Notes on a Thurs­day

A 26-year-old un­em­ployed man who was sen­tenced to nine months in prison for blind­ing his girl­friend in one eye has now been or­dered by judge­ment in a civil suit which the girl­friend filed to pay her al­most €270,000 in com­pen­sa­tion.

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How is he go­ing to pay that? There is no jus­tice in this case and her wound will re­main per­ma­nently un­healed.

He smashed a drink­ing-glass into her eyes when he re­turned from a job in­ter­view, telling her and his mother that he turned down the job be­cause it wasn’t well paid, and she be­came an­gry at him, telling him that he should take any job un­til he was in a po­si­tion to get some­thing bet­ter.

Per­haps Kon­rad Mizzi will put him on the state pay­roll to lower the unem­ploy­ment fig­ure fur­ther.

He can help Miss Lind­sey Gam­bin with the Min­is­ter’s press re­leases, in re­turn for €58,000 a year plus petrol allowance, car and perks.

If we can’t keep the Mus­lims out, then we can at least stop them from wor­ship­ping in garages.

They’re so ter­ri­ble for the moral stan­dards and cul­tural in­tegrity of this is­land. Ask the short, fat, ugly, stupid men at the United Mal­tese Pa­tri­ots, who are busy pre­par­ing ham sand­wiches for their next protest demo against a garage used for prayer.

But please, what­ever you do, don’t ask them about the Mal­tese man, raised as a Ro­man Catholic in this land of fine and proper val­ues, who whose pros­e­cu­tion be­gan yes­ter­day for the rape of two of his nieces, both of them mi­nors, while their older sis­ter, also a mi­nor, was forced to watch.

The United Mal­tese Pa­tri­ots need re­mind­ing that de­prav­ity knows no bor­ders and no re­li­gion – that re­li­gion, in fact, has noth­ing to do with it.

I ad­mire Caro­line Mus­cat for giv­ing up her well-re­spected ca­reer in jour­nal­ism to be­come cam­paign direc­tor for the Na­tion­al­ist Party.

Ms Mus­cat is an ex­cel­lent jour­nal­ist, one of the best peo­ple work­ing for the Times of Malta and The Sun­day Times.

She has bro­ken so many sto­ries, most of them re­lated to the en­vi­ron­ment or de­vel­op­ment is­sues, that I have lost track.

It was she who broke the shock­ing story about the govern­ment hav­ing ‘ex­pro­pri­ated’ from its crony Mark Gaf­farena a par­tial share of a house in Old Mint Street, Val­letta, and com­pen­sat­ing him with sev­eral pieces of real es­tate, of his choice, which far ex­ceed the value of that share.

Ms Mus­cat is not a par­ti­san per­son or small-minded po­lit­i­cal per­son. I have known her for some time through our work in jour­nal­ism, and I can tes­tify to that.

I also un­der­stand only too well her mo­ti­va­tion in tak­ing a stand now, be­cause I have felt the same way for sev­eral years. This is not about par­ti­san pol­i­tics. It is not even about pol­i­tics at all. It is about evil, and the fight against it.

Those who don’t take a stand, even if it comes at a great cost to them­selves and those around them, are com­plicit.

Caro­line Mus­cat has re­signed from her job in the news­room at Al­lied News­pa­pers – and what a loss it is to that or­gan­i­sa­tion – and from her po­si­tion at the In­sti­tute of Mal­tese Jour­nal­ists.

Jour­nal­ists are born, not made, and that must have been the most ex­traor­di­nar­ily dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion for her, be­cause once you leave jour­nal­ism to be­come cam­paign direc­tor for a po­lit­i­cal party, there is no go­ing back, and the po­si­tion of cam­paign direc­tor has a sell-by date.

And though some might be cyn­i­cal about her mo­ti­va­tion, I am not one of them be­cause I feel ex­actly the same way: that this is not about pol­i­tics but about the fight against bad peo­ple, the fight to keep them out of power, the fight to boot them out of power. Bad peo­ple, cor­rupt peo­ple, have no place run­ning the coun­try.

Ms Mus­cat, who started her ca­reer in jour­nal­ism writ­ing only about en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, said in a state­ment: “Through­out my life I have al­ways avoided be­ing par­ti­san be­cause of my role as a jour­nal­ist, but I now feel that I must take a stand. I am giv­ing up my jour­nal­ism ca­reer be­cause I have been left with lit­tle doubt that this govern­ment is rid­dled with cor­rup­tion.”

Good for you, Caro­line, and as my Ir­ish fore­bears (come on, can’t you tell by my typ­i­cally Ir­ish ap­pear­ance?) would have said: “May the wind be al­ways at your back.”

I ad­mire Caro­line Mus­cat for giv­ing up her well-re­spected ca­reer in jour­nal­ism to be­come cam­paign direc­tor for the Na­tion­al­ist Party

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