Have you ever wondered about the origins of Godwin Grech? He who pulled the wool over the eyes of Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull and Tasmania’s Senator Eric Abetz, over the fake e-mail affair? If they had done a little research, they might have been a tad more wary.

Godwin is of Old English origin and can mean either God’s Friend or good friend. That’s a tricky name for someone who indulges in political espionage. Mr Turnbull and Senator Abetz might have wondered if, perhaps, Mr Grech was playing Devil’s advocate when slipping them a dodgy document.

Mr Grech comes from noble Maltese stock and is probably proud of his heritage. Nothing wrong with that, but the sting in this tale lies in his coat of arms, as a google search reveals:

The origins of the surname GRECH appear to ultimately lie in the latin word “Graecus” meaning “Greece”. Thus the surname Grech denotes “descendant of the Greek”.Malta’s relations which Greece and Greek culture goes back to ancient times. About 1000 B.C. a Phoenician colony was established on the island. In the year 736 B.C. they were occupied by the Greeks who called their colony Melita. During the division of the Roman Empire in 295 A.D. Malta was awarded to the Eastern Roman Empire and came under the rule of the Byzantine Emperors of Constantinople. One of the earliest references to the surname Grech , in its original form, is a record of one Joannis GRIKAS who was recorded in the year 1131.

The surname Grech has long been associated with the nobility of Malta with bearers of the name having their own family coat of arms, as described below.

Blazon of arms: Azure between two scorpians or; a tree ppr; and on a chief sable; three mullets of the second.
Crest : A ducal coronet.
Origin: Malta

If Mr Turnbull and Senator Abetz had known, they might have been wary of someone wearing a ducal coronet with scorpions in his arms. And they just, might, have realised they were the mullets about to be stung.