This is the Super One journalist for whom the Minister of Justice, 34, has left his wife and child
She’s a single mother called Janice Bartolo, and she works for the Labour Party’s television station, hosting the breakfast news show and in general news reporting.
The operating principle here appears to be that if you haven’t put them on the public payroll, you should at least put them in your bed – though I do know of one who’s been put on/in both.
Are these private matters? Not when they involve the people who are running the country and asking for our vote. Even the French media have finally woken up to the fact that their role is not to conceal these matters from the electorate and put themselves in a privileged position where they know what is going on but the electorate does not.
These are the people who ask for our vote, and who get it. We should be told exactly who and what we are voting for. Some people wouldn’t want to vote for somebody like this, and others think it makes them more exciting and more like them. Whatever the situation, electors need the facts. With voting, it should not be a case of caveat emptor.
I will use one simple example from our own political history. If prime minister Borg Olivier had not been protected by convention from press coverage of his very colourful personal life, Mintoff and his party would probably not have been inflicted on the country in 1971. Borg Olivier would never have survived press reporting on all of that business; he would have been made to go and replaced by somebody who could win another election.
But he wasn’t, and the rest is history. People knew what was going on anyway – the bushfire telegraph back then worked more efficiently than social media – and that knowledge of the facts was a major contributing factor to Borg Olivier’s loss and Mintoff’s triumph.
Rest assured, though, that this is where the comparison ends: fat, florid and boring Owen Bonnici and his tacky Super One girlfriend completely lack the style and glamour of George Borg Olivier and Dawn Addams. The latter synthesised Malta in the late 1960s, and the former are wholly representative of Malta in 2014.