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  • Label me

    Label me

    The allegations against Allied Newspapers' managing director came like a bolt out of the blue, and shocked our news organisation's employees to the core. So you can imagine the hurt most of us felt when our editorial credibility was put into...

  • #‎quickfindmeamarine

    #‎quickfindmeamarine

    Premier Smell The Coffee Muscat said he will sack Panama Hats if an audit of his Panamanian company finds hidden assets inside the offshore company, in which Hats says he has €92 at the moment.     You really have to ask, does Premier Muscat think...

  • Paqpaqli għall-Istrina trial – where does the buck stop?

    Paqpaqli għall-Istrina trial – where does the buck stop?

    I have long been researching the shocking Paqpali Għall-Istrina accident, which saw 23 spectators hit by a speeding car during what must be the biggest motorsport event in Malta, wondering how our law-enforcers would manage to sort out what is...

  • Of women, chattel and our law courts

    Of women, chattel and our law courts

    Yesterday we celebrated Women's Day, a useless pandering to the gods of commerce that's only rivalled by Valentine's Day. Yesterday, in Malta, we also celebrated the fact that a man can pretty much do whatever he feels like to a woman that is...

  • Focus on what is important

    Focus on what is important

    In my Sunday Times commentary of October 20, 2013 I wrote: “With a rapidity close to that of the speed of light, Malta will soon become one of the very few countries in the world to legalise same-sex marriage. There is just one difference between...

  • #‎timetogo

    #‎timetogo

    I confess that when I heard that minister the Hon. Owen Bonnici was having a dalliance with “a lady not his wife”, I was slightly surprised.  I didn’t have any real reason for this but I thought it was out of character, not that I know the lad to...

  • Firing Panama

    It is being claimed that our honourable Prime Minister is favouring the other most honourable minister Konrad Mizzi by not firing him. Muscat had fired the hounourable Manuel Mallia and Michael Falzon and so he seems to prefer Mizzi to all the...

  • Do something about it now

    Do something about it now

    If our Labour MPs truly love our country, now is the time to do something. It’s a mad world we live in, made madder by corruption. Right now it’s so topsy-turvy it seems difficult to know where to start. But since there are people out there who...

  • #giveusbackourcountry

    #giveusbackourcountry

    Just when you think that Premier Joseph Muscat can't get any more transparent, he goes a step further. I am not using transparent here in anything approaching, even remotely, a good sense, but in the more proper sense of us now being able to see...

  • And finally... some good news!

    A week is a long time in politics. But worry not, like the PBS news division, I will not be covering the shenanigans over in Panama because a week is a long time in culture too. Since last I wrote, it seems I have become a star of the plumbing...

  • And it goes on, probably maliciously

    I write my weekly "ex-Beck" column on Wednesday, sometimes early Thursday, and this leaves me exposed to the foibles and whims of our sometimes not-so-honourable Lords and Masters.   This week, the perfect storm hit me: due to having one of those...

  • The Church and the gay community

    The establishment of a good relationship between the Church and the gay community is a process which, from time to time, hits problems.  But the path has to be walked together, in sincere dialogue, in a spirit of fraternal love and guided by...

  • She said, me said

    She [Minister Dr the Hon. Helena Dalli] said that: "[she] took exception to an article by Andrew Borg Cardona, one of the authors of the report, particularly to a comment that the current administration was “a bunch of clowns caught...

  • A few thoughts

    I’ve been away from this blog for some time, being of a moderately lazy disposition and that.   On medical advice (self-administered) I’ve concluded that letting off steam is more important than putting up my (virtual) feet, so I’m b(e)ck - don’t...

  • Know your enemy

    Know your enemy

    Three hospitals and a school were hit in air strikes in northern Syria, killing 23 people. Syrian government forces are believed to be behind the bombing. Turkey squarely blamed Russia. It is yet another bloody chapter of the horror story called...

  • A sham, a crying shame

    When you watch a movie with hardly any plot and an unending series of gags, laughs and funny situations, usually that film turns boring and senseless. Few will love it; fewer still will laugh at its cracks. This is what seems to be happening to...

  • Worry not V18 - the cavalry will soon be here!

    Worry not V18 - the cavalry will soon be here!

    You have to hand it to them. The administrative staff at V18, I mean. These last five years haven’t been an easy ride. Things started off on a less than spectacular note with architect David Felice at the helm, and the almost invisible Wayne...

  • 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...

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