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Ramona Depares

Sex, lies and legal tape

It was with shock that I read out the first important judgement of the year: a 60-year-old man gets three years’ prison for sexual violence on a minor. The shock increased as events continued unfolding after the judgement was made public. Or...

Bilingual, my foot

I really hesitate to do a Scrooge on you all, but amid all the chocolates and mince pies there recently nestled a report by the University of Malta. The report centred around the performance of students in the written section of the English...

More Ġieh ir-Repubblika recipients

If an 11-year-old singer – a pretty charismatic and talented one, but that’s hardly the point – is deemed the ideal recipient of the highest honour of the country just to satisfy all the Eurovision fans, then I don’t see why my favourite people...

Easier Uni entry?

It’s bad enough that, every single year, our university spews out a ridiculous amount of students who can barely string two sentences together in whichever language. Students who think that they can go from puking beer all over Republic Street one...

Citizenship sale; it’s a fail

I have not yet blogged about the mess that has become the Maltese citizenship saga because my able colleagues on this site have already said it all, and very eloquently too. In short, the idea stinks. At this stage, it is pretty much a fait accompli.

Culture: water the wasteland

Perhaps to no-one’s surprise, the Maltese have once again been officially defined as cultural philistines, with our participation scoring the second lowest in Europe...

The secular state

It takes a news report titled ‘Church-State talks on amendments to marriages law successfully concluded’ to push the point home. The whole idea of a secular state – one of the foundation stones of any genuinely democratic state – really has not...

Transport Malta’s evaluation

So Transport Malta is evaluating the impact of horses and heavy vehicles on rush-hour traffic, huh? As a friend of mine aptly commented online this morning, “remind me why I employ these people, again?” Anyone with an I.Q. higher than that of a...

Civil unions, uncivil comments

So the Civil Unions Bill will finally grant same-sex couples the rights that should have been taken for granted in the first place, making history by allowing me to write “well done, Mr Government” without any hint of irony. That’s enough of being...

Barilla no more?

Guido Barilla, the founder of pasta Barilla, apparently feels secure enough in the market dominance of his brand to say that “gay people can buy someone else’s pasta”. Well, fine he didn’t actually say that in as many words. You can read the whole...

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