Super-sleuth Anglu tal-iljunfant does it again

Published: March 29, 2008 at 2:16pm

Relaxing mood of Anglu sitting on the same bench where late princess Diana sat at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India

Relaxing mood of Anglu sitting on the same bench where late princess Diana sat at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India (caption and picture taken from

After the thrilling whodunit of corruption at the Freeport and it-tifel ta’ Lorry Sant, here comes ex-police superintendent Anglu Farrugia to prove to us once again why he was promoted through the ranks of Lorry Pullicino’s police force.

Read this piece from Maltastar, the Labour Party ‘news website’ set up by Labour Party leader and future Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat, when he was even more callow than he is today.

Hundreds were paid to vote PN! – Maltastar

Labour MP Dr Anglu Farrugia asked police to investigate a report containing detailed information of how hundreds of persons were allegedly paid money, or given political favours, to vote for the Nationalist Party in the 8 March general election.

On Friday, Dr Farrugia presented a report to Police Commissioner John Rizzo, and asked him to investigate information detailing how votes were bought before the march election. The Nationalist Party won the 2008 general election by a slim margin of 1,500 votes over Labour.

Dr Farrugia, a former police superintendent, told journalists that he prepared the report after many persons contacted him giving details indicating that the general election was “dominated by the buying of hundreds of votes.” He did not divulge details of the report presented to the Police Commissioner, but he revealed that at least two government ministers are amongst those mentioned in the vote buying cases.

The report includes details such as the amounts paid to individuals, and specific political favours granted to others in the last few days before the general election, to make them vote for the Nationalist Party, the Labour MP said. The sums allegedly paid to buy votes range from €70 to €150, and in one case a bonus of €1,500 was paid. The report also gives specific details of government departments were police can find documents related to the allegations.

“There were hundreds of votes involved. Right now I cannot say anything else. I gave all information to the police. I received the information from persons who at first were afraid, but then felt the need to approach me and give me the information, which I now presented to police.”

Dr Farrugia called on police to carry out a rigorous investigation. “I have no reason to doubt the Police Commissioner’s work. Thus I leave all in his hands now.”

Miskin il-paraventu. Il-veru kaz. It’s a good thing he’s a fairly stoical sort of chap, or he would be reaching for the Valium at the sound of the approaching footsteps of yet another politician on a mission.

At this rate, he is going to have to set up a Political Crimes Unit, designed purely to keep happy politicians making one fatuous report after another.

Anglu tal-iljunfant must have been one hell of a police inspector. It’s taken him just two weeks to research each and every one of those allegations that ‘hundreds of people were paid to vote PN’. He must have been on Red Bull and espressos for the duration (we daren’t suggest anything stronger; he is a former policeman and current lawyer-politician, after all).

Oh dear, poor Anglu. What he is saying is this: that ‘hundreds’ of Labour supporters valued their Labour support so poorly, and were so unmoved by the bzonn ta’ bidla, that they sold their vote for EUR70 – that’s Lm30 in old money. That’s how much they rated the prospect of Sant as prime minister. If I were Anglu tal-iljunfant, I wouldn’t shout about it too much.

Maybe Anglu should try giving one of his ‘famous ferocious speeches’ about this one, and see if it helps him pip the Poodle (capital P, now) to the post.

The Malta Shipyards Song Contest


Yes, there really is such a thing. It was announced yesterday by means of a little piece in the ‘social and personal’ column of The Times. Here it is.

The Malta Shipyards Sports and Social Club is organising the 19th edition of the Malta Shipyards Singers’ Contest, a festival for Maltese singers in aid of Ir-Razzett tal-Ħbiberija (Park of Friendship) in Marsascala. The contest will be held over two evenings, the first on June 6 and the final on July 12. Singers taking part may sing works by Maltese authors and composers. These songs need not be new, however these would not have been used during the 18th edition (2007). There will be five age categories. Application forms and rules of the contest can be obtained from Nicholas Balzan, Club Secretary, Malta Shipyards, Cospicua (tel: 2399 2069), and from [email protected] The closing date for applications is April 11. The club is also launching its official website

This being a shipyard song contest, perhaps it is the perfect occasion for the redoubtable Mary Spiteri to give another sparkling rendition of My Heart Will Go On, the theme song from the film Titanic, starring Kate Winslett and Leonardo di Caprio. The last time she did that was at Alfred Sant’s final mass meeting before the 2003 general election. In a moment of ill-advised crassness, the lady dedicated the song to Eddie Fenech Adami – hoping, she said to the screeching crowd, that he ‘would sink like the Titanic.’ That was a memorable day for her scrapbook.

