The Opposition leader’s non-apology for rolling up 1 hr 20 mins late – in a tweet

Published: October 7, 2017 at 3:48pm

Adrian Delia left Malta’s head of state, the Chief Justice, the Attorney-General and guests waiting when he rolled up more than an hour late for his swearing-in ceremony as leader of the Opposition yesterday. The ceremony was scheduled to start at 5.30pm, which means he should have been there by 5.20pm at the latest. Instead, he rolled up at 6.40pm – an hour and 20 minutes late – with a troupe of children and a fun-fur draped wife.

And today, 20 hours later, he tweets this non-apology. I’m beginning to think that beyond being really shady, this man actually has a loose screw.

P.S. Will somebody ring Sander Borg Olivier and ask him what he thinks about a man turn up more than an hour late to his official swearing-in as Opposition leader, leaving the head of state, Chief Justice and guests waiting? I’m curious as to what his answer will be, and how long it will take him to work out that if it looks like a duck, walks and quacks like one, it most definitely isn’t an eagle.

47 Comments Comment

  1. Zenobia says:

    From the word go I had the same feeling of something not being quite right with the man. My best description of him in Maltese is ‘naqra splodut’.

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

    Do these people have any sense of responsibility? From what we are seeing it’s a lot of stupid posture and acting like chavs .

  3. etc90 says:

    No manners whatsoever. Philistine.

  4. It’s because they didn’t grow up with straight hair and don’t know how to handle it. Also, because they don’t have naturally straight hair, two floppy straight bits on their face are exciting. Those of us who have naturally straight hair just shove it back off our faces because it’s irritating.

  5. Paul Vella says:

    So does this mean that if he ever gets the prime minister’s job, he would be travelling with his whole entourage of children on official visits? Two were bad enough, five is not acceptable.

    • WhoamI? says:

      Any number over 0 is bad. Two isn’t bad enough, nor is five worse. Travelling with an entourage of children is wrong, full stop.

  6. observer says:

    The Maltese version of DeLeer’s tweet for his rude manners: Nitnejjek altament. Period.

  7. Roger Hunt says:

    Start as we mean to go on. 9 million minutes past zero.

  8. aloof says:

    Yesterday Delia did not apologise and when asked by a journalist why he was late he gave one of his typical revoltingly condescending answers.

    As all the news websites are reporting his lateness today, in the afternoon he tweeted an apology, sort of, and without providing a reason.

    Perhaps tomorrow we may have (another) tardy tweet.

    All this in his first 24 hours as leader of the opposition. What a bright future.

  9. A. Caffari says:

    Biex ghat-taparsi wicchom qieghed go inkwadru.

    Imma is-soltu ikollhom erba xghariet fuq kull naha. Erba xghariet fuq naha wahda ma nafx xi-jfisser. Forsi nofs inkwadru?

  10. anthony says:

    In similar circumstances no self-respecting head-of -state would have waited that long.
    Clowns, the lot of them.

    • Steve says:

      Interessanti Daphne. Tista’ tghidilna x’zammu? Forsi xaghru ma riedx joqghodlu?

    • canon says:

      Let us know for the Sunday lunch, please. I have to say that tal-Labour must be very happy with you now that you are giving the Nationalists their due. Is all so quiet on the Labour front?

  11. Muscat doesn’t owe millions to the banks.

  12. Nicky says:

    Why was he late?

  13. Spa says:

    It-tieni darba li mhux se nivvota PN.

  14. anthony says:

    “Huwa stat ta’ fatt li jien bniedem mnejjek u lanqas appuntament mal-President ta’ Malta ma jien kapaci nzomm.”

  15. just me says:

    This must be what Adrian Delia meant by a New Way of doing politics. The old way was infinitely better.

  16. Joseph Cauchi Senior says:

    All these ‘nice’ comments on the PN, while Muscat and his gang continue to plough on.

  17. thealley says:

    Forsi ma ndunax bit-trapass tal-hin.

  18. Malteser says:

    True. To leave the President and the other dignitaries waiting for no valid reason for so long is arrogance at its worst.

    Maybe it took the wife a long time to prepare the children for the occasion, and then he was stuck in traffic. Who knows?

    But whatever the reason it is not a good start and shows one side of a character when one is so late for an appointment.

    • etc90 says:

      Neanderthal. Like the kids ain’t his too! Kids shouldn’t even have been there in the first place. No excuses he was late because he knew he could get away with it.

    • La Redoute says:

      To presume his wife and children are to blame is to presume he is habitually punctual and respectful of other people’s time. He is nothing of the sort. The man is a boorish, ill-mannered lout who thinks nothing of leaving anyone waiting.

  19. The non-apology we want to see is the one where he apologises for taking longer than expected to depart. As a minimum, he’s 22 days late already, depending when you start counting.

  20. George says:

    kullhad qijat jasal tart inqabat fit tarafiku

  21. Giovann DeMartino says:

    Did they deserve respect? I wonder!

  22. Mike Agius says:

    If she killed that thing, I hope she had the decency to eat it.

  23. Beingpressed says:

    VGH becoming more clearer?

  24. C. Brincat says:

    At least, he didnt blame his wife.

  25. Rumplestiltskin says:

    I went to St. Aloysius College and I’m almost obsessed with punctuality. This was a character trait developed at that school.

    Anyone who failed to pick this up there was either lazy, arrogant or both.

    I do not have the time of day for anyone arriving 15 minutes late for an appointment, let alone an hour late for such an important event where he is the protagonist.

  26. I object to the use of the verb ‘help’ when used for men in the context of housework and childcare. Who are they helping – the women? The embedded meaning is that it is primarily women’s work.

    I’ve always blown a gasket about “jghin il-mara” and “jghin fid-dar”.

  27. doreen debono says:

    President Coleiro shouldn’t have waited. And Delia should resign. He simply isn’t fit for purpose.

  28. Storm says:

    Her excellency should have left. It was beyond rude to arrive so late for his own swearing in. Would I heck have waited for that idiotic fool and his troupe.

  29. anthony says:

    “Manners Makyth Man” is the famous motto of England’s oldest and most illustrious public school which, I am sure, Delia doesn’t even know exists.

  30. Marku Falzun says:

    Adrian Delia came ” with a troupe of children and a fun-fur draped wife”. What about the young lady (not a child) who accompanied him on an official visit to the President, wearing, if my observation serves me well, a black track suit with a wide white band? Perhaps this is what inspired the Times of Malta to carry its editorial on school uniforms rather than track suits.

  31. Tabatha_White says:

    More to do with their class prejudice. Any school, even state school, would have churned out the same result. St Aloysius is only what gave them a social camouflage, when required.

  32. On the contrary: the Labour Party is the very product of the Maltese psyche.

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