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  • 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...

  • A question of transparency and trust

    In the second part of my commentary to The Sunday Times (February 23), I gave a bit of news that was, most probably, overlooked by many. I wrote that in reply to my query, the Communications Office of the Curia informed me that the Bishops will be...

  • A permanent nationalised bus service?

    So it looks like the whole bus debacle has become Malta’s pigeon, and Malta’s only. When one of the largest bus operators in Europe won’t touch you with a bargepole (or a bendy bus), things start looking pretty dire. Maybe it was our fault; Arriva...

  • AND HERE’S A ROOSTING CHICKEN

    From today’s timesofmalt.com, hot off the virtual presses, as it were: “Chief executive Ralph Roberts said the company took the decision because of lack of openness by the Maltese government.  He also said McGill's had a "gut feeling" that...

  • Poverty is expensive

    Every time I’m in some European city I cringe at the sight of homeless people begging in the streets. As I reach down into my pockets to appease my guilt, I thank heavens that I don’t have to face any such scenes in Malta. Admittedly, in the past...

  • OH WHAT A SURPRISE

    Way back a few years and a bit, the Nationalist Government had proposed the impeachment of Judge Anton Depasquale after he had decided not to attend to his duties for many, many months in protest, if memory serves, over the introduction of the...

  • An opportunity not to be missed: A sequel

    In my commentary on The Sunday Times of Malta (16/0214) I criticised the the report by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, saying it smacked of an endeavour to engage in a culture war against the sexual mores and pro-life stand of the...

  • OVER THE WEEKEND

    It's funny how the PM seems to think he can get away with things by doing them over the weekend.  What does he think, that we won't check out the news and won't react to the little stunts he pulls? I mean, come on, appointing Mr Joe Debono Grech,...

  • SAY WHAT YOU LIKE, IT'S OK

    Words seem to lose their meaning sometimes, especially when employed by Labour's Little Weasels. These un-cuddly creatures, characterised by their bitterness and fondness for deploying ad hominem arguments on the comments boards, used to be called...

  • Should we blame it on St Luke?

    Is the origin of the ‘passports for sale scheme’ of diabolical or divine inspiration? Some nefarious enemies of the people have been alleging that the former is the case. They point out towards a possible pre-electoral deal between Labour Party...

  • The ire for Ira

    We must be a super-bored nation if Ira Losco's dress from last Saturday is still getting column inches. I'm going to take up some bandwidth myself, before hoping that everyone shuts up about it. Not about the dress, because I couldn't care less,...

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