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  • Will Tsipras do “a Mintoff”?

    This coming Sunday the Greeks will vote in an important referendum. But is it clear what they are voting for? The ‘yes’ side are saying that those who want Greece to continue forming part of the Eurozone and the EU should vote ‘yes’. On the other...

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

    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...

  • Labour, business as usual

    Those of us of a certain age remember how Dom Mintoff and Dr KMB's Socialist Labour Party of the Republic of Malta used to do business. Labour Battalions were set up to absorb the unemployed and unemployable, factories to process capers and...

  • Is that 36,000 growing?

    36,000. To foreigners, unless they are very interested in our political intricacies, this is just a number. In Malta the number has magical, nearly-supernatural powers. It is a number that scares some beyond compare. All still remember it, all...

  • Your planet needs you

    A very popular and well-known World War I poster depicts Field-Marshal Lord Kitchener (1850–1916) – (a national war hero and Secretary of State for War) pointing his finger towards the viewers with the words: “Your country needs you”. The image...

  • AND WHAT WAS ACHIEVED?

    On Saturday, a number of thousands went to Valletta to protest against Premier Joseph Muscat's decision to site a "university" at Zonqor Point, a tract of land that is outside the development zone - ODZ in jargon. On Sunday, Premier Muscat let it...

  • Crossed pencils and crossed people

    This morning papers gave prominence to yesterday’s demonstration organised by a number of environmental NGO's under the leadership of Front Harsien ODZ. The Sunday Times of Malta said that thousands took part in the demonstration and described the...

  • When two tribes go to war

    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

    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...

  • Vincent Degaetano’s dignified dissent

    Vincent Degaetano’s dignified dissent

    A study just published in the Journal of Medical Ethics showed that nearly 2% of all the people who die each year in Belgium are euthanized without their request or consent. Yes, this is not a mistake. You read well. They are killed without them...

  • 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...

  • Oi, Switcher...

    Yes, you, the smug one in the corner, the one who voted for Premier-to-be Joseph Muscat because, you know, maaaa, these Nationalists, they're so, ma nafx jien, corrupt and hamalli.  Let's play a game, shall we?  Answer the "if this, then that"...

  • À la recherche du Mizzi perdu

    Yesterday The Times ran with a story about Konrad Mizzi going ‘missing’. So far we still don’t know what happened to the minister but it is curious this happened on the evening Dr Mizzi was supposed to give answers to a few heated questions. Last...

  • Switching swindlers

    Switchers are kings and queens. They made Joseph Muscat. They gave him an unbelievable majority and they remain his life-blood. But by their nature they are fickle and could, on a whim, a whiff of scandal or through fear, switch back to the other...

  • Charlie Charlie won’t get involved

    I had resisted and resisted the temptation for a long time but this morning I could resist no more. I tried the Charlie Charlie challenge. I neatly wrote the two ‘yes’ and two ‘no’ in the four quadrants –so that Charlie, the Mexican demon, will...

  • IDENTICAL BUT DIFFERENT

    I'm not a bosom buddy of the Principal Permanent Secretary but he seems to be something of a kindred spirit in that he is clearly a big fan of "Yes, Prime Minister". Sir Humphrey, the faithful will remember, used words to achieve his nefarious...

  • A plea for concrete business ethics

    Yesterday (Wednesday June 3) I attended a very interesting seminar organized by the Foundation Centesimus Annus. This is a Church foundation which studies questions related to different aspects of the social teaching of the Church (hence the...

  • The slips are growing

    If there is one thing I love it must be flippancy. The act of defusing tough times with a silly retort, a laugh at your lowest point, the need to forget that sometimes life is one bitter, rough cookie, is an art worthy of any master. So hurrah to...

  • Shocking beyond belief

    Times of Malta today carried a report about a meeting that Simon Busuttil had with a number of academics on Friday. This was a consultation meeting aimed at having the opinion of academics about the new legal notice establishing criteria...

  • ASSET DISPOSAL AUDIT

    This is an interim report commissioned by Joseph Q. Public into the manner in which Premier Joseph Muscat's "government" is disposing of the country and its assets.  The issues are listed in no particular order, in the same way Premier Joseph and...

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