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  • From responding to safeguarding

    What’s in a name? There is a lot. The significance of the announcement by Apostolic Administrator Bishop Charles Scicluna that the Church in Malta will be setting up a Safeguarding Commission instead of the Response Teams lies partly in the title...

  • The foreign perspective

    It’s hard to believe what this tiny, practically barren small rock has achieved over the years. Meeting foreigners, especially those based in Malta who all, or nearly all, speak highly of us and our little spot in the Med, makes me so proud. Even...

  • Flying visit hopefully a staying message

    On Tuesday, Pope Francis paid a flying visit to Strasbourg where he was hosted by the Council of Europe and the European Union. In just under four hours – he landed at 10am and left just before 1pm – he delivered two major addresses to the...

  • BULLET POINTS

    I couldn't resist the pun, I'm always being told I tend towards flippancy even when things are serious, and they are serious enough.   So, in no particular order, a few bullet points for you to consider and few questions to be answered. - Someone,...

  • DEAR COLLEAGUES

    I am writing this without knowing which former members of the Judiciary are to be appointed by the Prime Minister to inquire into the events surrounding last Wednesday's shooting, but I believe that none of them will resent being addressed as...

  • Thanking Paul the Apostle of dialogue

    In June 2008 I penned a blog titled “Paul, Apostle of dialogue”. Paul referred to Archbishop Pawlu Cremona. He had just written a commentary for Malta Today in answer to its editorial about the Church and the divorce debate. It was the first time...

  • Nanna’s buggie

    When my grandmother was still alive, God bless her soul, I used to look forward to watching the budget speech being read out on TV. Since I was very young and not really interested in what was being spewed out, all I wanted was to sit next to my...

  • QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS, ANSWERS?

    What we know for sure is that on Wednesday night, a private citizen was involved in a very minor traffic accident and that after some time, shots were fired at, and hit, the car in which said private citizen was driving away from the incident. We...

  • Resign Now

    I tried hard to think of the right words in the circumstances, to find an interesting angle. But nothing more needs to be said than — show the man the door, kick him out or, if I can appeal to any decorum he may have, resign and go hide in a place...

  • ANSWERS PLEASE, SOONEST

    I know Manwel Mallia personally and I know he is supremely comfortable with English and Maltese and that he is more than capable of employing either language to perfection. Consequently, when he says he is not embarrassed by the contents of the...

  • Neither feminist nor progressive

    One could agree or disagree with Labour MP Deborah Schembri’s defence of Sai Mizzi during a TV programme. If Dr Schembri believes that the granting of a 13K-a month job had nothing to do with the fact that Ms Mizzi she is a minister's wife, that...

  • Private investments

    The role of the Privatisation Unit, properly speaking, is to identify and facilitate the areas of government, or government-owned enterprise, that can be freed from the clutches of pencil-pushers and bean-counters and left for private enterprise...

  • An exciting time for Maltese literature

    This November might as well be the most exciting month for literary lovers in Malta. This year the National Book Festival has coincided with Booker Prize winner Jim Crace arriving on the island to be the first Writer in Residence for the Creative...

  • The uglification of Malta… the sequel

    The uglification of Malta… the sequel

    Or was it ‘the cementification of Malta’? I must admit I’m stealing the title off an opinion piece written by Martin Scicluna some 10 years ago. Sadly, our obsession with building every single vacant space on the island is even more prevalent...

  • When Ash Wednesday precedes Christmas

    Last Sunday five young men were ordained deacons. I personally know one of them, Mark Zammit. He was helping out in our parish for the last few months. A fine young man full of enthusiasm, idealism, love for the Lord and His people and full of the...

  • Do you care who Konrad sleeps with?

    I truly and honestly don’t give a hoot about which politician is sleeping with whom because, except for a few that I can count on one hand, I have such a bad impression of politicians in general, that an extra-marital affair won’t dent their...

  • Guilty consciences garbed in leisure clothing

    I took my time to write about the credible reports describing the exploitation of foreign workers at Leisure Clothing.  Journalist Joe Micallef of Media.link Communications should be commended for his work. There is a specific reason for my...

  • Health warnings

    Taking their cue from the tobacco industry, operators in assorted sectors have taken up the habit of tagging a "health warning" onto material associated with their trade. Indeed, in a copy-and-paste text message I have available that lists a...

  • Remember, remember… or just don’t, who cares

    November 5 is Guy Fawkes day in Britain, however, for a few years November 5 has been associated with the Occupy movement and the hactkivist group Anonymous. Anonymous describe themselves as a “truth movement advocating hacktivism as self-defense...

  • Flushing principles down the drain

    I do not know Robert Henry Bugeja, the candidate who spared Labour’s blushes by failing to get elected in the casual election for a parliamentary seat. For all I know, he may have been the most competent candidate on the PL list in the last...

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