Have you ever wondered what became of the girl-next-door in the ‘Ded, jien ha nivvota Labour’ campaign video?

Published: February 12, 2016 at 3:52pm

Mario Philip Azzopardi – the ‘Franco Debono of the theatrical world’ – is back in the news again. Which caused me to reminisce about his truly cynical Labour Party electoral campaign videos three years ago, in a ‘where are they now’ sort of way. Do you remember the two ‘acqua e sapone’ girl-next-door types in his famous Courage To Vote video? Of course you do.

Well, one of them is now comfortably installed in London as the daughter of Malta’s High Commissioner (that was the skinny one who said nothing). And here’s the other one, the one who yelled and protested and fought with her plain old boring nerdy (Nationalist) mother about how she was going to vote Labour for the common good, while being silently backed up by her cool, young, good-looking (Labour) father. “DED, I’M SORRY. LE TA, I’M NOT SORRY. I’M QUITE PROUT OF IT EKCHWILLY. JIEN HA NIVVOTA LABOUR!”

Her name is Floren Sultana, and she’s about as far from being a girl-next-door with serious politics on her mind as it is possible to be (see below). Yes, I know you won’t believe me, that it’s hard to believe it’s the same one, that they don’t even look alike, but you’re going to have to believe it, because it’s true. Once you remove the thick make-up, the false eyelashes, the hair extensions and replace the ridiculous clothes and shoes with jeans and a shirt, it’s her all right. And that’s her real mother with her, Odette Goodlip, who is as far from the ‘Courage To Vote’ mother as it is possible to get. Her boyfriend, seen with her in the pictures, is Dylon Dimech. She may look like she’s dating a sugar-daddy, because he looks like my contemporary, but he’s actually just 30 – another fact you will find hard to believe.

Floren Sultana’s sort-of-step-father (her mother isn’t actually married to him) is former Valletta FC footballer and denizen tal-Belt, Darren Debono. They own Scoglitti restaurant down at Marsamxett, which is why it is the Valletta restaurant of choice for Labour ministers, the Taghna Lkoll crowd and people like Franco Debono.

And once more, the Labour Party has shown how few qualms it has about being closely linked to those with a criminal record or whose behaviour is seriously questionable. Darren Debono is currently on bail as he is being prosecuted for illegal tuna fishing. He also has a criminal record for stealing a refrigerated trailer and for under-declaring fish catches on at least six occasions. American journalist Ann Marlowe has also written an in-depth piece which links Debono’s activities to smuggling of diesel, weapons and cigarettes via Libya. Her work is summarised here.

Marlowe’s piece for the Asia Times is here.

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Floren Sultana, star of the Labour Party's 'Courage to Vote' campaign video, with her real step-father, former footballer Darren Debono, who has a criminal record, is currently being prosecuted for illegal tuna fishing, and has been linked to smuggling of diesel, weapons and cigarettes via Libya.

Floren Sultana, star of the Labour Party’s ‘Courage to Vote’ campaign video, with her real step-father, former footballer Darren Debono, who has a criminal record, is currently being prosecuted for illegal tuna fishing, and has been linked to smuggling of diesel, weapons and cigarettes via Libya.

Floren Sultana at her parents' restaurant, Scoglitti, a few weeks ago, celebrating the 50th birthday of Hugh Anastasi, in whose house the Labour Party campaign video Courage to Vote was filmed (and in which she starred), together with a group of former Super One reporters who are now on the public payroll at various ministries and government offices.

Floren Sultana at her parents’ restaurant, Scoglitti, a few weeks ago, celebrating the 50th birthday of Hugh Anastasi, in whose house the Labour Party campaign video Courage to Vote was filmed (and in which she starred), together with a group of former Super One reporters who are now on the public payroll at various ministries and government offices.

Floren Sultana's mother, Odette Goodlip, with her common-law husband Darren Debono

Floren Sultana’s mother, Odette Goodlip, with her common-law husband Darren Debono

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56 Comments Comment

  1. S Calleja says:

    Holy crap. Are Maltese girls being inspired by porn stars as of late?

    • Michael Dimech says:

      Not really – liberalism is the blight of this age, and we must accept it, otherwise we’d be labelled as oppressors, old-fashioned, or backwards, even if that means we’re more sensible and have more dignity at the end of the day.

      • Daphne Caruana Galizia says:

        I’m sorry, but where does liberalism come into it? Real liberals are interested in the life of the mind, and wear ordinary clothes. Like many, you think liberalism is about sex. It isn’t. That’s libertine, not liberal. There’s a lot to be said for broadening one’s vocabulary.

      • Tina says:

        In Malta the majority of people have absolutely no idea what liberalism is about – yourself included, it seems, Mr Dimech.

  2. Keen memory says:

    And people actually believed it all! Now we all know what trash we were fed, both visually and in terms of message. Bring on the next general election!

    • H.P. Baxxter says:

      Bring on the apocalypse.

    • pronoia says:

      Don’t get overexcited about the next election results. These people have been liberated from the shackles of the previous administration so they aren’t going to let go of this favourable environment. I will be exceptionally surprised if they will not win again.

      • Daphne Caruana Galizia says:

        I get your sentiment, but quite frankly, I’m beginning to understand why Mussolini and his mistress were hung upside down, and why Nicolae Ceaucescu and his Spouse were shot at dawn.

      • pronoia says:

        Unfortunately it takes a lot to get to that critical turning point. I don’t see it happening soon.

  3. Ganni Muscat says:

    Denizens of the Other Malta, or is it the default one?

