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OK Boomer

In my latest book, I give a detailed explanation of how many Labour voters view the Labour Party. Given that the Labour Party has an organic institutional standing in society that addresses the social and economic needs of its constituents both on a micro and macro level, it serves more as an institution in itself rather than as exclusively a political party.

With this kind of strength and influence, the Labour Party has the privilege of propping up anyone on its horse and for many of its constituents whose, loyalty to their main institution in life is uncompromising and dogmatic that may very well be good enough irrespective of who it is. This is why mercenaries like Karl Stagno Navarra and Jefferey Pullicino Orlando, could easily jump on the Labour gravy train after having served long careers fighting it within the ranks of the Nationalist Party. The prevailing mentality of dogmatism within the ranks of the Labour Party has enabled many previous Nationalist dropouts to find a new home in Labour despite joining it with brazen financial and economic interests. For many Labour officials, it is an acceptable and normal practice to reward these newfound militants by government contracts and jobs to constantly buy their loyalty.

One of the full-time rent seekers and Nationalist drop outs who jumped on the Labour gravy train is Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando. Jeffrey is one of Labour’s favorite props because his criticism to the Nationalist Party makes it sound like it is coming from someone who genuinely wants the Nationalist Party to be better when in actual fact this is a man who is consistently doing politics to serve his own interests. So much so that Jeffrey also made use of his membership with the masonic Grand Lodge of Malta to enable his political career and business interests. In 2013, being a member of a masonic lodge and being part of the Labour apparatus was a double-whammy of networking and exclusive insider information however, his membership with the masonic lodge was terminated after 2016 in an exercise of de-risking as some politically exposed persons were asked to leave.

As soon as I launched my book, the troll farm run by the Office of the Prime Minister flooded the MaltaToday and Times of Malta message boards with comments deligimitising my book and praising Jeffrey’s recently published autobiography. Jeffrey is, of course, promoting the narrative that Joseph Muscat is all holy and innocent and he was deceived by his mates. The trolls’ idea floundered very quickly as it soon came to their realization that no one was interested in what Jeffrey had to say, and the trolling campaign had to be abandoned. But all is not lost for Labour’s hope to turn Jeffrey into their newfound man of intellectual reason. Yesterday, Jeffrey was quoted by LovinMalta for claiming on ONE that the Nationalist Party could not attract the youth with its conservative policy. 

Jeffrey was a close supporter of Robert Abela’s Labour Party leadership bid. You can come to your logical conclusions why this was so. Not only was it his joy to pettily get back at Carmen Ciantar who is a close aide to Chris Fearne, but Jeffrey also wants to return the favours that Joseph Muscat bestowed upon him. One of the first meetings that Robert Abela held as Prime Minister was with Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando.

The message within Labour is very clear. Your unbridled loyalty to your masters will get you ahead in the Labour Party and in the Government apparatus even if your specialization is merely pulling teeth and injecting botox.

As for Jeffrey’s advice to PN. Ok, boomer.

Normalising Corruption

Credit to MaltaToday

In order to understand Robert Abela’s government, one has to understand the mentality and the ideas (or lack of) of Robert Abela himself. As a village lawyer, Robert Abela is not a complex person and his politics are very dumb and straightforward. In my latest book, I give a concise description and definition of a robot bureaucrat which also suits Robert Abela perfectly well.

In a podcast with Jon Mallia, Matthew Caruana Galizia spoke about the undoing of Joseph Muscat’s corrupt regime. In practical terms, this means that previous corrupt agents and actors have to leave their government posts or resign from parliament apart from being investigated for their past actions. As of now, this process has been done exclusively by civil society and the Labour Rebels in 2019 as Robert Abela has shied away from rehabilitating the Labour Party’s image by conserving previous corrupt actors and agents within its ranks and in government positions. Konrad Mizzi’s resignation from Labour’s parliamentary group was an inevitable fallout of the 2019 crisis and not part of a cleansing act by the new leadership. Whoever survives the political and legal battle will remain in power as long as political convenience is not compromised.

Therefore, it is inevitable that there is still a clash against Labour and the government with those who still want to see a normal state and government. We are back to the days of Lawrence Gonzi’s mantra “go to the police if you have evidence for corruption”, which is the same kind of mantra which enabled John Dalli to be appointed as European Commissioner and eventually lead to the biggest political crisis in our history in 2019 after the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia triggered the collapse of Joseph Muscat’s government.

