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  • Righting the balance

    This was the week, or the weeks, that was or were. So many things happened, so many tremors were felt, that it rendered most comment superfluous or ridiculous. And every time anyone of us mere mortals spoke, we were upstaged by a bigger bombshell...

  • The controversy rages on

    The report that three former judges (I will refer to them as the Board) penned about Malliagate is now in the public domain; unfortunately minus several important documents that were attached to it by the same judges. The publication of these...

  • Dr Emanuel sive Manuel Mallia vs the Prime Minister

    In the Industrial Tribunal* The Hon. Dr Emanuel sive Manuel Mallia vs Prime Minister Application of the Plaintiff Mallia Respectfully Submits That on the 9th December 2014 at 13:59 he was summarily dismissed from the position of Great & Exalted...

  • AND THE QUESTIONS REMAIN

    As I write this, the Three Unwise* Men’s Report has not yet been made public.   I am morally convinced that their conclusions will be such as to create so many doubts as to who was where doing what and saying which to whom that Labour’s spinners...

  • If I were a prophet….

    I’ve said this before and, I honestly thought that I wouldn’t say it again (at least not before the inquiry about the Mallia shooting incident is concluded), but here I am, saying it again - this is going to turn out to be one big silly mistake, a...

  • THE CALL(s)*

    The scene is Kurt Farrugia's front room, November 19  in the evening, where he is engaged in a spot of domestic down-time after a hard day at the coal-face of coordinating the Prime Minister's communications and overseeing the endless self-praise...

  • THE REPORT*

    The undersigned, hereinafter referred to as the Three Unwise Men (shafted) or TUM(s), being acquiescent to the Honourable the Prime Minister's fervent desire to pass the buck, dodge the bullet, avoid the flack and generally chicken out of taking...

  • Are all animals equal?

    After a successful revolt over their lazy owner the animals set up the animal kingdom whose basic law was enshrined in the Seven Commandments of Animalism. The most important commandment was “All animals are equal".The events that followed their...

  • Like a virgin... Touchy for the very first time?

    Like a virgin... Touchy for the very first time?

    Anyone with a semblance of political objectivity would admit that the Nationalist Party has had the upper hand in recent weeks. The unacceptable delay in the power station project, the jobs-for-the-boys extravaganza, the 'anything goes' building...

  • STAR TURNS

    Muscat’s two star turns are rapidly turning into spent whizz-bangs. Manwel Mallia, presently Minister for Everything A Tinpot Dictator Would Give His Right Arm To Have, is in a flat spin, with not even an inkling where the next salvo is coming from.

  • The horror, the horror

    Can we all wake up and get a proper hold of ourselves? Can we stop thinking of all our problems, especially the minister’s driver’s shooting, as political? To quote the Prime Minister can we wake up and smell the coffee? Not that any coffee would...

  • Bravo, Mater Dei

    A woman shows up at Mater Dei hospital in a state of visible mental agitation and pain. By her own account, she has taken a number of pills in order to induce a miscarriage. What do our noble hospital administrators do? Option 1. Treat her body...

  • From responding to safeguarding

    What’s in a name? There is a lot. The significance of the announcement by Apostolic Administrator Bishop Charles Scicluna that the Church in Malta will be setting up a Safeguarding Commission instead of the Response Teams lies partly in the title...

  • The foreign perspective

    It’s hard to believe what this tiny, practically barren small rock has achieved over the years. Meeting foreigners, especially those based in Malta who all, or nearly all, speak highly of us and our little spot in the Med, makes me so proud. Even...

  • Flying visit hopefully a staying message

    On Tuesday, Pope Francis paid a flying visit to Strasbourg where he was hosted by the Council of Europe and the European Union. In just under four hours – he landed at 10am and left just before 1pm – he delivered two major addresses to the...

  • BULLET POINTS

    I couldn't resist the pun, I'm always being told I tend towards flippancy even when things are serious, and they are serious enough.   So, in no particular order, a few bullet points for you to consider and few questions to be answered. - Someone,...

  • DEAR COLLEAGUES

    I am writing this without knowing which former members of the Judiciary are to be appointed by the Prime Minister to inquire into the events surrounding last Wednesday's shooting, but I believe that none of them will resent being addressed as...

  • Thanking Paul the Apostle of dialogue

    In June 2008 I penned a blog titled “Paul, Apostle of dialogue”. Paul referred to Archbishop Pawlu Cremona. He had just written a commentary for Malta Today in answer to its editorial about the Church and the divorce debate. It was the first time...

  • Nanna’s buggie

    When my grandmother was still alive, God bless her soul, I used to look forward to watching the budget speech being read out on TV. Since I was very young and not really interested in what was being spewed out, all I wanted was to sit next to my...

  • QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS, ANSWERS?

    What we know for sure is that on Wednesday night, a private citizen was involved in a very minor traffic accident and that after some time, shots were fired at, and hit, the car in which said private citizen was driving away from the incident. We...

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