It’s that day in the year again. Ever since internet surfing has become second nature it has become one of the most fertile grounds for identifying those great gags when serious news channels or papers decide to throw in their very own April Fool’s item. Last year Google had a big one. I am still on the look out for any good candidates. A quick surf this morning over the Maltese sites only produced this jewel from the jokers at maltastar: Couple in talks to open first Maltese porn channel (Maltastar).
Later in the day Maltarightnow is expected to announce that the government has not really reactivated Malta’s membership in the Partnership for Peace but that it was simply an early April Fool’s ploy. The Times will introduce a number of blogs featuring unfettered criticism of the government just for the day. Observers expect the Independent to notice that today is April Fool’s day around seven in the evening and a belated article will be added to the online edition quoting an obscure blog’s declaration that the Mistra development will be given the go-ahead after all.
The website DCG.com will announce that liberal columnist Daphne is divorcing from her hubbie and will be marrying Jason Micallef in a brief ceremony (a filler not to lose the brownie marriage points). Robert Micallef of Wired Temples will report a blog post that was posted on the same day. Former Minister Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando will open his own website and inform the Maltese public that he has taken up journalism as a full time profession. Another new personal website this time by Georg Sapiano will announce that GS will run for the MEP elections.
The Gonzi government will announce that the date for the first meeting for Parliament will be around the 8th June in order to allow Labour to choose its leader. It will also announce that until then decisions will be taken by Cabinet without consultation – force labour (and force majeur) – any blame for this decision should fall on the Labour party (after all it is their fault that they cannot choose a leader more quickly). Later in the day the Gonzi government will announce that this was not an April Fool.
The Labour party leadership candidates will collectively renounce their pretensions for leadership and Lorna Vassallo will be unanimously declared soul candidate. A second press release will include the errata corrige: we did not mean “soul” but “sole”. Harry Vassallo will announce that he is leaving Malta to go to Tibet and lead a real uprising in a country where his talent will be appreciated. He will not be liable to payment of tax while in Tibet.
That’s all for now from the J’accuse news desk. We hope you enjoyed this part of the April Fool scoop (poisson d’avril) and do look out for more scoops later in the day.
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