We should really thank Magistrate Carol Peralta.

Magistrate Carol Peralta managed to unite all of us regardless of political party colour. What better gift could have been given to the people of Malta this Christmas?

This Christmas Carol (pun intended, even though it’s been countless times) started yesterday evening when The Times reported one of its journalists was arrested. The journalist, Ivan Martin, was sent to court to report on an eyewitness account of a party being held in court.

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When Mr Martin arrived he noticed that Magistrate Carol Peralta was entertaining people in a court room. Alcohol was present and so were cigarettes – please keep in mind this is in a court room. Ivan Martin tried to take a picture of what was happening and it was then that Magistrate Carol Peralta asked for him to be arrested.

Ivan Martin was held for three hours at the police station but was later released.

The story spread like wildfire on Facebook (and so did the memes) and for the first time in eons most of the commentators seemed to be in agreement. What Magistrate Carol Peralta did was a blatant abuse of power.


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All three political parties were in agreement and the Government condemned such abusive behavior.

This is not the first time Magistrate Carol Peralta was in the middle of controversy. Just last year he conditionally discharged a person after trying to run over someone and he is also allegedly linked with the freemasons.

The Magistrate has now said that he would be happy to resign if he’s found to have acted abusively. Fair enough, however, since this whole thing has gone down, it’s the judicial system in Malta which has really been hurt. So much for the dignity of the law courts and the judiciary. The law courts are one of the highest institutions in the country. It is not a place for Christmas parties – even if everybody else is doing it – and it’s definitely not the place where one should throw his weight about.

So what are your thoughts? Should Magistrate Carol Peralta resign? Let me know in the comments section below.

After Norman Vella, what else is round the corner?

Normangate or even better, the series of events which led to Norman Vella being questioned by the police and having his mobile phone and tablet confiscated has raised more than a few eyebrows. But let’s be honest, this is just one other event in a long string of events which has had people talking.

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From memory, and I promise I didn’t go searching on Google, I can remember a few occasions which were handled far from delicately by the government;

  1. The suspension of a Gozo Ferry employee to cover up what looked like an abuse of power by the Minister for Gozo, Anton Refalo,
  2. The threatening of a security worker working during the Isle of MTV party by Home Affairs Ministry Chief of Staff, Silvio Scerri whose female companion was denied entry to a VIP area,
  3. The stipends debacle, which led to the resignation of the Chairman of the Students Maintenance Grants Board,
  4. The complete shrugging off when it was discovered that Shiv Nair, a consultant for the Prime Minister, is forever blacklisted by the World Bank,
  5. The case of a civillian’s wrong arrest and the witch hunt against Police Inspector Elton Taliana who was the officer who actually arrested the RIGHT culprit.

These are just a few events which sprung to memory. Weirdly enough, as I’m writing this I find myself thinking that all these have some sort of loose end. It seems like many stories, even when they consist of scandals, simply die out. I don’t know if this is because the media is not properly doing its job or if it’s because so many things are happening that the media cannot keep up. Or maybe it’s just a mix of the two.

For whatever reason though the Norman Vella case seems to have stuck and we all got a conclusion. Again, this case verges on the scandalous. If the Police were asked to investigate a person simply because of who he is and because he happened to cross paths with Ramona Attard (communications coordinator at the Ministry of Home Affairs) and Kurt Farrugia (communications coordinator at the Office of the Prime Minister) this is, for lack of better word, disgusting.

This is not just a waste of Police (and Court’s) time and citizen’s tax money but it is also a blatant abuse of power. If this is the kind of things you get away with by having a 9 seat majority in parliament, I’m worried what else might be around the corner.

Yes the Labour Party do have an astounding seat majority but that doesn’t mean they should show disrespect to the people who put them in power. Unfortunately all these shenanigans are doing just that, and they are a slap in the face to all those who voted Labour because the Partit Nazzjonalista was dubbed arrogant.

But that is not all, worst of it all is that there are certain Labour MPs which are trying to ridicule this whole thing. I am talking about MP Luciano Busuttil who took to Facebook to express his opinion saying;

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There are so many people who like to make a scene and play the victim

Hon Busuttil should realise he is now part of the Government and not campaigning as we are in the run up to election. Those kind of messages are simply not on, especially when you are representing the Government of Malta.