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Ramona Depares

Suffer the children

Educational books raising awareness about LBGTQ relationships are given out in schools and all hell breaks loose. Suddenly, when our parochial lifestyle encounters something that is outside of our comfort zone, we transform into a nation of...

Of 'provocative' 13-year-olds

The latest story to capture the imagination of the self-righteous on social media involves an adult man caught trying to get a 13-year-old to strip on video chat. The 13-year-old turned out to be fictional, the product of a vigilante's imagination...

Five things I learnt from the ODZ disaster

Maltese politics come with a steep learning curve and the whole ‘American’ University of Malta saga was no different. There were the obvious things to be learnt – such as, it's okay to kill off all the greenery as long as you replace it with a...

No, you do not represent me

Publicly-aired, racist opinions should never be tolerated. What about freedom of expression, I hear you ask. It doesn’t take someone with the brain capacity of Einstein to figure out that this freedom is limited by the tenets of modern-day...

Move along, nothing to see

In his latest post, fellow blogger Fr Joe Borg chose to illustrate some mysterious ‘point’ by using a photo of a bare-butted man taken at a private party. No-one would have bat an eyelid had it been a layperson writing the post. Photos of naked...

No spine, no principles

People of strong principles - the kind that don't waver according to which way the political wind is blowing, or according to who is lining whose pockets, or even to the mood of the day - are rare. This is a truth that I only figured out after I...

The illegal referendum

Turns out the best April Fool’s joke ever is the way the hunters and our politicians deceived us into thinking the EU actually granted a derogation to allow spring hunting in Malta. I've been questioning the obvious for quite a while now.  Think...

Racists, you’re stupid

Racists, I’m sick and tired of the stupidity you show in your haste to incite hatred against those who don’t fit your notion of ‘pure Maltese blood’. Pure Maltese blood indeed – if  there ever was the perfect place to insert a ‘LOLZ’, this would...

If you vote yes

It's useless pretending most of the voting population gives a flying duck, or quail as it were, about the upcoming spring hunting referendum. The hunters do, of course. As for the rest, it's a very small minority of people who care enough about...

Sex offenders, event permits and loopholes

Charles Dickens was really not understating his case when he made one of his characters declare that the law is an ass. Consider this; Maltese law forbids a DJ/musician/entertainer from taking part in an event if he has been found guilty of a...

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