Thursday 19 April 2018


If you criticise…you’re crucified

I’m starting to see a certain pattern here, aren’t you?

Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando went from being the PN’s darling to Gonzi’s bête noire, when he began to object to certain governmental decisions after 2008.   Then, despite all odds, he managed to push through the divorce bill after a harshly fought campaign which saw him go diametrically against his own party’s line, and his days were numbered. He was dropped faster than you could say “referendum” and the mutterings of him not being quite “all there ” began.

Cyrus Engerer went from being the next bright young thing representing the  “liberal” wing of the PN, only to find himself isolated and cast aside when he disagreed with the fact that Gonzi voted No for divorce.  When Cyrus did the unthinkable and went over to Labour, all the knives were out. Once again, there were aspirations cast on whether he was of sound mind and his previously acceptable sexuality suddenly turned dark when a court case filed by a former boyfriend was made mysteriously public.

Which brings us to the colourful Franco Debono. The south of the island suddenly had a  sharp young lawyer who had beaten the older stalwarts at the polls.  He too has been in and out of the news for the last four years, and each time it is because he has criticised the Gonzi administration in some way. Despite having a popular base in his district, he is not looked upon kindly by fellow Nationalists and the events of this weekend have seen him being called all sorts of names as party diehards see their government at risk of collapsing. Predictably, his mental stability is being questioned too.

The common thread in the above three cases is that each politician has claimed to be loyal to the Nationalist party, and yet
because they have spoken openly and publicly on certain issues with which they do not agree, they have found themselves ostracized politically. Cyrus could not take it any more and changed sides, but Franco and Jeffrey have emphatically ruled out that possibility.

With these we have to add other names such as Robert Arrigo and Jesmond Mugliett, part of the so-called backbench revolt which some observers claim has more to do with the fact that they were not made part of the Cabinet than any other issue.

I’m not going to go into the merits of each case; what interests me is how it is being handled and here is where the pattern emerges. Because in every case, the person who is criticizing the party in government is not merely criticised in return. No, he becomes the target of a concerted campaign of utter annihilation and destruction. I remember it being described as a sort of “search and destroy” mission and that is perhaps the most apt phrase I can think of.

It is easy to spot what is happening when anti-Franco posts by anonymous faux patriotic blogs with names like
“ilovemalta” start being posted on Facebook.

Listening to Franco Debono speaking on Bla Agenda about the stress he and his family are suffering at the hands of his own party, I was reminded of what JPO told me in an interview he gave me for this
website.  They have eerily similar tales to tell. Now is this just a coincidence, that both these outspoken men have been subjected to the same kind of treatment and speak of the same kind of hidden manoeuvres and unseen hands pulling the strings?

I have said this before and I will keep saying it – is this the kind of democracy that “is-sewwa jirbah zgur” Eddie used to clamour for back in the awful 1980s? Talk about coming round full circle.  I cannot see how anyone can keep denying
what is staring us in the face: there is a glaring parallel between the way the Nationalist party has become and the way the Labour government under Mintoff had become.

Is driving someone to a nervous breakdown really that different from a physical beating? In 2012, the ‘bombs’ being placed are in the media and throughout cyberspace as each morning you wake up to a new smear campaign. This time round, however, it is the PN turning on its own, which somehow makes it even more disturbing. We are living in a political climate where everyone has been  terrified into submission and acquiescence for fear of being attacked by the equivalent of a pack of wild hyaenas.

Some will say that when Lino Spiteri and George Abela did not agree with Alfred Sant they simply bowed out, but that means we are saying that our political parties allow no room for dissent with the leader – that the leader is above everything and that his power is absolute.   If we continue to allow the cult of the almighty leader to reign we will be doomed to repeat the Mintoff syndrome over and over again.

