Author: Kevin Cassar

“I entered politics as a gentleman and want to leave as a gentleman,” Manuel Mallia declared in his parliamentary farewell speech. Mallia never learned that self-praise is no praise at all. His speech was pure self-glorification. He emphasised that he was “leaving in good conscience, having acted honestly and without corruption”. He always acted in good faith and his 2014 sacking from minister was a mistake, Mallia insisted. Before exiting parliament, Mallia had one piece of advice for his peers. It was not to stand up for truth and justice. Or against corruption. Mallia called for better remuneration for MPs…

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The disgraced former president and party leader is behind bars, humiliatingly escorted to prison by heavily armed police officers. His successor was profoundly apologetic: “The governing party could and should have done more to prevent corruption under my predecessor.” Of course, this wasn’t Robert Abela referring to Joseph Muscat. This was about Jacob Zuma, former South Africa president and anti-apartheid liberation hero. Until 2018, he commanded supreme control as leader of the mighty African National Congress (ANC) and president of the rainbow nation. Today, he is a broken man. Like Muscat, Zuma sold himself as the people’s leader and promised…

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“They lied and invented as much as they could about me,” Rosianne Cutajar protested, “the commissioner chose to believe others not me”. Unfortunately for Cutajar, her prime minister believes those others too. He confirmed Cutajar will not be reinstated. She’s lucky that Robert Abela and Labour are so compromised by what came before that they dare not kick her out of the party – and didn’t she know it. Cutajar is guilty of breach of ethics for pocketing thousands of euros in a property transfer deal involving Yorgen Fenech. The standards commissioner recommended that she be investigated by the tax…

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“Nobody believes you,” Beppe Fenech Adami told Konrad Mizzi on TimesTalk in March 2016 after his Panama company revelations. Mizzi fiddled with his fingers, eyes darting erratically from side to side. He had negotiated a multi-million-dollar deal with SOCAR. He had travelled with Joseph Muscat, Keith Schembri and Kurt Farrugia in secret, without any civil servants or the press to deal with Aliyev. Mizzi filed a libel suit the following day. But his bluff evaporated when the case was called in November 2018. He failed to turn up. It took another two years before Labour finally conceded that Mizzi had…

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Modern leaders survive not through terror but by convincing their people they are competent. Robert Abela invested heavily in manufacturing elaborate state propaganda, censoring independent media and co-opting the informed elite to propagate the myth of Labour’s competence. That investment is financed by the taxpayer at the expense of the public’s living standards. Like Alberot Fujimori’s Peru and the Viktor Orban’s Hungary, Labour’s Malta simu­lates democracy by holding elections Labour is sure to win, bribing and censoring the press and buying out an uninformed electorate. State propaganda, led by ex-One Norma Saliba and reinforced by a well-funded party station, boosts…

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‘Gold Pool’ was a Ponzi scheme linked to John Dalli, according to a 2017 New York Times report. The scheme defrauded eight US retirees of €1.5 million. The eight had sent their life savings to Clare Gauci Borda, Dalli’s daughter. The deeply devout Christians thought their investment would help impoverished people. Instead, Dalli’s two daughters allegedly funnelled the money into Tyre Ltd and Corporate Group, which they owned and which were registered at the disgraced former European commissioner’s Portomaso address. Dalli’s two daughters, Louisa Dalli and Gauci Borda, stand accused of money laundering, misappropriation of funds, fraud, making a false…

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“He is an exemplary man,” was the declaration made by Adrian Hillman’s lawyer as his client was finally charged with fraud, money laundering and other serious crimes. The man who once enjoyed impunity, thanks to his links with Keith Schembri, now pleads for freedom. Hillman’s elderly father, slowly shuffling onto the stand to bail his son out of the messy labyrinth Schembri led him into, was depressing. But Schembri led his own father into a worse predicament. Alfio Schembri faces money laundering and fraud charges. Keith made his own father sign documents he had no knowledge of. Alfio received a…

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