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  • Morality 101

    Name-dropping of the pseudo-intellectual sort makes me break out in hives and the level indulged in by Michael Axiaq – him of the Ph.D in morality and the rigid morals to match – on yesterday’s edition of Times Talk reached a rather spectacular...

  • A gentleman, a professional

    I was shocked yesterday when Anna, Manni Spiteri’s wife, phoned to say that Manni had just suddenly died. We had shared so many great experiences together that I came to know him as a close friend, a true gentleman and an avid professional. Manni...

  • Yawn! Here we go again

    Can you imagine if a multi million dollar global company had to declare that no matter how good its female employees are, no matter how qualified they get, no matter their experience, their skills and talents, and no matter how hard they try, they...

  • #BrandMalta? Better work on gender quotas

    The Ernst & Young conference on October 8 gave light to a few interesting topics. The results of the survey about Malta’s investment attractiveness showed a few worrying shifts to respondents preferring to tick the ‘don’t know’ box instead of the...

  • Serving and loving the Church

    The subject of my next commentary in The Sunday Times of Malta is Archbishop Paul Cremona and his resignation which hit us like a bolt out of the blue. I will comment without repeating here what I will write there. Archbishop Cremona’s doctorate...

  • DARK DAYS OF LABOUR'S PAST

    Thirty-five years ago, I married 'Er Indoors, there was a bad storm and assorted thugs burnt down the Times' offices and attacked and destroyed Dr Eddie Fenech Adami's home, terrorising his family in the process. The first two of these significant...

  • Synod Watch 4

    The Catholic right is up in arms against the report prepared by Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest, who, as the synod's relator, had the task of synthesizing what the bishops said during the first week of their meeting. At the forefront of...

  • Joseph Muscat, my kind of hero

    Yes you did read the title properly. He is a super one in fact. I had other heroes in my life but they all seem to have come a sad cropper. Dom Mintoff went wonky and voted against his own Socialist party so I crossed him out of my heroic league...

  • Synod Watch 3

    Last weekend Cardinal Peter Erdo and his staff could not enjoy the good Italian food and wine that Roman restaurants are renowned for. They burned their candles throughout the night to prepare for yesterday’s meeting of the Synod the document...

  • The horror picture show

    The horror picture show

    Darrin Zammit Lupi’s haunting photograph showing a blonde child staring through a police bus window upon his arrival in Malta a year ago was picked up by all the major news providers around the world. Let’s be honest. News houses demanded that...

  • LIES, DAMNED LIES

    The Government, through the Ministry for which Konrad Mizzi is responsible (for now) got onto the highest of its high horses and denounced as irresponsible lies the reports appearing in the PN media that there had been a case of Ebola in Gozo. On...

  • Synod Watch (2)

    The Synod of Bishop has reached its mid-mark. Now it is expected that the bishops will finalise a document which will serve as the basis for the workshop discussions next week. That document will give one a good idea of where the wind is blowing.

  • Amazing grace

    It is always a heart-breaking affair to see spouses and parents being mourned and wished a final farewell.   Believing, as some of us do, that we pass on to a better life, with angels and sweet music accompanying us for eternity, makes this...

  • B(R)A(N)D MANAGEMENT

    I would despair if I were Joseph Muscat.    At the very least, I would have to wonder why I bother having ministers, when it seems that I have to do everything myself.  Not that Muscat has shown much of an aptitude for doing anything other than...

  • Synod watch (1)

    The synod about the family has today - Wednesday - entered its third day. I follow the proceedings mainly through the one hour or so long press conference broadcast daily at 1pm and through the commentaries in many Catholic news websites. Through...

  • All is not bad with this world

    A general feeling of terror has gripped us all. Gruesome beheadings, religious bigotry, fears of worldwide tension make the world a place of horror. A comment much used lately is that never has such horror been witnessed and that the present is...

  • Images of quality

    The subject I'm starting out with today is a bit on the old side but it was overshadowed by the revelation that Karmenu Vella either betrayed his party in 2003 or is telling a little porkie now, when he says he voted for Malta joining the EU. It...

  • Laugh now, hunt later

    I really wouldn’t want to be in Lino Farrugia’s (FKNK) shoes, not only now, but never. And not only because his job is to defend the indefensible or because he’s on the wrong side of history, or because his clan’s time is up, but more importantly,...

  • Great expectations but what about the deliverables?

    Today the Extraordinary Synod for the Family starts in the Vatican. The Synod Fathers will celebrate Mass with the Pope while tomorrow they start the plenary sessions. Do not expect any radical or even non-radical decisions as the conclusion of...

  • Hunters, you want racist?

    I admire people like Mr Lino Farrugia, CEO of the hunter’s federation. Really. His sense of humour must get him through life with a constant smile on his face, and who wouldn’t want that? I’m assuming that it’s Mr Farrugia’s sense of humour that...

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