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  • Presidential hostages?

    I had been wondering for a while what on earth parliament is waiting for before it finalises the Civil Unions Bill. Now I have my answer – apparently President George Abela refuses to sign it, so we need to wait for the current presidential term...

  • Knocking out evil

    Last Monday could have been a sad day for many, but thanks to an overwhelming amount of good people, it turned out not to be. On Monday, at about 8 o’clock in the morning, a terrible and unexplainable act of vandalism was discovered at Inspire’s...

  • So much gas

    No one waited with bated breath for the conclusion of last Monday’s marathon Mepa meeting about the tanker/floating gas storage. Everyone knew what the conclusion would be days before the meeting was held. The formal vote at the conclusion of that...

  • OH, THAT'S CULTURE, IS IT?

    On Friday, we broke a long-standing resolution to forego the populist pleasures of Xarabank. Not to put too fine a point on it, whenever I've watched even a few minutes of it (not that on Friday we watched much more than that) I've been struck by...

  • SIMPLY DISGUSTING

    Fuelled by a police publicity stunt that can only be seen as an effort to pander to populist sentiment, and certain parts of a media world that played its own tabloid part, the comments accompanying the reports of the arraignment last night of the...

  • Let my people go

    These last two weeks have been bad weeks for Christians in several parts of the world. Truth be told, even the two weeks before these and the two weeks before those were quite bad. But let’s concentrate on the last two weeks or so. I will give...

  • WHOSE’S FAULT?

    Labour is currently adopting the policy that anyone who criticizes – read does not roll over and acquiesce – the doings and shakings of the Government is a traitorous swine who should be taken out and shot like the cur that he is. OK, I’m...

  • Hit and run

    Although I’ve always been fully aware that racism is alive and kicking, for a while I might have been living under the comfortable delusion that it’s only the ignorant and uneducated that become big fat racists.  Thanks to social media which has...

  • All this gas

    I’m no expert so I’ll just say very little about gas and tankers and sites chosen. The previous government - those PN ruffians - were arrogant, didn’t care about people’s health and they did anything they thought made sense even if others, more...

  • “My Journey”

    This is not a comment on the autobiography of Dr Eddie Fenech. It is about a different journey. Go down memory lane. It is March 13, 2013. It had just been announced that the cardinals had elected a new pope. When the then Cardinal Bergoglio came...

  • Getting used to harassment?

    I’m really not the bra-burning, militant feminist type, and I usually forget all about gender. As far as I’m concerned, we’re not ‘men’ or ‘women’, we’re people. Instead of making a big deal out of gender issues, I prefer to create my own...

  • The Ukraine is also our business

    The gravity of what is happening in Ukraine after Russia decided to intervene in Crimea has not hit the imagination of public opinion in Malta. The reason could be that for many the Ukraine is very far away and what’s far away is not...

  • Bashing by celebrating

    This is the year of anniversaries, so our dear government announced when it took over from the PN. Great stuff has been promised us for the 35th commemoration of Freedom Day, the tenth of EU accession and the 50th since we attained...

  • Why?

    It’s no secret that during the last general elections I came very close to voting PL but ultimately voted AD. Before that I always voted for PN, and hand on heart there’s no telling whom I’ll vote for in the future. Because of my way of voting,...

  • THANK YOU AUSTIN

    The Minister people loved to hate back in the day when others governed and we weren't selling our citizenship for cash was Dr Austin Gatt. One of the main beefs the multitudes had with him was that he was seen as having been responsible for the...

  • It’s cuckoo time again

    I’m never sure if we did end up voting for Alfred Sant’s Swiss offer after all. When Malta was gripped by referendum fever—to join or not to join that was the question—Alfred Sant was leader of the MLP, Joseph Muscat was a cub and all were rabidly...

  • Will the real rogue please stand up?

    I do not personally know Fr Albert Schembri former parish priest of Hal Gharghur. It could be that he was a student of mine in some media class at the time when I used to teach seminarians at the University. But that would be about all, if it is...

  • MORE WORDS

    In my "used-to-be-Beck" column on Saturday's paper version, I ruminated on the manner in which words have been deprived of their meaning by Labour's good men and true. Gozo Channel's Chairman, one such, is reported to have remarked, in connection...

  • Say no to the persecution of gay persons

    Last Monday, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed a law that reinforced the already severe laws against gays in that African country. Jail sentences for life are now obligatory for those who have gay sex. The law also prohibits what it...

  • This got my goat!

    Love her or hate her, in the last general election Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca won the highest number of Labour votes after Joseph Muscat. In addition, she’s been consistently elected to parliament since 1998. So why isn’t it crystal clear to our...

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