The good, the bad, and the ugly – Nicholas Azzopardi, JPO and Franco Debono in the Serkin Brawl

Let me start by saying that all parties in this story are bad. Regardless of who provoked who, getting into a fist fight because of your partisan beliefs is idiotic. It is even more idiotic to get into such brawls if you hold a certain position of respect be it a Chairmanship or a Commissioner of Law (another dent in the Malta Taghna lkoll slogan).

Truth is, no one will ever really know what actually happened in Rabat at 5 am on Sunday 4th of August 2013. Why? Because we will get two different versions from both sides and the truth will be somewhere in middle. Having said that there are still a few conclusions to be made – the good, the bad, and the ugly, that is.

The good, the bad and the ugly

The Good. 
Without any shadow of a doubt The Good here is Serkin’s pastizzi. I mean, honestly, those pastizzi ARE the best you’ll ever find on the island, the guy is open almost around the clock and the service is always delivered with a smile. What more could you ask for?

The Bad. 
Even though the truth will never come to surface The Bad ones here are JPO and Franco Debono. Even if JPO was provoked he should know better not to get into these kind of situations. And what to say for Franco Debono? Well he too should be steering clear of any trouble, especially the partisan kind. In a few versions of the story, Franco Debono is said to “intervene”. Why on earth would he do that? He might be the Law Commissioner but he is not the Police. JPO posted a message on this Facebook wall titled “PROVOKAZZJONI SFACCATA U MOQZIEZA” (a blatant and disgraceful provocation) a a few hours after the incident saying “It is obvious that his intention was to provoke a serious incident.” So if this was obvious why didn’t you just take your pastizzi take-away and leave the scene?

The Ugly.
Waking up on Sunday to the news that politicians were involved in partisan brawls is ugly. Whoever mouthed the first provocation and whoever threw the first punch it is shameful that there are fights of petty political nature. What is more shameful is ganging up on someone because of his beliefs. Instead of having politicians (hey these are after all there to serve the people) calm the situation down and calling the Police, they themselves get involved and then act as the victims. I’m with J’accuse on this one, it really is a Banana Republic.

The Ghost of Muscat’s Twitter account

I missed this one! I was out celebrating a little bit of Christmas time.

Reading the news I was surprised to what had unfolded but it was late and I yearned for sleep. First thing I did this morning was to read the various news reports, watch all the videos and go through Facebook and Twitter to see what everyone else had to say.

I will not be delving into Xarabank’s happenings, it’s not a program I free my Friday nights to watch. However, if you would like to read all of yesterday’s faux pas head over to J’accuse for a top notch account.

What I found interesting about yesterday was the lack of an opinion from Joseph Muscat on Twitter. This is not the first time I’ve criticised Joseph Muscat’s use of Twitter, click here for a previous blunder of his/theirs.

Throughout last night there was a constant feed of retweets from his account, but not one single tweet from him. I find it very hard to believe that the Leader of the Opposition didn’t have an opinion about what was undolding, or wasn’t even available for a quick 140 character comment. Retweeting other people’s opinions is all well and good, as long as you also add something to the mix, but Joseph Muscat, or whoever is running his Twitter account didn’t, and that reflects very badly on the Leader of the Opposition.

I hear you say, what about Lawrence Gonzi, no 140 character comments from this either. The only difference is that there wasn’t a constant flow from the Prime Minister’s twitter. This shows a level of maturity the PL Social Media “gurus” lack. A person’s Twitter is about a person’s message, not a notice board where you plaster all kinds of rubbish. Out of 35 retweets, 32 were about the Xarabank debate, and yet Joseph Muscat had no personal opinion about it?

I expect more from the person running Joseph Muscat’s Twitter account – Grow up for everyone’s sake, especially the party’s sake, Twitter users were not impressed.

Franco Debono’s blog is the new place to be

It seems like Franco Debono’s blog is the new online place to be. Very hard to comprehend how such a poorly written blog can attract so many visits. It’s uncanny how he just posts a blog and within minutes it’s filled with comments!

Well yes this is me being incredibly jealous, I have no trouble admitting it. I sweat little droplets of blood trying to write something which is coherent and which might be of interest, but it seems that all the general public wants is lack of grammar, spouting of accusations and a platform to in turn continue with the appalling writing and the spouting of more accusations.

