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  • The mighty fallen

    Those my age remember Rolf Harris as the most lovable entertainer. He provided us with good and clean fun on TV when transmission hours were still limited and the pictures was just black and white. I clearly remember him playing Australian...

  • Oil is struck off

    I can never work this one out. We’ve been told we will strike oil these last gazillion years. Then we dig and we’re lucky if we so much as find a watering hole. All we tend to find is rock and more rock. Sounds like the most boring story ever...

  • Banning the Muslim veil

    Let me make a couple things clear from the start: I will not wear a veil to cover my face if my life depended on it, and visions of women being forced to do so by their husbands or their religion make me sick. Having said that I totally disagree...

  • 20/20 IS LOVELY

    According to the adviser testifying before it, the Public Accounts Committee was told, Enemalta could have saved millions through earlier hedging of oil purchases. In fact, the headline to the piece on the portal says just that: Enemalta could...

  • Are you being served?

    There is a widespread perception that customer care service provided by private industry is better than that provided by the public service. This is not necessarily true. This week I contacted EneMalta in connection with the installation of a...

  • Putting a muzzle on artists

    About a month ago, a number of DJs who were scheduled to play during the Earth Garden festival were stopped from doing so in a move that was more reminiscent of North Korean tactics than the European democracy we so love to shout about when it...

  • SAY WHAT YOU LIKE

    It seems you can say what you like nowadays, because all that will happen, if anything, is that someone will issue a statement saying the opposite and no-one will give much of a monkey's. For instance, the head honcho at what used to be called,...

  • Don’t legalise drugs

    Pope Francis had taken a very clear and unequivocal position in the debate about whether or not the use of some drugs should be legalised or not. He has taken to task the so-called ‘liberal’ stance that the legalisation of some drugs is the...

  • RANDOM CIRCUS ACTS

    The World Cup, apart from the fact that it comes in summer when most people are in slow-down mode anyway, is a godsend to Governments such as ours, that prefer their little foibles to remain unexamined by an inquisitive Fourth Estate. Minister...

  • Show some respect

    I’m fully aware that the police’s job is not to attract tourists to Malta, and I know that it’s certainly not in their interest to attract more mischievous young students to our shores, but for peace’s sake, do they have to make our little islands...

  • What a cruel dilemma!

    England's defeat at the hands (or is it the feet) of Uruguayans has put us, England's supporters, in a most cruel dilemma. If Italy loses or draws with Costa Rica, the English are definitively out of the tournament. If the Italians win then the...

  • Nothing human is alien to me: a sequel

    Last Sunday I borrowed the title and concluding sentence of my commentary to The Sunday Times of Malta from the Roman poet Terence. The whole sentence written by Terence is: "I am a human being, I consider nothing that is human alien to me.” It is...

  • WAS JUST SAYING

    The Prime Minister had said that the President will be overseeing some functions from her former Ministry. The President now says, whoops, can’t actually do that under the law, we need to change the Constitution. She didn’t, and nor would I have...

  • The Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde of the World Cup

    The World Cup kicks this evening in Brazil. Weeks of football, spectacular football one hopes. It is true that for many Maltese the final would be played Saturday night when Italy meet England but for most the tournament goes on irrespective. Pope...

  • Older students, better workforce?

    Education minister Evarist Bartolo has just mentioned the unmentionable: raising the compulsory school-age from 16 to 18. A proposal that I applaud, because I genuinely believe that the more emotionally mature you are when you’re ‘kicked out’ of...

  • The truth and nothing but…

    The whole ‘taking an oath’ process has always fascinated me. The sheer assumption that people are Catholic and that they would think twice about taking a false oath in front of a crucifix or a Bible, always seemed naïve and presumptuous, at least...

  • SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE

    Super Minister #2, aka Dr Konrad Mizzi (#1 is, of course, Dr Manwel Mallia, Silvio Scerri's minister) whose youthful exuberance is in danger of morphing into unspeakable arrogance by the second, has let it be known that everyone but the PN is...

  • Safely surfing the internet

    On June 2, the pan-European research group, EU Kids Online published the results of qualitative research conducted with children – ages nine – 16 - from nine European countries including Malta. This is the first time that EU Kids Online included...

  • Billed as boring

    Some people hate the word politics but they hate politicians and their words even more. I never truly understood this because without politics we’d be a truly boring lot. Imagine us silly commentators just discussing the weather. Now while nothing...

  • The priceless but tenuous gift of freedom

    We take freedom for granted. It was not always like that and in many countries freedom is still a luxury beyond the reach of most people. Freedom is priceless but it is also tenuous. It cannot be taken for granted. We have to be vigilant. The...

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