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  • No Plan B

    It is with interest to hear that the government has decided to lease 45 buses from the UK for a year. It is very evident that after disposing of Arriva and assuring us that there was a Plan B, there was no such thing. It has been quite evident...

  • Remembering genocide in Rwanda

    Last Monday Rwanda commemorated the 20th anniversary of the genocide that took place when the world stood by as 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred by members of the Hutu majority over a 100-day period. Many say the massacre was...

  • It’s good to be intolerant

    Tolerance is not necessarily a good thing. It can happen that people come to tolerate unjust and harmful things, often because they just can’t see any alternatives. Or the alternatives may appear unreachable. Whatever the reason, it seems to me...

  • Let us not be farm animals

    George Orwell’s Animal Farm, 1984 and many other of his works have become classics in their own right, giving us such everyday terms as Big Brother (is watching you), Newspeak and Cold War, to name but a few. I was reminded of the current validity...

  • European Parliament frolics

    Off they go. Another specific electoral campaign has opened. I say specific be­cause Malta is always in campaign mode. It is the only place I know where the political leaders do not take a breather, unless forced on them or for a few days annually.

  • Joseph Muscat’s unemployment conundrum

    In a statement issued last week, the Nationalist Party claimed that the Prime Minister is trying to solve the problem of growing unemployment by increasing jobs in the public sector, and quoted statistics that show that the number of people...

  • Crime pays country

    Here’s the latest news from Crime Always Pays Country. Those ‘consumers’ who paid to have their electricity meters tampered with and who benefitted from whopping reductions in their electricity bills – are complaining. They’re finding it hard to...

  • Secular and religious fundamentalists unite!

    Brendan Eich is the inventor of the JavaScript computer programming language and co-founder of Mozilla. He is a big fish in Silicon Valley. On March 24 he was appointed CEO of Mozilla. But, at the very beginning of April, barely 10 days after his...

  • John XXIII and Francis: two of a kind

    These two Popes have much in common, starting from the choice of their names upon their election. Fifty years after the death and the impending canonisation of John XXIII, comparisons are being made with Pope Francis. Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli,...

  • Out of the box

    I know that lately my column has, maybe, focused a bit too much on horror but somehow I keep getting attracted back to the genre. Which means that finally – after I got fed up seeing everyone waxing lyrical about it online – I decided to start...

  • Malta’s next Commissioner

    Two weeks ago, when carrying out his Cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced on Twitter that he intended to nominate Karmenu Vella, then minister for tourism, as Malta’s next European Commissioner. Why this nomination came so...

  • Clap along to happy songs

    For some reason, my car stereo is always tuned to Magic Malta. And I know I’m listening to it too much lately, because I keep catching myself humming “Farrugia lighting and interiors… more than just lights” as if it was a Top 10 hit. The other...

  • Islanders

  • Warden charm offensive: The story so far...

    Last week, Sylvanus enjoyed an unprecedented stroke of luck. I managed to acquire – don’t ask me how – a copy of the missive sent to each and every local warden, instructing them on measures to try... yes, at least try... to make them just a...

  • Nalizpelra

    Brian’s May-day to spring hunting!

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  • “Under the belt”

    Earlier this week the Employment Commission held another sitting in the case Norman Vella, a former TV presenter/producer and a current MEP hopeful, instituted against the Prime Minister. Mr Vella is saying that his removal from PBS and the...

  • Championing the minors’ cause

    Winds of change are blowing through an important sector falling under the government’s responsibility and which has been crying out to be administered with greater sensitivity. The words ‘crying out’ are apt for this concerns vulnerable children,...

  • May it finally happen

    I’m flattered; not even when I was Beck was I read by luminaries such as May, Brian of that ilk. He must have read me last Saturday, in between limbering up for his candlelit croon-fest with La Ellis and having his piccy taken with assorted rock...

  • Powerless

    I wish to bring to the attention of the minister concerned and appeal to Enemalta to rectify the inconvenience that we, the residents of part of Triq Il-Linja, Attard, have been going through for at least eight months. For instance, we had no...

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