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  • #giveusbackourcountry

    #giveusbackourcountry

    Just when you think that Premier Joseph Muscat can't get any more transparent, he goes a step further. I am not using transparent here in anything approaching, even remotely, a good sense, but in the more proper sense of us now being able to see...

  • And finally... some good news!

    A week is a long time in politics. But worry not, like the PBS news division, I will not be covering the shenanigans over in Panama because a week is a long time in culture too. Since last I wrote, it seems I have become a star of the plumbing...

  • And it goes on, probably maliciously

    I write my weekly "ex-Beck" column on Wednesday, sometimes early Thursday, and this leaves me exposed to the foibles and whims of our sometimes not-so-honourable Lords and Masters.   This week, the perfect storm hit me: due to having one of those...

  • The Church and the gay community

    The establishment of a good relationship between the Church and the gay community is a process which, from time to time, hits problems.  But the path has to be walked together, in sincere dialogue, in a spirit of fraternal love and guided by...

  • She said, me said

    She [Minister Dr the Hon. Helena Dalli] said that: "[she] took exception to an article by Andrew Borg Cardona, one of the authors of the report, particularly to a comment that the current administration was “a bunch of clowns caught...

  • A few thoughts

    I’ve been away from this blog for some time, being of a moderately lazy disposition and that.   On medical advice (self-administered) I’ve concluded that letting off steam is more important than putting up my (virtual) feet, so I’m b(e)ck - don’t...

  • Know your enemy

    Know your enemy

    Three hospitals and a school were hit in air strikes in northern Syria, killing 23 people. Syrian government forces are believed to be behind the bombing. Turkey squarely blamed Russia. It is yet another bloody chapter of the horror story called...

  • A sham, a crying shame

    When you watch a movie with hardly any plot and an unending series of gags, laughs and funny situations, usually that film turns boring and senseless. Few will love it; fewer still will laugh at its cracks. This is what seems to be happening to...

  • Worry not V18 - the cavalry will soon be here!

    Worry not V18 - the cavalry will soon be here!

    You have to hand it to them. The administrative staff at V18, I mean. These last five years haven’t been an easy ride. Things started off on a less than spectacular note with architect David Felice at the helm, and the almost invisible Wayne...

  • Lights, camera, inaction!

    It just had to be. It’s just my luck. Just when I decide my New Year resolution is to be nice to others, and so I heap some praise on a government institution, the Malta Film Commission goes and spoils it all! Seriously guys, couldn’t you wait a...

  • Don’t forget the poor

    The strong and the wealthy are meeting in Davos for the  World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters on the theme: “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.   Pope Francis in a message to the world’s political and industrial leaders said that “the...

  • Ditch the Falzon #respect

    It's offensive. After the National Audit Office yesterday confirmed what we kind of already knew in the most damning way possible, there was only one possible acceptable outcome. The resignation of Michael Falzon, which was indeed what happened...

  • OD(Z)ing on bull

    In the face of disaster in terms of public image, one possible dignity- saving strategy involves creating some positive spin, typically through misdirection. Some ungrateful sod accuses you of corruption? Pull out a fast charity stunt out of your...

  • In polls we trust

    Trust (in somebody/something) is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as the belief that somebody/something is good, sincere and honest and will not try to harm or trick you. Now hold on a minute. Can the dictionary be trusted? Because in the latest...

  • Justice and mercy in equal measure

    Last Sunday I dedicated my commentary to The Sunday Times of Malta to the relationship between justice and mercy making the appeal that these have to be treated in equal measure. A friend of mine sent me a long and very interesting reaction which...

  • Ch-ch-ch-changes... David Bowie's final trick

    Ch-ch-ch-changes... David Bowie's final trick

    My mobile phone went into overdrive around 8am this morning when news started leaking that rock legend David Bowie had died, aged 69. My admiration for the Thin White Duke has persisted since my brother indoctrinated me with the album Heroes in 1977.

  • A happy new year?

    Having ended the year on a rather sour note, I thought best to start it on a more positive one. After all it does seem to be the word of the month. So let us raise our glass to the Malta Film Commission, which has just ended a stellar year...

  • Selling the palace (by the euro)

    Selling the palace (by the euro)

    Apologies in advance for ending the year on a sour note, but I just had to get this off my chest. After all what other reason is there for maintaining a blog! The matter in hand has been irking me for sometime now. In fact it has been irking me...

  • Stop this in 2016

    Stop this in 2016

    “If journalists won’t take a stand for core liberties — and then be leaders in the campaign to save or restore them — we’ll be fit to call ourselves entertainers, and not much else.” - Dan Gillmor While the concept of activist journalism is up for...

  • Sant, words master

    You have to admit that Doctor Alfred Sant (remember him?) is a master of words, which is hardly a revelation given that he's a Labour politician and that particular genus is a fine exemplar of barrack-room lawyering of the first order. You know,...

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