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Robin Vella

Robin Vella

The point that Raphael is making and which I agree with wholeheartedly is a simple one. To strengthen our institutions and to implement the constitutional reform required means (1) have a political party that shares those aims and (2) getting elected. The ‘movements ‘ we are seeing on the streets are a step in the right direction. But they will translate into nothing if a political party does not get elected to implement the reforms needed. It’s as simple as that. The real tragedy right now is that there is not such a party. But that does not mean there is another way forward. In a democracy there isn’t.

02/11/2017

PETER MALLIA

PETER MALLIA

laerskool pretoria oos FYI taken from wikipedia : The rule of law is the legal principle that law should govern a nation, as opposed to being governed by decisions of individual government officials. It primarily refers to the influence and authority of law within society, particularly as a constraint upon behaviour, including behaviour of government officials. -Fiau reports not acted upon. -Ministers setting up tax evasion structures -Shady banks set up and when accusations are risen against them the police commissioner do not act. -Chief justice warnings -International ratings on transparency and cirruption plummet. -Supra national institutions initiating inquiries into governance. -Chief of staff with curruption allegations refuses to show up at convocation. Is that enough or do you want more?

01/11/2017

Joe Bloggs

Joe Bloggs

Thanks for your useless contribution.

01/11/2017

Joseph Cassar Cassar

Joseph Cassar Cassar

As thousands of others and a 40,000 majority we feel safe. the only problem to democracy is the confused opposition laerskool pretoria

01/11/2017

Joseph Cassar Cassar

Joseph Cassar Cassar

Spot on Sir, quoting History, one should KNOW history and not blubber on, as Mr Mallia is doing...apparently he is a pure amateur

01/11/2017

Joseph Cassar Cassar

Joseph Cassar Cassar

Can you explain what do you mean by rule of Law because you are confused like the opposition state of mind and confusion !

01/11/2017

Joseph Cassar Cassar

Joseph Cassar Cassar

You should join Marlene, and follow her state of confusion which is apparent in your arguments

01/11/2017

PETER MALLIA

PETER MALLIA

Read it twice over and still stand by my arguments. I still have'nt seen one from your side however.

01/11/2017

Butragenio

Butragenio

I agree with joe bloggs and yet do not partain to any of the political parties. It doesn’t have to be about them. For once it should be about who they are serving.

01/11/2017

Etienne Bonanno

Etienne Bonanno

If you strain too much, you'll pop a vein Raphael. Do be careful.

01/11/2017

Robin Vella

Robin Vella

Read his article again as I suggested. If you still consider him a bigot then there is nothing I can really say and junior school is in fact where you belong.

01/11/2017

PETER MALLIA

PETER MALLIA

Robin, I have given my arguments why I called Raphael a biggot. You have not countered these arguments, just called me a biggot in return. Please try and argue your reasoning, otherwise I feel I'm back in junior school.

01/11/2017

Robin Vella

Robin Vella

Raphael a bigoted political fanatic ??? I think it’s more a case of you,like most Maltese, being so convinced that you are right you cannot see the wood for the trees. I do suggest you read the article again, with an open mind.

01/11/2017

KEEP SMILING

KEEP SMILING

oos kollha provokazzjonijiet it titli li jghatu qedghin .. OCCUPY CASTILLE LOL .... fil holm imma .. ghax ghad baqalom x joholmu tafux ..

31/10/2017

Roger Tirazona

Roger Tirazona

The forensics of the social media, the court of public opinion and the election by News spin. The art of the possible.

31/10/2017

PETER MALLIA

PETER MALLIA

In a multi party system it is the party who got the most votes that forms the government and that is what happened. He then formed a coalition with another far right party. They still didn't have the majority of the seats but they had the biggest chunk and so Hitler could demand to become chancellor. Which he did. So as you see although he did not have the absolute majority he was democratically elected.

31/10/2017

matthew

matthew

Laburist ikkakmat dan

31/10/2017

J Camilleri

J Camilleri

What have you been drinking joe bloggs of late? Apart from (swallowing) your own bile I mean?

