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  • Is England’s victory Britain’s defeat?

    Is England’s victory Britain’s defeat?

     Britain votes to leave the European Union  David Cameron to resign as British PM   A Maltese EU referendum would be 'suicide': Muscat A disaffected electorate becomes very unpredictable. After decades of systematic blaming of the European Union...

  • Here we go again

    Here we go again

    I've no idea who the people behind the initiative to get the morning-after pill legalised are. I can't, then, comment on whether this is just another strangely-hued herring chucked into the pond to divert us from the real problems of corruption...

  • I'm pro-life too

    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...

  • Of love, life and the living

    Of love, life and the living

    While it is relatively easy to make generalist platitudes over the environment, corruption, and civil rights, it is far more difficult to take a stand when it comes to arguments that are decisively more compelling — such as a woman’s rights on her...

  • Not a social warrior’s blog

    Not a social warrior’s blog

    We indeed are living in a mad world when we get to read an opinion piece of the likes of Christopher Attard and his latest gem titled “Social justice gone mad.” A piece so laden with big words and despise for anything that resembles a call for...

  • High flying adored

    High flying adored

    OK, I’ll admit it: I love skyscrapers. Ever since I spent a couple of days in the city that doesn’t sleep, I have been fascinated with those tall lean fingers reaching out to snatch the clouds. Whether they be the iconic Twin Towers from which I...

  • All the same

    The refrain of the unthinking and self-deluding that "all politicians are the same" has always annoyed me, mainly because it demonstrates a shameful level of reluctance to get involved and exercise their mental faculties on the part of those...

  • Mind the gap

    Mind the gap

    While the word independent connotes a state that is relative, the notion of an independent media cannot be relativistic. When we say “independent” we need to add a context: “from what?” or “from whom?” In Malta the expectation is that the...

  • 0.7 grams worth of dangerous criminal

    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...

  • Because I'm worth it

    Because I'm worth it

    Many of us, who do not have to live the daily grind of making ends meet, whine about how so many people in Malta think the Government owes them a living and free services and hand-outs and generally loads of dosh. Those of us who think things...

  • The hatred of the other

    The hatred of the other

    A few days ago, Herman Grech reminded his Facebook friends that when it comes to the hatred of the other, amongst the Maltese there are some who seek to excel in their ways of showing everyone how low they could stoop. I cite his post verbatim:...

  • Publish, then be damned

    In the last couple of days, there have been editorials in the free press that have brought into stark relief the way our position as the fourth guarantor of democracy has been eroded.   A free press, one that espouses the ideals of integrity and...

  • The unbearable numbness of politics

    Last week I was in Malta for a quick one-week visit that combined work, family, and some rest. The weather was great and the general rhythm of the place was good. While the locals continue to sustain that well-paced rhythm of Maltese normalcy,...

  • The untenable bitterness of being

    The untenable bitterness of being

    That Konrad Mizzi’s position within the Government, and now within the House, given the way he’s behaved, is untenable is a given. Likewise, his boss, Premier Joseph Muscat, who failed to dump him, and that other specimen, Schembri, at the first...

  • Naqilgħu tkaxkira, they say

    Naqilgħu tkaxkira, they say

    The warning was clear: “After the next election, it would be the turn of others, like The Times and The Malta Independent to be swept away (jaqilgħu tkaxkira) so nobody would stand in the people's path to progress and prosperity.” The message was...

  • They say, we hear

    In his seminal “1984”, George Orwell, way back in 1949, had introduced the notion of Doublespeak, by giving us the words “Doublethink” and “Newspeak”, allowing us to do the rest. In 1949 (it is merely a myth that 1984 inverts the last two digits...

  • It's their party

    Far be it from me to express any opinion on which of the contenders the members of Premier Muscat’s Labour Party should elect as their Deputy Leader for Party Affairs. After all, it’s their party and they can cry if they want to. It seems that the...

  • Snubbed by a 'commercially sensitive nature'

    Snubbed by a 'commercially sensitive nature'

    A few years back, in 2012 to be precise, when the BBC thought fit to bring out that family heirloom, better known as Englebert Humperdinck, to prove his terpsichorean powers in the Eurovision Song Contest (he returned with a total of 12 points),...

  • In bed with Putin

    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...

  • Não ao Golpe - No to the coup!

    Não ao Golpe - No to the coup!

    If the Panama Papers confirmed the reality of concealed power by showing us the partial face of the Establishment, the coup that is being staged against President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil reminds us of those dark days when democratically elected...

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