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  • 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...

  • The house that Eddie built

    During his 1st May speech, the Prime Minister made a very interesting analogy, where he compared Malta with a house that looked great from the outside but which, until Labour took over, was rotting from the inside. The point of his speech suggests...

  • I can't believe it's not Panama

    I can't believe it's not Panama

      That’s it. I’ve tried really hard to avoid it, but I must admit, it’s too big to ignore anymore. I have to admit this is something which is the talk of the town for thousands of families around the island; it will have an impact on our society...

  • A new Constitution, do we need it?

    Every so often, such as appeared on the page where my column used to appear on Saturday in the print Times, the discussion about whether we need a new Constitution raises its head above the parapet. Sometimes, the discussion is provoked by those...

  • The king of this fair isle

    The king will flash his fakest smile and salute the crowd. And they, in awe, will scream in chorus their adulation, their overflowing emotion. The king has decided not to decide, the flock will roar, and all is good with the world as surveyed from...

  • Re-imagining Labour politics

    Re-imagining Labour politics

    While hailing Malta’s Labour government for its widening of civil rights, free childcare, lower utility bills, and many other reforms that were long overdue, many commentators also denounce the same Labour government for cronyism, environmental...

  • Nothing but a whitewash

    Nothing but a whitewash

    There is nothing redeeming about the reshuffle. Nothing which will appease anyone who is sound of mind and of good conscience. PL supporters will say that the Prime Minister listened to criticism and acted upon it but the truth is that nothing has...

  • You can not be serious

    You can not be serious

    Tennis fans will recognise John McEnroe's petulant outburst when some line judge or other had called his ball out, or in, or whatever, nasal whine and all.  Never, though, has such an ejaculation been more apt than today, Thursday, April 28 at 5pm...

  • Pink Fish, the Pope, and laïcité

    Pink Fish, the Pope, and laïcité

    Beyond the miserable spectacle of partisan bickering, there is a sober side to Parliamentary affairs, which, mostly unnoticed, last week has continued to work on much more useful matters. One such matter concerns the proposed changes in the Civil...

  • Bubbles, bursting

    Bubbles, bursting

    Premier Joe's Minions and Trolls have been delighting themselves, and no-one else, by crowing that the Panama Papers have burst the Nationalists' bubble. Their argument seems to be that since Panama Hats and KtheK haven't been alleged to have any...

  • Cuckoo land rules

    Living in cuckoo land has its great, electrifying moments. The trust rating of our most honourable prime minister has improved. I see. Actually I really do not see or understand. What does this make us, all us inhabitants of this island? Besides...

  • The moral life

    The moral life

    The sight of a Minister of State stuck to his seat when he could have resigned and saved himself and everyone a lot of hassle and aggro is far from frustrating. It is a form of political torture, especially felt by those who may well happen to...

  • Moving on

    I promised, on my FaceBook page, that I wasn't going to blog about the surreal contributions from Government members in the debate in the House last Monday. Being a man of my word, I won't, except to remark on the Loyal Members of the Government's...

  • The non-vote we all knew was coming

    The non-vote we all knew was coming

    While everyone was following the non-vote yesterday, live-tweeting it and getting more frustrated by the second, I was happily ignoring it all. The shock, the horror: a journalist who doesn’t care about the political goings-on of the country?...

  • A lesson in power for our self-appointed gods

    A lesson in power for our self-appointed gods

    Yesterday there was a very surreal debate in Parliament. Undoubtedly different people will have different takes about it.Some would point towards The Malta Independent, which on a number of consecutive days published the results of its survey...

  • Tribal maladies

    Tribal maladies

    There are moments when I start doubting whether people really consider themselves to be free individuals before they are Nationalists or Labourites. Have we forgotten the 1960s and 1980s when Malta looked and felt like a tribal battlefield? Many...

  • Brimming with confidence

    Brimming with confidence

    No doubt on Monday, Premier Joe will stride into the House brimming with confidence and sporting the smirk that has become his USP - a "Unique Selling Point". The fact that Premier Muscat's is a smirk that borders on being arrogant in the extreme...

  • More to it than the final decision

    Media coverage of the landmark sentence given by Magistrate Joe Mifsud in the case the police instituted against Jason Azzopardi centres, as is to be expected, on the decision that the MP is not guilty as charged. Quite naturally the court's...

  • And the mouse roared

    And the mouse roared

    It was part of folklore that Minister Evarist Bartolo, in another life, was Mary l-Maws (or was it Marija?) on Labour's weekly paper, KullHadd.  Whoever it was, he or she used to delight in getting at people on the other side of the political...

  • Will he stay or will he go?

    It was a toss-up between The Clash and Queen but even though it seems to be pretty much a foregone conclusion that Premier Joe has done his electoral arithmetic and concluded that it's time for PanamaHats to be chucked over the side, there's still...

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