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Herman Grech

  • To the cowards who cleared Daphne’s memorial...

    To the cowards who cleared Daphne’s memorial...

    The decision to sweep the Great Siege monument from any speck of reference to Daphne Caruana Galizia is not surprising. In a country where we often take intolerance to an art form, I'm surprised it didn't happen earlier. But that doesn't take away...

  • Pot calling the kettle black

    Pot calling the kettle black

    It was amusing this morning to read the front page headline of Times of Malta 10 years ago to date. It was days before the 2008 general election and then Labour leader Alfred Sant stood outside the Planning Authority offices and accused it of...

  • Poor man, he works long hours

    Poor man, he works long hours

    I literally choked on my coffee when I read the Home Affairs Ministry’s defence of Mario Tonna, the assistant police commissioner forced to step down after his partner allegedly reported he had beaten her up. “Ass. Commissioner Tonna was a...

  • 10 things we have to tackle in 2018

    10 things we have to tackle in 2018

    It's been a year of triumphs and tragedy, successes and too many scandals, all sprinkled with a good layer of construction dust. So what should we challenge in 2018? Let's challenge the bulliesYou can spot them from a mile away – the wealthy...

  • Leave our rubbish alone!

    Leave our rubbish alone!

    A WhatsApp message from a friend on Saturday morning was accompanied by several angry face emojis: “I’m ashamed to say I’m the only Maltese person who bothered to show up for the clean-up in the north of the island”. A French friend later shared a...

  • We refuse to be part of the freak show

    We refuse to be part of the freak show

    Like other news organisations, we were sent the video of what looks like a severely disturbed woman jumping naked into a rubbish truck and resisting the police in Paceville. While the video is perfect fodder for clickbait we decided not to publish...

  • “Kulħadd irid jiekol”

    “Kulħadd irid jiekol”

    My car was forced to a standstill as a heavy vehicle bulldozed its way into the street through a cloud of dust, belching noxious fumes in its wake. A flimsy steel fence separated a gaping deep hole in the rock face from several stranded drivers...

  • 10 (depressing) things learnt from election 2017

    10 (depressing) things learnt from election 2017

    Gripped by Panamagate amid warnings of Armageddon, the 2017 election campaign has been a four-week binge of mudslinging, venom, misinformation and mass hysteria. So what have we learnt? 1. We have failed abysmally on critical thinking. Critical...

  • Where's everybody?

    Where's everybody?

    Nothing could have stopped the iconic Azure Window succumbing to its watery death. The most the authorities could have (possibly) done is to somewhat prolong its life until nature decided to take its toll. Its eventual collapse was always going to...

  • Fake off

    Fake off

    Donald Trump has been be crowned president of the 'free world', whatever that means. Claims that the so-called 'fake news' phenomenon alone led him to his throne are grossly exaggerated, though it certainly did give him a helping hand. But there...