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John Baldacchino

  • A famous prostitute

    Back in the late 1980s, in the heyday of Mikhail Gorbachev, an old doyen observer of politics used to tell me and those who cared to listen: “Perestroika was a famous prostitute!” … normally followed by a couple of expletives, usually in...

  • The pirouetting pieties of the self-elected

    The pirouetting pieties of the self-elected

    Inasmuch as I remain allergic to those who insist that, as they are always on the right side of history, everything must be moving around them, I am not exactly impressed by those whose political pirouetting has now made us all dizzy and frankly...

  • The end of “glorious” parties

    The end of “glorious” parties

    The point that one seems to be missing in the saga that has become the PN’s leadership election has nothing to do with low morale or dejected souls. Neither is it a scenario of internal conspiracies and the prospect of possible splits. The...

  • Whose public morals?

    Whose public morals?

    Let me put it this way: could someone who understands the law and court sentencing explain to me why would a man who is found guilty of sexually abusing a vulnerable woman in his spiritual care over a period of time gets a three-month suspended...

  • Blair's paradox

    Blair's paradox

    As expected, Tony Blair’s recent private visit to Malta raised eyebrows. Then again, beyond one’s own political orientation, Blairism is not easy to digest. I say this as someone who voted for Blair’s Labour consistently, and while I have no...

  • Liberals my ar*e!

    Liberals my ar*e!

    When I hear Maltese politicians dropping the word “liberal” in every conversation, I cringe. It’s not only because I find their use of the word bereft of any context, but because any effort to define what this all-encompassing word has come to...

  • The environment, history and geography

    The environment, history and geography

    As one does these days, I was having a conversation with several friends on social media about excessive construction in Malta. The starting point was whether the outrage one reads in Maltese media about over-development is actually happening in a...

  • Of oranges, carobs and loose alliances

    No, I am not going to engage on a tirade against Archbishop Charles Scicluna. But I have to say, his analogies need a bit of polishing. His take on oranges and carobs is faulty to the extent that here we are talking about fruit, at the very least...

  • A Republic in abeyance

    It would be a disaster for the Labour Party to think that there is nothing to learn from its second landslide in a row. Likewise, it would be fatal for the Nationalist Party to think that somehow things are the same as they were a few weeks ago,...

  • Two Labour victories and the politics of modesty

    Two Labour victories and the politics of modesty

    Now that the British general elections are sealed by leafy Kensington turning to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, one might start to make some sense of what could be said about last week, which, between Malta and Britain, saw two Labour victories...