As for those who are aghast at the prospect of Franco forcing the country to an early election, well they weren’t so upset when the shoe was on the other foot were they? The difference is that while Alfred Sant had only the (formidable) Mintoff to contend
with, Gonzi is struggling to survive against a recurring onslaught of attacks from several backbenchers, with each new wave threatening to be the final one which drags him under. When so many people are telling you to change course because you have completely destroyed the soul of your party doesn’t that tell you something? Has anyone floated the idea to the PM that maybe, it is he who is in the wrong?

Whether it is Gonzi’s fault for not being inclusive enough in  his decisions (especially with a slim one seat majority) or whether the fault lies in the fact that he is surrounded by a group of very ambitious politicians all clamouring for a juicy position – the result is that four years down the line, those 1,500 votes and that by-the-skin-of-his-teeth victory have come back to haunt him again and again.  Was it really worth it in the end I wonder, to have to govern like this, lurching from one management by crisis scenario to another while there is so much which really needs to be done in this country?

I have no idea where all this is heading, whether Franco Debono will continue to put pressure on Gonzi, or whether Franco will cave in himself under the stress. What is for sure is that there does not seem to be room for consensus any more – it’s either my way, or the highway.

Don’t add me to a Facebook group without my consent

Yesterday  I woke up to find that I had been added as a member of a Facebook group asking for Franco’s resignation.  In this group, people are  calling him all sorts of names, posting photos of him in a straitjacket, mocking and ridiculing him at every turn (especially due to his bizarre decision to display his school certificate to show what a diligent student he had been).

I found myself unwittingly a member of this group thanks to FB’s new policy whereby someone can add you to a group without your knowledge. As soon as I realised I removed myself from the group, but I wonder how many people are there and don’t know it, and without their consent, with their presence implying that they support the nasty, vicious things being said.

I’m very careful which groups or pages I join, so I object quite strongly to this deceitful practice. Facebook, as much as I love you, please change this policy because it is very unethical.



  • Ramon Casha

    VERY well said Josanne. To that I’d add one little comment: I don’t think it’s only the backbenchers that are causing Gonzi grief. Don’t you think it’s odd that his “reshuffle” saw no minister losing his or her job despite how incompetent some of them are? A reshuffle in which the cabinet gains no new faces and loses no old ones is not a reshuffle, it’s a handful of promotions. I can see the private, one-to-one meetings taking place: “Don’t you even think of taking away my ministry or else…”

    • that’s a good point Ramon, Dolores Cristina had the Family portfolio taken away from her though – wonder how she feels about that?

  • Franco

    You can’t publicly go against the head of your own party by yourself and expect to go away unscathed. In the case of Cyrus and Debono it seems natural that the entire party react the way they did. It’s not fair at all, but that’s politics.

    I don’t know too much about the background of the Nationalist party, but maybe rather than splintering away loudly they should have quietly looked for support within the party first. This way when they can finally announce their opinions they’d seem like they’d have more credibility, rather than appearing as rogue individuals.

    • Cyrus Engerer

      I can assure you that both my self and am sure Dr. Franco Debono looked for support within the Nationalist Party with regards to our opinion on different issues before announcing them, and before (in my case) resigning from the party. I can also ascertain that my opinion, for instance, on all the issues I used to mention were shared by many others. However, all the others chose convenience rather than conviction.

      Most of the activists, within the Nationalist Party (especially the young ones), choose to suck up to GonziPN’s clique in order to be promoted within the party or in Government positions. I can’t recall, for instance, how many young kunsillieri who were in favour of divorce I approached to join the group StandUP during the divorce referendum campaign. All refused, apart from one, who decided to write articles for StandUP while remaining anonymous, since the person was a General Elections candidate and was afraid that supporting divorce n public would mean having a liability within the party with regards to election candidacy. Another one, was asked to go on TV, in a debate, and speak against divorce. Notwithstanding his position in favour, he accepted the administration’s wish and made a fool of himself on television.

      These are just a mere few examples of the real situation within PN, but the list is endless.

      I can assure you, it is much easier to remain in PN, just shut up and go with the flow…you would get a good career, climb the political ladder within the party and be loved by all…but what good would that do to what you believe in? and why would you be in politics in the first place? My belief is that it is those people who would be in politics for their own personal benefit and not for brining positive changes in people’s lives while serving them.

