BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Delia shopped for clothes in Sliema while head of state and dignitaries waited for him for 90 minutes

Published: October 10, 2017 at 6:36pm

This website can reveal where the Nationalist Party leader, Adrian Delia, was while the Head of State, Chief Justice, Attorney-General and the party’s MPs and officials waited for him for an hour and a half at the Palace in Valletta last Friday. He was at the Massimo Dutti shop at The Point shopping mall in Sliema, browsing the rails and trying on suits and shirts.

Delia was meant to be at the Palace at 5.15pm for the start at 5.30pm of the official ceremony in which he was sworn in as leader of the Opposition in terms of the Maltese Constitution. Instead, he rolled up casually at 6.40pm, offering no explanation and making no apology.

When journalists at the event challenged him about his extraordinary lateness and asked him for an explanation, Delia replied: “This is a time for unity and not for controversies.” He offered no further explanation or even an expression of regret.

The following day, when all the newspapers reported on his extreme tardiness, and how he kept the holders of Constitutional office, including the President, waiting for so long at a ceremony is his own honour, he tweeted “I apologise for taking longer than expected to arrive”, which was widely taken to compound the gravity of the situation because he appeared to make light of it.

People who saw Delia shopping for clothes at Massimo Dutti late on Friday afternoon at first thought nothing of it because they had no idea he was meant to be at the Palace in Valletta for his own swearing-in ceremony at that particular time, and would never have imagined that something like that would be possible. But after they read posts on this website saying how late he was for the ceremony, they got in touch to say that it was because he was shopping for clothes.

“He was definitely at Massimo Dutti at 5.30pm on Friday,” one of them said. “He was actively shopping for clothes and he had the full attention of the staff, who were showing him suits and shirts. He did not seem rushed or bothered about the time. I would never have dreamed that right at that moment there was a whole room of people waiting for him at the Palace, including the President.”

I then rang the Massimo Dutti shop and asked to speak to the manager, who confirmed that the Nationalist Party leader was there on Friday afternoon, that he helped him personally, and that Dr Delia was there to specifically to select “a suit, shirt and tie” for his official swearing-in ceremony.

The manager, who is not Maltese, seemed unaware that the ceremony was to take place that same afternoon, and was meant to be taking place even as the Nationalist Party leader was choosing his outfit. The manager could not be specific on what time Dr Delia was there and how long he spent in the shop. “It was after 4pm,” he said. “Four, five o’clock, something like that. I don’t remember exactly.”

I rang the Nationalist Party leader on his personal mobile phone for his comments, but he did not pick up or return my calls. So I sent him the following message, to which he did not reply either:

Last Friday at 5.30pm you were shopping for clothes at Massimo Dutti at The Point in Sliema, while the head of state, Chief Justice, Attorney-General and your own people from the Nationalist Party waited at the Palace in Valletta to have you sworn in as Opposition leader. What is your explanation for your otherwise inexplicable decision to do something so crazy?

So I rang the Nationalist Party’s head of communications, who has always been super-efficient in handling questions from the press. (Sadly, though not for him, he leaves the Nationalist Party and Malta in a month and will be replaced by a Delia apparatachik.) He took my question to the party leader and was back in minutes with the reply: “Adrian Delia has nothing further to add to the tweet he published on Saturday.”

Adrian Delia, wearing the suit, shirt and tie he bought at Massimo Dutti in Sliema while the President. Chief Justice, Attorney-General and Nationalist Party MPs and officials waited for him for 90 minutes.

72 Comments Comment

  1. Patrick Sciberras says:

    Perhaps Dr.Delia does not consider it offensive to leave the President waiting…after all she’s only a woman.

  2. T.A.X. says:


  3. Mikhail Tal says:

    If looks could kill, I would say that the expression on the President’s face is undoubtedly up to something.

  4. Yes. I too think that he has a loose screw or several, that his massive debts about which he is so nonchalant, and his buying a suit while everyone was at the Palace waiting for him already, are symptoms of a psychological disorder.

    • Odyssey says:

      Is he similar to Konrad Mizzi in this regard? Both Mr. Mizzi and Mr. Delia were put as front men for something bigger than themselves, by (unknown) people who are much more smarter than both of them.

  5. I’ve scrapped one of them, Revel. The only one I use now is [email protected].

  6. Cyrill Sammut (Sliema) says:

    You can tell that standards are definitely falling in this country, not because the Nationalist Party has a leader whose standards are very low, but because he was voted in but people who have low standards who don’t see it as a problem. Add to that the fact the Nationalist Party seems to be OK with his antics.

