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  • Archbishop Mercieca - Spring in a new home

    Today the first day of Spring, Archbishop Giuseppi Mercieca changed homes. His current home is infinitely better that the one he lived in for close to ninety years. Today he is in the loving embrace of our Father in heaven. This is a place...

  • Depths not yet plumbed

    Depths not yet plumbed

    It used to be a given that the financial services sector was a no-go area, an area that was too important to the national interest to be embroiled in the daily argy-bargy of the political arena. When the PN were in power, this position was...

  • Up against the wall

    Up against the wall

    It is well documented that when a certain type of regime is backed up against the wall, the gloves come off and the true colours of the desperate rulers are brought into stark contrast.  We've hit that spot, it seems, and Premier Joseph Muscat's...

  • Media manipulation

    Media manipulation

    Back in the unsophisticated days of Mintoff, those of us whose teeth are a bit longer than your average bear's will remember, there was only one broadcast medium, known to one and all as Dardir Malta ('dardir' being Maltese for 'nausea') and it...

  • Let’s talk about Panamagate and nothing else

    The recent madness that has gripped this island seems to have no end in sight. The longer the wise man at Castille lingers in taking proper note of it, taking action or resigning from his position as prime minister, the worse it is for this...

  • Label me

    Label me

    The allegations against Allied Newspapers' managing director came like a bolt out of the blue, and shocked our news organisation's employees to the core. So you can imagine the hurt most of us felt when our editorial credibility was put into...

  • #‎quickfindmeamarine

    #‎quickfindmeamarine

    Premier Smell The Coffee Muscat said he will sack Panama Hats if an audit of his Panamanian company finds hidden assets inside the offshore company, in which Hats says he has €92 at the moment.     You really have to ask, does Premier Muscat think...

  • Paqpaqli għall-Istrina trial – where does the buck stop?

    Paqpaqli għall-Istrina trial – where does the buck stop?

    I have long been researching the shocking Paqpali Għall-Istrina accident, which saw 23 spectators hit by a speeding car during what must be the biggest motorsport event in Malta, wondering how our law-enforcers would manage to sort out what is...

  • Of women, chattel and our law courts

    Of women, chattel and our law courts

    Yesterday we celebrated Women's Day, a useless pandering to the gods of commerce that's only rivalled by Valentine's Day. Yesterday, in Malta, we also celebrated the fact that a man can pretty much do whatever he feels like to a woman that is...

  • Focus on what is important

    Focus on what is important

    In my Sunday Times commentary of October 20, 2013 I wrote: “With a rapidity close to that of the speed of light, Malta will soon become one of the very few countries in the world to legalise same-sex marriage. There is just one difference between...

  • #‎timetogo

    #‎timetogo

    I confess that when I heard that minister the Hon. Owen Bonnici was having a dalliance with “a lady not his wife”, I was slightly surprised.  I didn’t have any real reason for this but I thought it was out of character, not that I know the lad to...

  • Firing Panama

    It is being claimed that our honourable Prime Minister is favouring the other most honourable minister Konrad Mizzi by not firing him. Muscat had fired the hounourable Manuel Mallia and Michael Falzon and so he seems to prefer Mizzi to all the...

  • Do something about it now

    Do something about it now

    If our Labour MPs truly love our country, now is the time to do something. It’s a mad world we live in, made madder by corruption. Right now it’s so topsy-turvy it seems difficult to know where to start. But since there are people out there who...

  • #giveusbackourcountry

    #giveusbackourcountry

    Just when you think that Premier Joseph Muscat can't get any more transparent, he goes a step further. I am not using transparent here in anything approaching, even remotely, a good sense, but in the more proper sense of us now being able to see...

  • And finally... some good news!

    A week is a long time in politics. But worry not, like the PBS news division, I will not be covering the shenanigans over in Panama because a week is a long time in culture too. Since last I wrote, it seems I have become a star of the plumbing...

  • And it goes on, probably maliciously

    I write my weekly "ex-Beck" column on Wednesday, sometimes early Thursday, and this leaves me exposed to the foibles and whims of our sometimes not-so-honourable Lords and Masters.   This week, the perfect storm hit me: due to having one of those...

  • The Church and the gay community

    The establishment of a good relationship between the Church and the gay community is a process which, from time to time, hits problems.  But the path has to be walked together, in sincere dialogue, in a spirit of fraternal love and guided by...

  • She said, me said

    She [Minister Dr the Hon. Helena Dalli] said that: "[she] took exception to an article by Andrew Borg Cardona, one of the authors of the report, particularly to a comment that the current administration was “a bunch of clowns caught...

  • A few thoughts

    I’ve been away from this blog for some time, being of a moderately lazy disposition and that.   On medical advice (self-administered) I’ve concluded that letting off steam is more important than putting up my (virtual) feet, so I’m b(e)ck - don’t...

  • Know your enemy

    Know your enemy

    Three hospitals and a school were hit in air strikes in northern Syria, killing 23 people. Syrian government forces are believed to be behind the bombing. Turkey squarely blamed Russia. It is yet another bloody chapter of the horror story called...

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