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  • Today they shot at you

    Today two Islamic extremists shot at you. You didn’t notice? How is it possible that someone shoots at you and you don’t notice? Are you so alienated as not to notice that the barbaric attack on the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, the French...

  • To give or not to give

    A debate about organ donation can literally be a debate about life or death. The lives of many were saved thanks to the donation of essential organs (for example a heart) while the quality of life of many more has been greatly enhanced thanks to...

  • GET A GRIP

    Hi, I'm back - sorry about the absence, Xmas was inconsiderate in coming half way through the week, though it did mean a nice long break.  New Year's was as bad, unoriginally. As you'll have noticed from my ex-Beck column, there's not been a heck...

  • Hibs, you're out of line

    Everyone, even convicted criminals, deserves a second chance after paying their debts to society. It would be an inhumane world indeed were a person's life to be cut short of all opportunity on the basis that he or she has erred in the past. It is...

  • The many faces of slavery in 2015

    I did not know that there is such a thing called the Global Slavery Index. I only came to know about it when I started doing some research for this blog. This Index does not give information about slavery throughout the centuries but gives an...

  • Is there a reason to be jolly?

    It’s ho ho ho time and I have forgotten to wish happy holidays to all, including my far-flung enemies. Yes I know it should be Happy Christmas but I’m trying hard to annoy no one, including all the atheists who don’t mind the feasting festivities...

  • My yearly illogical Christmas

    I hate Christmas. There I said it. But why? Why would any sane person hate a feast that’s entirely dedicated to love, family, giving and peace? I know it’s crazy, in fact it doesn’t even make sense to me, but I do, I hate it, and only now that...

  • Something beautiful for the Church

    I have just flipped through the first printed copy – hot from the printing press - of “The Maltese Missionary Experience”; and what a gem of a book it turned out to be. The book is ably penned and published by Maltese missionary Fr John...

  • Non-stick superman

    I salute the man who has been a god-sent gift to us Maltese, Dr Joseph Muscat. Talk of Trojan horses is not welcome as we, the Maltese nation as a whole, know a gift-horse when we see one and we are truly impressed by him. If the recent survey...

  • Is the Church discriminating?

    My commentary on The Sunday Times of Malta (21/12/14) will discuss the present controversy between the Church and the Malta Union of Teachers (and to a lesser extent the General Workers' Union) about the employment criteria that should be used...

  • FESTIVE PQs*

    In the House before it rose on Wednesday, newly anointed Minister Carmelo Abela happened to be the only Minister around at lunchtime, so he had to answer all the supplementary questions that are traditionally made to the Prime Minister during the...

  • Charitable my foot

    Yes, I know that begging is illegal and that having beggars on the street is not the ideal situation to aspire to. I also realise that not all those who wind up begging are actually in the dire straits they claim to be in. However, having put the...

  • She taught us how to smile

    She never taught a class, she never raised her voice, (except perhaps to hit the perfect note in a song), and she never wrote anything on a blackboard, and yet, she taught so many people invaluable lessons – lessons we could never find in a book,...

  • THE INTERVIEW*

    Dr Manuel Mallia, formerly Minister of State for Home Affairs, National Security, Catering and Public Entertainment, was interviewed* by your intrepid blogger. How do you feel now that you are on the back benches, less than two years after taking...

  • Bring in more clowns

    Let’s revisit some recent events on this blighted isle. Car driven by a certain Smith, of unknown origin, hits minister’s car mirror. Big Deal! Minister’s driver chases, threatens and shoots. DOI issues press release with more holes in it than the...

  • A play in three acts

    The is a play with three main actors, Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church; Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, representative of the Partit Laburista; and Angelina Jolie, famous actress and Special Envoy of UNHCR for the rights of immigrants. Act...

  • ON THE SETTLING OF THE DUST

    In a craven effort to divert public attention away from his indecisiveness and penchant for procrastination, Joseph Muscat, without whose direct approval I am morally convinced nothing happens within Government and Party, decreed that Jeffrey...

  • Righting the balance

    This was the week, or the weeks, that was or were. So many things happened, so many tremors were felt, that it rendered most comment superfluous or ridiculous. And every time anyone of us mere mortals spoke, we were upstaged by a bigger bombshell...

  • The controversy rages on

    The report that three former judges (I will refer to them as the Board) penned about Malliagate is now in the public domain; unfortunately minus several important documents that were attached to it by the same judges. The publication of these...

  • Dr Emanuel sive Manuel Mallia vs the Prime Minister

    In the Industrial Tribunal* The Hon. Dr Emanuel sive Manuel Mallia vs Prime Minister Application of the Plaintiff Mallia Respectfully Submits That on the 9th December 2014 at 13:59 he was summarily dismissed from the position of Great & Exalted...

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