    Whilst the Labour Party was always synonymous with low standards which has been a constant all throughout, the Nationalist Party, till now, always set the standards and occupied the moral high ground on many fundamental fronts. Not anymore.

    Coming back to the blatant arrogance on public display here, what was not OK yesterday should not be OK today. It’s a matter of correctness, decorum and being well-mannered which arise out of being well-bred.

    Narcissism (and ignorance) abounds.

  7. People like that – Patrick Spiteri, Karl Stagno Navarra, another couple of men of the same sort who I won’t mention because they’re sort of private citizens – are not normal. Don’t use the normal yardstick of ‘what were they thinking’ to attempt to rationalise their actions.

  8. The Nationalist Party has disgraced itself by allowing him to stand for election as party leader and then voting for him.

  9. La Redoute says:

    H.A.M.A.L.L.I. U.N.I.T.E.D.

  10. “Lin-nisa ma jahmilhomx” – yes, watching Xarabank last Friday it struck me as distinctly odd that he clearly is closer to, and has more respect for, his father than his mother. I picked that up immediately. It was as though his father is actually his mother, if you get what I mean.

  11. Edward Sant says:

    Anyone who is late for an appointment, whoever he may be or however high up the pecking order he may be, is stealing the other person’s or persons’ time.

  12. Scorpio says:

    I won’t be voting Nationalist ever again. Full stop. If the party councillors had had any gumption, they wouldn’t have short-listed him against Chris Said.

    The Nationalist Party is dead. It just needs the good people to leave as soon as possible and to establish a new party. If they remain, come 2019, they’ll become as dead in the water as he is.

  13. Ain't Catholic , ain't Latin. says:

    Avukat ta’ klassi, serjeta u integrita. BUFFU.

  14. Gorg ta' Randu says:

    Bhala stat ta’ fatt, il-cafeteria tal-Pieta se tibda toffri brodu flok te fit-tazza.

  15. is sixer says:

    Instant leader, instant coffee and not-so- instant suit.

  16. quickmick408 says:

    What a complete and utter wanker. God help what’s left of the Nationalist Party.

  17. Marija il-maltija says:

    This guy is unhinged.

  18. etc90 says:

    This tells you all you need to know about Delia: a grown man who wears suits to work every day but still feels the need to go out and buy one when he’s supposed to be at his swearing-in ceremony.

    There’s a man who I wouldn’t trust with a goldfish, let alone the Opposition. This is a sign of a far deeper-rooted problem then we actually think we’re looking at. It’s not just a suit: this is psychological/psychiatric problem.

  19. Oh, what utter bollocks. To speak somebody’s language you don’t actually need to be the same kind of piece of work. I speak Muscat’s language, but am I like him?

    Speaking their language means knowing how to handle them, and being able to foresee their moves. Delia can’t do that because he’s not particularly bright and is also clearly psychologically unstable. Being a crooked liar is not enough.

  20. I actually asked that in a follow-up question to the Nationalist Party, and was told that he did.

  21. etc90 says:

    Jien ma nahsibx li il-klikka hija ta’ Delia. Delia huwa il-pupazz u qed jinqdew bih il-klikka. I don’t believe in coincidences, and there have been too many of those where ”cheap suit and watch” is involved.

  22. just me says:

    Unbelievable and crazy. Or this new leader is determined to make the PN weaker and lose more and more votes.

  23. Chris says:

    At this point she is as good as, since she represents the State. And in case anyone gets catcalling that this site and its commentators are hypocritical for defending the president when we usually take potshots at her, perhaps now is a good time to explain/remind them this site and the people who write here are not establishment, Delia, on the other hand, despite claims to the contrary, now is. And he is expected to act that way.

  24. Franġiska says:

    Naħseb tant ma kienx ċert li sa fl-aħħar se jkollu siġġu li baqa’ jittratieni biex jixtri libsa ġdida. Jiġifieri dan xtara l-libsa, libisha u telaq lejn il-Palazz. Għalli jista’ jkun ma kinitx qed tixtri tagħha hi wkoll?

  25. La Redoute says:

    It wasn’t unprofessional. It was boorish, vulgar, and offensive – just like him.

  26. Steve says:

    And presumably his wife was at home, making sure that everyone was prim and proper, all dressed up for the occasion and waiting for His Highness to show up. Jekk lanqas ghandu rispett ghal martu u uliedu kif qatt jista’ jkollu rispett ghal Cikku l-poplu? Tassew prosit u grazzi lil dawk ic-cwiec kollha li vvutawlu.

  27. says:

    Huwa stat ta’ fatt li l-big boss ma marx ghand Hugo Boss. Mar ghand Massimo Dutti.

