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  • Dedicated with bitterness to those who don’t shuffle their feet in protest

    Dedicated with bitterness to those who don’t shuffle their feet in protest

    Some things in life live forever in your heart. Perhaps a glance, a touch or a few words. Even a smile can be etched never to disappear. These are memories our mind treasures in a way reserved - by the materialistic - for the most precious...

  • We are not the centre of corruption

    We are not the centre of corruption

    Ever since the dawn of mankind in Malta, we have been special. Our megalithic temples prove this. We are the chosen few. We are the centre of the universe. Malta is a tiny rock with just enough inhabitants to fill a few stadia but with an...

  • 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...

  • Unhappy New Year

    All endings are eventful and usually sad. A year passes - its weary old days over - and along comes a new one. We pour wine, clink glasses and bid all near and far a better beginning, a better year, a bitter-less start. 2017 is drawing to an end.

  • 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...

  • Appeasing interest groups at Majjistral Nature Park

    Appeasing interest groups at Majjistral Nature Park

    The Majjistral Nature Park near Manikata was established in 2007. After years of discussion, a decision was reached to allow hunting until 9 am, later extended to 10 am. A compromise was reached. Hunting and trapping is not compatible with people...

  • I love my gilded cage

    There are a few facts of life we just can’t get away from. Labour won the last election in amazing style. Period. Maltese people in their huge majority love Joseph Muscat and their love seems to grow in proportion to whatever horror he is...

  • Pardon William

    Pardon William

    Fact: prison is anything but a rehabilitation service and most people get out of there even less inclined to live a law-abiding life than they were before.Fact: a first stint in prison rarely stops there and former inmates, mostly thanks to a...

  • New ways to remove old buildings

    New ways to remove old buildings

    Think of a historic building and imagine an internal ceiling is found to have rotten or unstable beams.  Or perhaps some pillars look unsafe. Would you agree that this is enough to knock down the entire building, or rather that the ceiling or...

  • Let the party split now

    Let the party split now

    The political scenario in Malta is one incredible mess. Since the 1970s it has been completely dominated by the two major parties - the behemoths in our midst. For years - even if with democracy being tested at its core - this two-party system...

  • Let the sunshine in

    Let the sunshine in

    In a land without hope we must find hope. At a time when we feel lost, we must invent new ways. In our darkest moment we must overcome the darkness and gather round together to rekindle the light. Find ways of illumination. Whatever way you look...

  • Calling out the sophists

    Calling out the sophists

    I don’t know about you, but I really do not appreciate being taken for a ride. And the stance of the new leader of the opposition regarding IVF parental leave feels exactly like that is what is happening. For those who haven’t been following: PN...

  • And yet the attacks continue

    It’s been a month since an act of horror happened. The whole world looks on and feels the horror that has gripped this land. Yet, the ones who know, who should act, just look on and snigger away. After saying what is expected of them – expressing...

  • The television post-mortem

    The television post-mortem

    Yesterday evening our public broadcaster held a supposed ‘post-mortem’ of the European Parliament debate on rule of law in Malta. It showed interviews with the Maltese MEP heads presenting the cases of their opposing sides at the debate, and clips...

  • 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...