Meet the ‘journalist’ who thinks Malta is “insignificant”

At the moment, the European Union is convening in Malta; and it was here, on Friday, that President of the European Council Donald Tusk issued an official response to Britain triggering Article 50. Next to him, stood our own Prime Minister, Dr. Joseph Muscat. Such a significant conference was, of course, attended by journalists from all the major media outlets. Among those was a certain Ian Birrell, foreign correspondent for the Daily Mail’s Sunday branch; The Mail on Sunday.

Ah yes, the Daily Mail I hear you say. The pinnacle of modern day journalism. An outlet of utmost honesty, integrity and reality. Yeah. Just in case the sarcasm in those sentences was lost on you; or whether you somehow don’t know who the Daily Mail are; think the media equivalent of whatever is stuck to the bottom of your shoes after a night in Havana. On St. Patrick’s Day. Not pretty, I know.

The man reporting for this rag meanwhile, was a certain Ian Birrell. Mr. Birell is a journalist with a lengthy list of achievements to his name, as shown in his website bio.  Indeed he’s shown off the fact that he’s won the Foreign Reporter of the Year Award and the Columnist of the Year Award in 2015; something he calls unprecedented.  However, having seen his reporting from Malta last weekend; it makes you wonder whether his competition for those awards were Glen Bedingfield, Nigel Farage and the Hal-Ghaxaq village cat.

Indeed in his article he is at pains to point out that Dr. Muscat was educated in a British University; implying of course that this should mean that he has no right to criticise Britain.  Birell makes sure to point out just how small Malta is in comparison with the UK (newsflash: we have discovered maps here, so we know) and how that somehow means we shouldn’t have as much a say in things because of that.  Oh but the fun doesn’t stop there.

Birell goes on to call Malta an “insignificant nation” and Dr. Muscat a “puffed-up pin-up of Europe’s Left”.  Personally I find it pretty ironic for an Englishman to call Malta an “insignificant nation” – especially when considering that it was Malta who arguably kept Britain in the Second World War by practically single-handedly holding up the North African Front; becoming the most bombed place on the planet in the process.

The article closes off by ominously reporting that the EU wanting to not let Britain leave it for free, and Dr. Muscat, and hence Malta, being at the forefront of it; is “the new world order”.  Maybe, just maybe, instead of whinging; the British should now just accept what is coming to them; even if that means that they are at the mercy of their former colony (oh irony).

So, dear Mr. Birell, it is not Malta who is insignificant; it is more likely in fact, that you are the insignificant one here, for as much as you think your unprofessional and disrespectful choice of wording may be having an effect – in reality you have around about as much pulling power as a stick-man in an art auction.  That being absolutely nothing.


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Albert Galea

Co-Founder of The Yuppie back in 2017 and a History graduate.

Albert Galea

Co-Founder of The Yuppie back in 2017 and a History graduate.

2 thoughts on “Meet the ‘journalist’ who thinks Malta is “insignificant”

  • April 7, 2017 at 10:43 am
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    You are a 21 year-old student, that’s cute.

    You are still trying in the process of creating concrete opinions. You’ll come to accept what an (insignificant) bog this country is by the time you hit your late 20s.

    • April 7, 2017 at 1:53 pm
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      All I have to say to that is to direct you to any Mediterranean history book to see just what an “insignificant bog” this country really is. And however “cute” it may be to be a 21 year-old student, at least I know how to use proper English syntax within a sentence.

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