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  • DEPLORABLE DOESN’T START

    The appointment of Dr Wenzu Mintoff to the Bench of Judges is deplorable in so many ways it’s difficult to know where to start. You can start from the unseemly haste with which the appointment was rushed through: the only hint was buried in the...

  • Arts and matriculation: FAIL

    So the advanced and intermediate matriculation results were published yesterday. I won’t go into detail about the worrying figures with respect to traditional subjects like maths and Maltese, because the excellent editorial on today’s Times of...

  • Who will be discarded next?

    Last Sunday in my weekly column in the Sunday Times of Malta I compared the theories of Sygmunt Bauman, the eminent Polish sociologist, with some of the homilies and speeches that Pope Francis delivers. Bauman’s well know theory about what he...

  • JUST NOT THE POINT

    It seems that Ms Sai Mizzi Lang is guilty of disingenuousness of cosmically culpable proportions, rendering her hardly fit for purpose in a diplomatic role. She whined, while sticking up for her poor little self, that she doesn't earn €13,000 a...

  • OH, REALLY?

    The headline that greeted us on Thursday morning had nothing to do with Brazil's humiliation at the hands of Germany or Argentina's boring win over boring Holland. Why is the game even going to be played on Sunday, why not just declare Germany the...

  • Thumbs down by Caritas

    Thursday night Archbishop Cremona outlined four principles that he said should guide the current debate about the decriminalisation of drugs. The best that one can say about the Archbishop’s position on Government’s White Paper is that he strongly...

  • Nonsense Gas

    Last week, I met a good (albeit weird) friend of mine who had had a week from hell and was dying to spill the beans to someone. By Friday evening she was seething through gritted teeth and some time during our first bottle of wine, she concluded...

  • AWDYTYA?

    The acronym stands for “And who do you think you are?” - adding a “P” for “precisely” would have been over-kill. The question is directed at a number of people, such that caught my eye on having a look around the news of late. It was reported,...

  • Damn goalkeepers

    Life is grand in this isle of ours. The heat is on and politics takes a break from our life as we follow the world cup with bated breath wondering who will win and who will cry. In Malta of course the ones wailing most are not the obsessives who...

  • The mighty fallen

    Those my age remember Rolf Harris as the most lovable entertainer. He provided us with good and clean fun on TV when transmission hours were still limited and the pictures was just black and white. I clearly remember him playing Australian...

  • Oil is struck off

    I can never work this one out. We’ve been told we will strike oil these last gazillion years. Then we dig and we’re lucky if we so much as find a watering hole. All we tend to find is rock and more rock. Sounds like the most boring story ever...

  • Banning the Muslim veil

    Let me make a couple things clear from the start: I will not wear a veil to cover my face if my life depended on it, and visions of women being forced to do so by their husbands or their religion make me sick. Having said that I totally disagree...

  • 20/20 IS LOVELY

    According to the adviser testifying before it, the Public Accounts Committee was told, Enemalta could have saved millions through earlier hedging of oil purchases. In fact, the headline to the piece on the portal says just that: Enemalta could...

  • Are you being served?

    There is a widespread perception that customer care service provided by private industry is better than that provided by the public service. This is not necessarily true. This week I contacted EneMalta in connection with the installation of a...

  • Putting a muzzle on artists

    About a month ago, a number of DJs who were scheduled to play during the Earth Garden festival were stopped from doing so in a move that was more reminiscent of North Korean tactics than the European democracy we so love to shout about when it...

  • SAY WHAT YOU LIKE

    It seems you can say what you like nowadays, because all that will happen, if anything, is that someone will issue a statement saying the opposite and no-one will give much of a monkey's. For instance, the head honcho at what used to be called,...

  • Don’t legalise drugs

    Pope Francis had taken a very clear and unequivocal position in the debate about whether or not the use of some drugs should be legalised or not. He has taken to task the so-called ‘liberal’ stance that the legalisation of some drugs is the...

  • RANDOM CIRCUS ACTS

    The World Cup, apart from the fact that it comes in summer when most people are in slow-down mode anyway, is a godsend to Governments such as ours, that prefer their little foibles to remain unexamined by an inquisitive Fourth Estate. Minister...

  • Show some respect

    I’m fully aware that the police’s job is not to attract tourists to Malta, and I know that it’s certainly not in their interest to attract more mischievous young students to our shores, but for peace’s sake, do they have to make our little islands...

  • What a cruel dilemma!

    England's defeat at the hands (or is it the feet) of Uruguayans has put us, England's supporters, in a most cruel dilemma. If Italy loses or draws with Costa Rica, the English are definitively out of the tournament. If the Italians win then the...

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