However I admire Franco Debono for keeping this up, he posts religiously. The question is, is that enough to really convey his message to those among us who are skeptical of all this fluff? My answer for now is leaning towards the NO. There are some things which really irritate me, and make me immediately dismiss any argument he’s trying to keep up;

His sentence structure;

Franco Debono is a lawyer first and foremost, meaning he’s spent a considerable amount of time at University, meaning he should know how to formulate a sentence right? Wrong…

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His thinking in Maltese, and half translating to English

Not much to say apart from the fact that at his level of education I expect a little more

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His childish name calling

We all know who you are referring to so stop acting childish and call a spade a spade. Coming out with creative names will not win you points in any department other than the mediocre one. What’s been done below – VERY petty!

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Having said all this, I want to personally say thanks to Franco Debono for taking the time to create his blog. The amount of traffic Google sends my way with the search terms “Franco Debono Blog” is quite astounding. And for those who are reading this blog just for the link, here it is;

One word of advice Dr Debono, the things you are writing are published in black and white, meaning that once they are out there you CANNOT take them back.

Franco Debono’s mystery book

Just in case you’ve been wondering what book Franco Debono is sporting on todays The Times front page, fret not and read on. He was seen carrying the mystery book last night on his way to parliament where the No Confidence Vote in the government was going to be discussed.

The book is “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying” by  Tibetan Dzogchen Lama, Sogyal Rinpoche. Since I’m a true gem I’m even linking to amazon just in case you would like to get yourself a copy too.  

I think the choice of book speaks louder than any words can possibly utter. The book’s synopsis (taken from amazon) says the following:

This acclaimed spiritual masterpiece is widely regarded as one of the most complete and authoritative presentations of the Tibetan Buddhist teachings ever written. A manual for life and death and a magnificent source of sacred inspiration from the heart of the Tibetan tradition, The Tibetan Book Of Living and Dying provides a lucid and inspiring introduction to the practice of meditation, to the nature of mind, to karma and rebirth, to compassionate love and care for the dying, and to the trials and rewards of the spiritual path.

Quite a lot to chew on if you ask me. What does Franco Debono want to secretly tell us by showing off this book? Moreover, it was the only thing he seemed to be carrying in his hands, and so very close to his heart. If you ask me, this is simpy not fair. Now apart from trying to guess which way he’s going to swing on Thursday when it comes to the confidence vote, I also have to worry about his choice of books. Us mere mortals simply want an answer, is that too much to ask for?



Ma che Franco!

After reading the countless articles written about Franco Debono I decided to do this little mock up. Take it at “face” value… But please don’t forget your sense of humour when setting your eyes on this image.

Pro-FDs will probably see it as a reflection of his character, Anti-FDs will see it as a disgrace to Che who was a true revolutionary.


Franco Debono and the Social Media Reward

The Zammit-Gera murder showed us the ugly face of local Social Media with half the nation going on Facebook and online news websites board with their latest CSI Sliema speculations. However, the cabinet reshuffle and Franco Debono’s latest tantrums shifted all the attention and  we are being rewarded with some quality engagement and sharing.

As soon as PBS told the nation how Franco Debono produced a half yearly school certificate instead of commenting on the precarious situation he himself had caused, Facebook was on fire. People were digging out their old school reports and posting them, urging the Prime Minister to also consider them for a governmental post. But that was not all, the engagement feast was only at its start. Here are some of my favorites.

Top notch local blogs… which are a pleasure to read

Thanks to Franco Debono the local blogosphere has simply come to life. People are sharing, retweeting and linking like never before. From the sleek writing of Karl Stennienibarra amongst others at Bis-Serjeta, Serjeta Biss, to the intriguing commentary of Mark Anthony Sammut, there really are some gems out there, my favorite being Nick Azzopardi’s views on Maltese Politics.

The Franco Debono “Downfall” meme

I’m not being cheeky and referring to his political career, Downfall is the name of the film. Uploaded only a few days ago it has already reached more than 7000 views and 250 likes.


It is just a bit of fun and a very well done to whoever came up with it. It’s nice to see someone does have at heart the Maltese language and actually bothers to use the proper fonts. Unlike the Distric 5 petition which is calling for Franco Debono’s resignation. Your heart might be in the right place but please, oh please have the decency not to rape the Maltese language in the process. My eyes almost burnt as I was reading it.

Satiristan on Facebook

From the hilarious status updates to the occasional photoshop illustriation, Satiristan is a definite follow. After all, with such an impressive certificate how can you not “like” his Facebook page?


So please forgive me but I have to say this; Franco Debono, for being such a megalomaniac, we thank you.