      GonziPN seems not to have realised that with ‘yes man’ one is doomed to failure.

      • Edward Caruana Galizia

        I’ve taken note of everything you said. I honestly have. But could you please explain to me the obsession that you and everyone else in the PL have with the slogan GonziPN? It’s just that it keeps on being used as though it actually means something terrible and I just can’t see what it is.

  • Rose

    You may call Franco Debono irascible and impulsive. You may say that he went about it the wrong way. You may even think that his one aim was to get a ministry (although he has denied it). But one fact remains unchanged. Franco Debono is voicing the feelings of many (mostly within the Nationalist fold itself) who are sick and tired of the same people gobbling up everything all the time. The voice of entrepreneurs who know it is useless to tender because the same contractors will get the jobs, the voice of consultancy firms who feel the same way, the voice of private production houses who are sick of the way public broadcasting is monopolized, of the ordinary citizens who feel it is not what you know but who you know that matters.

    Probably what is irking Franco Debono (and many other Nationalists, whether they admit it publicly or not) is seeing the political scene being totally and continually taken over by the same old dynasties – power devolving from father to son, irrespective of whether the offspring has the mettle or not. Franco is merely making the case for meritocracy and the sooner the political class understand that in this day and age meritocracy is essential the better for all of us.

    Finally a word about Dr Gonzi. He claims he will not make the same mistakes as Alfred Sant. Well, he already has. Alfred Sant’s mistake was not to give Dom Mintoff something to occupy himself with and keep him happy. (KMB before him had given Mintoff the barter trade whatever to make him feel involved). Dr Gonzi did the same with Franco Debono. Now he has to face the consequences and stop being in denial.

  • David Pace

    Prosit Josanne,

    Just remember that injustices weren’t dished out to PN backbenchers. I’ve worked hard for five years at ITS and was unceremoniously transfered without any explanation and because I complained on Bla Agenda have had disciplinary action instituted against me because being a government official cannot criticize the establishment. How’s that for Freedom of Speech?

  • Joe

    I have learned from bitter experience that many politicians are selfish people with only one aim in life. Franco is different and he was there when I needed him.He was there aso for those without a voice such as prisoners. I am all behind him in this and will only vote for him ( I live in the 5th district). If the PN drop him I will not vote for any other PN candidate but will gladly vote for a PL candidate.

  • john

    Josanne, I struggle to comprehend the logic of your argument.

    Franco Debono wanted to be made Minister. He pressurized the PM and even blackmailed him. What do you expect the PM to do? Use tax payer money to shut him up and make him minister? And what about other PN backbenchers shouldn’t they also be made ministers?

    So when PL is in government, will we have a never-ending Cabinet just to keep everybody happy? How much will it cost the tax payer?

    The PM made several concessions to Franco Debono but there is a limit. He was right not to give in to his blackmail and not make him minister.

    Josanne, you ask, “Is driving someone to a nervous breakdown really that different from a physical beating?” It is Franco Debono who is driving himself to a nervous breakdown because of his childish tantrums and unreasonable expectations. It is Franco Debono who displayed his school report in an attempt to prove a point. The more he stamps his feet, the more he proves that he is not made of ministerial stuff.

    • John, it is really not that hard to understand. Any PM whether Nationalist or Labour will probably have disgruntled back benchers who have not been given what they think they should have been given. That is human nature…after all, most candidates enter politics because of their personal ambition. But that is where a strong leader has to show his mettle, by keeping his administration united and pulling the same rope through inclusion and dialogue.
      I feel that the mutiny which Gonzi is facing at the moment is the result of a lot of mistakes which are now coming home to roost.
      As for nervous breakdowns, if it were just Franco Debono who was being “attacked” I would agree with you…but that is far from the case.

      • john

        Evidently Franco Debono wanted more than inclusion and dialogue. He wanted to be minister. Are you suggesting that the PM should have capitulated and made Franco Debono minister just to shut him up?

