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  • So we do live in cuckoo-land after all

    Let’s start with a gracious comment as all losers should. The hunters have won, the hunting lobby has got stronger, and the birds have lost. Congrats to the winners, hurrah to democracy and it is yes to spring hunting. Welcome 21st Century Malta...

  • It's sad, but life goes on (unless you're a bird)

    That I'm disappointed need hardly be said. I am fundamentally opposed to all hunting, for reasons that I've given time and time again, and on the matter of Spring hunting, unsustainable as it remains even if the Great Unwashed, bless their little...

  • No spine, no principles

    People of strong principles - the kind that don't waver according to which way the political wind is blowing, or according to who is lining whose pockets, or even to the mood of the day - are rare. This is a truth that I only figured out after I...

  • Let the birds fly in peace and multiply

    Saturday we cast our vote not with regards to our future in the EU, nor concerning the unity or otherwise of the family. This time it’s all about birds. So who cares? Can’t birds look after themselves? A much better scribbler than me once said...

  • Planet of the social media apes

    It’s a funny old world. Cast your mind back, if you will, to early January and the battle cry that became a worldwide mantra of defiance in the face of terror: Je Suis Charlie. The phrase was written on placards, T-shirts, and almost every single...

  • PLEASE THINK CAREFULLY

    I urge you, seriously, to please, please think carefully before accepting at face value the apparently reasonable point being made by the "faces" being wheeled out by the pro-bird killing lobby. The point I'm referring to is the one that goes "why...

  • 10 reasons to vote No on Saturday

    10 reasons to vote No on Saturday

    You might be one of the thousands who intend to keep away from Saturday’s poll because you think the shooting of birds during spring doesn’t affect you. That’s certainly more understandable than voting Yes because you simply want to be in line...

  • Malta’s unknown 13th ‘apostle’

    Malta’s unknown 13th ‘apostle’

    I guess most of the readers of this commentary do not know whom I refer to. But rest assured that Malta has its 13th apostle and that she is from Spain. The media did not report about her. Unfortunately in our society if you are not on the media...

  • The apex of our lives as Christians

    Today is the beginning of what is known as the Easter Triduum, the most sacred days in the Catholic world. During these days we re-live, more than just remember, the last days on earth of Jesus Christ. Our remembrance is an active one. We do not...

  • Fools in April, you say?

    Sorry for the absence, it was a bit longer than usual.  We were away for a short break, doing the culture thing up the Smoke, as they say. I've always wondered about the extent to which credulity and gullibility find a good home amongst the...

  • 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...

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