31/10/2017

Thomas Grima

Thomas Grima

Ghandna esperjenzi ta protesta fit triq li semmejt. Kien hemm rejazzjoni differenti minn gvern tal PN. Kien qabbad lill pulizja jikkinsu (litteralment) lil min kien qed jipprotesta. Xdifferenza llum.

31/10/2017

Kwarezimal

Kwarezimal

Iridu jipprovokaw! Imma nini nini : Mhux se inpaxxukhom!

31/10/2017

Alex Grima

Alex Grima

The old Raphael Vassallo is back. It's a shame that other intelligent article was a fluke.

31/10/2017

Better Future

Better Future

Exactly why do you bother to be stupid? Have any protesters been stopped even if the vast majority disagreed with their shrieking and uncontrolled actions? The PN has now admitted their involvement, which simply makes this protest group an extension of the PN. Something, WE ALWAYS KNEW FOR A FACT.

31/10/2017

Better Future

Better Future

But I am beginning to suspect that some people really do mean it in that sense. Yes! In their dreams. The same dreams that have them sucking on bananas.

31/10/2017

M Camilleri

M Camilleri

Democracy is not something that is exercised every 4 to five years.. those are elections. Democracy is pluralism, the right to protest and the existence of a healthy institutional balance where no one power is more forceful than another.. ahhhhh... why do I bother. Raphael, what happened to you?

31/10/2017

Joseph Carmel Chetcuti

Joseph Carmel Chetcuti

Let them protest, and make more enemies. Arrogant women who think their party, the PN, has a divine right to rule Malta. If any party is morally responsible for the brutal murder of DCG it is the PN who for decades allowed her to use her poisonous pen against Labour and its supporters. Freedom of speech my foot.

31/10/2017

John Borg (bkr)

John Borg (bkr)

What's in a name? There can at times be plenty, and I had remarked here or elsewhere at the very start of this campaign about the invective of OccupyCastille when it could have easily and more realistically been OccupyCastilleSquare ! And not all of those climbing onto the CSN bandwagon are thick - there's the few who hanker for the days of the week-in-week-out protests of yesteryear. Now wouldn't that handful with a dirty brain just love the global press coverage of a 'Castille Occupied and Reclaimed' scenario, and the ensuing EP debates on The Rule of Law in Malta. The CSN campaign has been hijacked, and not only for its' political anti-PL worth but also for the PN's peace of mind. Didn't Jurgen Balzan say "bhalma Daphne giet uzata mill-politici" at last Sunday's protest? The PN cannot afford a civil society voice that turns its' sights on it too - too much in the PN's recent past (possibly also the present?) that cannot be allowed to pop to the surface like the proverbial qallut.

31/10/2017

Peter Midler

Peter Midler

In the opinion of many, she is a bird of a feather with PN, if I may say so.

31/10/2017

Peter Midler

Peter Midler

Those that came up with this hashtag and slogan "Occupy Castile" are protesting that the rule of law do not exist!! In itself, this shows the hypocricy and how fake such so called protestors can be. The hashtag / slogan itself is totally anti-rule of law and totally undemocratic! It is even more undemocratic and anti-rule of law when they say that the present government is in Castille only as a paying tenant because Castille belongs to PN!! But every democracy loving citizen knows that Castille BELONGS TO THE PEOPLE AND TO THE DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED PRIME MINISTER, who incidentally, was elected by a colossal and historic majority never seen before!! This all shows how fake the organisors are, which every one knows it is the PN (under an obvious disguise)! Furthermore, they are nothing but wannabes, wanting to be seen as fighters for democracy! Moreover, they are not even original in their slogan which shows typical PN lack of creativity because that slogan of "Occupy Castille" was copied (I wonder if it was suggested by David Agius, if you know what I mean) from the 2011 ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement, which more shows their "wannabe" nature! In my opinion, that slogan is also an incitement to heat up fanatics and cause social unrest! Nothing democratic about it! SHAME ON YOU.

