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  • Bloodbath time

    The people have spoken and yet again they have made it clear that they like his royal smugness Joseph Muscat and Co. So to all labour people I say congrats, may your leader be enlightened and not increase his humbleness by 200%. If this election...

  • And on the third day …

    The Pope has just started a three day trip to the Middle East or, to use the equivalent religious jargon, the Holy Land. The Vatican described it as a three-day religious pilgrimage to Jordan, the Palestinian territories and Israel. The official...

  • Body over Mind

    As ridiculous as I think that today’s day of silence is, in a way I’m thankful that I can write about something that’s closer to my heart than politics, politicians and all their antics, will ever be. A few days ago the department of information...

  • VIVE LA DIFFERENCE

    Reacting to the PN's little stunt with the sticker album, in a statement, the Labour Party said that while the Opposition leader and the Nationalist Party were distributing albums, the Labour government was giving Maltese and Gozitan families...

  • That’s NOT freedom of expression

    Freedom of expression has been quoted all over the news this past week, mostly courtesy of the upcoming MEP elections. Which is usually a good thing, of course. Except that in this case, it wasn't. Malta is one of those funny places that took...

  • ME, ME, ME, ME

    The received wisdom was that Joseph Muscat was a great marketeer who had managed to “persuade” the electorate to swallow his meritocracy/inclusivity/moderateness spiel hook, line, sinker, rod and angler, to say nothing of the quay on which the...

  • Poles apart

    The polls are truly apart and Joseph and his smugness are on track to win again by a staggering majority. The mind, the soul, the very essence of anything that boggles does exactly that. I’m numb and feeling dumb. It’s not only that I don’t like...

  • A Christian perspective on the EP elections

    The Bishops of Malta and Gozo in a statement on Saturday gave a Christian perspective on the European Parliament election to be held coming Saturday.   The short statement reminded people of their duty/right to vote and listed six principles that...

  • Challenged to make ends meet

    When I first heard of Steve Hili’s 121 Challenge I didn’t think much of it. I thought it was another one of Steve Hili’s jokes and fobbed it off with the rest of the useless stuff I see on Facebook. You see, I’ve always thought of myself as a low...

  • READ ‘EM AND WEEP

    This is what Joseph Muscat should be doing, if you take polls and columnists at face-value, that is. In fact, in a certain light, looked at through squinty eyes, it looks very much like he is - having a good weep, that is.     This is because...

  • Stop the savages

    It is incredible but obscenely true: a Sudanese court has sentenced a woman to death by hanging for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. On top of that she was also sentenced to 100 lashes for adultery. The reason: she married a...

  • Big Brother is not the answer

    Earlier this week, a fight in Paceville almost took away the life of a teenager. The injuries were allegedly inflicted by foreigners. Almost immediately, the cries of "give the streets back to the Maltese" and the equally predictable "see where...

  • SHAMEFUL MINISTERS

    You will recall, given that you use your brain (why else would you read this?) that Dr Konrad Mizzi, then still a callow youth without experience of high office, during some telly programme or other had intoned the mantra "shame on you, Minister"...

  • Outlawing revenge porn

    The suspended prison sentence given to Cyrus Engerer who was found guilty, among other things, of distributing pornographic pictures of his former lover, raises several issues. Most discussions have centred on the political repercussions and...

  • THE PRICE OF STEEL

    Minister Helena Dalli, whose grasp of employment law has already been demonstrated by the manner in which her ministry saw fit to treat the Industrial Tribunal, has let it be known that convicted criminal Cyrus Engerer is to remain engaged by the...

  • Exalting mediocrity

    It is a sad direction society has taken when people are patted on the back and elevated to the status of heroes, not for going beyond the call of duty but simply for doing the minimum that is expected of them. This post is inspired by recent...

  • The secret sexists

    My neighbours have a habit of congregating outside their doors and having long-winded chitchats about their lives. Now I know that this is quite a tradition in Malta, and I would probably find it quaint and fascinating if only they didn’t do it in...

  • CRIMINAL OF STEEL

    Joseph Muscat, Leader of the Labour Party and Prime Minister of the Republic of Malta, a state within the European Union despite the best efforts of Muscat's predecessors and of Muscat himself, and a state governed by the Rule of Law, despite the...

  • “Technical giant, ethical child”

    The Vatican was in for some negative coverage this week. The occasion was provided by the questioning sessions of Archbishop Silvano Tomasi at the hands of some of the members of the Convention against Torture. As predicted by the Vatican the...

  • Go on PN: de-fence

    Let’s put aside the gay marriage débacle and the hunting referendum issue. The PN is yet again nicely sitting on a fence heading straight for the fence-sitting award for lifetime dedication to be seen and not heard to have an opinion. But there is...

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