        • Of course not..I never said that. But I’m sure other PM’s before Gonzi have had to face backbenchers who felt peeved because they were left out of the Cabinet. So, how did they handle it?

          • john

            Are you joking? I stand to be corrected but the only time there was a ONE seat majority which lasted the full five years was Dr. Fenech Adami’s in 1987. His moral authority and the pre-1987 circumstances prevented any back bencher from being difficult.

            When it is a three seat majority, it is fairly easy for the party in government to handle difficult backbenchers because they are not able to blackmail the PM.

            Franco Debono has been blackmailing the PM for years and, I repeat, no amount of inclusion and dialogue would have prevented that.

          • but Franco has not been the only “difficult” backbencher…so every one of them is wrong except for the PM? Doesn’t all of this point to a lack of strong leadership; of a Prime Minister who is unable to muster enough support from his own MPs to hold a government together?

          • john

            Josanne, You first decide what you want to believe and then find justification to support it. I reiterate that the current situation is the direct result of Debono’s unreasonable expectations, childish tantrums and his propensity to blackmail.

          • It’s called an opinion John…we do not agree on this, but that’s fine.

  • Edward Caruana Galizia

    Personally I don’t see much of a pattern.

    As you point out in your blog, when there is a one seat majority then any politician can use that as leverage to get what he/she wants out of the PM. That is all that is happening. Comparing it to the situation with Sant who tried to get rid of VAT and then landed the country with something far worse doesn’t make much sense.

    Secondly, I am sure plenty of people in the PN disagree with the PM from time to time. But sensible people don’t use it as a way to bully him.

    Mr Debono’s state of mind is being called into question by many not because he disagreed with the PM. It is because he is obsessed with his form 2 mid year report card which, I hear, he goes around showing everyone all the time. Whats more, The PM did everything that Mr Debono had suggested. So why is he so upset?

    Mr Cyrus Engerer was not the rep of the liberal side of the PN. In case you forgot, Mr Karl Gouder is the first and only openly homosexual member of Parliament. Also, the issue he was involved with had nothing to do with his sexuality and all to do with the fact that he e mailed very personal pictures of his ex boyfriend to his ex boyfriend’s boss. Hardly the behavior of someone who represents…well anything really. And one couldn’t help but wonder why someone involved in politics would do such a thing. Not exactly an easy mistake to make, is it?

    Since you mentioned the 80s then lets talk about the 80s. People were arrested just for going to an anti government protest. We had one brand of everything. People who didn’t vote MLP were harassed and bullied on a daily basis. The doctor’s strike. Mintoff not caring about the constitution because he didn’t write it. All these and many many more are in no way comparable to how PM Gonzi runs the country.

    There is no one in this country who is afraid of voicing their opinion. The existence of this blog proves that. The only people trying to bully citizens into submission are the PL supporters who write blogs to blackmail journalists who don’t favor their party.

    • Edward, it is the Internet which has made it possible for me to still have a voice in the media by means of this website…so I say thank God for the Internet.

      • Edward Caruana Galizia

        If a dictator wants to silence it’s critics the internet is not going to stop them.

        Dictators will stop at nothing to silence their critics. There is no silencing going on in this country. And as I pointed out in my previous post, the only people trying to silence others are the PL supporters who run certain blogs and have no problem telling the world exactly what their intentions are.

        So what do you think of that?

        • If you are referring to Taste Your Own Medicine, I am completely against blogs which are spiteful, vicious and nasty, attacking the person rather than the argument, which is why I do not read them. I especially do not give importance to blogs which are anonymous (and there are several others besides TYOM), because if someone is not man/woman enough to show who they really are then they do not have any credibility.
          The “silencing” which is going on in this country Edward is that people shut up because they fear recrimination/discrimination or some kind of underhanded revenge. Just because you may not be aware of it, it does not mean it is not happening… I assure you that many people have experienced it.

          • Edward Caruana Galizia

            Oh I am aware of it Ms Cassar. But it has nothing to do with the government.

