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John Baldacchino

  • Mind the gap

    Mind the gap

    While the word independent connotes a state that is relative, the notion of an independent media cannot be relativistic. When we say “independent” we need to add a context: “from what?” or “from whom?” In Malta the expectation is that the...

  • The hatred of the other

    The hatred of the other

    A few days ago, Herman Grech reminded his Facebook friends that when it comes to the hatred of the other, amongst the Maltese there are some who seek to excel in their ways of showing everyone how low they could stoop. I cite his post verbatim:...

  • The unbearable numbness of politics

    Last week I was in Malta for a quick one-week visit that combined work, family, and some rest. The weather was great and the general rhythm of the place was good. While the locals continue to sustain that well-paced rhythm of Maltese normalcy,...

  • Não ao Golpe - No to the coup!

    Não ao Golpe - No to the coup!

    If the Panama Papers confirmed the reality of concealed power by showing us the partial face of the Establishment, the coup that is being staged against President Dilma Rousseff in Brazil reminds us of those dark days when democratically elected...

  • Opaque transparency

    Opaque transparency

    Three years ago the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Justin Welby found himself in a bit of a pickle. As part of his ministry he felt that he should come out against “Wonga”, a payday lending company, which he found problematic in how it lent money at...

  • Scottish lessons

    Scottish lessons

    Last week in Scotland, politics clearly won. Democracy feels even more vibrant. Following a campaign that often felt sedate and even boring, Scotland once more rose to the occasion and made very good use of devolution and the autonomy it continues...

  • Dwight and Varist

    When you thought you’ve heard it all, enter another debate in Parliament and you have to start again. What emerged yesterday in Parliament again confirmed a very scary prospect. While both parties lived up to their self-given tasks and scrambled...

  • The house that Eddie built

    During his 1st May speech, the Prime Minister made a very interesting analogy, where he compared Malta with a house that looked great from the outside but which, until Labour took over, was rotting from the inside. The point of his speech suggests...

  • Re-imagining Labour politics

    Re-imagining Labour politics

    While hailing Malta’s Labour government for its widening of civil rights, free childcare, lower utility bills, and many other reforms that were long overdue, many commentators also denounce the same Labour government for cronyism, environmental...

  • Pink Fish, the Pope, and laïcité

    Pink Fish, the Pope, and laïcité

    Beyond the miserable spectacle of partisan bickering, there is a sober side to Parliamentary affairs, which, mostly unnoticed, last week has continued to work on much more useful matters. One such matter concerns the proposed changes in the Civil...