach has prompted the party into taking a clear view on issues such as in vitro fertilisation, moral ethics, gay rights and censorship."
But not on divorce José. So where the hell is all this progressive ideology business?
“We do not propose to abolish the car. But our Jungian obsession with its sanctity and its primacy over any other consideration makes us obtuse and blinds us from the harm we are doing to our quality of life. - AUSTIN USES THE ROYAL WE”—
"Giacinto Facchetti, presidente dell’Inter all’epoca dei fatti e scomparso a settembre 2006, ”aveva una fitta rete di rapporti, stabili e protratti nel tempo, con entrambi i designatori arbitrali, Paolo Bergamo e Pierluigi Pairetto, fra i cui scopi emerge tra l’altro il fine di condizionare il settore arbitrale”. Lo scrive il procuratore federale Stefano Palazzi, nelle motivazioni delle sue decisioni sulle nuove intercettazioni di Calciopoli."
Ovvero, prescritto si ma sempre tanto perdente e stronzo:
"Questo Ufficio ritiene che le condotte in parola siano tali da integrare la violazione, oltre che dei principi di cui all’art. 1, comma 1, CGS (codice di giustizia sportiva, ndr), anche dell’oggetto protetto dalla norma di cui all’art. 6, comma 1, CGS, in quanto certamente dirette ad assicurare un vantaggio in classifica in favore della società Internazionale F.c., mediante il condizionamento del regolare funzionamento del settore arbitrale e la lesione dei principi di alterità, terzietà, imparzialità ed indipendenza, che devono necessariamente connotare la funzione arbitrale. Oltre alla responsabilità dei singoli tesserati, ne conseguirebbe, sempre ove non operasse il maturato termine prescrizionale, anche la responsabilità diretta e presunta della società ai sensi dei previgenti artt. 6, 9, comma 3, e 2, comma 4, CGS".
“Un attacco grave e assolutamente inaccettabile”: questo il commento del presidente dell’Inter Massimo Moratti sulla relazione con cui il procuratore federale Stefano Palazzi ha rilevato elementi di illeciti sportivi attribuibili all’Inter nel dossier di Calciopoli. “Palazzi si sbaglia” ha aggiunto Moratti.”
"Clamorose, anzi clamorosissime le rivelazioni che provengono dalla relazione del procuratore Palazzi. Prime indiscrezioni riportare da Sky, riferiscono che L’Inter ha violato l’articolo relativo all’illecito sportivo. E’ quanto riportato dal procuratore Palazzi nelle sue motivazioni. Le condotte, ritiene Palazzi, sono state portate avanti per avere un vantaggio in classifica."
“It explained that split shifts do not mean a longer shift than the nine hours agreed to. For example, the shift might have the first half starting at 8.00, finishing at noon, with free time to return home or do whatever they like, returning for the second part of the shift between 3.30 and 8.30 p.m.”—Arriva. Can I say “thought so from the start”?
First question?? Where is the law.?/ Concerts are made for music until 2300 hrs or …..TILLLLLLLL
Second - Vulgar Language during the concert……
Third - Snoop Dogg arrival at the airport without a shirt??
WHERE ARE THE POLICE AND THE LAW????!!!!!!! ANY ACTION TAKEN. ???
MELA MA ZGHAR NAGHMLU LIGI L-AHWA…….”— “where is the love” … more BEP magic on the Times Comments Boards
“Mr R ferriggi
i do not want to play the prophet but all this new system has ”failure” written all over it.
from the routes to the workers’ conditions all indicate to problems.
but of course there is always a solution…………. the clients pay (much) more and everything will be solved.
read my lips.”— “read my lips” - the ultimate non sequitur on the Times Comment Boards
“Pro-divorce lobbyist and Labour candidate Deborah Schembri says time for concordat is up: “It is up to government to see that it ends.” The figurehead of the pro divorce movement Deborah Schembri has called for an end to the power granted to the Church’s ecclesiastical tribunal over civil proceedings in marital annulments.”— Kudos to Deborah but one question I have asked others before comes to mind. “Why now?” Did she not sit for the Ecclesiastial Tribunal exam under the very same conditions she is now protesting? The Church-State concordat was ALWAYS wrong. Which is why some of us lawyers never wanted the Dip. Eccles. etc etc (and never sat for the ludicrous condition)…. like Tarantino’s dog and its personality, consistency goes a long way.
“The bus priority lane in Tigne has been changed to accommodate more parked cars to the pavement on the side of the sea just out of the tunnel, the Rural Affairs Ministry said this evening.”— - you know your country is tiny when parking spaces in Sliema are dealt with by the RURAL AFFAIRS MINISTRY… either that or some other Ministry’s exhausted its fuck-up credit.
“Richard Spiteri, also known as Raquela, has been jailed after flagrantly breaching three previous suspended jail terms and being caught red-handed with cocaine.”—Raquela? The stuff Pulp Fiction is made of.