            People are afraid of putting their names to comments because Malta is small and there is no such thing as being anonymous. In bigger countries people put their name to things because it’s just a name.

            So when you put your name to something then you end up with the following: Friends telling you to stop posting on blogs. People who disagree with you not talking to you. People suddenly adding you on facebook just to annoy you. All social problems because of how Maltese people are. Nothing to do with the government.

            Some people lack confidence too. When you write something on a blog it is stuck to you for life and that thought worries some people. So they remain anonymous in case what they say is shown to be wrong and they look stupid.

            These blogs you mentioned incidentally, don’t merely attack a person. They do their darn best to shut them up. There is a big difference between commenting on someone and trying to blackmail them. So it is the PL supporters who are trying to silence others. Not the PN government.

            I know what I am talking about because I experience it too.

            Now how is it you can gloss over the very illegal act of blackmail, but then hype up all this rubbish about living in a dictatorship?

          • I didn’t gloss over anything…I don’t agree with TYOM’s tactics as I’ve already pointed out, which is why I don’t read it. I suggest you do the same.
            And where did I mention the word dictatorship? I said we are living in a political climate where people are afraid, and from what you have described you yourself have just confirmed it.

          • Edward Caruana Galizia

            The fact that you go on about whether or not Malta is a free country, which you have done in other blog entries, sounds exactly like those PL die-hards who go on about the GonziPN regime. Comparing this side of Maltese society to a story about black women in the US speaks volumes. No one has any reason to be afraid of voicing their opinions.

            I am not afraid of voicing my opinion. People in Malta are just more cautious about it because of what friends and family might say afterwards, or perhaps they aren’t sure if what they are saying is true so they use a different name, or it could easily be that they know full well that what they are saying is false and so do it under a different name. More often than not they are just the same person, posting under different e mail addresses and names, replying to their own questions, to make it look like they are the voice of some group of former PN supporters who are now afraid to use their name like the labour Elves do.

            As for politicians trying to find leverage and have their way with the PM- I already explained this before.

            Your words are only fueling this ridiculous idea that the PM wants to control what we think and say.

            I m sure you would still be allowed to print and publish your blog posts if you used the old fashioned pen and paper. No one would stop you.

    • mario farrugia

      Mintoff didn’t write the Constitution ….. ? Are you ok … ?

  • mario farrugia

    I always wonder …. why is it always so hard to accept the truth ? I don’t share FD political views but, most of his demands do make sence. We have it in the Constitution that who gets the majority rules, then why candidates with good performance at the elections are left backbenchers? These young candidates have been vetted (sound minds) for thier abilities and allowed to run the elections with the perception that they will become our new leaders. We are destroying talents !!

  • Paul Micallef

    Mr Caruana Galizia, You mentioned arrests by police, you maybe forgot that your beloved party gave the same policemen a promotion! People who were ‘bullying’ were unexpectedly given rewards like planning permits once your party took over, or maybe you forgot! You maybe forgot also that the firearms were found at the PN quarters and maybe you also forgot that the PN did NOTHING to solve the cases of Raymond Caruana and Karen Grech and that the Karen Grech case is now showing that the killing and the bombs they made to her father and to Paul Chetcuti Caruana were actually PN Supporters! Maybe you also forgot who was involved in tal barrani disaster, who, suprise surprise, were PN Supporters. Typical of nationalists to twists facts Mr Caruana Galizia! Also, you seem to be obsessed with the fact that Labour call Gonzipn, maybe you forgot you used to call Dr Alfred Sant parrokki!

    • Edward Caruana Galizia

      First of all I never called Dr Sant by any sort of name. Secondly calling him parrokki was about making fun of his wig. But the way the PL supporters use the slogan GonziPN they make it sound like even saying that word oppresses them even though they now have more freedom than they ever had.

      Secondly, you mention ta Barrani. You mean the place where the PN were supposed to have a mass meeting but were attacked by the labour supporters of the time?

