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  • If I may, Your Grace…

    If I may, Your Grace…

    I often find myself defending Archbishop Charles Scicluna for the wrong reasons, though this time I might be right. Over a year ago, in another part of the Maltese press, I published an article titled “Two Charlies and a secular quandary”, where I...

  • Joseph Muscat is right

    Joseph Muscat is right

    I thought that would get your attention. Don’t go running away with the idea that I have been converted to slavish adherence to the Movement, that abject manner of behaviour I shall leave to others, who seem to prefer to adopt the ostrich’s...

  • Hail to Mr Minority President

    Hail to Mr Minority President

    As at the point of writing Hilary Clinton has 1.75 million votes more than President elect Donald Trump; and that big gap is bound to increase! At the point of writing only 12 states have published certified results. By December 13 almost all...

  • Get 'em out by Friday

    In the post-truth era characterised by the electoral victories of Premier Muscat, that Farage specimen and - Gawd'elp'us'all - Donald Trump, it is possible to say what you like and get away with it, because, hey, it's an opinion, ay? My title...

  • A culture of resignation

    A culture of resignation

    The recent resignation of Pia Zammit from the Manoel Theatre Board a week ago, seems to have caused, remarkably, some ripples in the usually calm waters of the performing arts. This paper chose it, also rather surprisingly, as a front page...

  • The Antidisestablishmentarianism of it

    I never thought I'd use that word, particularly in a headline, but hey, we're living in the Post-Fact World, the one in which words have lost their meaning, so there you go, it's up there for you to admire. If you want to know what it means, look...

  • It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)

    It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)

    The classic REM song was uploaded by an incredulous friend on Facebook on Wednesday morning as the world was jolted out of its sleep to discover that a misogynistic, narcissistic, serial liar had been elected president of the so-called land of the...

  • A bad time to have a (decent) opinion

    A bad time to have a (decent) opinion

    A great post caught my eye this morning: the German people are encouraging Americans to go ahead and vote in a lying, racist thug who threatens to imprison his enemies and stifle any opinion other than his. "After all, what can go wrong?" they...

  • Demon alert

    Demon alert

    First off, happy Halloween guys. Yes, I know it's not a real holiday. Yes, I know it's a commercial US import. Yes, I know it's just another excuse to party, drink and be merry.  And, guess what, I'm perfectly fine with that. If we can comfortably...

  • Sorry not sorry

    Sorry not sorry

    "I'm sorry I was chatting on my phone, didn't see the lights turn red and wound up ramming the side of your car." "I'm sorry I forgot to declare a huge chunk of my earnings last year." "Oh, did I mention I'm terribly sorry I walked into your shop...

  • Pre-budget twaddle

    Pre-budget twaddle

    My knowledge of economics, as I have admitted on more than one occasion, is perhaps equivalent to someone as thick as two short planks, as my economics teacher in Sixth Form back some forty-five years was wont to remark. This does not mean that I...

  • What a coincidence - not

    I hold no brief for Beppe Fenech Adami, and if he’s acted in any manner that is not in accordance with the standards of propriety to which he is entitled to hold everyone else, he would have to be answerable for this. However, on the evidence thus...

  • To each his own

    To each his own

    All twenty articles that I have since written for this blog, come from one premise: that the “disagreement” between the Opposition and Government is an expedient way to sustain tribal interests which continue to weaken democracy while sustaining...

  • Lie witness news

    The big oil-storage tanker that will be feeding the still-to-be-inaugurated power station will be entering the Marsaxlokk harbour within hours. People can then reach their own conclusions about the aesthetic and environmental impact. People will...

  • MAP(ping) women’s control

    MAP(ping) women’s control

    Picture suffering a medical emergency in the middle of the night. You know that there’s a pill that will sort out this emergency in no time at all. It is a pill that is available instantly, over-the-counter, pretty much the world over – except,...

  • A journalist dies in Jordan. May his death be a clear sign to all of us

    A journalist dies in Jordan. May his death be a clear sign to all of us

    Over the past few days there has been a major debate in the US and the murder of a prominent journalist in Jordan. These two facts seem unrelated but both should set us thinking about the state of our world and the liberties we treasure. The...

  • Deeply disturbing

    Deeply disturbing

    It is axiomatic, practitioners of the dark art of advocacy will tell you, that when the presence of a minister is required for testimony, it is ever so likely that Affairs of State will be found so impelling that precedence would have to be given...

  • Millions for the bullies; peanuts for the natives.

    Millions for the bullies; peanuts for the natives.

    The big-moneyed bullies who are ruling the roost and making millions thanks to pre-electoral shady deals have now decided to add insult to injury. The Times of Malta informed us of this yesterday. In a story penned by Philip Leone Ganado we were...

  • Have your moment...

    Have your moment...

    Let's start from the premise that any amount of €uro's worth of investment is a good thing. Premier Joseph's announcement of the fact that some people are going to print money here is, therefore, an equally good thing and he deserves his moment in...

  • Lest we forget

    52 years ago Malta gained its independence. No amount of political talk, rewriting of history or stamping of feet is going to change this.No attempt at elevating any other event in our history will change the fact that independent Malta was born...

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