Sadly, we don’t have the YouTube video in question (is there one?), but we can provide you with some other Mary Spiteri entertainment here.

The coronation of the Poodle

The coronation of Joseph Muscat

‘I anoint you leader of the Malta Labour Party; take this wig and wear it as a symbol of your sovereignty.’

Somebody posted this amusing comment on one of the threads:

“Perhaps on the day of the formal installation of the Poodle-Mexxej, they’ll hold a coronation ceremony at Mile End, in which Sant will solemnly remove his wig and place it upon the head of the Anointed One.”

God, I laughed so much at this little vignette that I ended up with a keyboard full of green tea.

Lots of you noticed from the ‘brazzuletta u arlogg’ photo that the Poodle-Mexxej is suffering from the effects of – how should I put it? – a little thatch-thinning. There are lots of unfortunate jokes about whether he’ll be emulating his mentor in this department, too. So we’ve found some suitable models that might just serve the purpose.

Oh, and by the way – liberal use of hair gel causes hair loss. Silvio Parnis, beware.








George Abela has a nightmare


15 Comments Comment

  1. A Fucken wig, mmmmmm?!!?
    Well, well…..
    Tee hee hee. Now it’d my turn to splutter coffee all over my keyboard.

  2. David Buttigieg says:

    Notice how not even the MLP are backing him on this! At least not yet!

  3. Meerkat :) says:

    This Game is all the rage at The Glass House of Fun…I guess it gives a whole new meaning to the expression ‘wigged out’…

  4. Paul Caruana says:

    Daphne – apologies for the tea-soaked keyboard. It would be a fitting final public act for the irrevocably-abdicated one. Shades of Darth Vader removing his helmet in the last scene of Return of the Jedi.

  5. M. Brincat says:

    Daphne, darling, purer than pure, whiter than caustic soda … can you please explain to us *peasants* what would happen if Farrugia’s allegations were found to be true?

    We Labourites all love ya :)

  6. my name is Leonard but my son calls me Joey says:

    Why a wig when you can get a smagh in Malta’s colours + egal for around $30 and look smarter?

    Off to Nevada Smiths now. Thanks for the fun.

  7. Meerkat :) says:

    @ M. Brincat

    Allow me to intrude on your song-and-dance routine for a moment, if Anglu Bellu’s allegations are found to be true, will you love all Labourites?

    If this is found to be true…it says more about the Labourites than you care to admit…

  8. Daphne Caruana Galizia says:

    @M. Brincat – remember that if Anglu tal-iljunfant’s allegations are correct, it’s the Labourites who sold their votes for thirty quid. That’s how much they love their party.

  9. Holland says:

    Nobody offered me €150 + €1500 bonus for my vote! That would have bought me a nice short holiday.

    Well if they sold their vote, it is their way of voting as well.

  10. Corinne Vella says:

    M Brincat: The answer to that question is the elephant (sorry) in Labour’s room. Hundreds of “Labourites” are cheap enough to sell out. All eyes now on the one with the bonus – that’s the really interesting one in this case.

  11. M. Brincat says:

    @ Daphne – or possibly sworn Nationalists who … swore not to vote GonziPN! Like those in the 10th and 12th District who decided to stay at home instead of going out at 11pm to place their number 1 against some poor JPO … I think that by the way a mudbath performed miracles on his skin didn’t it? ;)

  12. Corinne Vella says:

    M. Brincat: If Anglu’s super sleuthing uncovered the purchase of “nationalist votes”, then this case is going to be even more interesting – for Anglu, that is.

  13. Daphne Caruana Galizia says:

    @M. Brincat: now I know why you vote Labour: you have no commonsense. Why on earth would Anglu Farrugia want to uncover cases of Nationalist votes being bought- presumably by Labour agents?!

  14. Meerkat :) says:

    BREAKING NEWS 5th June 2008

    The Xippbildink Song Contest that was scheduled for tomorrow 6th June 2008 (final on the 12th July) has been cancelled for it has just been announced that the winner of this Contest is

    Joseph Muscat who won with this nursery rhyme ditty (for he is but a nipper)

    Lyrics by Dr Anthony J Licari
    Music tal-mummy qabel ma nninni…

    Row, row, row your boat,
    Gently down the stream.
    Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
    Life is but a dream.

    Arawni Ma u Tony!,%20Row,%20Row%20Your%20Boat.jpg

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