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Malta – Europe – Trust in Politicians

Euronews – The European Official TV Channel conducted an onlone Poll the Question for this Poll was:

Public trust in politics: do you think your country’s politicians are honest?

Yes:    7%

No:   88%

Not Sure: 4%

http://www.euronews.net/news/you/

So before Our dear Politicians continue with their arbitrary legislation on everything under the sun, it is better to start implimenting a more viable way of doing politics by letting the people partecipate more in HOW THEY WANT TO BE GOVERNED. GIVE US OUR COUNTRY BACK AND GIVE BACK THE POWER TO THE PEOPLE.

Politicians have hijacked the whole finances of the country while abdicating their responsability towards taxpayers. Yes to helping those that geniunely needs a push to fend for themselves, No to those that abuse the social assistance that live off it- Do not let these abusers live indefenitly of free money inteded to assist them out of falling behind, it should be only intended as a temporary measure to getthem back on their feet. WE demand accountablity from our Politicians, those that underperform should be removed by their own Political Party and should not be rewarded for failure. Workers Unions have more of a responsability than squabling over how much members each union has, you have the moral duty to police the Government on how our Tax money is spent and focus on the deterioration in standards of living. WE HAVE A RIGHT TO AFFORDABLE EDUCATION, ENERGY,HEALTH  AND SECURITY. Our Police, Judiciary and Security forces systems should focus on what they where created for – TO PROTECT THE COUNTRY AND IT”S CITIZENS FROM CRIME, AND THAT MEANS ALL SORTS OF CRIME AS DEFINED BY LAW.

Discepline and honest should work from the top down, We have created a two tier system where those in Authority can abuse all the systems and law, while the honest hard working citizen end up paying for it all. Politicians preach democracy while participating in it’s decline.

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May 21, 2009 Posted by | Gonzi, GWU, Incompetent Malta Government, Malta, Malta corruption, Malta Government, Malta Labour Party, Malta Nationalist Party, Malta Newspapers, Malta NGO's, Malta Prime Minister, Malta Public Broadcasting Service, Malta Unions, Maltese, Maltese Justice, MLP, NGO groups, NGO's, PN, Poverty, UHM | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Malta – the island with no statistics!!!

For every EU member Country, one can find statistic of how National statistics relates to each citizens. Unfortunately , financial statistics in Malta a lagging, spaced out or actually outdated. It is actually what our Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and the PN administration nightmare. It is the truth that they want to hide from our Workers unions and employers. It is also a deficit carried by our Newspaper reporters and journalist that also avoid asking the relevant questions to keep us informed unlike their colleagues in Europe . Our National Statistics office is devoid of such interesting information on their website although our Government boasts of world class Government IT. The PL is also more concerned with petty issues and devoid of information and statistics to be made public and uptodate. Here is an example of statistics in the UK:

 The Recession By Numbers

Source: Credit Action, debt facts and figures, May 1st 2009

  • £84m is the interest the Government has to pay each day on the UK’s net national debt of £743.6bn. This is projected to rise to £118m a day (£43bn) in financial year 2010 – 2011.
  • Total UK personal debt at the end of March 2009 stood at £1,459 billion.
  • Total consumer credit lending to individuals over the last 12 months ending March 2009 was £232 billion.
  • Average household debt in the UK is £9,280 (excluding mortgages). This figure increases to £21,580 if the average is based on the number of households who have some form of unsecured loan.
  • Average owed by every UK adult is £30,475 (including mortgages).
  • During March 2009 Britain’s personal debt increased by £1 million every 50 minutes.
  • 3,000 people made redundant every day and 1 in 33 people currently in work are expected to become unemployed in 2009.
  • 1 property repossessed every 10 minutes.
  • 1 person declared bankrupt every 4.5 minutes.
  • 33,600 applications for credit have been turned down every day during the past six months.
  • Citizens Advice Bureaux deal with 7,241 new debt problems every day.
  • A recent poll conducted by the Resolution Foundation found that nearly 3 million people earning between £12,000 and £27,000 per year worry ‘all the time’ about their personal finances.
  • We work the first 83 days of any given year just to earn enough money to service the interest on our debts
  • Total credit card debt in March 2009 was £53  billion.
  • The UK collective credit limit on credit cards is £158bn, which is an average credit card limit of £5,129 per person.
  • The average interest rate on credit card lending is currently 17.6%, which is at least 17.1% above current base rate.

