Will somebody explain to Malta Today and the Police Minister what ‘give a toss’ means?

Published: August 7, 2013 at 12:16pm

'Give a toss' Mallia

‘Give a toss’ Mallia

Malta Today has quoted Police, Army, Broadcasting and Films Minister Manuel Mallia as saying that a ship’s captain “did not give a toss” about orders received.

“The shipmaster violated international law and did not give a toss about the orders he received from a sovereign state,” Mallia said.

Well, others might not break it to them, so perhaps I should do so myself. ‘Toss’ means male masturbation. ‘I don’t give a toss’ (which can be said only by a man) means ‘I don’t give a wank’. Hence ‘he’s such a tosser’, which means ‘he’s such a wanker’.

Can Manuel Mallia really have said ‘give a toss’, or did Malta Today translate from Maltese and make that gross and embarrassing error? I am fairly sure that Raphael Vassallo knows exactly what ‘give a toss’ means.

Now read the Police Minister’s tautological reasoning, below. He speaks as though he is standing before a jury of uneducated people as he used to be when trying to persuade us that murderers and cocaine-traffickers were innocent and misguided souls: confusing the uneducated with false logic.

Asked whether Libya was a safe port for the migrants rescued at sea, Mallia said: “Libya is a safe place because the migrants had just left from Libya so they must have felt safe there because they lived in Libya.”

He added that another ship, a Turkish-owned vessel, had rescued a number of migrants on the same day and returned the migrants to Libya safely.

Pressed what guarantees he had over the migrants’ safety, Mallia said: “I do not have any reports that say that they are unsafe or that something happened to them.”




17 Comments Comment

  1. La Redoute says:

    Government by c*nts.

  2. Catherine says:

    There’s the telltale “squirrel hands” of a “ragel Malti qed jirraguna”.

  3. Mark Vella says:

    Latest government appointments:

    STAMP DESIGN ADVISORY BOARD
    IT is notified for general information that the Minister for
    the Economy, Investment and Small business has approved
    in May, 2013 that the Stamp Design Advisory board be
    constitued as follows:
    Chairman
    Dr Pascal Demajo
    Members
    Ms Greta Apap bologna
    Mr Joseph Said
    Mr Roger Strickland
    Ms Martina zammit
    Mr Kenneth zammit Tabona
    Secretary
    Ms Mary Grace Simpson
    This appointment shall remain valid up to 30th April,
    2015.
    1st August, 2013

  4. Mark Vella says:

    More government appointments:

    STREET NAMING COMMITTEE – MALTA
    IT is notified for general information that the Minister
    for Home Affairs and National Security has approved the
    Street Naming Committee – Malta appointed in terms
    of Subsidiary Legislation 363.10 Local Councils (Street
    Naming) Regulations, to be constituted as follows:
    Chairperson:
    Ms Louise Soler
    Membri:
    Mr Edmund Rizzo
    Mr Vince bone
    Ms Maria Schembri
    Ms Marion Mizzi
    Mr Joe Hales
    Ms Moira Delia
    Ms Margaret baldacchino
    Mr Michael balzia
    Member and Secretary:
    Mr David Muscat
    6th August, 2013

  5. Osservatore says:

    British humour, British slang. We’ll soon rule the waves.

    His choice of words must all be the fault of the Salamis, which the ginger dickhead told him we could not, under any circumstance, accept.

  6. Liberal says:

    1. How would he know that “they lived in Libya”.

    2. Does he seriously believe that if “something happened to them”, he would be notified?

    What a tosser.

  7. Grande says:

    Mallia’s use of the expression ‘did not give a toss’ is both correct and in context, if you loosely translate it to Maltese – ‘gie jitnejjek’.

  8. M. Cassar says:

    Now such circular arguments are expected either from someone who does not have a clue and is most definitely stupid or someone who is extremely devious. Of course being confident that no one is going to show you up helps.

    Napoleon with Squealer attributes? Ah Mr Orwell!

    • Jar Jar says:

      Yes he does remind me of Napoleon in my mind’s eye. In fact the whole circus reminds me of Animal Farm – complete with bleating sheep : ‘Joey good, Cecilia bad!’

  9. helen says:

    Nicola Abela Garrett knows full well what a tosser is.

  10. Toninu says:

    I loved this part – not saying if it’s safe or not, but his logic is absolutely appalling:

    Asked whether Libya was a safe port for the migrants rescued at sea, Mallia said: “Libya is a safe place because the migrants had just left from Libya so they must have felt safe there because they lived in Libya.”

  11. joe says:

    Kemm kellu obligazzjonijiet, Muscat.

  12. Gel says:

    Now we have had it confirmed that Pukky Demajo did indeed vote Labour, and made it known beforehand to Muscat. He can move on from licking Muscat’s derriere to licking stamps. A good promotion, but probably not quite the iced bun he had in mind.

  13. Charles says:

    It means dont give a f**k

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