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  • Schools and religious freedom

    Schools and religious freedom

    In 2009, I wrote an article titled, 'Religious education in schools' on The Times. It was prompted by Fr Rene Camilleri’s anxiety over how in their Matsec exams, students of religion “were simply ‘regurgitating’ answers (…) from parish catechesis...

  • Dickens was right

    Dickens was right

    It’s been a while since I have been moved to post a blog update. Life gets in the way and, let’s face it, it’s always more of the same: “The government is corrupt, and we're on so many drugs, with the radio on and the curtains drawn”, to quote...

  • On excluding my religion

    On excluding my religion

    Archbishop Scicluna, during a speech on the first anniversary of the death of dear Archbishop Mercieca, said that Church schools have to respect the religious freedom of all parents irrespective of their religion. This means that if there are...

  • Where's everybody?

    Where's everybody?

    Nothing could have stopped the iconic Azure Window succumbing to its watery death. The most the authorities could have (possibly) done is to somewhat prolong its life until nature decided to take its toll. Its eventual collapse was always going to...

  • PN, listen up

    PN, listen up

    That the PN has not yet rid itself of the negative aura that got it dumped out of power in 2013 is a given. That since then, in the eyes of many, it has continued to take aim at its own size 9s, as evidenced by assorted errors of judgement such as...

  • Trolls and minions, please note

    That Premier Muscat's trolls and minions were, are and will forever be simply gagging for the opportunity to deflect the country's attention from the awesome stench of corruption wafting from the very seat of power and influence is a given. It is...

  • New lamps for old

    New lamps for old

    One of my favourite stories as a kid was the ever popular Aladdin. It lay deep in my copy of the 1001 Arabian Nights (the kid’s version, I hasten to add, not the wonderfully explicit Richard Burton version). Most of us remember the story of the...

  • Just press send

    In her column published today, where she expresses the thought that we shouldn't be so perturbed by Owen Bonnici's Media Control Act, lawyer Claire Bonello cites "lawyer Andrew Borg Cardona" (yours truly) writing that if the people behind a...

  • Don’t subscribe to opt-in ignorance

    Don’t subscribe to opt-in ignorance

    This government has made strides in legislations pertaining to equality with the introduction of civil unions, the criminalisation of gay therapy and other legislations such as the decriminalisation of religion vilification. But it’s looking like...

  • Two ugly, boring and oppressive political parties

    Two ugly, boring and oppressive political parties

    Joseph Muscat’s Labour government and Simon Busuttil’s adopted strategy to oppose him, might shed some light on the anxiety that many voters express when faced with a choice between voting for either large parties or taking the risk and voting for...

  • Fake news

    Fake news

    ● Ann Fenech is a snob and does not think pastizzi from Is-Serkin are suitable for prime ministers.● Ann Fenech likes to slum it and loves pastizzi from Is-Serkin.● The Maltese public think pastizzi are the most important thing in politics and...

  • Tacit Genocides and the curse of a punitive morality

    Tacit Genocides and the curse of a punitive morality

    While they take delight in using any opportunity to attack each other, our MPs have kept their peace over what is being planned by Europe, under Malta’s Presidency, with regards to refugees coming from Africa. This does not only tell us a lot...

  • Right-wingers, grow a pair

    Right-wingers, grow a pair

    I don't usually resort to this sort of crassness, but the time for kid gloves clearly has gone. Where are your balls? I direct this question to the new wave of right-wingers, the extremists, the Trump supporters. Those who do everything they can...

  • We’re going to make it after all

    We’re going to make it after all

    Way back when I was just over a decade old, a woman would walk down the streets of Minneapolis week after week and fling her hat in the air. That gesture would be accompanied by a song which concluded ‘we’re going to make it after all’. That woman...

  • KISSing the Affaire Lowenbrau

    KISSing the Affaire Lowenbrau

    Given the awesome level of prevarication and obfuscation to which Premier Joseph's minions, now including yet another legal luminary in the shape of Robert Abela (has Deborah Schembri decided to withdraw gracefully?) have sunk, I thought it might...

  • No, But, Yes, But ..

    No, But, Yes, But ..

    I suspect I've used this title before, but hey, what the heck, Donald J. Trump, Gawd'elp'us President of the US, repeats himself ad nauseam, so I can too.  The four words in the title, followed by a pause a couple of beats long and "seriously??"...

  • Fake off

    Fake off

    Donald Trump has been be crowned president of the 'free world', whatever that means. Claims that the so-called 'fake news' phenomenon alone led him to his throne are grossly exaggerated, though it certainly did give him a helping hand. But there...

  • Spinning the power web

    Spinning the power web

    Only a few days have passed since the power cut which left most of Malta without any power and focus has already shifted elsewhere. Most people simply shrugged off Enemalta’s explanation and moved on, even if it never really answered anything. In...

  • Institutionalised quietism

    Institutionalised quietism

    Often, Malta reminds me of DeChirico’s work, and Maltese tribalism recalls those two solitary figures in his metaphysical paintings about which Italo Calvino wrote his essay Travels in DeChirico’s Cities. Calvino tries to imagine what these two...

  • I know what I like

    I know what I like

    It's nice to be able to start with a quote that very few people (Darrin Zammit Lupi, are you reading?) will reference easily, so here goes... "me, I'm just a lawnmower, you can tell me by the way I walk..." What has brought on this flight of late...

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