May 20, 2009 Posted by | Gonzi, GWU, Incompetent Malta Government, Malta, Malta Government, Malta Labour Party, Malta Nationalist Party, Malta Newspapers, Malta Prime Minister, Malta Public Broadcasting Service, Malta Unions, Maltese, MLP, PBS, PN, UHM, United Kingdom | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Malta and European Democracy

Democracy is a funny thing. With Europe boasting that it is the cradle of democracy, the crème de la crème when it comes to respecting freedom for European citizens. A role model for world Countries to respect mankind.

On paper and legislation, the EU and its member states they look honorable and a good cause to work and aim for, but what is the reality.

Unaccountability in EU institutions is a well known fact. The extravagance and the expensive operational conduct in doing EU business in Brussels and Strasbourg is financially irresponsible and waste of tax payers money, as is MEP behavior when it comes to the financial package an MEP receives for his services, which is another unaccountable exercise, instead of leading by example they illustrate that tax money can be used at their free will with no accountability, then they claim that the financial crisis with the massive bail outs from States and Countries was due to Financial Institutions Fat Cats. Who are they kidding? They are just as irresponsible. The EU boast itself as being the single highest contributor to poor Countries, I can assure everyone that with the amount of money the EU poured out to poor Countries, each citizen of those poor Countries should be at least a millioner by now. So what happened, why for example are African Countries still in the bad old shape as they were in the middle ages? Again EU Beurocracy and unaccountability is breeding ground for corruption and the want for more free aide. Even in recognition of NGO’s that do actually work for noble causes, and actually receive EU monetary contributions for their input, in my opinion they will never make headway, unless all aide for lifting people out of poverty is coupled by those Countries wanting aide become fully subscribed participants’ to UN charters and conventions. One cannot de-couple politics from humanitarian agencies; otherwise you are only creating temporary relief but permanent grief to those in need. The way the whole aid agencies and NGO’s sharad is going in this world is creating unorganized resources in both human and financial going to waste. Groups working for the same cause should merge and not compete in this sphere, there goes tax and charity money down the drain again, just for the sake of the glory not the cause.

The same democracy that the EU states are proud of is suffocating the freedom of speech and expression. I say this because instead of our Politicians coming out with their honest vision for the EU vis a vis the future of the EU, they keep feeding us their promise of Confederation of European States, while in reality their aim is Federal States of Europe. The reason why I am convinced of this is because the whole of EU in Brussels and European leaders did not trust their citizens with a referendum for the adaptation of an EU constitution, and the ones that where entrusted with a referendum and voted against (France and Netherland and Ireland) where ridiculed and either bypassed (French and Dutch citizens), while the Irish will be forced into another referendum with the only changes being cosmetic, namely from a constitution into a binding treaty with hardly any changes in the text of both. Other Countries where even more degrading towards their citizens, that they did not even discuss the implications or hold a referendum with their citizens to at least involve EU citizens in being participants’ and feeling part of the European Union project. This is democracy in Europe today, year 2009. In the good old days it used to be called treason, but today even the media EU puppets have a lot to lose by informing the public about the implications let alone investigating the subject.
Talking about the media and democracy is even a more weird marriage of two very different species. In Malta freedom of speech seems to be only granted if the two main parties agree to let it happen. While both the Labour Party and the Nationalist Party have their own media (printed and audio visual), paid by their own undisclosed funding, other competing parties do not have this privilege, not even on state TV. Their exposure to the public is very limited, often in interrupted group talk shows, but that is democracy as interpreted by the PL and PN. The AD ,AN and other minority parties have an uphill struggle with all sorts of obstacles in expressing their policies to the public just because the Government says they don’t have enough support. Well , when these situations happen in Countries outside the EU we call them police States, Undemocratic Counties and all kinds of unfavorable description that one can find in a political dictionary , but not if it happens in an EU County.

What the EU needs is not less participation, but more. The European public is much, much more intelligent than the MEP’s combined give them credit for. In today’s electronic age there is no excuse why the EU public cannot participate more in deciding for Europe, internet access has made communication and polling an everyday thing, but only if Politicians have the will, albeit exposing their true zest for power. Not because it is not possible, its because they want to keep a stronghold and control the public. They only have to make their efforts and lame excuses once every five years and then go into hibernation till the next election.