This is why the Justice Minister is handling justice reforms instead of being hauled to court for the gifts given to him by Yorgen Fenech in what seems to be a prima fascia act of corruption, whereas gifts donated had influenced Edward Zammit Lewis in his opinion of Yorgen over the 17 Black allegations. At the same time, Rosianne Cutajar who took a bribe from Yorgen Fenech and defended him in her official capacity as a Member of Parliament has the audacity to sue me in court for alleging that she had slept with her corrupt partner. Audacity indeed, only it is the boldness of a stupid sheep which may very well be slaughtered.

For your perusal, I will simply attach the lines of the criminal code which dictate the law on bribery and corruption. Let this sink in.

115. (1) Any public officer or servant who, in connection with
his office or employment, requests, receives or accepts for himself
or for any other person, any reward or promise or offer of any
reward in money or other valuable consideration or of any other
advantage to which he is not entitled, shall, on conviction, be liable
to punishment as follows:

(a) where the object of the reward, promise or offer, be to
induce the officer or servant to do what he is in duty
bound to do, the punishment shall be imprisonment for
a term from six months to three years;
(b) where the object be to induce the officer or servant to
forbear from doing what he is in duty bound to do, the
punishment shall, for the mere acceptance of the
reward, promise or offer, be imprisonment for a term
from nine months to five years;
(c) where, besides accepting the reward, promise, or offer,

the officer or servant actually fails to do what he is in
duty bound to do, the punishment shall be
imprisonment for a term from one year to eight years.

(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of this Code or of any
other law, when the offence against the provisions of this article is
committed by a person who, at the time when the offence was
committed, held the office of Minister, Parliamentary Secretary,
Member of the House of Representatives, Mayor or Local
Councillor and the offence involved the abuse of such office, the
provisions of Title VI of Part III of Book Second of this Code shall
not apply to the said person or to any accomplice.

Click to access Criminal%20code.pdf

Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 1 John 3:8

I encourage all my readers to read this very interesting feature by Mark Laurence Żammit on the current saga on the land in Nadur being claimed by the Stagno Navarras as heirs of Cosmana Cumbo Navarra. The alleged heirs are claiming ownership to the lands of the foundation set up by Cosmana in 1675 prior to her death which was then run and administered by the Church.

Mark Laurence Żammit provides the details to the story concisely and eloquently and he also makes an interesting reference to the events where Richard Stagno Navarra’s request to the court to be recognized as heir to Cosmana seems to have been acceded to by unusually lighting speed by Carol Peralta when he was magistrate. A magistrate is not in a position to fully understand such documents in 24 hours: it is impossible. The Land Registry also seems to have been exceptionally and speedily reciprocal to the Stagno Navarra’s when it approved their requests to register lands in their name against these alleged court approved “historical documents.”

Archbishop Charles Scicluna has shown a startling and surprising amoral indifference to the whole issue, despite the fact that he is often very vocal and outspoken on greed, indifference and amorality. The Archbishop is not a fool or a sheep. He is one of the most intelligent persons on the island, and a personal friend of the Pope. He who was also demoted from the Vatican and made Archbishop of Malta simply out of lack of alternatives for the post after Pawlu Cremona was ousted as Archbishop by the hardcore conservative faction of the Church. Since then, Archbishop Scicluna has constantly preached values of political accountability, environmental conservation,  and social justice.

Scicluna is also an expert on Mortmain’s Law and the legal situation of the Church’s real estate having done his thesis on this subject. He is an excellent candidate to act as a defender of his flock against dubious claims on Church administered property. It baffles me why an intelligent wolf like Scicluna would be so willing to risk his reputation by easily acceding to the demands of the Stagno Navarra’s and washing his hands from the issue by leaving it up to the courts and the government.

Why is Carol Peralta Konrad Mizzi’s lawyer?

Previously, I penned a blog post outlining the backstory to Konrad Mizzi’s Asperger’s syndrome and being victimised by Keith Schembri. This is just one aspect of Konrad Mizzi’s story. When Keith Schembri and Joseph Muscat convinced Konrad Mizzi to join them in designing a corrupt deal and hide their illegal proceeds in offshore companies and bank accounts, a world of limitless possibilities opened up to him. After having lived a life of irrelevance, Konrad felt excessively important, powerful, and invincible in his ministerial position. It was a world of fame and power he had never known before and he enjoyed it so much that he lost his self-awareness about it. His world of limitless power became his new way of life and he started believing Joseph Muscat’s script to the extent to become totally immersed in it. Konrad built a world around him of smoke and mirrors and eventually, even began his own tiny corrupt operations by handing out a large number of corrupt contracts through the Malta Tourism Authority through officials who are still employed there.

