As a person at risk, Kurt, I would be delighted to receive details of this special government insurance programme

Published: November 5, 2014 at 9:50am

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I am glad to see that the government has sent a team of workers to repair Inspector Geoffrey Azzopardi’s home. I mean it, as I am one of the few people in this country who can speak from experience of what it is like to have a violent attack on your home that blows out the doors and windows, destroys part of the interior, and leaves you exposed to the elements.

But when that happened to our home eight years ago, it was our insurers who paid for the replacement of the blown-out doors and windows and the things that had been destroyed, it was friends and family who helped us clean up the unimaginable mess, and it was a neighbour who sent over workmen to do repairs and whitewash.

Government team? Imagine if the government had sent over a team to repair the extensive damage to my house back then. Kurt Farrugia would have been the first one there with a Super One Camera and a microphone, reporting on the scandal from a fixed point at our gate.

So now that it has been established that this government will repair homes that are blown up to silence or intimidate those who are just doing their job, might I have Kurt Farrugia’s reassurance that the government will repair mine too if the same happens again?

This is the political party that fomented hatred and resentment against me because I had a fixed-point police guard at my gate for some months when I was really under threat. “The government is paying for her policeman and how much is that costing you?”

They portrayed it to their IQ-deficient supporters and vacuous switchers as a perk or privilege – as though what I always wanted in life was a Bulgari leather choker with a sun symbol hanging off it and a policeman standing at my gate monitoring all my comings and goings.

That’s the difference between the two political parties: I can’t imagine the PN ever starting a discord-campaign because this man who had his house damaged by a bomb is getting out-of-order help from the government.

If anything, it should be his fellow officers in the force who band together and help him fix his house in a spirit of goodwill and in their own time, not the government. But I’m glad he’s getting the help he needs. I know exactly how he and his family are feeling right now, because I’ve been there myself.

13 Comments Comment

  1. Gee Dee says:

    Yes and they are still providing Franco Debono with a police guard at his Ghaxaq home. And who is paying for all this? All men are equal but some are more equal than others. But that is Labour after all and like the 3 Hills advert, some things never change.

  2. Dave says:

    Sounds like a mix between guilt and Camorra tactics… Ti sei pentito? Ora ti proteggiamo noi

  3. Peter Grech says:

    Is it usual practice for the government to repair the homes of police officers who have been targetted in this manner?

    • observer says:

      Yes, it is. It has been so for quite a number of years now.

      Mr Michael Cassar of Zabbar, at the time inspector heading the anti-drug squad, had had his residence similiarly attacked. The government had looked after the necessary repairs.

      It was also the same with the instance when the late Inspector Harold Harrison’s residence in Gzira was targeted by criminals.

      If I remember correctly, the residence of a senior official in the Customs Department had also been attacked. Repairs were also undertaken by government.

  4. Alexander Ball says:

    Can you imagine the state they’ll leave it in? Government workers?

  5. P Bonnici says:

    I disagree with you on this Daphne, Inspector Azzopardi is a state employee and the state is duty bound to ensure his safety to carry out his job. Whereas you are a private journalist/blogger. The only obligation the state has to you is to ensure your safety.

    You are doing an excellent job. Keep it up.

  6. Changing of the guard says:

    Have Speakers of the House always been given guards at their private residence or is it just the present one? I was trying to get to ta’ Qali some time ago and saw the little wooden thing policemen use right next to the speaker’s house, with a policeman inside.

  7. The explanation for different treatment is that some are more equal than others.

  8. Spock says:

    First Mallia rants about finding the police mole who blew a cover-up of a slave factory and God knows what else, then regrets there is not enough proof to nail him, then a few hours later, a police inspector’s house is blown up.

    So this (ex?) defence lawyer of the worst criminals in Malta must be pretty chuffed that if some of his (perhaps) ex-clients taught this (perhaps) mole a lesson for upsetting their lucrative activities. Perhaps I’m wrong of course.

    Perhaps 2+2 does not = 4 anymore.

  9. Last Post says:

    “Police are still in the dark about the motive behind a powerful bomb that caused extensive damage to the Żurrieq home of a police inspector early yesterday morning.”

    Donnu diga qatghu qalbhom l-investiguri tal-pulizija. Bilkemm ghadhom ghaddew 24 siegha mill-ispluzjoni. Min jaf lahqux ikkonsultawx mal-ministru tal-intern u s-sigurta’?

    Tghid kieku kellhom xi hjiel dwar il-mottiv tal-ispluzjoni, il-gvern kien joqghod pass lura milli jibghat immedjatament tim ta’ haddiema biex isewwu l-hsara li saret?

  10. Joe Fenech says:

    How does it feel to be the prime minister’s cod piece? No wonder he’s small.

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