EU democracy, preach it to the birds, you might learn a thing or two.

Some eye catching and true information I managed to get from :
http://www.openeurope.org.uk/research/europeanparliament2009.pdf

May 8, 2009 Posted by | Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Malta Government, Malta Nationalist Party, Malta Newspapers, Malta NGO's, Malta Prime Minister, Malta Public Broadcasting Service, Maltese, MLP, NGO's, PBS, PN, Spain, UN Agencies, United Kingdom, United Nations | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Malta Newspapers

Malta’s most popular published news papers mainly consist of the ‘Times of Malta’, ‘The Malta Independent’, ‘Malta Today’ and the Maltese language based ‘L’Orrizont’ and ‘In-Nazzjon Taghna’. Their are others that are both weekly and other that specialize in business or Religion. But the popular and most influential are the ones mentioned above.

Now of the two Maltese published newspapers ‘L’Orrizont’ and  ’In-Nazzjon Taghna’ are not worth investing your money’s worth, unless you’re royal Red, then ‘L’Orrizont’  is the newspaper for you as it’s everything you want to hear, it’s 100% biased in favour to the MLP and blurs the truth in any genuine good that a PN Government might have done. The other non-starter is, ’In-Nazzjon Taghna’, this is for the Royal Blue’s in Malta, it’s mission is to place the PN and its Government on the highest status no matter what and hiding the truth of any PN wrong doing and shifting it’s sins and blames onto the MLP. Distraction and alienation of its readers from the true picture is an art they qualify in hands down.

The English language based Newspapers, are more reasonable in get some sort of truth. Although ‘Times of Malta’ and ’The Malta Independent’ make the extra effort in giving the reader some vision of what’s happening, they are both still stuck in the old cobweb mentality in allowing extremely biased columnists publish their articles in their respective newspapers falling short of hate to the opposing camp. Still one have some fair chance of getting a clearer picture of what is nearer to the truth if one reads between the lines and keep an open mind and predict the writer’s agenda.

‘Malta Today’ is more interesting in the fact that it displays the clearest of picture as to what is happening and easier for any unbiased reader to arrive at the truth.

All newspapers are undeniably following their own agenda in their support to what party. Investigative reporting is poor in the fact that they only chase sensationalism and never pursue a story to conclusion or exert pressure on Authorities for stories to come to a conclusion or for Authorities to hold those responsible to account for their inaction or action. A few stories unconcluded by Authorities and readers not updated are the recent stories about what’s happening with the residents of the Naxxar explosion incident, the pre election scam of Mistra, MEPA’s state of affairs and scams and other stories that seem to fade out of the picture due to inadequate and poor investigative journalism and the most important factor in journalism: time.

Editors and their opinion columns gives one a clearer and definite picture as to which party the newspaper subscribe to .There is an obvious agenda that most editors follow, they know that they can well and truly influence their reader’s political direction. This weakness in the press is obviously known and understood by the Political Parties in a way that they manipulate the press at their free will and the respective Political Party gain and tarnishing their opponents at the expense of truth.

So unlike newspapers in the Western world, where the press is the public defender in uncovering the truth, exerting pressure on Authorities and Political Parties, and follow up on stories to conclusion – in Malta works in reversed, to such a extent that the press is used as a means to hide the truth of the realities, the newspapers are pressured into falling in line with the respective political camp, and stories that are hardly ever followed up to conclusion.

All newspapers publish letters from readers ,when one analyses these letters, one finds most of the readers would love to see change for the better. Readers send letters to the Editors offering views in a multitude of subjects and how things can improve, what changes are needed etc. But Newspapers hardly restructure in a way that their opinion reflects the truth and unbiased commentary, hardly the hard line columnist are done away with in order to minimize the Political rift and Political Polarization (They shirk off the responsibility that they are major contributors for this state of affairs). They all publish articles from self proclaimed columnist, most of them ex politicians that either retired from the political scene or that did not make it in the election, while others are active politicians that publish either how good the government is doing or how bad depending on which side of the political divide he comes from, with the truth somewhere in between the two versions. Then there are the supposedly independent ones (these self proclaimed unbiased ones are the most dangerous ones as they are most of the time fundamentalists in their loyalty to their respective political beliefs).

