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Quotes of The Week

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    “While terrorist attacks may not come as such a surprise, these riots are totally unexpected.” Maltese cosmetic specialist Raina Zarb Adami describing her disbelief at seeing teenagers looting and torching London. “It is only when mistakes come...

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    “The Church expresses sorrow that investigations took so long.” The Curia in a statement issued a day after the court found two priests guilty of sexually abusing 11 boys in their care at St Joseph Home. The case took eight years to be...

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    “Crucify me for pointing out a threat to your country.” Malta-based anti-jihad blogger Paul Ray questioning why he is being targeted for highlighting what he believes are threats to the island’s national security. “In Malta’s darkest hour you...

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    “Politically, these may now be dead men walking.” Pro-divorce campaigner and former government adviser Martin Scicluna on how the “sizeable rump” of Cabinet ministers and Nationalist MPs flouted the will of the people by voting against the divorce...

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    “No amendment can guarantee maintenance.” Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi on why he would vote against the divorce Bill even if he waspro-divorce. “My principles are in conflict with the Nationalist Party.” Sliema deputy mayor Cyrus Engerer...

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    “The emptiness she left behind is big but what we received from her will definitely help us cope with this situation.” Nationalist MP Beppe Fenech Adami sharing his emotions after the loss of his mother Mary. “Extremely disappointing.” Arriva...

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    “A prison sentence can do more harm than good.” President George Abela on his fears that prison does not help rehabilite or integrate victims of drug abuse. “Well nigga... you’re dealing with a superstar.” Hip hop legend Snoop Dogg lashing out at...

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    “I wish the Church could have contributed more.” Archbishop Paul Cremona explaining the Church’s duty to financially support the anti-divorce campaign – it donated €180,000. “Malta’s ability to absorb migrants in the long-term remains limited,...

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    “I cannot afford to climb all those stairs for just two minutes to say ‘hello’ and leave.” Parliamentary assistant Stephen Spiteri unrepentant in explaining why he missed 81 per cent of this year’s parliamentary sittings – he was too busy as a...

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    “A very tough decision.” Air Malta CEO Peter Davies as 58 Selmun Palace Hotel workers became the first casualties of a drastic restructuring process to keep the national airline afloat. “Let us separate men from the boys.” Opposition leader...

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    “The Church in Malta needs to perform a soul-searching exercise.” Pro-Vicar Mgr Anton Gouder on the need for the Church to reflect in the aftermath of a resounding Yes vote in the divorce referendum. “I felt as though he was lashing us with his...

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    “The stadium is not a battleground.” Police Inspector Kevin Farrugia insisting the stadium is a family-oriented place after Valletta supporters and a footballer were arraigned for the mayhem that erupted after the Valletta-Floriana FA Trophy...

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    “We can’t say it’s a free vote in the Church.” Fr René Camilleri insisting Catholics do not really have a free vote in the referendum as the Church could never agree with divorce. “We do not feel such language befits a spiritual shepherd.” A...

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    “Libya’s gates are now wide open to illegal immigration.” Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Baghdadi blaming Nato air strikes for his country’s inability to patrol the ports. “Humiliating.” The Labour Party on how Malta had been let down after...

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    “An enemy of true Islam.” Imam Mohammad Elsadi, who heads the Islamic Call Society in Malta, welcoming the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden whom he believes distorted Islam’s peaceful teachings. “We don’t really think the figures...

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    “You are trying to ridicule what I said.” Finance Minister Tonio Fenech accusing The Times when it asked whether his faith – he had written “Our Lady is very sorrowful Malta is considering divorce” – would influence policies going against...

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    “If there’s one day in the calendar that should kept holy it’s Good Friday.” GRTU director general Vince Farrugia demanding the law be changed to prohibit shops from opening on Good Friday after Lidl Supermarket advertised it would open on this...

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    “Labour wants Malta to defend its interests without any interference.” Labour leader Joseph Muscat urging government not to be afraid of taking a firm stand on irregular immigration. “Proud to have saved their lives.” Prime Minister Lawrence...

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    “The Italian authorities... did not give simple humanitarian assistance when needed.” Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici lambasting Italy for barring a Maltese patrol boat with 171 rescued migrants from berthing at Lampedusa, even though...

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    “There is not yet an emergency situation.” EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström snubbing Malta’s request to activate an emergency mechanism that triggers obligatory solidarity among member states in cases of sudden immigrant influxes...

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