The farcical reaction of continental socialists who speak Globish and of Maltese Laburisti who think “they should be taken out and shot” is a literal incitement to violence

Published: January 10, 2017 at 2:01am

Salvu Mallia, the outspoken (and thank heavens for that) new Nationalist Party electoral candidate, said in an interview published in The Sunday Times yesterday:

Muscat is a tasteless crook who exploited all the weaknesses of society. For me this is a battle against evil. No dictator is ever up front about their intentions to screw you. Dictators pretend to be nice. If you look back at Adolf Hitler, he was very progressive. The first campaign against smoking was carried out by the Nazis. Society was affluent. That was Adolf Hitler. Was he good? I don’t think so.

The Labour Party, having stuck to the commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day, waited until this morning to issue a statement which stripped Mallia’s words of their context, implying that he admires Hitler as a progressive while at the same time accusing him of libelling progressives by saying that Hitler was one.

“The fact that Simon Busuttil has remained silent about this is not only worrying for the Nationalist Party, but more so for the country,” the Labour Party said. Because, of course, the country is far more concerned about comparisons to Adolf Hitler than it is about the extra-curricular activities of Keith Schembri, Konrad Mizzi and their employee Joseph Muscat.

Meanwhile, they had fed the story to their gang in the European Parliament – the European Socialists, a bunch of continentals who wouldn’t know the nuance of English idiom if it bit them in the arse while they were admiring the combined make-up layers of Miriam Dalli and Marlene Mizzi. And the cretinous tools in the European Socialists’ public relations department then issued a statement:

Simon Busuttil, the leader of the Maltese National Party, has refused to pass comment after one of his leading parliamentary candidates described Adolf Hitler as a ‘very progressive’ leader.

The Party of European Socialists is horrified not only at the outrageous comments themselves, but at the failure of the National Party leader to deal with the issue as soon as they came to light.

As if that were not enough stupidity for one morning, the president of the European Socialists, a Bulgarian who speaks basic English, issued his own separate statement, calling on the Maltese Opposition leader “to disown his candidate’s despicable comments and to set out the measures he intends to take to correct the situation”.

If Mr Busuttil does not have the courage even to stand up to one of his own candidates who has so clearly crossed the line, then he certainly does not have the necessary attributes to lead Malta’s official opposition, never mind to stand for election to government.

It is also tasteless that a political candidate from any party should think it appropriate to invoke a genocidal dictator in an attempt to criticise a progressive elected leader such as Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat.

How ridiculous: a combination of people who know little to no English, getting the wrong end of the stick or pretending to, as when I wrote that Franco Debono should be taken out and shot and he decided he needed police protection against this clear threat, while the Prime Minister’s holiday valet, Glenn Bedingfield, roused his pathetic rabble of bogans.

The continental socialists don’t speak English. They speak Globish, which is a form of international, basic English stripped of all nuance and idiom. And Maltese Laburisti struggle with the language at the best of times, which becomes very obvious when they are in goveRment.

The European Socialists have felt a pressing need to issue a statement about something Salvu Mallia didn’t say in an interview. But when they were asked specifically whether they would be issuing a statement about Konrad Mizzi and his secret company in Panama, last April when the Panama Papers scandal broke across the world, they pretended not to have heard about it. And there never was a statement, let alone one calling for “the progressive elected leader Joseph Muscat” to sack the cheating, corrupt bastard who had right up until that point been sneaking around the shadier jurisdictions of the world, trying to persuade a bank, any bank, to open an account for him in which to dump his stolen goods.

Then they find the time and inclination to issue a strongly worded statement about a remark passed (and taken out of context) by somebody who isn’t even an elected politician but only a brand-new candidate with another party.

You know that an individual is highly effective in criticising the Labour Party to mass audiences when the Labour Party brings its entire machine to bear on that person, using the tactic of portraying him or her as a liability to the Nationalist Party, until the Nationalists are bullied or persuaded into eliminating that person or undermining him or her.