It is a pity that Malta has a very good University, and students studying journalism are very enthusiastic while studying but then are blocked by the system and the status quo, by the state of affairs of our newspaper’s publishers. There are hardly any free lanced journalists that chase the truth, with their investigative story being sold and bought by publishers or that a journalist is funded to research a story and keep the heat on to uncover the truth. We have to do with directly hired journalists that most of them follow their’ editor’s agenda, in other words they don’t foul the fountain that one’s drinking his water from. This form is not professional journalism, it’s called job.

The truth of this status quo is that unless journalism in Malta is truly transformed, and radically changes its way of acquiring stories and news, then true democracy suffers as does freedom of the expressed free word. By keeping the status quo they don’t inspire the necessary changes that the public is daily demanding in the Authorities, Government and the Political Parties. Instead of being the public voice and defender of the public they are doing a public disservice with half truths and unconcluded stories. As far as columnist is concerned, all newspapers should do away with the present antiquated mentalities, especially the biased ones that do more harm than good to the newspaper and the political system reputation and instead the opportunity should be given to young inspiring journalists studying journalism from either the University or freelancers that don’t just write columns without investigating their stories no matter what, nothing stands in their way to uncover the truth.

One day Malta’s journalism will catch up with the 21st century, as the Public becomes more demanding, in want of more quality unbiased stories and news that doesn’t sleep till the truth is published and known with pressure exerted on the Authorities and across all the Political spectrum to do the changes demanded by the public.

Publishers are no different than Politicians in they are there to serve the Public, anything short of that is also short of democracy as known in the free world.

Journalism is more than job it’s a mission, do it with honesty, integrity and respect till the truth is reached and known to everyone.

June 11, 2008 Posted by | Malta, Malta Newspapers, Malta Public Broadcasting Service, Maltese, PBS | , , , , , | Leave a comment

PBS Malta Public Broadcasting Services

The National Broadcasting Service in Malta has come a long way, since its formation. The content on the radio service is varied with optimal coverage on multiple subjects; the TV station run by PBS also gives the viewership a choice of programs that are enjoyed by offering various subjects. The presenters on all programs working for PBS are very capable and with vast experience, their Newsroom and news casters do a professional job, with the most credible news coverage and interviews. If only they are left alone in continuing to do more investigative reporting without any political influence, they will be second to none. This issue is not through the news room’s fault but the onus falls on PBS management and the Political forces that want to cover up the truth, and keeping the public not full informed of any information that might embarrass the Government or any of the Political Parties. Overall they are the best in the Country.

Having said that, I am sure that there is a long way to go in being a truly National Service, with service provided for all the taxpayers. So I am tempted to point out some constructive points that might improve or National Service. These are:

  • Their website is a disgrace, and does not do justice to a National Broadcaster. Their website should be interactive and a continuation/extension to both their TV and radio Stations where viewer/ listeners can contribute/participate/inform/debate on programs directly. Broadcasters of today that tend not to keep up with new media technology and innovation tend to fade away.
  • The Internet can become another source of advertising income which is not as irritating as the visual advertising on TV.
  • Although the PBS newsroom is fair play and tries it’s hardest to be unbiased, it cannot be said it’s true for other programs, although they are good in their content they are a far cry from being unbiased……..No matter what the presenters say, you must be seen by the viewers as independent.
  • Some programs have long tedious advertising breaks that collectively time wise are longer than the program content itself. Thank God for the TV remote. But after a day’s work and settling down to relax in front of the TV, no one expects for his time to be wasted by watching indiscriminate advertising.
  • PBS is underfunded for what it is expected to do and the service that it is expected to provide.
  • It should be detached from the Government and become totally independent. The Government should sell its shares to the Public in an IPO floated on the Malta Stock Exchange, to eliminate any mismanagement, and let it being run professionally by professionals. Ending the Political influence and turning it to a cash positive entity.

All in all, it’s a promising entity that with a little bit of will and effort, it can turn into what the Public expect from our Media.   

Link:

http://www.bbcworld.com/

http://www.skynews.co.uk/

compare with:

http://www.pbs.com.mt/

June 6, 2008 Posted by | Malta, Malta Public Broadcasting Service, PBS | , , | Leave a comment