31/10/2017

Kwarezimal

Kwarezimal

Monica Macovei hails from Romania - voted the most corrupt country in the EU- many Romanians in Malta are not exactly the kind of tourists we would like to see,especially the pick pocketers! Before she points fingers at others,why does,nt she try to,at least lessen corruption in Romania first? She could resign from the European Parliament,and trot back home to solve HER corruption problems, instead of milking the gravy train in Brussels!

31/10/2017

Jon Camilleri

Jon Camilleri

I think many events have lead to unreasonable controls since 9/11 as well for example I do not quite understand or agree with: a) why the government has sought to enforce more the rule of law, thus appearing to increase our sense of anxiety which is not being guaranteed with funding, as access to funding transpires to be available to established enterprise, thus leaving start-ups roaming in the dark. I have asked and many people assimilate themselves to aliens (Area 51). This brings about the intelligent question on whether the 'rule of law' is working such has been met with negativism even amongst MEPs, as far as I have read. I had been downgrade for having controversial views in sociology but time proved me only right, with all due respect towards academia quoted directly from textbooks, thus, 'how does anarchy compare to democracy as an ideology?' What clause within the constitution are we quoting, and, how does this differ when comparing our reality (including mental health issues, occupational risks that have had grievous consequences due to lack of risk management or lack of organizational research, poverty, crime, stagnation, unfair markets, bureaucracy, speculation that leads to slander, and other side-effects of mal-structured society) to the principles of the constitution mocked by lawyers as being non-enforcible. I do not understand why I cannot carry a bottle of water of 50cl just because an untrusting security officer assumes that water bottles might be dangerous, such is not aligned to the principle of assuming innocent before charging guilt. I am sorry but water is a sanitary right according to UN recommendations, kindly understand that a coin has two sides. How do different policies breach our rights? Why do policy makers pretend to have rights over other entities? Do they have a bigger ego or a wider mandate? Do we enforce only aspects of the law that fall within our remits? Is power the answer to every problem? [not really]. b) many protests and demonstrations have happened, communication is interesting to read, even I have many ideals in mind, however, nobody helped me when I lost my job except for the fact of being rudely scrutinized by interviewers, almost as if they have a right to make a decision in my absence which is arguable (Cap.440). The reason is that the underlying social welfare model has dependencies that have not been mitigated by unilaterally drafted laws and policies, and, will they finally realize they are working for the common good and when will this happen please? Security measures intelligently managed by state-funded institutions [naturally at the taxpayer's expense] have failed to mitigate some of these risks as I read current affairs of bombings, so was it worth the investment or have we failed the human race again? We talk about the rule of law and we breach it the following day, isn't this a hypocrisy? Who am I talking about, in your opinion? Did you go to the local library recently? Am I being negative or pragmatic? Unfortunately some managers appear not to have learnt anything about law such ignorance and disregard for fair trial [along with notions of bureaucracy within the courts themselves which are not very transparent in certain occasions where I have made specific questions or lead to vague answers that indicate worrying thoughts are risks that have not been managed very adequately in any case and the culture of resignations and the show off of power does not quite mitigate these risks it transpires] is disappointing in a market that talks of skills shortages. What reforms do we need to put in place therefore does re-writing law actually restore any sense of order or does it increase our sense of confusion? Whose responsibility is it and what if I do not disagree?

31/10/2017

Robin Vella

Robin Vella

I could not agree more but my point was that for change to happen, the political machinery needs to gear up. It’s through politics that you can implement change. And our opposition has been in disarray for a long long time.

31/10/2017

Jon Camilleri

Jon Camilleri

I am not necessarily in favor of invasive checks and balances, there are different leadership styles to adopt in the views of many scholars.

