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  • Saints, villains and shysters

    Saints, villains and shysters

    They deserve each other. In their perverse and often cruel triangulation, they have been holding politics hostage for many decades. I am speaking of those who claim to be saints, beatifying each other on any opportune moment; of the villains, who...

  • From Luther to Lenin

    From Luther to Lenin

    It’s been a month of anniversaries. Amongst other, we marked five centuries of Lutheran Reformation, and the Great October Revolution happened a hundred years ago, on the 7th November (depending which calendar one follows). At face value, Luther...

  • Why the President, Prime Minister and Opposition leader should have gone

    Why the President, Prime Minister and Opposition leader should have gone

    They are three of the most important personalities on our tiny island in the Mediterranean. But they missed the photo op of their life. They should have been strong enough, mature enough, and united in spirit enough to stand in front of Mosta Dome...

  • The passports could have waited

    The passports could have waited

      All eyes are now on Malta. We have been challenged to prove to the world that this is a safe, democratic country. A nation horrified at the violent assassination of a leading journalist. By calling for a day of national mourning, these are the...

  • Back in the USSR

    Back in the USSR

    The Harvey Weinstein debacle has created a worldwide whirlwind across the entertainment industry as actors of both sexes come forward to accuse industry top people, producers, film stars, TV and film execs of sexual harassment. Suddenly people in...

  • In the land of bogans, truth is the first victim

    In the land of bogans, truth is the first victim

    Warning: this article has comments which some/many may find offensive. The author remains unapologetic. Daphne had a love of words. She understood their power and used it unflinchingly. Her linguistic skills were equal in English and in Maltese...

  • Damned by your presence. Damned by your absence.

    Damned by your presence. Damned by your absence.

    The outpouring of grief all over the globe which followed the horrific assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia is a truly moving tribute to her pen, her indomitable character, her fighting spirit. Even in death she is an inextinguishable...

  • If we tolerate this...

    If we tolerate this...

    When the news of Daphne Caruana Galizia's murder broke the first reaction I had was that deep down I knew there was a reason why I slowed down on my writing since the birth of my daughter. The brushing off of threats, harassment and ridicule I...

  • She had it coming

    That pretty much sums up what what one suspended policeman, reinstated by the previous Labour administration, had to say about the murder of journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia. If someone feels hurt or irritated and does not feel they...

  • Justice and suspended judgement

    Justice and suspended judgement

    The more I read and follow what everyone has to say about the horrific murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, starting with the President, the Archbishop, the PM and the Leader of the Opposition, down to everyone else who quickly volunteer their...

  • We never learn

    We never learn

    I write this while still in shock from yesterday’s events.   Soon after news came in of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia’s execution – because that’s what it was, really, wasn’t it? The word ‘murder’ doesn’t even start to touch at the...

  • Where is Daphne now?

    My most profound condolences to Peter, Daphne’s sons, her parents, sisters and her numerous friends. They have lost a treasured person but nobody can erase their great memories of a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. We, the people, have...

  • Delia’s new politics of the right

    Delia’s new politics of the right

    The signs were there before he was even in the second round. They say he is articulate. What do you expect from a seasoned and successful lawyer? They say he has the gift of the gab. I am not sure when it comes to his idea of mimicking Mintoff.

  • Let the traffic jam

    Let the traffic jam

    We live in the most enlightened of times, our most prosperous since we were discovered by the first colonisers of Malta. Joseph Muscat and his cronies lead us so all is fine and all is rich. We have never had it so good and the best of all...

  • Why Adrian Delia should go

    Why Adrian Delia should go

    I have been urged to give Adrian Delia a break. Unlike some politicians, I have not been threatened or offered a reward. Obviously, I am not important enough for that. The reasoning used by these people is that I should give Delia space to prove...

  • Political embarrassment (or the lack thereof)

    Political embarrassment (or the lack thereof)

    Let me start with a personal note. I am very embarrassed and I do apologise for two grammatical slips that somehow eluded me while writing my previous entry in this blog. Indeed, as a couple of commentators rightly observed: it’s “lock, stock and...

  • No more heroes

    No more heroes

    It has been both painful and faintly ridiculous to watch the new PN leader Adrian Delia seek and find an MP to give up his parliamentary seat for him, by pressure or persuasion, carrot or stick. Listening to the radio in the car (stuck in traffic)...

  • Air Malta to be no more?

    Air Malta to be no more?

    Everybody appreciates that Air Malta is still experiencing very tough times. But economic woes can hardly justify the minister responsible for the airline threatening the workers about their future. He warned them that if they do not toe the line,...

  • How very kind of you Dottore!

    How very kind of you Dottore!

    After the faux pas in trying to claim his party’s roots while failing to contextualise “Latins and Catholics” in the 21st century and move onto the realities of a diverse society, Dr Delia goes on to the Loving Malta portal and decides to share...

  • 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...