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  • Ex-ministers’ refunds are not enough

    Chris Said, the general secretary of the Nationalist Party, while addressing a press conference, accused the Prime Minister of “having been caught lying” when in Parliament he had said that former PN ministers and parliamentary secretaries had...

  • Musical folk culture roots

    Musical folk culture roots

    I would like to thank Anton Attard for his comments regarding the karabazza (November 20). The instrument in question is made up of three percussive mallets and is a Neapolitan folk instrument that goes by the name of triccaballacca. Over the last...

  • Forget aesthetics

    It has recently been announced by the government that three-, four- and five-star hotels are to be allowed to add further storeys to their existing layouts and facades. This appears to me a step in the wrong direction. Our hotels will turn into...

  • Towards a vigilant, creative Church

    Archbishop Emeritus Paul Cremona spoke briefly during a Christ the King Mass in Valletta, but he was succinct: “The Church needs creative people who will lead the country through evangelisation.” His words echoed those of Pope Francis who, in his...

  • The universe

    Konrad Gatt wrote that “To think otherwise”, that is not to believe in a ‘Creator’, “is pure folly” (November 25). Perhaps the “folly” lies in believing in a “Creator” in the first place. The view that the universe came into existence...

  • Beware the Trojan Horse

    The prospective Bill on ‘gender identity’ is the next move in the shabby scheme to undermine the family. The assault on the unassailable concept that a family is made up of a man and a woman has a long gestation. The powerful transgender and...

  • Direct link across the channel

    A newly-born child cries and shouts to attract attention when s/he needs something. Indeed, airing one’s voice is the most effective way to attract attention. The recently-signed agreement between the Gozo Ministry and Public Broadcasting Services...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

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  • Watch: I would have resigned within minutes if PM asked me to - Zammit Lewis

    Watch: I would have resigned within minutes if PM asked me to - Zammit Lewis

    Times Talk last Tuesday discussed the sacking of Home Affairs Minister Manuel Mallia in the wake of a damning inquiry into a shooting incident involving his driver. After the publication of the inquiry what comes next? Will the scandal go...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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