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Alison Bezzina

Challenged to make ends meet

When I first heard of Steve Hili’s 121 Challenge I didn’t think much of it. I thought it was another one of Steve Hili’s jokes and fobbed it off with the rest of the useless stuff I see on Facebook. You see, I’ve always thought of myself as a low...

The secret sexists

My neighbours have a habit of congregating outside their doors and having long-winded chitchats about their lives. Now I know that this is quite a tradition in Malta, and I would probably find it quaint and fascinating if only they didn’t do it in...

Exposing disabilities

Last week was a good week because my brother, who has an intellectual disability, was only going to get punched in the face once. I consider it a good week because this sort of thing happens on a regular basis simply because my brother, who is now...

Whipping Politicians

Last Monday, Malta became the 22nd European country to recognise same-sex unions and the 10th to allow gay couples to adopt. As happy as I am that we’ve finally made it into in the 21st century on the right side of history, I’ve also come to...

A vote for spring

Something has got to be said about people like Jonathan Shaw who stand up to be counted even when their opinion is not in line with the party they represent. Last week, in an interview with this paper, Jonathan publicly stated that he is...

Knocking out evil

Last Monday could have been a sad day for many, but thanks to an overwhelming amount of good people, it turned out not to be. On Monday, at about 8 o’clock in the morning, a terrible and unexplainable act of vandalism was discovered at Inspire’s...

Hit and run

Although I’ve always been fully aware that racism is alive and kicking, for a while I might have been living under the comfortable delusion that it’s only the ignorant and uneducated that become big fat racists.  Thanks to social media which has...

Why?

It’s no secret that during the last general elections I came very close to voting PL but ultimately voted AD. Before that I always voted for PN, and hand on heart there’s no telling whom I’ll vote for in the future. Because of my way of voting,...

This got my goat!

Love her or hate her, in the last general election Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca won the highest number of Labour votes after Joseph Muscat. In addition, she’s been consistently elected to parliament since 1998. So why isn’t it crystal clear to our...

Poverty is expensive

Every time I’m in some European city I cringe at the sight of homeless people begging in the streets. As I reach down into my pockets to appease my guilt, I thank heavens that I don’t have to face any such scenes in Malta. Admittedly, in the past...