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  • A permanent nationalised bus service?

    So it looks like the whole bus debacle has become Malta’s pigeon, and Malta’s only. When one of the largest bus operators in Europe won’t touch you with a bargepole (or a bendy bus), things start looking pretty dire. Maybe it was our fault; Arriva...

  • AND HERE’S A ROOSTING CHICKEN

    From today’s timesofmalt.com, hot off the virtual presses, as it were: “Chief executive Ralph Roberts said the company took the decision because of lack of openness by the Maltese government.  He also said McGill's had a "gut feeling" that...

  • Poverty is expensive

    Every time I’m in some European city I cringe at the sight of homeless people begging in the streets. As I reach down into my pockets to appease my guilt, I thank heavens that I don’t have to face any such scenes in Malta. Admittedly, in the past...

  • OH WHAT A SURPRISE

    Way back a few years and a bit, the Nationalist Government had proposed the impeachment of Judge Anton Depasquale after he had decided not to attend to his duties for many, many months in protest, if memory serves, over the introduction of the...

  • An opportunity not to be missed: A sequel

    In my commentary on The Sunday Times of Malta (16/0214) I criticised the the report by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, saying it smacked of an endeavour to engage in a culture war against the sexual mores and pro-life stand of the...

  • OVER THE WEEKEND

    It's funny how the PM seems to think he can get away with things by doing them over the weekend.  What does he think, that we won't check out the news and won't react to the little stunts he pulls? I mean, come on, appointing Mr Joe Debono Grech,...

  • SAY WHAT YOU LIKE, IT'S OK

    Words seem to lose their meaning sometimes, especially when employed by Labour's Little Weasels. These un-cuddly creatures, characterised by their bitterness and fondness for deploying ad hominem arguments on the comments boards, used to be called...

  • Should we blame it on St Luke?

    Is the origin of the ‘passports for sale scheme’ of diabolical or divine inspiration? Some nefarious enemies of the people have been alleging that the former is the case. They point out towards a possible pre-electoral deal between Labour Party...

  • The ire for Ira

    We must be a super-bored nation if Ira Losco's dress from last Saturday is still getting column inches. I'm going to take up some bandwidth myself, before hoping that everyone shuts up about it. Not about the dress, because I couldn't care less,...

  • Sex tales

    A wise young man once told me in a hushed tone, lest people thought we were in some secret rendezvous organising our same-sex marriage, that politics, unless laced with a ton of lascivious scandal, sucks big time. Sex, he went on, is all it takes...

  • Grin and bear It

    Up to a couple of years ago, had anyone told me that I would one day take part in the Malta Marathon I would have rolled over on the floor and laughed my kidneys off.  You see, whilst I’m entirely capable of staying up all night drinking wine and...

  • A YEAR OF FUN

    Don't get me wrong, I like a public holiday as much as the next man, especially if it falls just after my birthday or just after a weekend, so the more National Days we have, the better. Whether this does much for productivity or the nation's...

  • GO’s share price approaches 4-year high

    The equity of GO plc approached a fresh 4-year high today on fresh demand for these shares. GO’s share price advanced by a further 1.5% to €1.98 across six trades totalling 17,300 shares with further bids unsatisfied at the closing price and...

  • A Cardinal who is not naive

    Last Sunday Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the Catholic archbishop of Lyon marched at the head of the protest organised in Lyon accusing the government of "family-phobia" for legalising gay marriage and planning other policies that in the opinion of...

  • We are to blame

    As the winter Olympics kick off today in Russia, major corporations express holier-than-thou condemnation at Putin’s undemocratic administration. Google gave us a rainbow, Olympic-themed doodle. The Canadian Institue of Diversity came up with a...

  • We’re all citizens…. of the world

    I’m a firm believer that no one can ever take an iota of credit for having been born in Malta, or anywhere else in the world for that matter. Nobody can pat themselves on the back for having had the random and haphazard good fortune of having been...

  • WILL HE STAY OR WILL HE GO?

      As of the time of writing, Minister Manwel Mallia had not denied, at least in any form discernible by human eyes or ears, the story that broke on Sunday that he had threatened to resign if any residency qualification was introduced into the...

  • The visually impaired boxer and other stories

    The editorial of today’s Times of Malta makes a very good point about social benefits’ fraud. It knows of no political boundaries. Its colour is red, blue, green, velvet etc. Neither does it have any frontier or border. A Google search presents...

  • THIS ONE IS FOR TURNING

    On Wednesday, almost but not quite too late for my neo-Beck column, Joseph Muscat paraded himself triumphantly before the massed ranks of the media to announce that an agreement had been reached with the European Commission that allows his...

  • Impeachment: know when it's time to go

    Following the impeachment proceedings against Mr Justice Lino Farrugia Sacco has become a bit like being at the circus. Will he fall, will they pick him up, will the tight rope he is walking on snap right beneath him? And how many more man hours...

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