31/10/2017

Jon Camilleri

Jon Camilleri

The bombing referred to as a murder has not been actually been confirmed as a murder by the Chief of Police and this has been published as an official position in a press release. This might mean that investigations are still ongoing, my forecast is that they will take more than two months. Am I right or not? Who is not? Moreover, the fact of protesting being interpreted with an exaggerated sense as a civil riot is far from the notion of acceptance of freedom of expression in other civil countries where the law of order limits itself to controlling crowds rather than making breaches to privacy this as has been whispered to me in my ear at least. I am not quite sure what lessons I can take from this protest, perhaps this reminds me of equality being a long-standing issue.

31/10/2017

R Farmer

R Farmer

My idea exactly they should have camped outside the courts to expedite justice or Parliament to get the constitutional reforms moving

31/10/2017

Joseph Grech

Joseph Grech

I am sick of people sprouting banalities to prop up their argument. Hitler was not voted in by a majority. He only got 33% of the vote. His rise to power was made possible by the vote of the Catholic party who thought they could manipulate him.

31/10/2017

PETER MALLIA

PETER MALLIA

Democracy, as we wish it is not winner takes all. Democracy is also the rule of law, justice and freedom. Hitler was voted in with a majority but that did not make him democratic. When you have abreak down of the rule of law, with a large number of people not trusting the appointed Commissioner, AG etc... when you have the chief justice warning that things are going downhill, than yes, expect people who have democracy at heart to set out in the roads and protest. Calling them whores definately doesn't help the sentiment.

31/10/2017

PETER MALLIA

PETER MALLIA

He never convinced me anyway.

31/10/2017

Joe Bloggs

Joe Bloggs

This is politics, it's just beyond the mess of red and blue flags that has been created without even remembering what they stand for and their ideals. Now run along and chant "viva Delia", he seems to need support given that One News and the rest of Labour media seem to be quite keen to not only vaunt the many flaws and piles of baggage that you ignored but also wish to pin the blame of Daphne's execution on his circle of friends.

31/10/2017

Joe Bloggs

Joe Bloggs

Your list is as ever an indictment of the state of our nation, its electorate and its political class. I would not boast about 1 since that shows the low level of intelligence and expectations of the electorate. As regards 2 & 3, similarly I would not boast about having an ineffective opposition unless you feel that your interests would be best safeguarded in a dictatorship or one party "peoples' republic" like China or Russia. Add more at your own risk, you are just proving the point.

31/10/2017

Kwarezimal

Kwarezimal

Calm down. Missing the gravy train?

31/10/2017

buskett@gmail.com

buskett@gmail.com

Very well balanced article. As long as Raphael writings are balanced and unbaised articles I read them and analize them. If he goes south and be baised in favour or against, then I simply ignore like I do to many others. These protests would have been more effective if they were not hijacked. These protests turned personal and most of us who stay at home deject such line of hatred. What happened to the blogger was barabaric and does not reflect the true Malta. It would have been better if there was unity rather than divison on this matter so that we leave the Magistrate and the Police to investigate with no outside pressure in order to see who is behind murder. Insulting the Police Commissioner and The Attorney General is not the way forward. Both of them have personal integrity, are good people and very honest. Let them investigate !!!!! Good orators are not necessarily good investigatores ! Pointing the fingers to all and saundrey is very bad and irresponsible since no one knows who is behing this terrorist attack. It is the duty of the party in government, the opposition, church authorities, and all other influencial leaders to act responsibly and to unite the people rather than try to divide. Trying to sow doubts by certain leaders with very fine comments is also very bad and does not work. From what we have seen in the past years this kind of manipulation has backfired. They will backfire again because today nobody is stupid! At the end of the day we elected the Labour Party to lead and not the PN, Church, AD or anybody else. If we are not happy next time round we vote him out. We see about this matter in five years time.

31/10/2017

PShaw72

PShaw72

Back to business. The regime has unleashed its scoundrels and puppets to attack those who advocate for democracy and the rule of law. Shame.

