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  • Is the Church discriminating?

    My commentary on The Sunday Times of Malta (21/12/14) will discuss the present controversy between the Church and the Malta Union of Teachers (and to a lesser extent the General Workers' Union) about the employment criteria that should be used...

  • FESTIVE PQs*

    In the House before it rose on Wednesday, newly anointed Minister Carmelo Abela happened to be the only Minister around at lunchtime, so he had to answer all the supplementary questions that are traditionally made to the Prime Minister during the...

  • Charitable my foot

    Yes, I know that begging is illegal and that having beggars on the street is not the ideal situation to aspire to. I also realise that not all those who wind up begging are actually in the dire straits they claim to be in. However, having put the...

  • She taught us how to smile

    She never taught a class, she never raised her voice, (except perhaps to hit the perfect note in a song), and she never wrote anything on a blackboard, and yet, she taught so many people invaluable lessons – lessons we could never find in a book,...

  • THE INTERVIEW*

    Dr Manuel Mallia, formerly Minister of State for Home Affairs, National Security, Catering and Public Entertainment, was interviewed* by your intrepid blogger. How do you feel now that you are on the back benches, less than two years after taking...

  • Bring in more clowns

    Let’s revisit some recent events on this blighted isle. Car driven by a certain Smith, of unknown origin, hits minister’s car mirror. Big Deal! Minister’s driver chases, threatens and shoots. DOI issues press release with more holes in it than the...

  • A play in three acts

    The is a play with three main actors, Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church; Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, representative of the Partit Laburista; and Angelina Jolie, famous actress and Special Envoy of UNHCR for the rights of immigrants. Act...

  • ON THE SETTLING OF THE DUST

    In a craven effort to divert public attention away from his indecisiveness and penchant for procrastination, Joseph Muscat, without whose direct approval I am morally convinced nothing happens within Government and Party, decreed that Jeffrey...

  • Righting the balance

    This was the week, or the weeks, that was or were. So many things happened, so many tremors were felt, that it rendered most comment superfluous or ridiculous. And every time anyone of us mere mortals spoke, we were upstaged by a bigger bombshell...

  • The controversy rages on

    The report that three former judges (I will refer to them as the Board) penned about Malliagate is now in the public domain; unfortunately minus several important documents that were attached to it by the same judges. The publication of these...

  • Dr Emanuel sive Manuel Mallia vs the Prime Minister

    In the Industrial Tribunal* The Hon. Dr Emanuel sive Manuel Mallia vs Prime Minister Application of the Plaintiff Mallia Respectfully Submits That on the 9th December 2014 at 13:59 he was summarily dismissed from the position of Great & Exalted...

  • AND THE QUESTIONS REMAIN

    As I write this, the Three Unwise* Men’s Report has not yet been made public.   I am morally convinced that their conclusions will be such as to create so many doubts as to who was where doing what and saying which to whom that Labour’s spinners...

  • If I were a prophet….

    I’ve said this before and, I honestly thought that I wouldn’t say it again (at least not before the inquiry about the Mallia shooting incident is concluded), but here I am, saying it again - this is going to turn out to be one big silly mistake, a...

  • THE CALL(s)*

    The scene is Kurt Farrugia's front room, November 19  in the evening, where he is engaged in a spot of domestic down-time after a hard day at the coal-face of coordinating the Prime Minister's communications and overseeing the endless self-praise...

  • THE REPORT*

    The undersigned, hereinafter referred to as the Three Unwise Men (shafted) or TUM(s), being acquiescent to the Honourable the Prime Minister's fervent desire to pass the buck, dodge the bullet, avoid the flack and generally chicken out of taking...

  • Are all animals equal?

    After a successful revolt over their lazy owner the animals set up the animal kingdom whose basic law was enshrined in the Seven Commandments of Animalism. The most important commandment was “All animals are equal".The events that followed their...

  • Like a virgin... Touchy for the very first time?

    Like a virgin... Touchy for the very first time?

    Anyone with a semblance of political objectivity would admit that the Nationalist Party has had the upper hand in recent weeks. The unacceptable delay in the power station project, the jobs-for-the-boys extravaganza, the 'anything goes' building...

  • STAR TURNS

    Muscat’s two star turns are rapidly turning into spent whizz-bangs. Manwel Mallia, presently Minister for Everything A Tinpot Dictator Would Give His Right Arm To Have, is in a flat spin, with not even an inkling where the next salvo is coming from.

  • The horror, the horror

    Can we all wake up and get a proper hold of ourselves? Can we stop thinking of all our problems, especially the minister’s driver’s shooting, as political? To quote the Prime Minister can we wake up and smell the coffee? Not that any coffee would...

  • Bravo, Mater Dei

    A woman shows up at Mater Dei hospital in a state of visible mental agitation and pain. By her own account, she has taken a number of pills in order to induce a miscarriage. What do our noble hospital administrators do? Option 1. Treat her body...

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