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  • 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...

  • Buy one, get the rest (almost) for free!

    In a tweet sent yesterday, our Auxiliary Bishop Mgr Charles Scicluna made an appeal to Maltese MPs: “Do we really need to put Malta’s citizenship on sale? Is citizenship a bond or commodity? What else is on sale?” These are very legitimate...

  • LABOUR IN ITS UGLINESS

    This Citizenship for Sale scandal has brought Labour out in its true colours and no mistake. To start with, from what Henley's people have been saying to practitioners, though this is not evidence I would care to put forward in court, since it is...

  • ‘You cannot shoot my dream’

    One of the things that shocked me most during the last couple of weeks was the reading of Terry Philpot’s article in The Tablet of October 12. In ‘Falling through the net’ Philpot wrote about the protection (or the lack) of children in...

  • Hail to a liberty hero

    I hate making a fuss and I hate writing about the same subject twice. But above all else I hate any attempt—direct, indirect or by stealth—to stifle our liberty. So excuse me if I harp on again about the hero of the moment, Norman Vella. Yes, from...

  • JOSEPH HE SAY, JOSEPH HE MEAN

    Speaking in London at The Malta Individual Investor Programme, the Prime Minister said a number of things that gave me the idea that a translation was needed. I hope not to cause the Commissioner of Police any inconvenience, and trust he won't...

  • Norman and Barbra

    I’m getting an uncomfortable feeling that I suck at getting into trouble. I’ve been failing for so long that it’s now getting to me and am about to give up; I’m about to turn into a good girl. You see, I’ve been breaking the law by taking photos...

  • Transport Malta’s evaluation

    So Transport Malta is evaluating the impact of horses and heavy vehicles on rush-hour traffic, huh? As a friend of mine aptly commented online this morning, “remind me why I employ these people, again?” Anyone with an I.Q. higher than that of a...

  • The road to perdition

    Let me be honest. I’m always honest—promise—but this time I want to be honester. I’m worried. I’m worried sick. The things that are happening around us are supremely worrying. Malta is getting back to the times when we were gripped by fear. I’m...

  • CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD

    It is an inevitability, given its smug arrogance and majority, that the Government will plough on with the establishment of its market-stall for Maltese passports regardless of the distasteful smell that pervades the whole sordid affair. Joseph...

  • Scicluna to the pillory

    It is now Bishop Scicluna’s turn to be sent to the pillory by l-orizzont. He follows in the footsteps of Pope Benedict and Bishop Mario Grech. I dare not mention myself because who am I to be placed – even remotely – in the same league as these...

  • BAN HUNTING NOW

    Let’s not have any more hypocrisy from the Government, from the Federation of Conservationist Hunters Bird Killers and Trappers and from the St Hubert’s Apologists for Hunting or whatever pompous title these people give themselves. It is simply...

  • Wake up and smell the pong

    Walking merrily on the Sliema promenade a few days ago was perfect bliss. Summer stifling heat is over, the hordes of walkers are less taxing and the brain actually works. But the pong from the horses’ doings, even if less horrid than in the heat,...

  • On bridges and gay marriages

    This week the Church in Malta issued two statements. On Wednesday the Maltese bishops published a one page statement (excluding references) about the proposed legislating of civil unions. Then on Thursday the Church’s Inter-diocesan Commission’s...

  • Making my point

    Xarabank is a great medium to reach the masses, but unfortunately unless you’ve got the lungs of a sea gull, it’s unlikely that you’ll get more than ten minutes to make your point. So allow me to say here what I would have liked to say during...

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