If you're going to rob from the poor to give to the rich, dally with wenches, attack the innocent, drink with murderers, you're going to have to don the right uniform. Here we see Owen, Joseph, Neville, Kurt and Chris adopting pirate costumes.
Similarly the Soviet state of Malta is struggling to cover up the melt down of its democratic institutions and rule of law. Malta's government issues its state propaganda but, as with Russia, no one in the Western world believes it. The noise emitting from Joseph Muscat's administration is precisely that ... noise. The incredulity was highlighted in Pieter Omzigt's PACE report on the state capture of its institutions, and Irish Sinn Fein Senator Paul Gavan had to stand up and say to Malta "when you're in a hole, stop digging".
"We've become so used to tribal warefare, so entwined in binary side-picking, scarf-waving, booing and hurrahing, that we've lost sight of our moral compass" O'Brien says.
That's twice I've seen a seedy connection between Malta and Albania this week.
When you're in a (pot)hole Ian Borg - stop digging!
How bizarre is it that Malta's Prime Minister is contractually obligated to promote the Henley and Partner's Individual Investor programme. Let us be clear here: this is big business dictating to Malta's Prime Minister what he should and shouldn't do and say.
Here are the main arguments used to avoid addressing this fundamental question, employed by trolls, the government, and certain media wings. They often overlap, and usually it's a combination of all of them. Know that when you're talking to someone employing these arguments you're not dealing with an intellectually honest opponent.
So my sources were correct, there is a smear campaign being conducted against me, although it hasn't made it into the media, relegated instead to furtive messages on Twitter and Facebook. Perhaps because I pre-empted it in an earlier post? But more likely because none of the accusations actually stand up to scrutiny.
The end result, however, has been to merely postpone the scrutiny not diminish it. And Muscat is aware of this too. That's why he's panicking. That's why, as Murdock points out "this Prime Minister has begun to resemble a frightened man whose public bark is hiding an increasingly toothless bite".