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  • 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...

  • Write or wrong?

    Write or wrong?

    The threat was spelt out in no uncertain terms: “If U dont publish my comment I will sew you (sic)”…  The reader, let’s call him Joe Bloggs, took umbrage at Times of Malta’s online moderator for deleting two comments he had posted in reaction to a...

  • Embassies please report back

    Embassies please report back

    I am writing this under its title in the full knowledge that I will be accused of treason and assorted other crimes against the state, including lese majeste'. Frankly, m'dear, I don't give a damn, because it is necessary for the truth to be told,...

  • Blame it on Simon

    In my meanderings I meet all sorts of people, including some I consider very intelligent. Success and intelligence do not necessarily go hand in hand but in the case of one of these persons they did. So what he had to tell me I particularly wanted...

  • Opaque transparency

    Opaque transparency

    Three years ago the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Justin Welby found himself in a bit of a pickle. As part of his ministry he felt that he should come out against “Wonga”, a payday lending company, which he found problematic in how it lent money at...

  • Through the looking glass

    That's it, we've officially gone through the looking glass and tumbled down the rabbit hole, into an alternate reality that has taken on the attributes of an acid-induced nightmare. Consider the evidence, if you would be so kind. A Minister,...

  • Let the people sing!

    Let the people sing!

    Here we go again. Another year, another series of conspiracy theories, another stab at the language issue, another case of friends and enemies. MPs are once more calling for a ban of this prime example of western liberal corrupt values, and a...

  • And they're gone, whimpering

    And they're gone, whimpering

    I didn't attend the protest last Saturday. I was in Gozo on Friday night for an excellent lecture by Joe Pirotta on Borg Olivier and the Innu Malti (you can buy the book) and then on Saturday evening we had the opening of Debbie Caruana Dingli and...

  • Scottish lessons

    Scottish lessons

    Last week in Scotland, politics clearly won. Democracy feels even more vibrant. Following a campaign that often felt sedate and even boring, Scotland once more rose to the occasion and made very good use of devolution and the autonomy it continues...

  • Five reasons why you should be attending the Civil Society Network protest

    On Saturday May 7 at 10am, in front of the new Parliament, the Civil Society Network will be organising a non-partisan protest calling for the resignations of Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri. It will be a peaceful protest with no speeches. All...

  • Dwight and Varist

    When you thought you’ve heard it all, enter another debate in Parliament and you have to start again. What emerged yesterday in Parliament again confirmed a very scary prospect. While both parties lived up to their self-given tasks and scrambled...

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