      I don’t believe much could ever have been done about the two murders you mentioned. The level of corruption that a Communist government brings with it would not have allowed any form of fair trial or investigation. But only in Malta would people try and act like Communism was just a bad phase, or a matter of different opinions.

      I don’t twist any facts. Perhaps you forgot Mr Lorry Sant. Or do you need a reminder?

      • Paul Micallef

        So: Mr Caruana Galizia says he never twists facts, yet he said that the murders were not solved due to ‘The level of corruption that a Communist government brings with it would not have allowed any form of fair trial or investigation.’ referring obviously to the labour party. And yet, he failed to see that facts are getting out, like I mentioned the fact that in Karen Grech’s case, it was nationalists supporters who were responsible, the doctors that made the strike to be precise! And tal barrani, he yet again failed to see that those ‘labour supporters’ were nationalists like gaffarena et al! Labour supporters my foot Mr Caruana Galizia! Regarding Dr Sant, I did not refer to you as you but as nationalists as a whole, and if you refer to the fact that it ‘was about making fun of his wig’ only, then you nationalists (not you as Mr Caruana Galizia) were also making fun of his sickness when it came out that he was sick? And you refer to Lorry Sant, you forget your own EFA, Austin Gatt, George Bonello Du Puis and the list goes on and on and on! Who needs reminding Mr Caruana Galizia! Also, you fail to answer the rest of my post as well. Maybe you find it hard to twist so many facts after all!

        • Edward Caruana Galizia

          Mr Micallef I would like to know where you got all the information about Karen Grech. Please post the links here.

          No one made fun of Dr Sant’s illness. He wore a wig before his unfortunate diagnosis.

          I suppose you would also say that it was the PN supporters that broke into Mintoff’s home while his children were home and ransacked the place, and not the PL supporters who attacked EFA’s home and also burnt down the Times building.

  • mario farrugia

    Jos, you run a nice blog but, certain bloggers seem to have the same ink, which is …. disgusting

  • Alfred Dimech

    “No, he becomes the target of a concerted campaign of utter annihilation and destruction”
    The newspapers didn’t seem to contain that much annihilation or destruction. Yes, there have been blogs and Facebook pages which have criticised and satirised Franco Debono: But how can you conclude that this is a concerted campaign? Can you substantiate this accusation? Are you implying that they are being guided/paid off by some shadowy hand in the PN to attack/ridicule Franco?

    Surely, these bloggers are just expressing their right to free speech, in the same way you are. They each have their political leanings and have every right to express them online.

    Anyway Franco seems to be satirising himself. How does an intelligent 37 year old lawyer think that showing his Form 2 report card on national TV would somehow further his cause? What about his session on Bla Agenda? It vilified him more than anything anyone could have written. He exposed himself as a conceited egotist, stating that he had more right than others to govern. I’m not saying this diminishes his right to vote against the government, but I’m immediately suspicious of anyone that claims to admire the man.

    • I’m a fan of satire as much as the next person, but there is a huge difference between satire of his now infamous report card, and saying that someone is mentally ill and showing a photo of him in a straitjacket…at least there is for me.
      As for free speech, obviously everyone has the right to say what they like, and I have the right to disagree with them, don’t I? Just as you are disagreeing with me.
      So let’s agree to disagree…


    Only those who, for a variety of reasons, are blinded by the wish to see the Nationalist Party reign in eternum, as in a banana republic, cannot see that there are various types of censorship which are embedded in the Maltese psyche. This censorship is further encouraged in a subtle manner by Nationalist henchmen, columnists and journalists in whose interest it is for the Nationalists to remain in power or who are employed by those who are pulling the strings and who are responsible for their pay cheques. No matter how brave you are most cannot afford to go against the grain and come out in public with their honest views. If you have a family, a mortgage and a job, whether in the private or public sector, you know that your days will be numbered if you speak your mind and add your name to your opinion. In spite of the hype emanating from the Dirty Tricks department of the Nationalist Party there are few decent jobs to be had, so most zip up and hope to keep their job, even if it is badly paid and conditions are not what they should be. Most keep their name away from their opinion not for lack of conviction but because they know and understand the reality. If they do not protect their family, who will?