    • Daphne Caruana Galizia says:

      This is at least 85% of Maltese society: Jersey Shore and Real Housewives of New Jersey (people of second and third generation Sicilian peasant extraction) on steroids.

  4. H.P. Baxxter says:

    Is there an M&S nearby?

  5. La Redoute says:

    H.A.M.A.L.L.I.

  6. Napoleon Dynamite says:

    Big lips, waxed eyebrows, hoop earrings, tight dresses, Burberry scarf, Corvo Glicine… looks like mittle kless to me.

  7. C Camilleri says:

    Nice wedding dress, unless it was a Carnival party.

  8. Matthew S says:

    Maltese people age so quickly. Terrible aesthetics all round.

  9. R. Azzopardi says:

    He studied business and marketing at Junior CollAge.

  10. Rumplestiltskin says:

    There truly is another Malta.
    Why do I find many of these photos disturbing on so many levels?

  11. Michael Dimech says:

    She’s surely changed her look so quickly.

    She must want to disassociate herself from her actions 3 years ago – and I wouldn’t blame her.

    • Daphne Caruana Galizia says:

      She has not changed her look to disassociate herself from the general election campaign video. She’s changed her look to run with it and maximise the advantage.

  12. Joe Micallef says:

    I’m off to Scoglitti. I hope Jessica Rabbit will be around. Well I might order rabbit anyway.

  13. Stephen Bonello says:

    She ekchwilly looks quite hot in some off de pics. End so does herrr mum.

  14. Gee Mike says:

    Puttang! Now that is rapid development for you.

  15. RosB says:

    What is it with Maltese women? Why do they look like whores?

  16. David Meilak says:

    I’m sure that I’m not saying anything new but the video message they created with this woman featuring as a ‘soap and water’ daughter who’s interested in politics and who converted to Labour after studying its policies is as false as the kitchen video we all witnessed with El Primo himself and Fernando Tal-Hawsla.

  17. D.Bonello says:

    This is sad!

  18. pronoia says:

    Is there a set of qualifiers to join Labour? I’m beginning to see all the core values that one must possess and I’m starting to get worried as it seems most of us can never join.

  19. Natalie says:

    I find it ironic that women who dress in ridiculous and flashy outfits get jealous of the way ‘poshy’ women (to quote our Law Commissioner) dress. The video shows that they can do it. And it’s so easy too.

    Just choose smart and cleanly cut clothes. Pastels and block colours work best. Keep patterns to a minimum and if you do use them, make sure they’re not too flashy. Also avoid anything with flashy beads, cut-outs, too much lace, see-through clothes and Lycra in general.

    As for shoes, avoid 5-inch heels and platforms. Black, brown or nude are preferable.

    • Daphne Caruana Galizia says:

      They DON’T get jealous of the way “poshy” (to quote the Law Commissioner) dress. On the contrary, they actually believe that “poshy” women are jealous of them.

      They don’t dress the way “poshy” women do because they don’t understand the codes. They think the way they dress is the best. Janice Bartolo, when she puts her clothes on, is the rare exception who does seem to understand that code. Her outfits are always pared down and appropriate, even if her behaviour is anything but.

  20. Ronnie says:

    For someone with all her nejk, it must be quite annoying that her mum looks so much better than she does, and her mum’s boyfriend looks so much better than her boyfriend.

  21. Makjavel says:

    Qishom qhab.

  22. Daphne Caruana Galizia says:

    Keep calm and expect nothing. That’s the way I look at it. Being 51 gives you some perspective on how, to paraphrase Jesus Christ, hamalli will be with us always and one way or another, they will rule the roost.

  23. Daphne Caruana Galizia says:

    The talcum powder circle from hell.

  24. Daphne Caruana Galizia says:

    This is an endemic problem with Maltese parents. They pick out names and can’t spell them properly. Dylon is actually pronounced Dylan. They got one of the vowels wrong. And one of the Super One people in that lunch photo in the post above is called Byon Jo Zammit. I used to think it was pronounced Bion as in the Bionic Man, but then discovered that it’s pronounced Bjorn. His mother couldn’t spell. She was a hell of a lot better at featuring in the Labour Party Propaganda Secretary’s amateur porn videos at the Macina (she was a Pom-Pom Girl).

  25. Tumnus says:

    By the time I got to the fifth photo I couldn’t help thinking she looks like a more sexed-up and less sane version of comic book character Harley Quinn.

  26. H.P. Baxxter says:

    Indeed.

  27. pronoia says:

    We the few sane individuals that inhabit dcg world. Apart from the fact I was being sarcastic.

  28. Daphne Caruana Galizia says:

    And inevitably, it’s Simone Cini – the only Super One ‘girl’ who doesn’t look, dress or behave like a whore or bait.

  29. Jon jon says:

    She looks like one of Aaliyev’s daughters, tarty looks and all. And when did mummy give birth to her, at 13?

    I cannot fathom how thick those switchers who swallowed that video are.

  30. Scarlet says:

    Laham u xaham imqabezz ‘l hemm u ‘l hawn. L-aqwa nippuzaw taparsi sexy.

  31. Spa says:

    Crieki go crieki

  32. Daphne Caruana Galizia says:

    Yes, I get asked that all the time to, but the question is worse because it’s about women who are my contemporaries. Non-Maltese who have never been to a party where everybody is middle-aged and the middle-aged women are dressed like ageing escorts (not the Ford car) and the men behaving like teenagers get a shock.

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