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  • The Dom factor returns

    Certainly things are hotting up and the Prime Minister is showing his extraordinary mettle. I mean who, since the great, beloved Dom has had the gall to do the things the mighty Joseph is doing? One of his many minnows decides to solve all our...

  • Not for girls

    As a child I attended what was essentially a boys’ primary school. It was then known as Stella Maris (Balzan), and though it wasn’t yet official, the school was essentially St. Aloysius College’s primary school because almost all of the boys who...

  • In the best interest of the nation

    Wednesday and Thursday of this week will see members of the European Parliament debate citizenship. The debate was sparked by the international media outcry against the plan of the Muscat government to sell Maltese – and as a consequence European...

  • Same-sex adoptions: not up to the public

    I’m not a fan of surveys. I don’t believe in true random sampling, so I really look askance whenever we read about how X% want the government to do this and Y% want the exact opposite. I’m even more sceptical when the results of a survey happen to...

  • STOP THE TRAIN, I WANT TO GET OFF

    Precisely what does Joseph Muscat think he's doing? It's not his pretentious posing behind lecterns I'm talking about, Lord knows we had enough of that during the election campaign, enough to be used to it. Nor is it his constant resort to...

  • Please do not find a direction for the arts

    So this female lecturer and former ambassador to there and somewhere else pens an article, Times of Malta obliges and prints it in full view on the back page. She says that, horror of horrors, our glorious government has no direction or vision in...

  • SHUT THAT DOOR

    Back in the early seventies, what would be seen in today's anodyne world as a totally politically incorrect show had as one of its catch-phrases "Shut that door...". Joseph Muscat seems to have taken it up, because that's what he did on the...

  • Welcome to the porn revenge generation

    It had to happen sooner or later. It has just happened. Whether it was sooner or later is irrelevant to the victims. Up till yesterday porn revenge was not a reality we had read about in the local context. There were cases of Maltese persons...

  • Sex, lies and legal tape

    It was with shock that I read out the first important judgement of the year: a 60-year-old man gets three years’ prison for sexual violence on a minor. The shock increased as events continued unfolding after the judgement was made public. Or...

  • Not smelling the coffee

    I’ve been wanting to write this ever since the Auxiliary Bishop came out with his pathetic ‘advice’ to Catholic politicians were he told them that they have a moral obligation to vote against the Civil Union’s Act.  I call it pathetic not because...

  • BIKE IT ON

    The cycling fraternity is up in arms because the Sliema Council has decided that a pavement is not the right place to bomb around on two wheels.   Forgive me, but I think the Sliema Council is right.  I'm not one for gratuitous exercise, on two...

  • “Would you want to live here?” – a sequel

    Patrick Cooke penned a very human and humane story in today’s Times of Malta. Titled “Would you want to live here?” he gave us an inside peek into the Hal Far open centre for irregular migrants. The story brings us in contact with fellow human...

  • BANG BANG BIRDY DEAD

    You have to love these hunters: my way or the highway is putting it mildly. No sooner had the groundswell of opinion in favour of having a referendum on whether spring hunting should be banned gained critical mass than up popped the paragons of...

  • Approval and opprobrium

    During the past few weeks Bishop Charles Scicluna was the target of many attacks by those who were objecting to his stand about same-sex marriage and adoptions by gay couples. Bishop Scicluna was accused of acting in isolation from the other...

  • Cruel or Cool?

    During this time of year I usually write my usual rant about animal circuses visiting Malta, but this year I’m hopeful that the battle will be won soon enough and that it will be the last year that this atrocity is allowed to happen on our...

  • Thoughts of a better new year

    Happy New Year dear readers far and wide. Any size you are, any persuasion, any colour or creed, and any sexual propensity you might have or suffer from I bid you good things for this ending and the new beginning. These are times of expectancy—not...

  • The Joy of the Gospel (3)

    This is the third and final instalment with quotes taken from the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation ‘The Joy of the Gospel. It should made good reading and reflection for this time of year. Warning for priests If he does not take time to hear God’s...

  • The Joy of the Gospel (2)

    On December 4 I presented my readers with a few quotations from Pope Francis’s Apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel). I promised to do a sequel. A number of more pressing subject came in the way and I kept on postponing...

  • GO AND DO IT NOW

    For reasons that concern only my family and friends, I've been a bit out of it, so apologies for not having anything new up for your seasonal cheer. You'd think that someone who had got through law exams, run a law practise, got elevated to the...

  • Courting disaster

    Christmas back in times of old when loons ruled and we were falling headlong into third worlds was a time for shocks. When I was young and socialists were in power we used to get a few bombshells every Christmas. It was a sort of celebration of...

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