    I met a very high official who has been enjoying a privileged life under the Nationalists for as long as they have been in power. When I asked him what it is exactly that he does in his job abroad he was not the slightest bit embarrassed to tell me that he writes letters against the Labour Party and pro Government. He said he is surprised that so many are quite happy to put their name to his letters which are then sent to the press. Another henchman who is paid by your taxes and mine to do little else but write letters to prop up a now dying government and stir things up for the Labour Party. He also told me that he little cares who is going to win the next election as he is due to retire.

    There is a great deal more to be said but let it remain unsaid for the time being.
    One of the good things that is happening however, is that citizen journalism is taking over and if the papers won’t print what you have to say the blogs will and you can always put it on Facebook. But do not judge those who write anonymously too harshly. They have reason to be afraid.
    Well done for your website Josanne. It is a breath of fresh air.

    As to Mr Mintoff, we should not bury the good he did with him. He introduced minimum wage; after Prof. Dahrendorff’s report he acted upon it and a long overdue and important Social Sciences department including Economics were set up at the University. He also introduced a safety net and social services for the under privileged which were not present at the time. He looked after the Common Man. He took a number of foolish decisions as well which ruined his reputation. His biggest mistake was to be instrumental in the downfall of the Labour Party in 1998. Dr Sant, unlike Dr Gonzi, did not cling to power. Being an honest man he went to the polls and lost. What a pity that it was Mr Mintoff with help from certain Nationalists, one of whom is now dead, that this happened. But it would be fair to judge Mintoff fairly. He took certain decisions because he was adamant that there would be a division between Church and State – which was long overdue. He was ahead of his time. This essential division is only taking place now, years later, after the divorce referendum was lost by our More Holy than the Pope (or so they would have us believe) government.

    • Edward Caruana Galizia

      Calling Mintoff ahead of his time is just too funny to not comment on. He wasn’t ahead of anything. He was totally on the same page as other Communist dictators. Idi Amin also did good when he first entered office but no one in Uganda gives a hoot about them. Same goes for Mintoff who was only motivated by jealousy and anger.

      This blog is not a breath of fresh air. It is the same tune that a lot of PL supporters have been singing since Muscat became their leader.

      It is the same argument that those losers on Emporium Ewropa website use to explain why they can’t use their names because they are afraid to and then wonder what happened to free speech in Malta.


    Mintoff was a Fabian, not a Communist. He tried to give dignity to the common man. I doubt Mr Caruana Galizia is speaking first hand about the Mintoff years. He must have only been a toddler then or at most, in his early teens. He is merely regurgitating what he hears from fanatical Nationalists. Like a true Nationalist he uses ‘hatred and jealousy’ as his weapons. I doubt this is what motivated Mintoff… He was a Rhodes scholar, read architecture at Oxford and married a woman whose family is listed in Debrett’s. His motiviation was certainly to do good. To compare him to the cannibal Idi Amin is typical of a Nationalist with a fixation.
    Yes, this website is a breath of fresh air as it is clean, not filled with hatred, personal stories of people and barbed comments. It does not attack or allow attacts at those who have divergent political view points. Whether Mr Caruana Galizia likes to hear it or not, it has set new standards.
    Now off I go to have tea with my Nationalist friends!

    • Edward Caruana Galizia

      No Ms Benoit, he was a Communist. He was as much of a Fabian as his buddy Gaddafi.

      He wanted Malta to be part of the UK but when they sent him packing he did a complete 180.

      But like a true Labourite you will always down play the obvious facts and just do your best to act like Mintoff was just misunderstood. He wasn’t. His intentions were perfectly clear. As were those of Mr Lorry Sant. Or are you going to deny that he violated human rights even after the court has found him guilty of doing so? And are you going to tell me that all these things don’t matter.

      I don’t care what friends you have so there is no point in mentioning them to me.

