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  • Vincent Degaetano’s dignified dissent

    Vincent Degaetano’s dignified dissent

    A study just published in the Journal of Medical Ethics showed that nearly 2% of all the people who die each year in Belgium are euthanized without their request or consent. Yes, this is not a mistake. You read well. They are killed without them...

  • Of 'provocative' 13-year-olds

    The latest story to capture the imagination of the self-righteous on social media involves an adult man caught trying to get a 13-year-old to strip on video chat. The 13-year-old turned out to be fictional, the product of a vigilante's imagination...

  • Oi, Switcher...

    Yes, you, the smug one in the corner, the one who voted for Premier-to-be Joseph Muscat because, you know, maaaa, these Nationalists, they're so, ma nafx jien, corrupt and hamalli.  Let's play a game, shall we?  Answer the "if this, then that"...

  • À la recherche du Mizzi perdu

    Yesterday The Times ran with a story about Konrad Mizzi going ‘missing’. So far we still don’t know what happened to the minister but it is curious this happened on the evening Dr Mizzi was supposed to give answers to a few heated questions. Last...

  • Switching swindlers

    Switchers are kings and queens. They made Joseph Muscat. They gave him an unbelievable majority and they remain his life-blood. But by their nature they are fickle and could, on a whim, a whiff of scandal or through fear, switch back to the other...

  • Charlie Charlie won’t get involved

    I had resisted and resisted the temptation for a long time but this morning I could resist no more. I tried the Charlie Charlie challenge. I neatly wrote the two ‘yes’ and two ‘no’ in the four quadrants –so that Charlie, the Mexican demon, will...

  • IDENTICAL BUT DIFFERENT

    I'm not a bosom buddy of the Principal Permanent Secretary but he seems to be something of a kindred spirit in that he is clearly a big fan of "Yes, Prime Minister". Sir Humphrey, the faithful will remember, used words to achieve his nefarious...

  • A plea for concrete business ethics

    Yesterday (Wednesday June 3) I attended a very interesting seminar organized by the Foundation Centesimus Annus. This is a Church foundation which studies questions related to different aspects of the social teaching of the Church (hence the...

  • The slips are growing

    If there is one thing I love it must be flippancy. The act of defusing tough times with a silly retort, a laugh at your lowest point, the need to forget that sometimes life is one bitter, rough cookie, is an art worthy of any master. So hurrah to...

  • Shocking beyond belief

    Times of Malta today carried a report about a meeting that Simon Busuttil had with a number of academics on Friday. This was a consultation meeting aimed at having the opinion of academics about the new legal notice establishing criteria...

  • ASSET DISPOSAL AUDIT

    This is an interim report commissioned by Joseph Q. Public into the manner in which Premier Joseph Muscat's "government" is disposing of the country and its assets.  The issues are listed in no particular order, in the same way Premier Joseph and...

  • Go chase the real cowboys!

    Go chase the real cowboys!

    It was the biggest planning infringement in the history of this law-abiding country and the authorities had no choice but to put up a show of force. A team of about 10 police officers and officials from the Malta Tourism Authority swooped down on...

  • The French got it right

    According to official estimates, the average French person throws out 20kg-30kg of food a year – 7kg of which is still in its wrapping. Of the 7.1m tonnes of food wasted in France each year, 67% is binned by consumers, 15% by restaurants and 11%...

  • INQUIRY REPORT

    The Board of Inquiry ordered by His Supreme Highness Premier Joseph Muscat K.U.O.M., B.A. (Hons.) Ph.D. into the humiliation of the Republic of Malta at the Euro(Afro)(Australasian)vision Song Contest has the honour to report as...

  • Concrete action on a concrete scam

    Minister Konrad Mizzi can rest assured that he has the support of all men and women of good faith if he continues digging to find the whole truth about the concrete debacle at Mater Dei. He has also everybody’s support for his efforts to secure...

  • BECAUSE HE'S WERTIT

    When he was still Honourable, that is when he was a member of the House of Representatives and able to ask questions of ministers, dentist Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando had posed a series of questions about me to assorted ministers on his side of the...

  • Contaminated by the truth

    In a ridiculous attempt to calm down the electorate, which has shown itself to be rightly dismayed and angry at the plan to give a large tract of agricultural land enjoying beautiful sea views to a foreign (Jordanian) company, the government today...

  • Five things I learnt from the ODZ disaster

    Maltese politics come with a steep learning curve and the whole ‘American’ University of Malta saga was no different. There were the obvious things to be learnt – such as, it's okay to kill off all the greenery as long as you replace it with a...

  • Have we finally struck oil?

    “Satire is a lesson, parody is a game,” novelist Vladimir Nabokov once famously said. Many might be going to watch the satirical play Sibna ż-Zejt with the impression it would provide the staple slapstick we normally associate with theatre in...

  • In the Court of Public Opinion

    In the matter of The Great Unwashed -v- Our Great & Exalted Premier Joseph Muscat  Abbreviated Judgement of the Court delivered in the English Language on 16th May 2015. The Court: Having seen the writ of the Plaintiffs and the defence of the...

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