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  • The illegal referendum

    Turns out the best April Fool’s joke ever is the way the hunters and our politicians deceived us into thinking the EU actually granted a derogation to allow spring hunting in Malta. I've been questioning the obvious for quite a while now.  Think...

  • What a difference a day makes

    As the weather beats on in its wintry shades we celebrate yet once more our day of freedom. Long live our freedom, won back in 1979 on the momentous day our masters, those British grabbers, were thrown out, once and for all. We, or the ones who...

  • It had to be a Muslim

    When the awful disaster of the Germanwings plane that crashed in the Alps Tuesday killing all on board happened I asked myself how long it would take for the Islamophobic brigade to blame the Muslims. You see, if it is a violent act then it must...

  • A definitive ‘no’ to capital punishment

    I heard on the BBC about the decision by the state of Utah in the United States to introduce executions by means of a firing squad. This decision follows the several botched attempts to use lethal injections to ‘legally’ kill people. The United...

  • Traffic language

    The country shook with laughter when one of Minister Joe Mizzi's underlings said that our traffic problems were just a perception. The sardonic "I've been stuck in a Joe Mizzi perception for an hour now" made the rounds, it being better to make a...

  • Racists, you’re stupid

    Racists, I’m sick and tired of the stupidity you show in your haste to incite hatred against those who don’t fit your notion of ‘pure Maltese blood’. Pure Maltese blood indeed – if  there ever was the perfect place to insert a ‘LOLZ’, this would...

  • Spare our blushes

    Over the last few days, we've had quite a spectacle in court.  I'm referring, of course, to the testimony given by Giovanni Kessler in connection with the proceedings being taken against Silvio Zammit, who is alleged to have traded in...

  • Remember the persecuted Pakistani Christians

    Sunday’s (March 15) suicide bombing of a Catholic and an Anglican church in Lahore, Pakistan is the latest in a series of outrages against Christians in that country. During the attack 14 people were killed and least 78 people were injured. The...

  • Eight-pointed crassness

    The knights, and their enduring and iconic symbol, have lately been in the news. The market (il-Monti) with its underwear and cheap ware and its suitability, or not, next to Piano’s new entrance and Parliament was discussed in debilitating...

  • If you vote yes

    It's useless pretending most of the voting population gives a flying duck, or quail as it were, about the upcoming spring hunting referendum. The hunters do, of course. As for the rest, it's a very small minority of people who care enough about...

  • Recognise this?

    Currently, our two major unions (the non-sectoral ones, lest the other unions get offended) are getting all hot and bothered about employers failing to decide which of them should represent the workforce as a whole.   say "employers failing"...

  • A very lucky Friday 13th

    This week’s Friday 13th will sure not be an unlucky one for the Catholic Church. On that day we celebrate the second anniversary of the beginning of the Petrine ministry of Pope Francis. Few had believed that he could move the Church so much in...

  • Hand on heart…

    Watching TimesTalk last night I inevitably found myself thinking about what Susan Mendus kept referring to at the Mabel Strickland Memorial lecture on Politics and Morality last week. Ms Mendus asked one central question, “How, in a democracy, can...

  • Of this and that

    I could just as easily have titled this piece "Of Him and Her", I suppose. In his efforts to deflect the public's attention from the Cafe Premier scandal, Premier Joseph Muscat providentially found a crutch in MaltaToday's coincidental and...

  • Joseph Muscat and his fekruna

    I love this government. Or rather I love our Premier. The more time passes the more he loses face, loses the veneer of the grandiose liberator he was poised to be, and carries on cavalierly as if nothing, and nobody, can stop him. Grand mistakes...

  • Mendus and King the womaniser

    I did not know that Martin Luther King was a womaniser, and an unpleasant one to boot. I learned this yesterday while listening to Prof. Susan Mendus’s giving a lecture on politics and morality. Prof. Mendus was a guest of The Strickland...

  • Sex offenders, event permits and loopholes

    Charles Dickens was really not understating his case when he made one of his characters declare that the law is an ass. Consider this; Maltese law forbids a DJ/musician/entertainer from taking part in an event if he has been found guilty of a...

  • ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE

    In, I believe, the Eighties, Mike & The Mechanics brought out a single with this title. It opened with the image of a waitress in a sleazy bar contemplating another stain across the wall and closes with the words "Don't look back, don't give up,...

  • IF IT LOOKS LIKE A DOG, SMELL THE COFFEE

    There is a legal maxim that if something has four legs (one at each corner), a tail at one end (that wags) and barks from the other end, then it's a dog, however much you call it a parrot. Consequently, when a senior politician meets a businessman...

  • Killing the wolf to guard the sheep

    I do not think that the unofficial announcement in the media about the appointment of Bishop Charles J Scicluna as the new Archbishop of Malta surprised many people. Mgr Scicluna's past performance in the Church Universal and his stint as...

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