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  • ANSWERS PLEASE, SOONEST

    I know Manwel Mallia personally and I know he is supremely comfortable with English and Maltese and that he is more than capable of employing either language to perfection. Consequently, when he says he is not embarrassed by the contents of the...

  • Neither feminist nor progressive

    One could agree or disagree with Labour MP Deborah Schembri’s defence of Sai Mizzi during a TV programme. If Dr Schembri believes that the granting of a 13K-a month job had nothing to do with the fact that Ms Mizzi she is a minister's wife, that...

  • Private investments

    The role of the Privatisation Unit, properly speaking, is to identify and facilitate the areas of government, or government-owned enterprise, that can be freed from the clutches of pencil-pushers and bean-counters and left for private enterprise...

  • An exciting time for Maltese literature

    This November might as well be the most exciting month for literary lovers in Malta. This year the National Book Festival has coincided with Booker Prize winner Jim Crace arriving on the island to be the first Writer in Residence for the Creative...

  • The uglification of Malta… the sequel

    The uglification of Malta… the sequel

    Or was it ‘the cementification of Malta’? I must admit I’m stealing the title off an opinion piece written by Martin Scicluna some 10 years ago. Sadly, our obsession with building every single vacant space on the island is even more prevalent...

  • When Ash Wednesday precedes Christmas

    Last Sunday five young men were ordained deacons. I personally know one of them, Mark Zammit. He was helping out in our parish for the last few months. A fine young man full of enthusiasm, idealism, love for the Lord and His people and full of the...

  • Do you care who Konrad sleeps with?

    I truly and honestly don’t give a hoot about which politician is sleeping with whom because, except for a few that I can count on one hand, I have such a bad impression of politicians in general, that an extra-marital affair won’t dent their...

  • Guilty consciences garbed in leisure clothing

    I took my time to write about the credible reports describing the exploitation of foreign workers at Leisure Clothing.  Journalist Joe Micallef of Media.link Communications should be commended for his work. There is a specific reason for my...

  • Health warnings

    Taking their cue from the tobacco industry, operators in assorted sectors have taken up the habit of tagging a "health warning" onto material associated with their trade. Indeed, in a copy-and-paste text message I have available that lists a...

  • Remember, remember… or just don’t, who cares

    November 5 is Guy Fawkes day in Britain, however, for a few years November 5 has been associated with the Occupy movement and the hactkivist group Anonymous. Anonymous describe themselves as a “truth movement advocating hacktivism as self-defense...

  • Flushing principles down the drain

    I do not know Robert Henry Bugeja, the candidate who spared Labour’s blushes by failing to get elected in the casual election for a parliamentary seat. For all I know, he may have been the most competent candidate on the PL list in the last...

  • Keeping silent

    I never object to anything or anyone Chinese. The more they come and invest here the better. After all they will soon take over the world so might as well have them here before other countries and get used to their ways. They seem very energetic,...

  • Institutionalism 1 – Art 0

    Last week was a pretty exciting one for those who appreciate street art. C215, the French artist who is fast making a name for himself on an international level with his vibrant work, visited Valletta and left his mark in several spots. And by...

  • On truth and spins

    The brief participation by Bishop Charles Scicluna, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Malta, on Xarabank is just one indication that he really means business when he says that the Church should adopt an attitude of zero tolerance to...

  • The slurring stand-up

    One of my favourite things in life is laughing. It keeps me going and gets me over all sorts of nastiness and unpleastantries. Those who don’t laugh or can’t laugh at themselves must live a truly sad life. I adore anything that makes me laugh—even...

  • Me the piper, that be my tune

    WIthout meaning any disrespect to the individuals concerned, the "agreement" signed between the Principal Permanent Secretary (head honcho in the Civil Service) and the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Police, Catering, Broadcasting and...

  • Switching saves lives

    It is really really sad that it is only now, in late 2014, that Malta is seriously considering the possibility of legally allowing people to change their identify documents to reflect the gender they identify with – which is not necessarily the...

  • How exciting is the Pope?

    Saray Gray writing in Salon said that the Pope is amazing and she described his statements as exciting.  Salon, the US based progressive magazine was created by David Talbot in 1995. A quick Google search about the magazine informs us that it...

  • DAMN AND PUBLISH

    The editors of the main two papers in English are engaged in an exchange of views, which some would call forthright, except they haven't started swinging handbags, yet. The point at issue is whether the name of a priest who is being prosecuted for...

  • Not in my back yard… when politics comes before humanity

    Not in my back yard… when politics comes before humanity

    The Maltese have a reputation for being very generous. Thousands dig deep into their pockets in response to any public appeal to raise money for the needy overseas, be it in aid of starving children in Africa or earthquake-stricken Haiti. But that...

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