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Herman Grech

Ch-ch-ch-changes... David Bowie's final trick

My mobile phone went into overdrive around 8am this morning when news started leaking that rock legend David Bowie had died, aged 69. My admiration for the Thin White Duke has persisted since my brother indoctrinated me with the album Heroes in 1977.

Stop this in 2016

“If journalists won’t take a stand for core liberties — and then be leaders in the campaign to save or restore them — we’ll be fit to call ourselves entertainers, and not much else.” - Dan Gillmor While the concept of activist journalism is up for...

U iva mhux xorta

Just days before the last general election a party candidate shared her frustration with me following a home visit.  "So I visited this home and the father said he and his entire family wouldn't vote for our party unless we cancel his unpaid...

Why us journalists are part of the problem

I hate it when we choose to be too politically correct while ignoring the bigger picture. I strongly believe in protecting the rights of asylum seekers but I don’t subscribe to the idea of calling all migrants entering Europe “refugees”. Many of...

When fiction causes friction

If you’re a regular reader of the Daily Mail then you can’t be blamed for thinking the refugees trying to get into Europe are nothing more than marauders threatening European civilisation. While the constant scapegoating of migrants from the Nigel...

Beaten up – but he won’t take action

A message posted on Facebook by a woman last week immediately caught the eye of one of our reporters: “This African guy I know was spat upon and then beaten up by four or five men on returning home on the bus. He has a broken nose and...

How dare a black man tell us to stand in line?

I could bet my bottom dollar that were it a Maltese burly, foul-mouthed bully who was believed to have caused some commotion at the Valletta bus terminus, the police would have let him off with a friendly shoulder pat and the template ‘ejja nimxu...

When two tribes go to war

Reading the online comments boards in reaction to the pro-environment protest I don’t know whether to laugh or cry in despair. “I hope Muscat ignores these time wasters,” wrote one. “The PN organised coaches from all localities,” claimed another.

10 reasons to miss your Saturday treat

The Maltese are ominously imbued with unbearable lethargy. Unless our political party instructs us to take to the streets, we remain reluctant to protest against any kinds of injustices… especially if it doesn’t impact our pockets. Or else we...

Go chase the real cowboys!

It was the biggest planning infringement in the history of this law-abiding country and the authorities had no choice but to put up a show of force. A team of about 10 police officers and officials from the Malta Tourism Authority swooped down on...