Labour used this tactic with full effect on David Thake and got the result they wanted. The Nationalist Party took him off the air. The Labour Party under three different leaders has been using its entire machine against me since I began writing a newspaper column in 1990, but ratcheted up the invective and bullying when I started this website, which they saw as a far bigger threat and still do.

But they can’t do much about me because I don’t work for the Nationalists and I’m not an electoral candidate, so they can’t use the Nationalists to wipe me out of the equation and are instead trying to frighten, shame or insult me into submission. Hope springs eternal even for those louts and bogans.

Now it is quite obvious that they’re set on taking Salvu Mallia down through the expedient of exerting pressure on the Nationalist Party to get rid of him. Mallia should be prepared for a sustained assault using everything Labour has at its disposal, including stupid people who don’t work for it but still unwittingly do its bidding, thinking that they’re being smart and in touch with the people, when they are doing the precise opposite and behaving like Labour tools.

Speakers of idiomatic and nuanced British English who fear they might be taken out and shot and therefore require police protection.

  • E

    At least they got the Nationalist party’s name wrong in their statement or it would have sounded even worse. Stupid misleading name, they really need to change it.

    Also, I’m sorry but I really have to point out that almost nobody in the English-speaking world pronounces the “n” in government. The only people I’ve noticed doing it are actually non-English speaking, like the French.

    • I think you missed a story about a billboard. And of course the ‘n’ in government isn’t silent, just very rapidly pronounced. You must mix with a lot of Americans.

      • E

        I did read that one, you just brought it up again in this post so I thought I’d mention it. I live and work in the UK so I mix primarily with British people, but since this discussion is making me doubt myself:

        Nope, still don’t hear it.

      • Of course Cameron pronounces the N in government. It’s audible, but very rapid and subsumed into the M, which exactly how it should be pronounced and how I pronounce it.

        The people who can clearly be heard NOT to pronounce the N are those who roll their RRRRs, which is precisely why Americans drop the N – because it’s impossible to follow a rolled RRRR with a rapid NM sound.

      • E

        But for people to be pronouncing the N they would have to be doing it consciously and I suspect if you asked them if they do pronounce the N they would say no. In most cases at least. I know I don’t do it but I suppose I can’t speak for the entire English-speaking community.

      • No, you’re wrong. If you listen carefully you’ll notice that those around you – not the bogans or the poorly educated – are actually saying guvannmint and not govermint.

  • Jozef

    Busuttil’s recent criticism of the EU, one he describes as hijacked into big brother government but absent from a world view, is why European Socialists are ‘outraged’. It was his address in parliament to the EU’s top brass. There is a video somewhere.

  • Jozef

    So Labour intends to play the fascist card and European Socialists oblige – textbook case of magic words, Daphne. Salvu Mallia is heresy, no-one gets past the barbed wire and survives.

  • One to fox Gland.

  • Mac Taylor

    Is-socjalisti Maltin hxew lill-Malta, (darbtejn,) u s-socjalisti Ewropej hxew l-Ewropa taghna lkoll, nispera li-mhux darb’ ghall-dejjem.

  • Mac Taylor

    The reaction by the European socialists is immoral and the result of corrupted minds. They are protecting the most corrupt government in Malta’s history, which is the de facto socialist party of Malta, traipsing between far-left policies as was the case in the seventies and eighties, and massively corrupt extreme-right wing cronyism, which is their current ‘ideology’, sort of.

    I’m afraid that should the PN be in government again in a year or two, Malta will find a clique of EU bureaucrats and politicians throwing spanners at Malta’s works.

    • George

      I’m afraid that the EU had lost its conscience since it had thrown away the very values of its founders and I am not at all astonished about it being floundering.

  • Done what I do, in other words. But he wants to be elected. I don’t.

  • Nor is lasagna. The name for the dish is lasagne. I’ve always known it that way, and I’m glad to be among the 4% who know that ‘lasagna’ is a bogan word.

    All the non-American expert food sites call it lasagne and not lasagna, including the very, very “English words” BBC Food.

