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  • 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...

  • A worm’s view of the isle of Malta

    A worm’s view of the isle of Malta

    Let me climb out of my hole and think logically. In a land close by, ruled by Lord Joseph Muscat and his gracious Lady Michelle de henna, they lead by example. And the example always gets a standing ovation. They hug convicted criminals and...

  • By George he's (not) got it

    Premier Joseph Muscat, late on Wednesday evening, was reported to have said that he gets it. All that he gets, it need hardly be said, is the extent to which Panamagate is harming his party with the electorate. Premier Muscat, it is now ultra...

  • Gouder's goodies

    "M'learned colleague" Charlon Gouder appears to have been chosen to react to my Opinion Piece about the PN Loan Initiative.    His piece needs some response. Clearly, Gouder's forma mentis is that the initiative is wrong principally because I find...

  • No country for honourable men

    With each passing day the Labour Party in government is slowly but surely letting their mask slip on several of those key points they vehemently promised and said they would fight for before the election. Transparency and good governance are but...

  • Call the roll at Question Time

    This question needs to be answered.  In the light of the revelations - now also in the international press - from the Mossack Fonseca leak, are you comfortable with the standards of governance adopted by Premier Joseph Muscat? Speaking for myself,...

  • If you follow the media...

    If you follow the media...

    The by-now-infamous press conference which saw prime minister’s wife Mrs Michelle Muscat lose her temper and have a go at the media saddened me. Fine, it also amused me but – in the longterm – the aftertaste was mostly of the ‘what a pity’...

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