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  • MaltaFiles and public perception

    It's been a sad month for Malta. Allegations of corruption galore and, no matter whether you're Team Red or Team Blue or Team Let's Check Out What's Actually Happening Before Deciding (blessed be your rare souls), one thing we have to be all in...

  • Of levels of proof

    Of levels of proof

    I'm going to take a bit of a different angle to the obvious with this Egrant fiasco. And it is a fiasco, make no mistake. It's all very well to say "we need proof". But when you have the owner of an Iranian bank and his risk manager making like...

  • Dickens was right

    Dickens was right

    It’s been a while since I have been moved to post a blog update. Life gets in the way and, let’s face it, it’s always more of the same: “The government is corrupt, and we're on so many drugs, with the radio on and the curtains drawn”, to quote...

  • Right-wingers, grow a pair

    Right-wingers, grow a pair

    I don't usually resort to this sort of crassness, but the time for kid gloves clearly has gone. Where are your balls? I direct this question to the new wave of right-wingers, the extremists, the Trump supporters. Those who do everything they can...

  • 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...