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  • Presidencies and other P-words

    Presidencies and other P-words

    As the long-awaited Malta EU presidency has turned Valletta into a hive of police activity right as I type this – to a ridiculous degree, with many of the few parking areas available cordoned off, traffic jams galore and pedestrians shepherded...

  • Demon alert

    Demon alert

    First off, happy Halloween guys. Yes, I know it's not a real holiday. Yes, I know it's a commercial US import. Yes, I know it's just another excuse to party, drink and be merry.  And, guess what, I'm perfectly fine with that. If we can comfortably...

  • Sorry not sorry

    Sorry not sorry

    "I'm sorry I was chatting on my phone, didn't see the lights turn red and wound up ramming the side of your car." "I'm sorry I forgot to declare a huge chunk of my earnings last year." "Oh, did I mention I'm terribly sorry I walked into your shop...

  • MAP(ping) women’s control

    MAP(ping) women’s control

    Picture suffering a medical emergency in the middle of the night. You know that there’s a pill that will sort out this emergency in no time at all. It is a pill that is available instantly, over-the-counter, pretty much the world over – except,...

  • People have the power

    People have the power

    When, some 15 years ago, the public coastline around Manoel Island was blocked, there was a surprising lack of outcry, save from the NGOs' part. Maybe we were dazzled by the development that precipitated the closure. Or maybe we actually fell for...

  • Victim Shaming 101

    Victim Shaming 101

    The Salott on Facebook – it has a lot to answer for. Free speech is all very well and good, but it does prompt all the ugly lice to crawl out of the woodwork.  One particular post managed to combine a heavy dose of misogyny, prejudice and...

  • More than our skyline

    More than our skyline

    Even as we wail (and rightly so) about the latest government mess up that will have Malta's skyline look like some dystopian nightmare, we forget that - as important as maintaining a balance in development is - the buck doesn't start and stop with...

  • Some ideas for the Gozo Minister

    Some ideas for the Gozo Minister

    It's a slow summer and my heart goes out to the Gozo minister, with the whole country taking the mickey out of him for attending to his ceremonial duties and lending the full cachet of government pomp to the opening of... A public toilet.  But we...

  • I'm pro-life too

    I'm pro-life too

    Yeah that’s right, I’m pro-life too. I’m tired of all these groups, most of which hold a view diametrically opposed to mine, touting themselves as ‘pro-lifers’, for all the world as though all those who disagree with them are advocating wholesale...

  • 0.7 grams worth of dangerous criminal

    0.7 grams worth of dangerous criminal

    The law is there to be respected, ignorantia legis neminem excusat etc etc. I just thought I’d get the boring legal stuff out of the way just to shut up those of you who will try to throw the Criminal Code in my direction after reading this...