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John Baldacchino

  • The angry politics of corporate nationalism

    The angry politics of corporate nationalism

    Confronted by angry politicians whose followers refuse to be rational and who have a total disregard towards empirical facts, we are increasingly becoming afflicted by a sense that we have lost the ability to think freely and intelligently. This...

  • If I may, Your Grace…

    If I may, Your Grace…

    I often find myself defending Archbishop Charles Scicluna for the wrong reasons, though this time I might be right. Over a year ago, in another part of the Maltese press, I published an article titled “Two Charlies and a secular quandary”, where I...

  • To each his own

    To each his own

    All twenty articles that I have since written for this blog, come from one premise: that the “disagreement” between the Opposition and Government is an expedient way to sustain tribal interests which continue to weaken democracy while sustaining...

  • A leader’s gamble

    A leader’s gamble

    In several comments responding to my last article 'The vain and the infantile' I was taken to task by some readers for criticising just about everyone but somehow staying clear from Joseph Muscat.  While I remain indebted to those who choose to...

  • The vain and the infantile

    The vain and the infantile

    Let’s be very clear. Minister Konrad Mizzi continues to betray a sense of vanity when across the Labour, Nationalist and independent camps there remains a wide consensus that he should go. At the same time the Nationalist opposition is not gaining...

  • Fiscal conservatives and a dormant opposition

    Bar a few hasty comments here and there, the PM’s recent interview with Il Foglio did not exactly arouse much excitement. While this is not surprising, it is a pity because here Joseph Muscat is making a case for a government that is presented as...

  • Mintoff Mintoff

    Mintoff Mintoff

    The easiest way to write about former Prime Minister Dom Mintoff is to play the usual game between the messianic and demonic. To Labourites, Mintoff represents the leader and the visionary who lead the Maltese Labour Movement through the troubles...

  • The economy of truth

    We know now for certain that if the truth was known and said about the inexistence of Saddam Hussein’s chemical warfare capability, the British Parliament would have voted against going to war in Iraq. It would have happened despite Saddam Hussein...

  • Is England’s victory Britain’s defeat?

    Is England’s victory Britain’s defeat?

     Britain votes to leave the European Union  David Cameron to resign as British PM   A Maltese EU referendum would be 'suicide': Muscat A disaffected electorate becomes very unpredictable. After decades of systematic blaming of the European Union...

  • Of love, life and the living

    Of love, life and the living

    While it is relatively easy to make generalist platitudes over the environment, corruption, and civil rights, it is far more difficult to take a stand when it comes to arguments that are decisively more compelling — such as a woman’s rights on her...