The top 5 things you can do with Konrad Mizzi’s €25

By | August 19, 2014

What the Government thought would be the perfect PR exercise to show people compassion after last week’s power cut quickly turned against them when Minister for Energy and Health Konrad Mizzi showed the rest of Malta how out of touch with the realities faced by the common people.

During a press conference where Minister Mizzi announced the compensation given to individual households after the blackout, Mizzi said that a week’s worth of groceries would cost €25, so that is the perfect amount to pass along.

Now I don’t know where he shops but when going to the supermarket I have to actually pay for things with this weird thing we common people call money.

Now apparently there is this thing called Konrad €25 Mizzi money which if you’re one of the lucky 8,000 you will get through the post. This note looks something like this:

Konrad Mizzi €25This note seems to have hidden value. It might have €25 euros on the front but can be redeemed for much more. Yes you guessed it, a whole week’s worth of groceries. Or else, if you want to treat yourself we count down the top 5 things than you can do with this special currency.

Number 5
For the sensible people amongst you, you can use this money towards your next ARMS bill, that’s three months worth of free electricity.

Number 4
Why not go for a bottle of Champagne, say a Bollinger GD Anne Rose 75cl, 2002. This will also leave you with a bit of change if you want to feel patriotic and want to follow it with a few cans of Cisk.

Number 3
If you really want to treat yourself why not go for a one night stay at one of the fabulous 5 star hotels we have in Malta. I hear Gozo in October is simply magical.

Number 2
But your loved one that special piece of jewellery, after all, who did you turn to when Malta descended into darkness and you had no fan or AC to cool you down?

Number 1
Finally, if you’re feeling extra generous you can share this with 5 of your friends and treat everyone to a special meal at your favourite Chinese restaurant.

Just in case you were wondering, this is what €25 of real money gets you in the real world.

  • 1 Benna full fat milk – €0.83c
  • 1 Benna flavoured milk chocolate – €0.62c
  • 4 yoghurts – €2.00
  • Flora proactive 250g – €3.25
  • 200g Sliced ham – €1.75
  • 200g mortadella – €1.50
  • 175g Cheddar- €2.60
  • 6 pieces fresh gbejniet – €4.70
  • 500g of bigilla – €2.20
  • 250g stuffed olives – €3.25
  • 6 eggs – €1.45

This is just the basic food every family have in their fridge. I am not counting any vegetables, meat or fish or even anything that one might have had in the freezer. On another note, if you would like to read my thoughts on last week’s blackout you can read my piece on The Times of Malta by clicking here.

And just in case you’re thinking “but Konrad Mizzi did not mention groceries…” The truth is that he did, and here is the proof.


  • Maria Spiteri

    Number 6
    Simply do not take them and leave them for whoever is grateful

  • The Mole

    Buy pillows for wife should be number 1.

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  • Richard J. Caruana

    Ms Sai Mizzi can afford 520 weeks of groceries on a month’s salary. How many can we buy?

  • Zhao Rui

    Is this for real? Government gives people free cash because they lost electricity for a while. But 25 euro isnt good enough?

    The written article is pretty much a pointless vehicle for a stupid joke.

    You claim Konrad is out of touch with the reality of the common people, but in my experience most common people can easily feed themselves for a week on 25 euro.

    The best part of half your food budget on stuffed olives, gbejniet and bigilla. Most common people (especially those with only 25 euro to spend on a weeks shop) have the brains not to waste half of their money on things that are (at best) just an accessory to a meal.

    You are the one who is out of touch with reality.

    • melahart

      If you had even bother to read you would notice that the list was about what Eur25 MIGHT buy you in perishable goods.

      Also, stop being idiotic and calling this “free cash”. It’s not!

  • KRIS Bonavia

    Zhao Rui.. This is Malta.. Is not about being in touch with reality or not.. It’s about the political agenda. The guy or gal here.. I didn’t even bother to look at the name criticizes a government who puts people in need first to look nice in the eyes of the other political front … Thinking somehow to justify the fact that in 25 years we didn’t receive one single compensation.. Whilst this government is giving back also the vat on cars the other government made us pay illegally! However today people think with their heads and the last landslide victory in the election shows this.

    • melahart

      Kris, while you’re there on your high horse can you tell me where you think the money for compensation is coming from?

      Truthfully whether this was Eur25 or Eur100 is not relevant. The fact government is giving compensation is wrong because there is no legal basis to it. It creates a dangerous precedent. Compensation should only be available to those who really deserve it, maybe cos they suffered a surge and their electrical appliances went etc.

      Maybe while you’re at it you can try and think beyond that Eur25 you might or might not be receiving and understanding the motives behind it and the consequences too. Also if you don’t want to take my word for it, read James Debono’s latest opinion piece on MaltaToday (who probably in your books is more independent than I am cos apparently you can’t even open up certain things for dialogue in this country without being branded).

      • KRIS Bonavia

        Dear Mel.. As now I realized you wrote this article and you are a she 🙂 first of all I apologize for not replying immediately but you know writing and commenting on the times is not amongst my first priorities. You say.. Eur25 or Eur100 is not relevant since you say there is no legal basis. So my question is… Why you devised your article this way telling us what you can buy or not buy with Eur25? It would have been much more interesting to enlighten us with the negative legal connotations occulted behind this unprecedented event by this incorrect government!

        The truth is dear Mel… That the people in need don’t need your legal basis they need cash in their pockets to feed their children (PERIOD). I am not receiving any EUR25 but my point is this government so far has shown to be much more in contact with people than the previous one. Either you accept or not is there obvious to see and you have to accept it. Now am going back to my heights as you say…and I am going for a ride on the three legged horse… That symbolizes the defect thinking you are for some unknown reasoning pushed in to!

  • Observer

    I think the point is that this token compensation is being paid for by our taxes and not Enemalta. It is also being given without any legal basis as neither Enemalta or the government are obliged to pay compensation for inconvenience and will set a precedent for future claims. The fact that it is eur25 is secondary, and the attempt by the Minister to tie this amount in to the cost of a weeks groceries, whatever they may consist of, for a typical family is quite frankly absurd apart from being unrealistic in this day and age.

    Depending on whether or not the blackout was caused by a failure of the safeguards to operate correctly due to a lack of proper maintenance or care by Enemalta, the legal basis used by Enemalta to disclaim any liability for damages due to cessation of supply may not be applicable and in such a case Enemalta could end up facing massive claims for loss of business and other damages etc. However given that the investigation will be carried out by Enemalta itself, I think we can rule this out although it is still possible that the Minister or Prime Minister may appoint an independent inquiry.

    It would be a different matter if Enemalta has a proper customer charter, where the simple fact that there was a failure in the service provided, would entitle the customer to preset levels of compensation, without the need for the government to come up with the idea of making ex-gratia payments to specific households.

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