Konrad knows that his dirt is extensive even though he genuinely believes he did nothing wrong because his corruption is supposedly incomparable to the Nationalists and also because he thinks that the Maltese people still got a better deal out of it. Corrupt politicians will most often look for the Saul Goodman type of lawyer and here in Malta we have our own Saul-village versions. Carol Peralta, the infamous freemason and previous judge is Konrad Mizzi’s lawyer. If you are currently following the saga of the Stagno Navarra clan’s claim to large swathes of land in Gozo, you may know Carol Peralta as the magistrate who in very dubious circumstances signed off a document that recognised Richard Stagno Navarra as a rightful heir to the Stagno Navarra’s foundation and its estate which kickstarted the whole saga. 

Carol Peralta even tried to introduce Konrad Mizzi to a freemason lodge but Mizzi’s membership was rejected by higher freemasonry officials. Recently, some local freemasonry lodges have also started purging their politically exposed members from their ranks in order not to end up in the limelight.

When Labour entered office in 2013, there was a sudden rush of new Labourites joining freemasonry lodges. Some of these lifetime socialists saw an opportunity in the Labour government to advance their lives and careers and joining a freemasonry lodge facilitated this process. They dropped their socialist philosophies, bought sports cars, took lucrative government jobs and became freemasons. Some of these people used to be my friends and I had refused to join when offered because as a principle, I don’t join cock-only clubs. Please send me where there are women.

Joking apart (although it’s not really a joke), I’m not a rent seeker so I would never join a secret society whose only role in society is mainly to build connections for rent seeking. As of 2013 Labour built up a very comfortable relationship with freemasonry lodges and this was viewed as normal and harmless practice. However secret clubs have always played a role in the rent seeking regime of this country, small or big, relative to time and history.

Smoke weed and live with your parents

There are no reasonable objections to the government’s latest marijuana bill. The famous case of Daniel Holmes who was sentenced to ten years in prison for owning five cannabis plants shocked the nation and brought more awareness about the excessive ruthlessness of Malta’s drug laws. The government is allegedly introducing a law that will be more lenient on cannabis users by opening cannabis clubs and allowing limited possession.

There is no reasonable objection to the law being passed and I’m not going to enter into this very shallow debate because it’s not the point of this blog post. Supposedly we don’t live in a dictatorship and therefore we don’t need to waste our time with shallow debates on what people can and can not smoke in their own privacy and property. Here, I want to give the back story and the context to a law that is being hailed by the government as a great progressive step forward. But not only. Prime Minister Robert Abela is hailing this law as a

great offensive against the marijuana black market. The ex-bodybuilding gym-champ is putting on his superhero dark knight mantle and is storming the underworld stylishly and suited up Bruce Wayne style.

Only that he isn’t. This is more like Don Quixote fighting the windmills thinking they are dragons or something of that sort. There are very good reasons why this law misses the point and stops short of radical reform. This is a law made out of political expediency and does not address the structural problems within the market and neither doesn’t do justice to marijuana users.

First of all, Robert Abela doesn’t care about marijuana. The village lawyer mindset of the prime minister is limited to a conservative wall of stupidity that fails to develop new ideas and intellectual development. Abela does not care about your individual rights to smoke or whatever and he genuinely doesn’t even believe in the law itself. He is one of those gym rats who would be fine with taking high-performance steroids but thinks that illegal drugs are an abomination simply because the law says so. Through this law, Abela believes that he can sell himself to the youth and in fact, it is the only thing that he can sell them. This is why the law is half-baked and comes in the form of partial criminalisation. Abela wants to keep the law restrictive so next time round he would pass another version of the law making it even more lenient with the intention to keep milking the political cow out of this issue. This is of course the wrong approach and the local marijuana lobby is apparently very happy to play along with this game.

The marijuana lobby should be more honest about the reform instead of jumping like lapdogs on every time a politician offers them something. This law is not even full decriminlisation. Maruijana is still listed as a dangerous drug and therefore it is still a serious criminal offense to possess and sell it. You are only allowed to possess 7 grams and if you possess more than that you will be fined. You will be charged with serious criminal charges if you possess more than 28 grams and you can also be sent to jail for ten years or more for “trafficking” in marijuana. The government is simply allowing you to hold 7 grams of marijuana bought from official stores acting as clubs. You can also not hold more than 50 grams of the marijuana plant.

There is also no discussion about an important issue which the law should address despite the glaringly obvious problem which has been recently exposed by the press. Malta’s prison has a problem of overpopulation and the law does not come with a target at significantly reducing  Malta’s prison population – it is in this regard that the law defeats its own purpose.