    • callixtus says:

      You would expect a ‘hugely successful’ lawyer like Delia would have gone for a bespoke Savile Row suit, not an off-the-rack Inditex one.

  28. etc90 says:

    You saying he only owns 1 suit?

  29. etc90 says:

    Didn’t spot the cufflinks in the article photo. All on credit cards no doubt

  30. leon 1 says:

    Nispera li kellu ‘chance’ jaqla in-name tag u il-prezz minn fuq il-libsa qabel ma mar ibus is-salib.

    Stat ta’ fatt li dan huwa teatrin.

  31. In a Massimo Dutti carrier bag.

  32. Zenobia says:

    X’ma thabbatx rasek ma’ hajt.

  33. Mariatheresa Micallef says:

    Li fl-ahhar ser iwassal ghat- trapass tal-partit.

  34. WTF says:

    The employee who answered the phone at Massimo Dutti must have thought he was doing his boss a favour by admitting that a big head was doing his shopping at that outlet. Little did he know that three quarters of the Maltese population detest him.

  35. WhoamI? says:

    It would indeed be interesting to find out who is behind Massimo Dutti in Malta.

  36. Malteser says:

    Heq to choose a suit and accessories takes time.

  37. WhoamI? says:

    She’s from the sticks remember? Macina, Kmb, Anglu Farrugia, warts and all…

  38. Osservatore says:

    But only if defenestrated. He will not step down of his own volition unless he loses a general election, which he most certainly will.

  39. Josette says:

    If it takes a lot of time to prepare a family of seven to go out, then just start preparing earlier; or leave the children home.

  40. doreen debono says:

    President Coleiro Preca is our Head of State, just as Queen Elizabeth II is the UK’s Head of State. Their status is identical. The only difference is that the Queen is respected by her people, by the press and by the political class. Coleiro Preca isn’t as she is remembered as a Labour politician, Mintoffjana hadra, etc. But Delia is wrong. And she doesn’t have the moral standing to just stand him up, and show him up for the disrespectful charlatan that he is.

  41. john says:

    U dan ghadu kap tal-oppozizzjoni – mur arah Prim Ministru kif iqazzez id-dinja.

  42. Chris says:

    That is neither here nor there. The UK has more than its fair share of drunkards and madmen. They were still considered kings and respected not for who they were but what they represented.

    Jozef is right. At that point Delia was representing the 43% who voted for the PN. As such they expect…no… demand that he represent them properly

  43. Cyrill Sammut (Sliema) says:

    More like a village cowboy.

  44. J Abela says:

    He’ll probably claim it as expenses from the party too.

  45. Pandora says:

    I think this is how it went. Someone, in an angry fit threw coffee all over him when he was all ready to go out. So he had no other option but to go to Massimo Dutti for a brand new suit, no matter how long it took and the people who were waiting.

  46. You are wrong. He is impervious to any such pressure. The pressure willpint on the party itself to remove him.

  47. T Brincat says:

    just saw parts of the Xarabank interview. The last word that Peppi said when he closed off on the Delias before giving Adrian Delia’s wife flowers was “irrangali” – this is the reason why Delia was voted in because he is someone who people can make arrangements with – even if not kosher.

    And who kisses his wife on the cheek?

  48. Jason King says:

    Banana third world country. Good luck.

  49. etc90 says:

    Ask iz-Zambi what sort of lawyer Delia is.

  50. I don’t think Delia has money stashed away overseas either. The extent of his debts in Malta, and the fact that he can’t solve the situation, makes that highly unlikely. The man is a reckless spender. Reckless spenders do not have money stashed away in secret.

  51. Some lawyers are extremely punctual.

  52. 2+2=5 says:

    I’m watching Michael Briguglio on the Nationalist Party’s television station. I see him as a good leader and speaker with solid and honest principles. Hasra ma kkontestax ghal leader.

  53. PENELOPE says:

    Probably. New suits need hems done and some adjusting.

  54. henry fenech azzopardi says:

    You might be correct, but banks do not give you an overdraft facility or loan based on hidden money.

  55. Butragenio says:

    The next elections will determine how popular he is. What is certain is that the PN won’t get my vote – not only because of Delia, but because it has become a party that stands for nothing.

    I’ll never vote Labour as long as I live. So I will probably not vote at all. And likewise many people I know.

  56. Spa says:

    Dak min hu ta’ hdejh?

  57. Tabatha_White says:

    How versed are they in protocol? Fork lifters. Not even pen pushers.

  58. Tabatha_White says:

    Does she have any say in the matter?

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