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  • Tribal maladies

    Tribal maladies

    There are moments when I start doubting whether people really consider themselves to be free individuals before they are Nationalists or Labourites. Have we forgotten the 1960s and 1980s when Malta looked and felt like a tribal battlefield? Many...

  • Brimming with confidence

    Brimming with confidence

    No doubt on Monday, Premier Joe will stride into the House brimming with confidence and sporting the smirk that has become his USP - a "Unique Selling Point". The fact that Premier Muscat's is a smirk that borders on being arrogant in the extreme...

  • More to it than the final decision

    Media coverage of the landmark sentence given by Magistrate Joe Mifsud in the case the police instituted against Jason Azzopardi centres, as is to be expected, on the decision that the MP is not guilty as charged. Quite naturally the court's...

  • And the mouse roared

    And the mouse roared

    It was part of folklore that Minister Evarist Bartolo, in another life, was Mary l-Maws (or was it Marija?) on Labour's weekly paper, KullHadd.  Whoever it was, he or she used to delight in getting at people on the other side of the political...

  • Will he stay or will he go?

    It was a toss-up between The Clash and Queen but even though it seems to be pretty much a foregone conclusion that Premier Joe has done his electoral arithmetic and concluded that it's time for PanamaHats to be chucked over the side, there's still...

  • A worm’s view of the isle of Malta

    A worm’s view of the isle of Malta

    Let me climb out of my hole and think logically. In a land close by, ruled by Lord Joseph Muscat and his gracious Lady Michelle de henna, they lead by example. And the example always gets a standing ovation. They hug convicted criminals and...

  • By George he's (not) got it

    Premier Joseph Muscat, late on Wednesday evening, was reported to have said that he gets it. All that he gets, it need hardly be said, is the extent to which Panamagate is harming his party with the electorate. Premier Muscat, it is now ultra...

  • Gouder's goodies

    "M'learned colleague" Charlon Gouder appears to have been chosen to react to my Opinion Piece about the PN Loan Initiative.    His piece needs some response. Clearly, Gouder's forma mentis is that the initiative is wrong principally because I find...

  • No country for honourable men

    With each passing day the Labour Party in government is slowly but surely letting their mask slip on several of those key points they vehemently promised and said they would fight for before the election. Transparency and good governance are but...

  • Call the roll at Question Time

    This question needs to be answered.  In the light of the revelations - now also in the international press - from the Mossack Fonseca leak, are you comfortable with the standards of governance adopted by Premier Joseph Muscat? Speaking for myself,...

  • If you follow the media...

    If you follow the media...

    The by-now-infamous press conference which saw prime minister’s wife Mrs Michelle Muscat lose her temper and have a go at the media saddened me. Fine, it also amused me but – in the longterm – the aftertaste was mostly of the ‘what a pity’...

  • Clowns to the left of me, jokers

    Clowns to the left of me, jokers

    It being April 1, we had the obligatory spoof stories on the portals today.  I only looked at the English language versions, this being an Anglo-Saxon sort of humour, which is probably why Premier Muscat runs the country as if every day was All...

  • Dear subjects...

    Dear Subjects, Actually I think you seem more like objects from up here. Hello, I am the wife of the most loved person in Malta, our supreme leader, Joseph Muscat. He is SuperJM, my most beloved. I love him a lot more than he loves me but I don’t...

  • Sorry, still here

    The trolls who actually read my last regular Saturday column (I doubt they all do, some of them clearly spring into action only when their buttons are pressed) will have had cause for pointless rejoicing if they spotted the editor's note about the...

  • One sandwich short of a picnic

    One sandwich short of a picnic

    The police’s decision to question two protesters because they took part in a ‘picnic protest’ on Sunday to try to highlight the destruction of our environment epitomises all that is wrong with Malta’s authorities. Fine, the police might be...

  • Archbishop Mercieca - Spring in a new home

    Today the first day of Spring, Archbishop Giuseppi Mercieca changed homes. His current home is infinitely better that the one he lived in for close to ninety years. Today he is in the loving embrace of our Father in heaven. This is a place...

  • Depths not yet plumbed

    Depths not yet plumbed

    It used to be a given that the financial services sector was a no-go area, an area that was too important to the national interest to be embroiled in the daily argy-bargy of the political arena. When the PN were in power, this position was...

  • Up against the wall

    Up against the wall

    It is well documented that when a certain type of regime is backed up against the wall, the gloves come off and the true colours of the desperate rulers are brought into stark contrast.  We've hit that spot, it seems, and Premier Joseph Muscat's...

  • Media manipulation

    Media manipulation

    Back in the unsophisticated days of Mintoff, those of us whose teeth are a bit longer than your average bear's will remember, there was only one broadcast medium, known to one and all as Dardir Malta ('dardir' being Maltese for 'nausea') and it...

  • Let’s talk about Panamagate and nothing else

    The recent madness that has gripped this island seems to have no end in sight. The longer the wise man at Castille lingers in taking proper note of it, taking action or resigning from his position as prime minister, the worse it is for this...

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