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  • Older students, better workforce?

    Education minister Evarist Bartolo has just mentioned the unmentionable: raising the compulsory school-age from 16 to 18. A proposal that I applaud, because I genuinely believe that the more emotionally mature you are when you’re ‘kicked out’ of...

  • The truth and nothing but…

    The whole ‘taking an oath’ process has always fascinated me. The sheer assumption that people are Catholic and that they would think twice about taking a false oath in front of a crucifix or a Bible, always seemed naïve and presumptuous, at least...

  • SHINY HAPPY PEOPLE

    Super Minister #2, aka Dr Konrad Mizzi (#1 is, of course, Dr Manwel Mallia, Silvio Scerri's minister) whose youthful exuberance is in danger of morphing into unspeakable arrogance by the second, has let it be known that everyone but the PN is...

  • Safely surfing the internet

    On June 2, the pan-European research group, EU Kids Online published the results of qualitative research conducted with children – ages nine – 16 - from nine European countries including Malta. This is the first time that EU Kids Online included...

  • Billed as boring

    Some people hate the word politics but they hate politicians and their words even more. I never truly understood this because without politics we’d be a truly boring lot. Imagine us silly commentators just discussing the weather. Now while nothing...

  • The priceless but tenuous gift of freedom

    We take freedom for granted. It was not always like that and in many countries freedom is still a luxury beyond the reach of most people. Freedom is priceless but it is also tenuous. It cannot be taken for granted. We have to be vigilant. The...

  • HYPNOTIC EYES

    Look into my eyes, you're feeling very sleepy, you're losing your critical faculties, you're becoming mere putty in my hands, you will do my bidding. With not a great leap of imagination, that is the sort of thing Joseph Muscat seems to have...

  • Women on top

    Some people have interpreted the success of the female candidates in the last MEP elections as a sign that ‘women can do it for themselves’. Fellow blogger and friend Ramona Depares for instance interpreted this political success as a sign that...

  • Marx’s take on EP elections

    A lot has been said on the results of the elections of the European Parliament. Why not also see what Marx has to say about them. I am not referring to Karl Marx the founder of Communism but to a different kind of Marx. Reinhard Cardinal Marx is...

  • Take that, gender quota

    We can do it! Fear not, I’m not about to launch into some annoyingly positive mantra, the likes of which litter politicians’ social media accounts on a daily basis, making me want to reach for a bucket in which to express my feelings for such fake...

  • THOSE NUMBERS

    I’ve not written before now on the result of the MEP Election because, frankly, I’ve been a bit iffy about what to write.   The knee-jerk reaction of many on the PN side of the equation has been “what a disaster, we need to do something about it”...

  • Post-election ramblings

    At the point of writing we do not know which party will get the sixth seat in the European Parliament. If the PN gets it, it will be a consolation of sorts, albeit a very minor one. LastSaturday's was, more than anything , Joseph Muscat's victory.

  • Bloodbath time

    The people have spoken and yet again they have made it clear that they like his royal smugness Joseph Muscat and Co. So to all labour people I say congrats, may your leader be enlightened and not increase his humbleness by 200%. If this election...

  • And on the third day …

    The Pope has just started a three day trip to the Middle East or, to use the equivalent religious jargon, the Holy Land. The Vatican described it as a three-day religious pilgrimage to Jordan, the Palestinian territories and Israel. The official...

  • Body over Mind

    As ridiculous as I think that today’s day of silence is, in a way I’m thankful that I can write about something that’s closer to my heart than politics, politicians and all their antics, will ever be. A few days ago the department of information...

  • VIVE LA DIFFERENCE

    Reacting to the PN's little stunt with the sticker album, in a statement, the Labour Party said that while the Opposition leader and the Nationalist Party were distributing albums, the Labour government was giving Maltese and Gozitan families...

  • That’s NOT freedom of expression

    Freedom of expression has been quoted all over the news this past week, mostly courtesy of the upcoming MEP elections. Which is usually a good thing, of course. Except that in this case, it wasn't. Malta is one of those funny places that took...

  • ME, ME, ME, ME

    The received wisdom was that Joseph Muscat was a great marketeer who had managed to “persuade” the electorate to swallow his meritocracy/inclusivity/moderateness spiel hook, line, sinker, rod and angler, to say nothing of the quay on which the...

  • Poles apart

    The polls are truly apart and Joseph and his smugness are on track to win again by a staggering majority. The mind, the soul, the very essence of anything that boggles does exactly that. I’m numb and feeling dumb. It’s not only that I don’t like...

  • A Christian perspective on the EP elections

    The Bishops of Malta and Gozo in a statement on Saturday gave a Christian perspective on the European Parliament election to be held coming Saturday.   The short statement reminded people of their duty/right to vote and listed six principles that...

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