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Ramona Depares

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

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

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...

In bed with Putin

Not that I need to remind you all, but I don’t give a flying duck about the Eurovision – normally. This is certainly not a reflection on the singer who was representing Malta this year. For starters, Ira Losco is a lovely human being, and for...

The non-vote we all knew was coming

While everyone was following the non-vote yesterday, live-tweeting it and getting more frustrated by the second, I was happily ignoring it all. The shock, the horror: a journalist who doesn’t care about the political goings-on of the country?...

If you follow the media...

The by-now-infamous press conference which saw prime minister’s wife Mrs Michelle Muscat lose her temper and have a go at the media saddened me. Fine, it also amused me but – in the longterm – the aftertaste was mostly of the ‘what a pity’...

Paqpaqli għall-Istrina trial – where does the buck stop?

I have long been researching the shocking Paqpali Għall-Istrina accident, which saw 23 spectators hit by a speeding car during what must be the biggest motorsport event in Malta, wondering how our law-enforcers would manage to sort out what is...

Of women, chattel and our law courts

Yesterday we celebrated Women's Day, a useless pandering to the gods of commerce that's only rivalled by Valentine's Day. Yesterday, in Malta, we also celebrated the fact that a man can pretty much do whatever he feels like to a woman that is...

We could be heroes

I finally got to watch Lampedusa, the play scripted by Anders Lustgarten and currently being produced by Unifaun at Spazju Kreattiv. As the kids say, it was intense. I cried, a lot, while trying to hide it so as not to freak everyone out. I also...

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...