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  • The Joy of the Gospel

    The publication by Pope Francis of the Apostolic Exhortation called “The Joy of the Gospel” generated, as such statements usually do, quite a stir. Pope Francis, thanks to his fresh approach to different issues, is still the media’s darling. His...

  • OH PLEASE

    Not content with rendering our passport an international joke, our Prime Minister seems hell bent on doing the same with our honours system. Let's make it very clear: Gaia Cauchi seems to be a delightful young girl, with a good voice and a bright...

  • More Ġieh ir-Repubblika recipients

    If an 11-year-old singer – a pretty charismatic and talented one, but that’s hardly the point – is deemed the ideal recipient of the highest honour of the country just to satisfy all the Eurovision fans, then I don’t see why my favourite people...

  • IS ANYONE THINKING?

    The question was going to be, is anyone thinking things through, but quite apart from the fact that it was too long as a title, the question really is "is anyone thinking?", as in is anyone thinking, at all? I mean, the PM sits at his first...

  • Easier Uni entry?

    It’s bad enough that, every single year, our university spews out a ridiculous amount of students who can barely string two sentences together in whichever language. Students who think that they can go from puking beer all over Republic Street one...

  • Hanging our heads in shame (2)

    I recently received an email from a Maltese friend of mine living in a Latin American country. The following is its text: “I went to see the doctor. Since I had just arrived I wanted to introduce myself. I told him that I am Maltese and started...

  • Birthday Crisis

    It’s my birthday and I think I’m losing my mind. Is there such a thing as a quarter-life crisis perhaps? I’m not known to be an outwardly emotional person; I don’t do hugs much, I don’t cry at airports, and air kisses are the closest form of...

  • Should free medicines be a universal right?

    Health Minister Godfrey Farrugia has recently launched a White Paper on the procurement of medicines by the government, their storage, and distribution in the Pharmacy of Your Choice Scheme. The document is entitled "Ensuring your rights to...

  • We are all the same

    It’s my birthday soon so this morning I booked a flight to Venice, a hotel room, airport transfers and a restaurant, online. By the end of it I felt exhausted. The process felt like forever and the amount of information required seemed over the top.

  • We are history

    Let’s talk history. Even if we keep hearing that we should not talk of what happened then and only talk of now, I think in the final analysis history can’t escape us. After all, if one had to be exact, we are only history and the present is but a...

  • BABY DON'T YOU DRIVE YOUR CAR

    I was going to write about the abolition (or is it?) of the secrecy surrounding the pimping of our citizenship, but I'll leave that for another time, just in case the Deputy PM thinks up something else. And, just as an aside on the secrecy thing,...

  • Hanging our heads in shame

    I googled the phrase “selling Maltese citizenship.” In a fraction of a second Google threw back at me an enormous number of references. One can only take in few at a time as they make for very depressing reading. The selling of Maltese citizenship...

  • Red-carded by the EU?

    I’m so stumped I can’t speak. Tongue-tied. Too many people saying the same thing. All abroad seem to be laughing at us and our crazy scams of citizenship sales. So I have still said my bit and shall carry on to say more. This PL promised us open...

  • Citizenship sale; it’s a fail

    I have not yet blogged about the mess that has become the Maltese citizenship saga because my able colleagues on this site have already said it all, and very eloquently too. In short, the idea stinks. At this stage, it is pretty much a fait accompli.

  • IT'S ONLY WORDS

    Joseph Muscat, current Prime Minister, seems to labour under the impression that he can say anything and he will be believed, something on the lines of an ex cathedra pronouncement from Rome in the Middle Ages. He has the sheer gall, for instance,...

  • Culture: water the wasteland

    Perhaps to no-one’s surprise, the Maltese have once again been officially defined as cultural philistines, with our participation scoring the second lowest in Europe...

  • Of Citizenship and Prostitution

    I’ve tried to make head or tails of the new Citizenship Act, but I cannot for the life of me figure out the truth. All those convinced that it’s wrong or that it’s right, seem to be talking entirely through political sunshades, and are therefore...

  • The success of One of Us

    Last June I appealed to the readers of this blog to sign the petition ONE OF US. I am very happy to announce that the initiative succeeded in surpassing the one million signature threshold needed to be recognised as a valid European Citizen’s...

  • AT THE SETTING OF THE SUN

    It might not be this evening after all but, bar the shouting and quorum calls permitting, the Passports for Bucks Bill will become law soon and the sun will set on an era at the end which I, for one, have seen my pride in my country, which rose to...

  • The secular state

    It takes a news report titled ‘Church-State talks on amendments to marriages law successfully concluded’ to push the point home. The whole idea of a secular state – one of the foundation stones of any genuinely democratic state – really has not...

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