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  • 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...

  • HYPNOTIC EYES

    Look into my eyes, you're feeling very sleepy, you're losing your critical faculties, you're becoming mere putty in my hands, you will do my bidding. With not a great leap of imagination, that is the sort of thing Joseph Muscat seems to have...

  • Women on top

    Some people have interpreted the success of the female candidates in the last MEP elections as a sign that ‘women can do it for themselves’. Fellow blogger and friend Ramona Depares for instance interpreted this political success as a sign that...

  • Marx’s take on EP elections

    A lot has been said on the results of the elections of the European Parliament. Why not also see what Marx has to say about them. I am not referring to Karl Marx the founder of Communism but to a different kind of Marx. Reinhard Cardinal Marx is...

  • Take that, gender quota

    We can do it! Fear not, I’m not about to launch into some annoyingly positive mantra, the likes of which litter politicians’ social media accounts on a daily basis, making me want to reach for a bucket in which to express my feelings for such fake...

  • THOSE NUMBERS

    I’ve not written before now on the result of the MEP Election because, frankly, I’ve been a bit iffy about what to write.   The knee-jerk reaction of many on the PN side of the equation has been “what a disaster, we need to do something about it”...

  • Post-election ramblings

    At the point of writing we do not know which party will get the sixth seat in the European Parliament. If the PN gets it, it will be a consolation of sorts, albeit a very minor one. LastSaturday's was, more than anything , Joseph Muscat's victory.

  • Bloodbath time

    The people have spoken and yet again they have made it clear that they like his royal smugness Joseph Muscat and Co. So to all labour people I say congrats, may your leader be enlightened and not increase his humbleness by 200%. If this election...

  • And on the third day …

    The Pope has just started a three day trip to the Middle East or, to use the equivalent religious jargon, the Holy Land. The Vatican described it as a three-day religious pilgrimage to Jordan, the Palestinian territories and Israel. The official...

  • Body over Mind

    As ridiculous as I think that today’s day of silence is, in a way I’m thankful that I can write about something that’s closer to my heart than politics, politicians and all their antics, will ever be. A few days ago the department of information...

  • VIVE LA DIFFERENCE

    Reacting to the PN's little stunt with the sticker album, in a statement, the Labour Party said that while the Opposition leader and the Nationalist Party were distributing albums, the Labour government was giving Maltese and Gozitan families...

  • That’s NOT freedom of expression

    Freedom of expression has been quoted all over the news this past week, mostly courtesy of the upcoming MEP elections. Which is usually a good thing, of course. Except that in this case, it wasn't. Malta is one of those funny places that took...

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