It is logical here, that the intentions of the law are devious and even nefarious because why allow a black market to exist in the first place if you want to eradicate it? And who is this evil black market that Abela is speaking about?

The marijuana black market in Malta has changed a lot since my teenage years and is no longer a lucrative business. The small number of people who take the high risk to contraband marijuana make a bigger profit than the wholesalers who they sell it to but the wholesalers aren’t making much money themselves let alone the retail sellers.  Put it simply the marijuana business is no longer lucrative as it used to be and most people selling it as retailers and wholesalers barely make ends meet. There are very small rewards compared to the high risk of importing marijuana. Strong and enterprising criminals don’t deal in marijuana – they deal in cocaine, government contracts, and building permits, and washing money. Yet, this is the future that our prime minister is building for our youth. A country where decent homes are only affordable for the rich while the poor can console themselves with seven grams of weed.

Don Quixote is waging a war on an imaginary enemy and as expected it is all about him. The youth can be helped and supported with a war against homelessness, a war against precarious work, and a war against corruption and rent seeking, only that Don Quixote is not capable of these heroic tasks, so is he is waging war on sub-Saharan immigrants who sell weed in the street yet barely make ends meet.

You are either going to decriminalise marijuana or you aren’t. Partially decriminalising marijuana to let the door open for more decriminalisation later is outright political expediency and exploitation of people who need to buy the product itself. However, there is more.

Abela is also successfully using the marijuana issue to rehabilitate corrupt politicians. Owen Bonnici, who as minister of justice covered up for Joseph Muscat’s corrupt regime, and Rosianne Cutajar of Yorgen Fenech fame, are both political candidates for the next general election who wouldn’t be voted in parliament other than by the hardcore of the Labour Party itself. Allowing them to exploit the marijuana issue will normalise their re-entry into mainstream politics.

An honest marijuana reform would have legalised the product and allowed its regulated commercialisation and that is how you defeat a black market. In addition, government could have taken a golden opportunity out of this reform by addressing the crisis in the agricultural sector by buying out agricultural land through the National Development Fund in tandem with the legalization and commercialization of marijuana. But, no. Let’s spend thirty million Euros on a car race track in an industrial estate instead and have some fun.

Għal ġol ħajt, bro. Dawwar ġojnt, mhux xorta? Ok, ħabib?

Destroying the Labour Party: slowly and then all of a sudden

Not even 100,000 more votes would ever justify this shambolic and autocratic government. This is the way we used to feel under successive Nationalist Party government administrations and the feeling today is only stronger.

I can explain why a previous government official and now government lawyer, Anthony Degiovanni feels the need to go on a radio programme and publicly blame Daphne’s murder on her son. Degiovanni is what in Maltese we call a bużużlu: someone who is given government jobs and public contracts not for his skills and contributions but out of political favor, nepotism, or for political ends. Calling him an apparatchik would be too generous because he isn’t capable of much. His role is simply to be a full-time cheerleader to the party in the government. There are many others like him and you can see these bażużli regularly commenting on Facebook supporting their respective ministers while recycling the propaganda issued by the OPM through the Labour Party TV station, ONE. Degiovanni is more of an insider having been a bażużlu for many years now. He is also the Chairman of the Labour Party’s publishing arm Sensiela Kotba Soċjalisti (SKS) with his only contribution to the committee being the siphoning of money earned from our books to ONE.

One of the ways that Eddie Fenech Adami slowly destroyed the Nationalist Party while it was celebrating successive victories at the polls was by filling the Nationalist Party front lines and government entities with total idiots whose only ability was to cheerlead. Today, the Nationalist Party pays a heavy price as the many old idiots who are still in its front lines don’t have the intellectual rigour to address the surmounting crisis their party is in.

At the same time that Robert Abela is plundering the public coffers to buy out his election victory and turning our hometowns into yacht marinas, Abela is piling up the Labour Party’s front lines and government entities with his useful idiots. Labour is heading for elections with an assortment of new candidates which include Nationalist Party dropouts, and yet even more ONE propagandists. The latest appointment to the state’s energy agency Enemalta for the position of CEO is the previous head of Mata’s passport for cash scheme and someone who has never seen a natural gas price chart before being appointed to his new post.

Abela’s self-interested political drive will lead the Labour Party to a similar fate to that of the Nationalist Party. When its political cycle starts to ebb and the wave comes crashing down, it is going to be the rabble of idiots who will be left to collect the pieces.