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Trolls, snobs and prats

A few months ago, in an article entitled ‘Commonwealth Blues’ I wrote that “one commentator – an embittered and insufferable snob – even took the Prime Minister to task on account of his heavily accented English, as it sounded to her ears”. A...

  • The rot is getting worse

    The rot is getting worse

    In our 50 years of independence, has there been any week, other than this one, which has seen all the country’s major institutions dealt a major blow to their credibility? To their very claim to stand for justice and liberty? As everyone would...

  • Destination unknown

    The Minister for Energy doesn’t know where he is heading, nor does he know when he will get there. The Prime Minister should be worried that Malta’s most crucial commodity for the survival of the lives of 400,000 inhabitants and their fragile...

  • Review the Constitution

    Review the Constitution

    The opening paragraph of the report by Malta’s only independent and non-partisan think-tank, The Today Public Policy Institute, on the Constitution of Malta states: “The Constitution represents the bedrock of the democratic governance of Malta. It...

  • PN as a re-electable force

    October was not a good month for the Prime Minister. His credibility suffered a big blow over the power station issue. Joseph Muscat, as expected, rebuffed any call for resignation, despite ample evidence confirming that he indeed tied his...

  • Sex is not an option

    Sex is not an option

    She’s off again our Civil Liberties Minister, pandering to the gay minority, promising them heaven on earth in a way only liberal thinking can. Liberalism is delusional. Evidently not happy with having redefined the concept of marriage in Malta to...

  • Malta as a strong brand

    Malta as a strong brand

    We have all come to realise the power of brands. Branding creates a personality for a product or service by breathing onto them intangible attributes with which consumers identify. Today, buying a car is not about mobility, but a statement as to...

  • Building on common good

    Why are outside development zone (ODZ) permits granted if the same term implies that no development is allowed within these zones? Strictly speaking, an area which is ODZ can only be developed if the development boundary is moved to include that...

  • Climate change inaction

    The recently-published draft Climate Change Act is timely indeed. Not only does it coincide with the UN’s effort to bring climate change back to the international agenda and also in the wake of the Lima UNFCCC COP, it also coincides with the Prime...

  • Juncker’s many challenges ahead

    Juncker’s many challenges ahead

    The new European Commission, led by former Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker, which took office yesterday, faces a number of important economic and political challenges over the next five years. Together with Donald Tusk, former prime...

  • All clothing and no leisure

    In a dusty volume at the national archives in Rabat is a long petition dated 1907 to the Lieutenant Governor and Chief Secretary General of Malta. The following is an extract from it: “It is a well-known fact here that these Indian merchants are...

  • Without profit there’s no future

    The recent Air Malta results show that there is a clear deterioration in performance and a resultant deviation of the financial results from that published in the European Commission-approved restructuring plan. Commentators will reach their own...

  • Supporting our Armed Forces

    Supporting our Armed Forces

    Maltese inherited wisdom stresses the sea of difference that exists between words and facts. There is no better reflection of the truth of this adage than that between the regular delivery on commitments by this government, and the hollow promises...

  • Rule 101 Simon – just be yourself

    I borrowed a car last week and you know what that’s like. When you’re driving someone else’s car, you can never let loose and get comfortable. I found myself hesitant and uneasy – reluctant to rearrange the rear view mirror, recline the seat or...

  • Keeping the picture real

    I have a friend whose job involves writing puff pieces for catering establishments and hotels. This involves weekly freebies, meals and overnight stays in establishments all over the island. People imagine it’s a dream job – wining and dining...

  • Unbearable shambles of public discourse

    The heading of this commentary is inspired by the title of a great book by Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, although it harbours no ambition of greatness. But allow me to use the title of this beautiful novel as a foil to my...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    How do you guys feel about listening to your book, rather than reading it? I’ll be honest, I never got excited about the idea of audio books. Sure thing, it’s all about the story, I suppose. But I confess to feeling confused about the whole...

  • The nobody effect

    The nobody effect

    Having a name makes all the difference in the world. Remember the story of Odysseus and Polyphemus? In Homer’s epic, Odysseus lands on the island of Cyclopes during his journey home from the Trojan War. Tired and hungry, he finds a cave full of...

  • A labour of love... Blogpost 20

    This month I would really like to hit back at some of the snide remarks – perpetrated, of course, by the media scum who support what’s left of the Opposition – and aimed at Malta’s second lady The Hon Mrs Michelle Muscat. To read some of the...

  • Pink – 365 days a year

    All around the world a special effort was made throughout the month of October to maximise breast cancer awareness. The idea is to help focus more attention on the first signs of the disease and on preventive measures. Breast cancer is the most...

  • What a man the minister

    What a man the minister

    Minister, the Honourable, Dr Emanuel Mallia (you have to give him his full range of honourifics; it would be bordering on lèse-majesté not to) seems to take up more space than is decent. Lest anyone starts howling about pots calling kettles...

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