  • P Spiteri

    @ Edward Caruana Galizia. Although you say this blog is not a breathe of fresh air, you’re here arguing like the rest of the other readers, aren’t you? At least it is different from other blogs where commentators who voice a different opinion are slammed and insulted.

    • Edward Caruana Galizia

      I don’t know what blogs you are talking about. If you post a comment on a website you must expect criticism from others. That’s how freedom of speech works. This blog is like all other blogs.

  • Paul Micallef

    Mr Caruana Galizia: Where did I get my information you say? Maybe you failed to see the program your beloved nationalists made on Net TV, where Dr Edwin Grech SAID IT that they were nationalists! So now you are saying that you are innocent! You forget that one of your own nationalists called for Alfred Sant to ‘jiehu piollola forsi jghaddilu, or maybe you were on another planet when these things happened! Maybe you can quote YOUR information regarding that labourites were after the EFA, the Times and Mintoff’s attack, since you after 25 years did NOTHING to investigate. Maybe you can also enlighten me to WHY you gave promotion to those police officers that were ‘abusing’ you in the 80’s!

  • Paul Micallef

    Regarding ‘how freedom of speech works’ Mr Caruana Galizia, does that include calling you names, character assassination and threatening people? Ask Franco Debono, Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando and Jesmond Mugliett amongst others!

    • Edward Caruana Galizia

      As usual you bring up all sorts of scenarios and then fail to actually apply them correctly.

      There is a difference between Character assassination and criticizing politicians who are behaving irrationally.

      The only blogs that do the things you listed are ones run by PL supporters.

      After the 1987 election EFA’s plan of action was to forgive and not stir things up by having investigations etc. Perhaps it had something to do with the delicate situation that Malta was in at the time. Personally I disagree with that plan of action since it has given us the problem we have today: PL supporters saying they did nothing wrong because they weren’t charged in the end.

      I don’t see why my innocence comes into play here. The reason why PL supporters are thought to be guilty is because they supported such a regime.

  • Paul Micallef

    So I fail to apply them correctly? Or is it you who is trying to find all justable excuses. Just who called Franco Debono mad? Or maybe you are living in coo coo land Mr Caruana Galizia? Regarding EFA: to forgive? So that is why justice was never made? Maybe that is why he gave promotions to those policemen who used to ‘beat’ you up in the 80’s? Your childlish excuses make me laugh actually! When you are serious in replying you can come back, but now with the silly excuse that EFA’s ‘plan of action was to forgive’!!! We are talking about two murders here and you want us to buy it that EFA wanted us to forgive that’s why he did not make any investigations. Or maybe he was afraid that the REAL truth would come up! Just Ask Dr Edwin Grech, maybe you will realise it was nationalists who made the bombs to him and to Dr Paul Chetcuti Caruana. But as usual you try to twist facts Mr Caruana Galizia!

  • Anonymous commentator

    Dear Mr Caruana Galizia

    You seem to have a deeply biased mentality.
    Having your own mind is tantamount to being anti-GonziPN nowadays.
    Sad that it’s still going on in this day and age. But I can tell you enjoy dredging up the past to keep this attitude of hatred going…I guess even in your case – like Gonzi – its my way or the highway! And you will never understand the difficulties others go through, because you are too blinkered.

  • Petra Helene Bonello

    how true; P.N. have done a lot for the Maltese islands but without E.U. and the hard work and committment from locals and foreigners alike they would not have managed; so it is very premature for Mr Gonzi to blow his trumpet; there is a lot of unrest in the party, which I feel is no longer democratic; freedom of speech is a human right; why should anybody be laughed at or dragged in the mud because he/she has the courage to stand up and express himself/herself?
    And we still call our nation Christian -it is the joke of the century!

    Time will tell; that’s all I can say; many men and women have lost their souls just to be accepted in their political circles;I personally would rather die than do something which goes against my beliefs;I hope that when we vote we will all have the sense to remember the hypocrisy of many politicians and vote for what is true and fair. It is all very well to boast and make promises before the elections; we will know from actions which parties are sincere.

  • Great article.

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