  • This is a highly intelligent assessment of the situation, but I can see no way to reconcile the truth of it with the other truth that people whose votes the Nationalist Party needs are listening to him, and that he is reflecting popular disgust at the situation in a way that ‘regular’ Nationalist politicians most definitely are not. The impression they’re conveying, with their lack of outrage – that’s how it comes across, as an absence of real emotion – is that no matter what horrendous things happen, it’s just another day at the market.

    • tinnat

      A true, but very sad, analysis of Maltese society.

  • That’s hoping too much. Because Labour strikes a chord with and influences people within the Nationalist Party itself, and those who hang around it thinking it is their club.

    When I reported on the terminal illness of the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, those people stormed Nationalist politicians with phone calls and messages to ‘stop’ me. Because, you know, I work for them – x’injoranza.

    They were politely reminded that my job as a journalist is to report the news.

  • Mhux ovvja I’m right. I grew up speaking British English. I didn’t learn it at school or as a foreign language.

    • V Zammit

      But “ricotta” and “lasagne” are Italian.

      • Since the advent of widespread literacy (that is, quite long ago), British English has incorporated foreign words, like rendezvous, exactly as they are spelled in the original language. Hence ricotta and lasagne.

      • V Zammit

        And Maltese has incorporated, assimilated rather, lasagna/lażanja and rkotta/rikotta and kċina like it has bonġu and bona sera. You name them. Language flow for some, Australian bogan for others.
        And in passing, I said in the main and on the mainland because one has to be careful about meaning topographically especially if is about like ħaxi in Malta and ħaxi in Gozo.
        Language like politics does spring surprises …and both are fascinatingly related

      • Yes, except that the question on Lovin’ Malta was not how lasagne/lasagna is pronounced in Maltese, but in English. The proper English word for it is lasagne and not lasagna.

        Bogans say lasagna, because they don’t know any better.

      • H.P. Baxxter

        Tell me about il-haxja tad-drapp, mister cunning linguist (see what I did there, etc.). Mainland or Three Hills?

      • V Zammit


  • Possibly, the difference being, of course, that Salvu Mallia is in his 60s and not his 30s. People have a different perspective on ambition at those different ages.

  • Wrong. The European Socialists couldn’t give a stuff. They’re just working for the Malta Labour Party here.

    And it’s not Busuttil who the Labour Party sees as a threat – they’re doing it to 1. cause internal discord in the Nationalist Party, and 2. force it into removing Salvu Mallia from the equation. He’s the real threat in their eyes – because, unlike the Nationalist Party, the Labour Party knows ALL ABOUT COMMUNICATION.

  • Wrong. I know you enjoy these language debates, but I’m a little tired of repeating the same thing. The spelling and pronunciation messes incorporated into the language before widespread literacy are acceptable: bongo; bona sera; kitla, fajjar (fire, the verb), beef, mutton (bouef, mouton). Those that came after widespread literacy are not: blekbort; bwiez (the odd double plural of the English ‘boots’). French and other foreign words incorporated into English AFTER literacy are spelled as is.

    You will notice that the pronunciation of English words incorporated into Maltese BEFORE people became literate reflects the pronunciation of the English officers and men from whom they learned them.Hence ‘fajjar’ for ‘fire’, which they would today have incorporated instead as fy-eRRR, having seen the R in writing. Also ‘skuna’ which almost identically reflects what would have been an English naval officer’s pronunciation of ‘schooner’ back then.

    • V Zammit

      Enjoy them not more than you do perhaps – pushed into them really – but less cocksure and more diffident. Especially now that you have verily opened a can of words:

      • Not cocksure, but self-assured as people are who know what they’re talking about. Peter Serracino Inglott? Highly over-rated on the lines that in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. He led, by the nose, the phenomenally under-educated politicians who adored him. And as the article you’ve linked there shows beyond doubt, he couldn’t write to save his life and had an extremely uncomfortable relationship with English vocabulary and sentence-construction – he tortured his paragraphs.

        “I whinnied in dismay” – really? I would have crossed that out in red ink.

      • H.P. Baxxter

        Whinnied? Surely that was his successor?

  • Yes, like scissor. Ghax scissors irid ikun hemm tnejn jew izjed.