31/10/2017

Matthew

Matthew

Proset Raphael and proset Mr Tyler. Yes Malta's reputation does not deserve this onslaught. The downright lies, half-truths and fake news I am reading and hearing in the foreign media is totally out of sync with reality. No wonder people's faith in journalism is sinking. No wonder euro-skepticism is on the increase. Similar incidents to Daphne's death have happened all over the world. And yet I have never seen any of the criticism which is being hurled in our direction in these instances. There is definitely a lot of hypocrisy and biased opinions going round. Some journalists, like Raphael, are standing up for reason. However this is not enough. If journalists really want to stand for the truth, either individually or as a group (Institute of Journalists) should rebut what is being spouted out in the international media not on the local front but on an international level. It is true that our rule of law should be solidified and bettered but to paint Malta as a lawless country, a "Mafia state" is completely out of context and not true.

31/10/2017

pinocchio

pinocchio

of course you want him to suit you and make you happy by attacking the LP the truth is written on the wall HYPOCRISY thirsty for power like Raphael sad to occupy Castille you want to win the election democratically not with protest

31/10/2017

Free Thinker

Free Thinker

I think that Raphael very clearly addressed the "aim" of these protests, which is essentially to use Daphne's murder to gain political advantage, which is premature given that we do not know who carried out the crime. There is a justified lack of faith in our police force's competence where it comes to crimes committed by professional trained murderers (which this appears to be) but this is hardly a recent issue.

31/10/2017

pinocchio

pinocchio

The people gave their opinion all ready and now they dont care about any more protest, all they care is how the PM grape the bull from the horn to solve this murder. From the other side they are making protest crying for democracy and justice they start with 5000 people 30% PL people, then to 100s people and now to less then 50 people People are smart now a day and they under stand who is behind those protest they know who is making this protest there is a political agenda .Who make them dont care about justice or democracy ALL THEY NEED TO MAKE POEPLE ANGRY AND TO MAKE THEMM FORGET WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE PN HQ KAOS FIGHTING AND DIVISION BETWEEN THEM THAT IS WHY THEY ARE PROTESTING luckily we have a intelligent PM and that were the people looking at

31/10/2017

Free Thinker

Free Thinker

The London protesters had been camping out on Parliament square for six years. Their protest camp had become an eyesore - essentially a mini-slum on an area of public land right in the city centre. Obviously they were not blocking traffic and would have been removed if they were posing any danger to motorists. Personally I don't think these types of protests ever achieve very much.

31/10/2017

PETER MALLIA

PETER MALLIA

Democracy is not just the result of a vote. A healthy democracy (as we mean it today) is one where one feels safe and where one feels that justice and the rule of law will prevail. In a healthy civilized democracy, even if in a minority (and not only with regards to sexual preferences), one will enjoy the same rights. The country does not belong to the majority, but to all Maltese. This healthy democracy can only be brought about with a solid amount of checks and balances, as exist in every other modern country. (When our PM asks to cite one country where the Police Commissioner is appointed by 2/3 of the house he knows full well that in other countries such sensitive posts are vetted thoroughly and regularly by all parties, it's just a but more of spin) The only checks and balances that exist in this country, was and hopefully still is (but when I read this article I honestly have not much hope), the press. The opposition is obviously not functional. With the brutal assassination silencing one of the most prominent "checks and balances" in this country it is only natural that people who have REAL democracy to heart are worried AND concerned. And when the police commissioner and AG are in obvious breach of their responsibility towards ALL the Maltese and not just the majority, than we are setting the stage for a dangerous turn of events. It is the responsibility of every government to see that all people have trust in its institutions if democracy is to prevail. Something which is obviously not being done. The article above seems to be written by a bigoted political fanatic.

31/10/2017

Free Thinker

Free Thinker

While there has never been much in the way of substance to your posts here, you are plumbing new depths of pointlessness.

31/10/2017

Free Thinker

Free Thinker

The sad truth is that, despite all their posturing most Nationalist voters are only happy with democracy as long as it delivers a Nationalist government. They simply cannot stomach anything else. Hardly surprising the party was founded on fascism.

31/10/2017