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  • Alfred the great

    Let’s say it out loud and clear. Dr Alfred Sant was way beyond a political failure, although, if the full truth be told, he did get rid of the old thugs of the Mintoffian era, moved his party out of antediluvian times and got his cronies to wear...

  • Is North Ireland non-European?

    In this morning’s The Times of Malta I tried to answer Kurt Sansone’s question whether our membership of the EU has had anything to do with the introduction of divorce, gay marriage and gay adoptions. I answered in the negative. Dr Michael...

  • Exposing disabilities

    Last week was a good week because my brother, who has an intellectual disability, was only going to get punched in the face once. I consider it a good week because this sort of thing happens on a regular basis simply because my brother, who is now...

  • Reflections after a double canonisation

    I am writing this blog just after the conclusion of the celebration of the double canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John II. Probably some of you watched parts of the ceremony that was transmitted on local television stations. Malta was not...

  • Rules of our country

    A foreigner comes to Malta to check out our hunting ways and our hunters try scaring the daylights out of the foreigner. Serves him right for interfering in our affairs. Go back home we don’t need you thank you very much. The police take the...

  • Nothing sticks to Teflon Joe

    So much happens on this little dot that sometimes I think we really are the world’s belly button. The man—the Prime Minister I mean—has routed the PN, embraced the gay community and is now on a direct course to get us all a bit higher than we all...

  • The environment is no longer ‘taghna lkoll’

    In this column I have repeatedly commented on different statements that from time to time are released by the Church’s Environment Commission. I have repeatedly stated that this Commission was one of the positive steps taken by the Church in Malta.

  • MINE, ALL MINE

    Labour’s hollow pre-election slogan was brought into sharp relief on Wednesday when Tony Zarb, head honcho at the General Workers’ Union, took great umbrage at the fact that Pawlu Lia had dared, had the temerity, the sheer gall, to oppose the...

  • Return to Galilee for Easter

    As I shared with you a few snippets from the reflections read and prayed during the Holy Way of the Cross Pope Francis led on Good Friday, I would like to share with you few thoughts selected from the homily the Pope delivered yesterday during the...

  • THAT’S ALL RIGHT THEN

    It’s fascinating what takes the fancy of the public at large, and for that matter what takes the fancy of your average columnist. For instance, the Prime Minister’s unashamed leap onto the LGBTQ bandwagon, where a good number of votes was...

  • The Face of Christ, the Face of Man

    The Face of Christ, the Face of Man This evening Pope Francis will lead the Way of the Cross at the Coliseum. The following are a few snippets from the text  of some of the stations. The text was written by  Archbishop Giancarlo Maria Bregantini...

  • Whipping Politicians

    Last Monday, Malta became the 22nd European country to recognise same-sex unions and the 10th to allow gay couples to adopt. As happy as I am that we’ve finally made it into in the 21st century on the right side of history, I’ve also come to...

  • An act of political bullying

    Yesterday the Government capriciously denied the country a unanimous vote in favour of civil unions for the gay community. A unanimous vote was within reach but the government was determined not to let it be. This was an act of political bullying...

  • Everyone’s win

    It felt good yesterday to be present during such a historical moment for Malta. Equal rights for everyone, and an inclusive society are two causes that have always been close to my heart, and not just with respect to gay issues but across the...

  • OH HOW JOLLY

    The Labour Party on Sunday called on the Nationalists to support the "gay marriage" bill and not continue in their hidebound conservatism on the wrong side of history. Flying in the face of the fact that a very significant portion of society is...

  • “Under the belt”

    Earlier this week the Employment Commission held another sitting in the case Norman Vella, a former TV presenter/producer and a current MEP hopeful, instituted against the Prime Minister. Mr Vella is saying that his removal from PBS and the...

  • What we learnt from Patti Smith

    For those who don't necessarily follow the arts scene, yesterday night was (yet another) one for the books in terms of music, with the legendary Patti Smith giving a two-hour intimate concert to a packed hall at University. I won't be doing my...

  • “I had sex with …. I don’t know.”

    Let me make things straight from the very beginning. This heading should in no way be construed as some kind of public confession from my part made in the spirit of Lent. It is nothing of the sort. The above was the heading of a piece penned by...

  • A vote for spring

    Something has got to be said about people like Jonathan Shaw who stand up to be counted even when their opinion is not in line with the party they represent. Last week, in an interview with this paper, Jonathan publicly stated that he is...

  • MARLENE, ARE YOU FOR REAL?

    Ms Marlene Mizzi has been pleased to allow it to be put about that she is one of the more cerebral players on Labour's team, and an entrepreneur to boot. Her campaign photo, amusingly, has had more work done on her image than it takes to keep the...

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