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  • 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...

  • Focus on Libya before it’s too late

    Focus on Libya before it’s too late

    The assertion by General David Rodriguez, the head of the US Africa command, that Islamic State militants have set up training camps in eastern Libya, is extremely worrying, but not surprising. General Rodriguez said there could be “a couple of...

  • Must the show go on?

    Some years ago I spent several months living and working in Mumbai (Bombay). Not generally too keen on Bollywood, a shortage of options often found me munching masala popcorn at some or other of the city’s many beautiful art deco cinemas. It...

  • Equality is the name of the game

    The proposed Gender Identity, Expression and Sex Characteristics Act attempts to make a case for equality and human rights by redefining the real meaning of these terms. This Bill, if enacted, will try to alter the meaning of family life in Malta.

  • Labour’s neopatrimonialism

    In his magisterial work on the origins, evolution and decay of political institutions, The Origins of Political Order, the world’s top political philosopher, Francis Fukuyama, described ‘patrimonialism’ as being the practice obtained in early...

  • Criminal liability and political responsibility

    The sounds of the shots fired by minister Manuel Mallia’s driver are still echoing around the island. Our national psyche has an innate aversion to policemen thinking that they can shoot with impunity – more so under a Labour government – and the...

  • The war of the virgins

    I don’t feel that I’m a traitor to the sisterhood, but I can’t take those whining ninnies bleating on about how dreadfully hurt they are by Evarist Bartolo’s comments about the PN trying to reclaim its virginity. For those of you who haven’t had...

  • I am my brother’s keeper

    “I have never found the name of a voter called ‘Common Good’ in the electoral register.” This was the quip of a former Nationalist Cabinet minister during a media discussion on the subject quite a few years ago. Was this a cynical or a realistic...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    When a website greets me with art that is reminiscent of Victorian times and the phrase: “The weird and the wonderful”... well, then I consider that clickbait of the strongest sort. Which is exactly how I’m greeted when I stumble upon the...

  • Blame it all on riħ isfel

    Blame it all on riħ isfel

    Are we in December or is this September all over again? Not only hasn’t there been any hint of winter as yet, but even worse, this has been a long stretch of humid weather the likes of which we only see at the end of summer. It’s riħ isfel...

  • A labour of love... Blogpost 21

    You know what we on the Mile End Road say: “Christmas comes but once a year, and with it Jo-zeff brings the beer.” And a lot more besides, I hear you all say. Yes, fellow MPs, party minions, elves and friends in cyberspace, it is once again that...

  • The Budget and the disabled

    The National Parents’ Society of People with Disability commends the various proposals in the 2015 Budget. Never have disabled people featured so prominently in a budget. For many years these proposals have been shelved or given little priority...

  • The Mallia crisis

    The week could not have started off in worse fashion for the Labour government – which showed that if Manuel Mallia is not being cheered by convicts, he is the object of rapturous applause when someone under his direct responsibility is on the...

  • Simon Busuttil is performing very well

    Simon Busuttil gave a very good Budget speech which attracted a positive reaction from various sectors of Maltese society. Busuttil is increasingly becoming more credible. He has proposed a committee to ensure the highest ethical standards among...

  • Will Malta’s water plan see the light of day?

    Never have Malta’s groundwater resources been in such a precarious state. Groundwater is being severely over exploited. We are pumping out water at a rate that is 50 per cent higher than the sustainable replacement by rainwater. This is leading to...

  • Unity not uniformity

    On November 29, Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Istanbul. It was attended by the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I. During the homily Pope Francis concentrated on the gift of the Holy Spirit...

  • Indeed where was God?

    I refer to John Guillaumier’s letter ‘Where was God?’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, November 16). Humanly speaking he has some very valid points. Yet I feel there are others which we may have forgotten. In the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1814) there were...

  • Only a very few remain

    Only a very few remain

    Several years ago the periphery road of Santa Luċija was adorned by some 22 Canary Island date palm trees. They were always taken care of and every year, in early June, the authorities used to cut the older fronds to be given to fishermen who...

  • Islanders

  • The ‘big bang’ theory and creation

    A great variety exists within a given species. Scientific breed-ing over many generations has produced various dog breeds, from the Chihuahua to the Bull Dog to the Great Dane. However, from the Scottish terrier to the Maltese Dog, they are all dogs.

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