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  • 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...

  • 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...