    • H.P. Baxxter

      But “hotpens” is correct. Also, “plier” (but “tweezers”, even among beauticians and nail technologists mis-Sawt). And “Snicker” (Archaic. In use early 1990s. But “Twix”).

  • Yes, preferably while they’re ‘sat on a chair’.

  • H.P. Baxxter

    Not lumping anyone. And if anyone is to blame it’s your government.

  • Les Bonbons

    “The Leader of the Opposition and the Nationalist Party are too damn concerned about looking good and sounding positive.”

    That is precisely what the Labour Party wants them to be concerned about. There is every reason to be negative about a corrupt Prime Minister, his corrupt chief of staff and his corrupt favorite Minister.

    The Leader of the Opposition should stop worrying about what the likes of Glenn Bedingfield think and start bashing the government until it breaks.

    I would also advise Dr. Busuttil to bring David Thake’s much listened to Taghna Lkoll show back to Radio 101 where it belongs.

  • Les Bonbons

    At least Salvu Mallia is honest and has said from the outset what he thinks about the conservative side of the Nationalist Party. He is willing to put all that aside so as to remove this corrupt and hijacked party led by Muscat, Keith Schembri and Konrad Mizzi from government.

    I do not believe that he would do a Franco Debono or Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando on an elected Nationalist government at the risk of bringing Joseph Muscat and Konrad Mizzi back to the Office of the Prime Minister.

  • I happen to agree with that. I can’t understand why Malta doesn’t see the two roles as separate: commentator and politician. People’s reluctance or inability to separate the two is one reason they can’t get it out of their heads that I don’t work for the Nationalist Party and never did.

    • elektra

      Somebody who understands this very well is John Zammit. He does the editorial on Radio 101 on weekdays. Apart from doing a great job of it he has always maintained that there are different ways in which one can work within a political party in spite of listeners insisting that he should come out for elections in 2018.

  • Chimaera

    At least it’s not the “arkotta” crowd … even worse, isn’t it ?

  • Well, I’m afraid Bondi was right, because the Maltese – weirdly enough – comes from the Italian.

  • Please – I gave ‘mint’ as the closest approximation because of the serious trouble Maltese people have with English vowels. There is no way on earth you can communicate the fact that the ‘ment’ in ‘government’ is not pronounced like the word ‘meant’.

    It isn’t even picked up by listening to where the emphasis goes in compound words or words of more than one syllable. Every time I hear Maltese politicians or union leaders pronounce ‘mittilkless’ as one word, I struggle not to leave the room. IF YOU’RE READING THIS, BOGANS, IT’S ‘MIDDLE’ PAUSE ‘CLASS’ – TWO FRIGGING WORDS.

  • Malcolm Alden

    As a Maltese person who speaks English as a first language and who does not pronounce his R’s, I can tell you that I say ‘gove-uh-ment’… I don’t really pronounce the N. Also asked some people with the same background and they agreed with me… issa ma nafx.

    • That’s because Maltese pronunciation is ‘lazy’. And also because we influence each other. I actually became conscious at one point of having slipped from govenmihnt to gov-er-ment and that many of those around me had done the same, but was brought up short by something I had been listening to.

      Spending too much time surrounded by Maltese people speaking English means you end up picking it up and speaking the same way – that can be fun at lunch, but only if you’re aware you’re doing it deliberately.

  • Joseph V Savona

    Nazi is the abbreviation of Nationalsozialist. Full name Nationalist Socialist German Worker’s Party.

  • lupara bianca

    Salvu, keep it up and keep strong. We need bastions like you and David Thake to rebut these bogans. As the Chinese saying goes: ‘The wolf will cry at the tiger’s funeral’.

  • Of course you do – plenty, minus the Maltese inflection. English-speakers have no problem understanding me at all – not the accent, not the inflection, and certainly not the idiom. It’s one of the reasons why I’m so often the first port-of-call for journalists and news media from English-speaking countries. I speak in a manner that’s completely comprehensible to their audience, but before that, the idiom of what I write is 100% familiar. That’s how they find me in the first place.