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Ramona Depares

Ditch the Falzon #respect

It's offensive. After the National Audit Office yesterday confirmed what we kind of already knew in the most damning way possible, there was only one possible acceptable outcome. The resignation of Michael Falzon, which was indeed what happened...

OD(Z)ing on bull

In the face of disaster in terms of public image, one possible dignity- saving strategy involves creating some positive spin, typically through misdirection. Some ungrateful sod accuses you of corruption? Pull out a fast charity stunt out of your...

King of misdirection

And just when you thought things couldn’t get more surreal... they do. As he continues falling over  himself to avoid annoying magnate Charles Polidano (aka iċ-Ċaqnu), prime minister Joseph Muscat  has come up with a novel reason why the law can’t...

She asked for it!

Feminist rant alert. That is, if expecting not to be beaten up because I say something that some man somewhere doesn’t like qualifies as feminism. I would have expected it to fall straight under the human and civil rights department, but...

How very Christian

This morning we woke up to more bad news, this time on the local front. And this time, it could possibly have been avoided. Some 70 people injured after a glass stairwell collapsed in a Paceville club. Currently  fighting for their life are two...

5 things I learned from the Migration Summit

The event that almost brought Malta to a standstill is now over. I might not be any the wiser as to what our world leaders intend to do to tackle migration in a humane manner, but this doesn't mean there weren't some lessons bidden in there,...

Shut the phone up

It started barely one minute in, with the man sitting in front of me leaning across to his companion, giggling and stage-whispering something into her ear. The woman giggled back and mockingly pushed him away. I resisted the temptation to whisper...

Bus off, why don't you

It is not often that I find myself in agreement with anything the General Workers Union or its head Tony Zarb have to say. Not because I take a cavalier attitude to workers' rights (I hail from what is termed an old-fashioned workers' family), but...

Homosexuality not a disease

Patrick Pullicino’s  opinion piece on today’s issue of the newspaper (read here: http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20150826/opinion/the-ethics-of-gay-conversion.581963) shocked and disgusted me. Masquerading as an objective analysis of...

Not about feminism

Many are clamouring for ETC chief executive officer Philip Rizzo’s resignation because the “brains, boobs and balls” comment he made on Facebook with respect to one of his (female) heads of department is anti-feminist. Read the story here. I...

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