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  • Authentic Christian democrats

    The current storm of alleged corruption that has overtaken a number of our politicians has also thrown up calls for the foundation of a third party. Whether this is advisable or not, I have no idea. But I fully sympathise with it, and this because...

  • Lions, placards at Castille

    Last Sunday at the national protest against corruption, I stood with my back to St James Ditch. In front of me was the newly-cleaned façade of the Auberge de Castille, under a bright blue sky. To the left were the lovely, old walls of St James...

  • Credit where due

    Hear! Hear! Let me join the chorus in support of our own scholar of Maltese and promoter of Maltese high culture in Australia, Roderick Bovingdon. I stand four square alongside Rev. Fr Leonard Testa, OFM Conv. (April 9) and gladly vouch for this...

  • Notes on a scandal or two

    The great thing about history is that you can always count on it repeating itself.  So if you missed it the first time, you’ll catch the re-run. Our local Panama story has set me thinking. It has dominated the news for a number of weeks now, and...

  • Visiting the sick

    Looking at my priest friends during the daily concelebration of Mass at Dar Tal-Kleru – there are 50 of us, 30 or so diocesan and another 20 religious priests – I keep reflecting on the intensity of the pastoral work they performed over the...

  • Pressure cooker politics

    Every time I sit in front of a computer these days, it’s as if the keys start typing away the words ‘Panama Papers’ automatically. Most permutations of the scandal have been covered and people have reached their own conclusions. If the Prime...

  • How to speed up the works

    To minimise the delays that the roadworks will cause, let alone the financial cost to individuals and the country, I hope that the following will take place: The work will be double shifted; it will take place over weekends as well as during the...

  • Islanders

    Islanders

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  • Is unity all the country needs?

    Deadlines help you organise your time and set your priorities, writer Harvey Mackay used to say. It even forces you to exclude or include topics. My Thursday night deadline explains why I have not commented on Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation...

  • Friends and enemies

    I shall say this only once. Keep your enemies close and your friends ever much closer still.

  • Burlò

    Burlò

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  • Money no object? Panama calls…

    (Dring dring, dring dring) “Buonos dias; Peppi’s Bank, Panama City ’ere… ’ow can I ’elp you?” “Er, yes, um… Good afternoon. I’d, er… I’d like to speak to the manager please.” “Certainly señor, right away, and ’oo shall I say is calling?”“Um, yes,...

  • The hidden gem

    The hidden gem

    On December 21, 2015, Fr Fernando Millán Romeral, prior general of the Carmelite Order, sent a letter to all the communities worldwide to remind us to celebrate the 450th anniversary of the birth of St Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi on April 2. This...

  • No-confidence motion is right one

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told party delegates last weekend that his was a united government, one that would win strong and unequivocal backing in Parliament tomorrow. Tomorrow is when the House will debate a motion of no confidence in Dr...

  • ZTV - Mosaic Fonseka

    ZTV - Mosaic Fonseka

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  • 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...

  • WATCH: Malta's education system is changing, but is it working?

    WATCH: Malta's education system is changing, but is it working?

    Malta's educational system has seen several changes in the last years, but is it producing the desired results? Why do illiteracy rates remain high and why do so many employers keep lamenting that they cannot find quality workers? Is the system...

  • 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...

  • Doping probe or witch hunt?

    Following the earthquake caused by the sudden banning in sport of a medicinal called meldonium at the start of the year, resulting in 160 athletes testing positive in the first weeks of its ban, including tennis star Maria Sharapova, serious...

  • Defending the indefensible

    I am impressed with the efforts of some Labour supporters in their attempt to defend the indefensible in relation to Minister Konrad Mizzi’s involvement in the Panamagate scandal. Their efforts include trying to shift the issue into the realm ...

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