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  • THE PRICE OF STEEL

    Minister Helena Dalli, whose grasp of employment law has already been demonstrated by the manner in which her ministry saw fit to treat the Industrial Tribunal, has let it be known that convicted criminal Cyrus Engerer is to remain engaged by the...

  • Exalting mediocrity

    It is a sad direction society has taken when people are patted on the back and elevated to the status of heroes, not for going beyond the call of duty but simply for doing the minimum that is expected of them. This post is inspired by recent...

  • The secret sexists

    My neighbours have a habit of congregating outside their doors and having long-winded chitchats about their lives. Now I know that this is quite a tradition in Malta, and I would probably find it quaint and fascinating if only they didn’t do it in...

  • CRIMINAL OF STEEL

    Joseph Muscat, Leader of the Labour Party and Prime Minister of the Republic of Malta, a state within the European Union despite the best efforts of Muscat's predecessors and of Muscat himself, and a state governed by the Rule of Law, despite the...

  • “Technical giant, ethical child”

    The Vatican was in for some negative coverage this week. The occasion was provided by the questioning sessions of Archbishop Silvano Tomasi at the hands of some of the members of the Convention against Torture. As predicted by the Vatican the...

  • Go on PN: de-fence

    Let’s put aside the gay marriage débacle and the hunting referendum issue. The PN is yet again nicely sitting on a fence heading straight for the fence-sitting award for lifetime dedication to be seen and not heard to have an opinion. But there is...

  • Quite the Jack Sparrow

    When the Sunday Times of Malta broke the story about the tanker that ‘escaped’ from Maltese waters, I’m afraid my first reaction was much laughter. The headline conjured images of a vessel with AFM boats in hot pursuit. And my imagination is the...

  • Jesus’s ‘wife’ on Press Freedom Day

    Today the world celebrates Press Freedom Day. The Australian Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste,  who together with Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, are facing trial in Cairo accused of helping the Muslim Brotherhood released,...

  • GET OUT OF THE WAY, THE UNDERDOGS ARE LOOSE

    A revelation of cosmic proportions was made today: the Malta Developers Association Developers (aka contractors and speculators, in truth) has let it be known that they consider NGOs to be an obstacle to development. Oh, wow, what news. It’s as if...

  • Alfred the great

    Let’s say it out loud and clear. Dr Alfred Sant was way beyond a political failure, although, if the full truth be told, he did get rid of the old thugs of the Mintoffian era, moved his party out of antediluvian times and got his cronies to wear...

  • Is North Ireland non-European?

    In this morning’s The Times of Malta I tried to answer Kurt Sansone’s question whether our membership of the EU has had anything to do with the introduction of divorce, gay marriage and gay adoptions. I answered in the negative. Dr Michael...

  • Exposing disabilities

    Last week was a good week because my brother, who has an intellectual disability, was only going to get punched in the face once. I consider it a good week because this sort of thing happens on a regular basis simply because my brother, who is now...

  • Reflections after a double canonisation

    I am writing this blog just after the conclusion of the celebration of the double canonisation of Pope John XXIII and Pope John II. Probably some of you watched parts of the ceremony that was transmitted on local television stations. Malta was not...

  • Rules of our country

    A foreigner comes to Malta to check out our hunting ways and our hunters try scaring the daylights out of the foreigner. Serves him right for interfering in our affairs. Go back home we don’t need you thank you very much. The police take the...

  • Nothing sticks to Teflon Joe

    So much happens on this little dot that sometimes I think we really are the world’s belly button. The man—the Prime Minister I mean—has routed the PN, embraced the gay community and is now on a direct course to get us all a bit higher than we all...

  • The environment is no longer ‘taghna lkoll’

    In this column I have repeatedly commented on different statements that from time to time are released by the Church’s Environment Commission. I have repeatedly stated that this Commission was one of the positive steps taken by the Church in Malta.

  • MINE, ALL MINE

    Labour’s hollow pre-election slogan was brought into sharp relief on Wednesday when Tony Zarb, head honcho at the General Workers’ Union, took great umbrage at the fact that Pawlu Lia had dared, had the temerity, the sheer gall, to oppose the...

  • Return to Galilee for Easter

    As I shared with you a few snippets from the reflections read and prayed during the Holy Way of the Cross Pope Francis led on Good Friday, I would like to share with you few thoughts selected from the homily the Pope delivered yesterday during the...

  • THAT’S ALL RIGHT THEN

    It’s fascinating what takes the fancy of the public at large, and for that matter what takes the fancy of your average columnist. For instance, the Prime Minister’s unashamed leap onto the LGBTQ bandwagon, where a good number of votes was...

  • The Face of Christ, the Face of Man

    The Face of Christ, the Face of Man This evening Pope Francis will lead the Way of the Cross at the Coliseum. The following are a few snippets from the text  of some of the stations. The text was written by  Archbishop Giancarlo Maria Bregantini...

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