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  • Lights, camera, inaction!

    It just had to be. It’s just my luck. Just when I decide my New Year resolution is to be nice to others, and so I heap some praise on a government institution, the Malta Film Commission goes and spoils it all! Seriously guys, couldn’t you wait a...

  • Don’t forget the poor

    The strong and the wealthy are meeting in Davos for the  World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters on the theme: “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.   Pope Francis in a message to the world’s political and industrial leaders said that “the...

  • Ditch the Falzon #respect

    It's offensive. After the National Audit Office yesterday confirmed what we kind of already knew in the most damning way possible, there was only one possible acceptable outcome. The resignation of Michael Falzon, which was indeed what happened...

  • OD(Z)ing on bull

    In the face of disaster in terms of public image, one possible dignity- saving strategy involves creating some positive spin, typically through misdirection. Some ungrateful sod accuses you of corruption? Pull out a fast charity stunt out of your...

  • In polls we trust

    Trust (in somebody/something) is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as the belief that somebody/something is good, sincere and honest and will not try to harm or trick you. Now hold on a minute. Can the dictionary be trusted? Because in the latest...

  • Justice and mercy in equal measure

    Last Sunday I dedicated my commentary to The Sunday Times of Malta to the relationship between justice and mercy making the appeal that these have to be treated in equal measure. A friend of mine sent me a long and very interesting reaction which...

  • Ch-ch-ch-changes... David Bowie's final trick

    Ch-ch-ch-changes... David Bowie's final trick

    My mobile phone went into overdrive around 8am this morning when news started leaking that rock legend David Bowie had died, aged 69. My admiration for the Thin White Duke has persisted since my brother indoctrinated me with the album Heroes in 1977.

  • A happy new year?

    Having ended the year on a rather sour note, I thought best to start it on a more positive one. After all it does seem to be the word of the month. So let us raise our glass to the Malta Film Commission, which has just ended a stellar year...

  • Selling the palace (by the euro)

    Selling the palace (by the euro)

    Apologies in advance for ending the year on a sour note, but I just had to get this off my chest. After all what other reason is there for maintaining a blog! The matter in hand has been irking me for sometime now. In fact it has been irking me...

  • Stop this in 2016

    Stop this in 2016

    “If journalists won’t take a stand for core liberties — and then be leaders in the campaign to save or restore them — we’ll be fit to call ourselves entertainers, and not much else.” - Dan Gillmor While the concept of activist journalism is up for...

  • Sant, words master

    You have to admit that Doctor Alfred Sant (remember him?) is a master of words, which is hardly a revelation given that he's a Labour politician and that particular genus is a fine exemplar of barrack-room lawyering of the first order. You know,...

  • L-Istrina? Bah, Humbug!

    L-Istrina? Bah, Humbug!

    OK, I get it, the Maltese are a generous lot. Having just forked out a million euro on their favourite political party, just to keep the life-support system of their shoestring TV stations going, they are now in the process of giving even more...

  • The true meaning of Christmas

    So many Christmas greetings are exchanged today though several have forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. I wish to share with you this beautiful address by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, given during the  General Audience of  20 December 2006.

  • Will Malta follow Lithuania’s example?

    The precarious position of Christians in the Middle East is known to all. This Thursday (December 17) the Prince of Wales added his name to that of several other dignitaries who in the past months spoke about the danger that Christians are facing.

  • King of misdirection

    And just when you thought things couldn’t get more surreal... they do. As he continues falling over  himself to avoid annoying magnate Charles Polidano (aka iċ-Ċaqnu), prime minister Joseph Muscat  has come up with a novel reason why the law can’t...

  • U iva mhux xorta

    Just days before the last general election a party candidate shared her frustration with me following a home visit.  "So I visited this home and the father said he and his entire family wouldn't vote for our party unless we cancel his unpaid...

  • She asked for it!

    Feminist rant alert. That is, if expecting not to be beaten up because I say something that some man somewhere doesn’t like qualifies as feminism. I would have expected it to fall straight under the human and civil rights department, but...

  • The Vatican is on trial

    Today a trial opened in the Vatican on the latest leaks scandal. Those officially on trial are journalists Emiliano Fittipaldi and Gianluigi Nuzzi, Mgr. Angelo Lucio Vallejo Balda who was the number two of the Commission whose minutes and other...

  • It’s called self-respect - get some

    When the country’s highest institution is ridiculed by the same members who preside over it you know it’s time for all of us to have an inward look at ourselves and start questioning what we really stand for. Last night, the Opposition walked out...

  • Like a case of chickenpox

    Like a case of chickenpox

    The relationship between artists and the powers-that-be is one fraught with danger. State, religious and business institutions have always been the main benefactors of the arts, but no one said that that came with no strings attached. The Church...

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