I’d like you all to take a close look at this photograph, please, because I am perplexed

Published: May 31, 2013 at 8:13am

If you left-click on it, you’ll enlarge it. Now scroll down to the feet. Is it my imagination or poor eyesight, or are they all wearing SLIP-ONS?

All of them, even Louis Grech.

Worse still, they’re worn out slip-ons. It’s time to throw your shoes away, or save them for mucking out the garage, when the tip begins to turn upwards so that others can see the grey and dusty sole.

This is a line-up of the PM, the deputy PM, a senior minister and his PS, and they’re wearing SLIP-ONS? Dusty, old slip-ons?

Oh dear.

Are they addressing the nation on Malta's entry into World War III? No, they're announcing the lifting of the statute of limitations on crimes involving corruption and politicians.

Are they addressing the nation on Malta’s entry into World War III? No, they’re announcing the lifting of the statute of limitations on crimes involving corruption and politicians.

40 Comments Comment

  1. Alf says:

    Talking about “shoes”, do have a look at Deborah Schembri’s and tell me what she is wearing.

  2. Pandora says:

    This photo makes me think of a chorus in a Greek tragedy. Although Deborah Schembri could win an Oscar for playing Our Lady of Sorrows with that expression of hers.

  3. Min Jaf says:

    The pot bellies have pushed down the trouser-waistline, the crumpled bottom of their trouser legs obscures the back of their shoes, so cannot say for sure.

    But one thing is clear: Honorevoli Schembri (tad-Divorzju) is displaying a full set of tootsies beneath the edge of her long skirt (trousers?). In her case it is either flip-flops or sandals – or, she being so progressive, perhaps just plain bare feet.

  4. bookworm says:

    No, not all of them, Debbie’s wearing karkur.

  5. Money Talks bs walks says:

    Deborahhhhhhhhhh is showing off her pinky toes.

  6. R Camilleri says:

    Why do they look so angry or depressed?

  7. Aunt Hetty says:

    Deborah’s is a 9 euro karkur tal-Lidl.
    High society indeed.

  8. N.Z. says:

    Not really. From the shape of the shoes I think it’s just Manuel Mallia wearing slip-ons. I don’t think he would be able to bend over and ties his shoelaces.

  9. silverbug says:

    Debbie is wearing sandals.

  10. Me says:

    One piece of advice to Manuel Mallia – stay away from Louis Grech when photos are being taken.

  11. mark says:

    Xi dwejjaq ghandhom fuqhom. Qishom sejrin ghall-forka.

  12. Dissident says:

    Who is the square-headed, dorky-looking being next to Deborah (in blue suit)?

    [Daphne – Edward Zammit Lewis, whose wife Elene nee Farrugia is used by ‘Mrs Michelle Muscat’ to draw in members of what they must both think are ‘the high society’. Any opportunity Mrs Zammit Lewis gets, and it’s “Hiiiiiiiii!!!!!!! Have you met Michelle? Come, come, let me introduce you.” So tedious.]

  13. Dissident says:

    Manuel Mallia has no option other than wearing slip ons, can you imagine him tying shoelaces?

  14. Kevin says:

    Shoes and flat feet aside, why does Muscat always address the nation with an entourage of sorrowful acolytes?

  15. il baks says:

    Qisu miet xi hadd, b’ dawk l-ucuh qarsa. U zgur li jilbsu is-slip ons issa ghax tant qed jiffoxnaw li lanqas jifilhu jaqflu lazz.

  16. Catherine says:

    What awkward-looking people. They haven’t got any social graces at all, which is why they put on those completely inappropriate expressions, stand around awkwardly pulling at the fingers of one hand with the other, and look like they don’t know what to do with their feet.

  17. Crockett says:

    Interesting how size is revealed by the ability (or rather, inability) to link hands across one’s girth. And is it just me imagining that Beckham is about to take a powerful free kick at the goalposts of power?

    [Daphne – That’s unfair. Maltese people on average tend to have limbs that are disproportionately short, even the taller ones. People with arms of a proportionate length would have to be very fat indeed to have trouble clasping their hands before them.]

    • ciccio says:

      Crockett’s observation about Beckham is right, though. See how the PM has put the lectern in front to protect the family jewels.

  18. stella says:

    Staff at the Palace warned tourists and visitors to the Mattia Preti exhibition to hurry up and end their tour by 1115hrs as the “president” was going to give an important press conference.

  19. Jozef says:

    He’s ridiculous with that lectern in the corridor. He has nothing to read out. There are committee roomws just past the Speaker’s offices to his right, and everyone gets to sit down for a real press conference.

    And if the opposition was on board, how come it’s not a joint statement?

    But we can’t have that can we? Staged sessions to sate his ego and rush questions. This git’s definitely not in charge, he’s still campaigning. Which is always.

  20. Sonia says:

    Worse still, Manwel Mallia and Owen Bonnici are wearing moccasin-type slip-ons – a complete no-no, whatever the occasion. And they haven’t even bothered to clean them.

  21. taxxu says:

    They haven’t heard of shoe polish either, from the looks of it.

  22. jojo says:

    What a bunch of Commie misfits. Christ…

  23. Toni says:

    That’s a worm’s eye view. Maybe Kurt Farrugia had something to do with the photo.

  24. paleblue my foot! says:

    Do these guys ever polish their tired, worn-out shoes?

    On the other hand, they may be so fashion-conscious as to purposely have their shabby shoes match their faces.

    I like Debbie`s peeping toes. Let’s hope Suor Emanuela Mallia doesn’t step on them by mistake.

  25. What? says:

    Joseph Muscat and his dog Louis Grech insist on wearing blue ties. Maybe Muscat does it to bring out the colour of his eyes. Louis should do the same and wear a red one.

  26. Gahan says:

    They can’t afford to buy a decent pair of shoes or shoe polish with that ministerial miserable take-home pay.

  27. Gahan says:

    Joseph’s got the urinator with wash hand basin as an extra, now in no time he will have the teleprompter and pedal.

    At least he could have had a decently-sized Malta coat of arms placed on his urinator or podium.

    • ciccio says:

      Since Joey has been elected prime minister, his advisors and aides have taken away his teleprompters, especially because of the pedal. As a precaution. Ma jmurx jaghfas gas down ghal gol-hajt.

  28. joe debono says:

    Those shoes are to be seen as cost cutting measures, not for Malta though but for their own coffers.

  29. H.P. Baxxter says:

    Das Cabinet des Dr. Grottenhässlich.

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