Anglu Farrugia’s tacky cufflinks are destined for the dress-up box or charity shop

Published: January 6, 2017 at 2:48pm

Anglu Farrugia, who accepted his corrupt appointment to Speaker of the House, and a magistrate’s post for his daughter, in return for his silence on illicit liaisons between the Labour Party, when he was deputy leader, and business operators, is to spend €10,000 on tacky cufflinks as gifts.

For that sum, he expects to buy 1,000 pairs of silver-plated links in green gift-boxes, which makes them, at €10 a pair, cheaper and tackier than anything you can get in a tourist souvenir shop.

The design is hideous and literal: a depiction of Parliament House on a tiny thing the size of a cufflink, with the legend PARLAMENT TA’ MALTA. Except that it’s not so tiny, because at 2.2cm long, Anglu Farrugia’s cufflinks are twice the size of the standard discreet version.

But the worst of it is not the aesthetics or the cheapness of it all. The worst, the very worst, is that the Speaker of the House, former deputy leader of the most progressive, liberal and feminist political party ever in the history of Malta, takes the default position that all his visitors, to whom he will have to give gifts, will be men.

Perhaps he could find another budget of €10,000 and use the same design to make earrings. Like the cufflinks, they’ll all end up in the children’s dressing-up box or at the charity shop.

The Anglu he have the amazing sense of aesthetics and il-vera wertit.




  • John Borg

    I thought Labour hated Parliament House, which it called the cheese-grater. Now all of a sudden they’re proud of it?

  • Mike

    Tampons branded with the Speaker’s face would be more appropriate gifts for the women.

  • elektra

    Shame Leisure Clothing closed down. I’m sure they would have made some T shirts for the ladies with the Parlament ta’ Malta logo for about 5 euros each.

  • rita schembri

    These cufflinks will eventually end up in the trash trollies of the chambermaids supplying room service at these dignitaries respective hotels.

    God forbid that plan B isn’t :-

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/509caf84bdc57ec9c7f961d7ffac28e95a0005f2a26b0448279dbbd26c90dc4e.jpg

  • Georges Bonello DuPuis

    Nice gift for Theresa May and Angela Merkel when they visit Malta this year.

  • may borg

    They aren’t able to get one right. Which is this ‘reputable firm’ which is going to make ten euro cufflings?

  • Sowxal

    Oh, and Parliament House is no longer a guva tal-hammiem or a cheese grater. Just like the teatru bla saqaf is now a favourite for Taghna Lkoll events.

  • La Redoute

    Swarovski crystals, like those tacky – and horrendously expensive – bags commemorating the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

  • carmendelia

    X’misthija. Kif ha jhalluhom warajhom fil-kmamar tal-hotels taparsi insewhom. U min huma dawk li ha jilbsuhom? Too cheap and ugly. X’ qamel – imma ghalihom no limit. Hsibthom biex jitqassmu lil publiku hdejn tal-gabbani.

  • Stephen Forster

    I’m sorry, but you have got to be fucking shitting me.

  • Melissa

    One word to sum it up: corny.

  • Melissa

    You have a point there. There is this feeling that it is all about the accessories and not the core issues.

  • bernie

    And each handbag shouldn’t go beyond the €10 expense.