Published: March 5, 2014 at 8:58pm

The Blog

What is the problem with naming me, exactly? Are they afraid that they will give this website more publicity, or that by naming me I shall somehow be called into being in their living-rooms like a genie out of a bottle?

Do they imagine that naming me gives me importance, when it’s not naming me yet assuming that everyone will obviously know who they are talking about that actually does that?

The logic of Laburisti: ‘We won’t mention her by name so that she doesn’t think she’s a household name or that she’s important or that her arguments matter to us, but at the same time we want our readers to know who we’re talking about, so we’re hoping she really is a household name otherwise our heavy hinting and allusions are pointless.’

Here’s the latest, Mark Sammut in Times of Malta. He’s not the intelligent Mark Sammut, the 28-year-old engineer who stood for election on the Nationalist Party ticket and writes a blog.

There is no bio-line (and there should be), but I suspect he’s the Nutar Mark Sammut who tried to carry a gun onto a plane and was caught at airport security, the Nutar Mark Sammut who ‘notarised’ Labour leader Alfred Sant’s ‘patt mal-poplu’ at the Hotel Phoenicia in the 2008 general election campaign, and the Nutar Mark Sammut who, despite having voted Labour all his life and opposed EU membership for Malta, is now a Maltese translator in Luxembourg.

He tends to sit on my blog (and no, he doesn’t spin…sorry about that, but I couldn’t resist it), so in that case, “Hello there, Mr Sammut. If you mention my name, I promise I won’t waft out of a bottle and bite you in the rump. You’re safe, guide’s honour. Oh, and another thing. Most people who bothered to read your article won’t have known what you were wittering on about because it’s not everyone who reads this blog. So naming me, and describing exactly what you were talking about, would have allowed you to put your arguments properly and clearly. More fool you. Regards, She Who Shall Not Be Named By Laburisti Except On Super One When They Have No Choice.”

23 Comments Comment

  1. H.P. Baxxter says:

    What’s he on about anyway?

  2. GG says:

    Yes, that’s the pompous notary, and he works at the European Parliament as a translator. He certainly fancies himself to be highly intellectual but is in fact a petulant, spoilt adult who, like the dear leader, will stamp his feet to try to get his own way.

    He has an obsession with Sicilian counts and other types of Sicilian clans.

  3. Kid inhi din? says:

    I guess he’s trying not to expose you, you know in the same way that Middle Eastern women are kept safe under a burqua.

  4. Anthony says:

    Is this nincompoop Frans Sammut’s son?

    If he is “al buon intenditor”…

    It is all in the genes.

    Miktub ghalik.

  5. P Shaw says:

    A notary working as a translator?

  6. albona says:

    Perhaps they won’t name you because they don’t want to reveal their source for half of their news. The rest is mostly regurgitated rubbish from Reuters anyway so they need something of substance.

  7. Anthony says:

    Although not a single one of these uncultured peasants has any clue of who L’Innominato was they are treating the person behind this blog as a sort of present day version of the guy.

    The differences between the two are substantial but a certain similarity exists.

    Without any doubt the twenty-first century version has the PL top brass by the miniscule balls they have.

    It is so very funny.


  8. M. says:

    See this:

    ““This will be addressing poverty in a long-term manner and will ensure children’s psycho-social well-being. This is not simply a cash hand-out,” she said. The allowance would be given to children until they turned 23.

    If parents did not adhere to the conditions, the children would not lose the allowance but this would be deposited in their name in an account or a trust and would be made available to them when they grew up.” http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140305/local/marie-louise.509323


    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

    • canon says:

      By twenty-three these persons can have children themselves, and the cycle begins once more.

    • M. Cassar says:

      How will this hand-out ensure children’s psycho-social well-being and how will depositing the money in an account save the children from poverty if the parents do not adhere to conditions?

      Talk is certainly cheap and handing out money from peoples’ taxes is cheaper.

    • Mr Meritocracy says:

      She also said that this is not a hand out. And John Doe is meant to believe that.


      If the government is to help the poor, and in particular children, then a proper system should be put in place. The vouchers system that the Cottonera head of school had suggested, might not be a bad idea.

    • il-Ginger says:

      You can always sing along to the video the Government will probably use to publicize this new supplementary allowance to ‘children’

      Its really good, because it basically sums up where this money will be spent – Nike Shoes, Tattoos, Clubbing, Alcohol and getting Stoned.

      Hawn min ghamel hekk bl-istipend tal-JC (cough) ahseb wara.

  9. ciccio says:

    The National Audit Office confirms an exception with the involvement of Minister Chris Cardona in a public selection process that influenced the ranking of firms, including the one which came in the pole position .


  10. P Bonnici says:

    Excellent blog Daphne, I enjoyed reading it, well done.

  11. zunzana says:

    I am not a highly intellectual person and it was a relief to realize that others on this blog have been confused on what Mark Sammut was writing about. Hawwadni ha nifmek!

  12. double helix says:

    Sicilian peasants — why peasants only? — are so genetically mixed that it makes no sense to try and categorize them. Talking of human “races” makes little sense in the light of modern research as humans have been shown to be descended from a relatively small group that eventually left Africa and spread all over the planet whatever their skin colour or the shape of their eyes etc might be.

    So many cultures have colonized Sicily, as they did Malta, that Sicilians are a genetic soup if there ever was one and there is nothing derogatory in stating this. There must be many Sicilians descended from Greeks, Arabs, Latins, Albanians, Normans, South Slavs and any other people who thrived in the Mediterranean.

    Europe does not mean the northern or middle-European countries only but this is what many seem to think of when mentioning Europe. Europe is not simply a matter of genetics or even geography: it is a dynamic civilization, a mosaic of cultures distinguished by a set of common denominators which have been exported to the New World, the Pacific and elsewhere. As to “Aryans”, they are a myth and no scientist today uses that infamous word anymore.

    The Middle East too has been a crossroad of rich cultures, including European, for centuries if not millennia. The peoples of the Middle East share markers with many “Europeans”. Though many think of north Africans and people in the Middle East as “Arabs” because they speak Arabic and are Muslims, descendants of Arabs — that is people hailing from the Arabian peninsula — are probably a minority.

    As to the Maltese, it has been demonstrated that, genetically, they are very close to Sicilians and Calabrians. This is not surprising since all those that colonized Sicily came to Malta too.

  13. Jozef says:

    And there was the Arab Spring, just a blip in Mark Sammut’s radar.

    Terzomondista per excellence. These people just have to feel their stomach turn at anything west, except for the trappings of course.

    Came across Alfred Sant’s bijografija Monday evening with Mary Darmanin one the talking heads. She recounted how she wasn’t exactly thrilled at Evaristo Bartolo’s matchmaking efforts; Alfred Sant had just returned from the States, Harvard bla bla, whereas she considered herself more of a radical Marxist. Honest.

  14. orapronobis says:

    If some refer to you just as ‘The Blog’, then take it as a compliment.

    Scholars in the past called Aristotle ‘The Philosopher’, didn’t they? I’d take that as a compliment indeed.

  15. Benny Hill says:

    Mark Sammut also has his own Wikipedia article – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_A._Sammut. That’s all well and good, except that the creator and main editor of the article was a user called ‘Maltisafi’ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Maltisafi), who, seeing from his profile page, seems to to be interested in a 12th century Sicilian monk.

    Now we know that Mark Sammut is very interested in Sicilian history, so it is reasonable to make the deduction that Mark Sammut wrote a Wikipedia article on himself. This is, of course, somewhat uncool.

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