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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...

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...