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  • 10 (depressing) things learnt from election 2017

    10 (depressing) things learnt from election 2017

    Gripped by Panamagate amid warnings of Armageddon, the 2017 election campaign has been a four-week binge of mudslinging, venom, misinformation and mass hysteria. So what have we learnt? 1. We have failed abysmally on critical thinking. Critical...

  • Corruption: The story will continue

    Corruption: The story will continue

    There could still be more upsetting revelations before next Saturday, swinging some straggling voters one way or another. But overall the mood is set. Whichever way you look at it, the story of this election is corruption. The outcome is still in...

  • Pots rest on three legs

    I couldn't resist using the "fuq tlieta toqghod..." saying, after Friday's Xarabank wipeout of Premier Muscat at the hands of Simon Busuttil. This is not because of the popular perception that there are three musketeers involved in the shenanigans...

  • Buffoonery has no place in politics

    Buffoonery has no place in politics

    In a world where some laughs are in order and disorder seems the order of the day, a politician with a great sense of timing and humour sounds like fun. But politics is not fun and when politicians are funny in a very sad way then they should be...

  • Refusing to jump on the bandwagon

    Refusing to jump on the bandwagon

    This election has let many down in terms of what was expected to be a calmer state of affairs. Its circumstances were unwarranted and here I hasten to add that this is not because the Prime Minister called an early election, but — and here I have...

  • Naivety or a distraction from the real issues?

    Naivety or a distraction from the real issues?

    A few weeks ago, a US-based group calling itself Veri Cattolici bought newspaper space for a full page advert saying that our bishops are unorthodox and are risking eternal damnation. Over the weekend another far-right and ‘Catholic’ conservative...

  • Worried about Malta’s Destiny

    Worried about Malta’s Destiny

    It was such a relief when, over the weekend, we could get away from the ever-mounting electioneering hysteria to sit back and enjoy the big, round, explosive, rich-bluesy voice of Destiny Chukunyere. Finally here was something the whole of Malta...

  • MaltaFiles and public perception

    It's been a sad month for Malta. Allegations of corruption galore and, no matter whether you're Team Red or Team Blue or Team Let's Check Out What's Actually Happening Before Deciding (blessed be your rare souls), one thing we have to be all in...

  • We're in a bad place

    We're in a bad place

    Given my venerable age, I am often up at fourish, and I succumb to the temptation to check out the portals. On Daphne Caruana Galizia's blog, what seems to be the reason for Premier Muscat calling an early election leapt out at me. The signs that...

  • How Donald met Joseph

    How Donald met Joseph

    Oh boy, has it been a couple of months in the world of politics! Who would ever have thought that the head of a government would fire the person responsible for heading criminal investigations in order to stop an investigation on himself and the...

  • Let’s stop humming and hawing about the MFSA chairman

    Let’s stop humming and hawing about the MFSA chairman

    Politics is often something of a circus with strange acts by politicians and stranger ones by those chosen by politicians to head our most important institutions. Back in time, but coincidentally also when Labour were in power, we even had a...

  • Bishops under attack for stating the obvious

    Bishops under attack for stating the obvious

    Why are Labour elves and trolls who populate the social networks, particularly Facebook, incensed by the election pastoral letter written by our bishops and published on Saturday? Go on Facebook and you can read the abuse, insults and crude...

  • The discrete charm of Malta’s bourgeois democracy

    The discrete charm of Malta’s bourgeois democracy

    Those of us who could see an election approaching like a car crash in slow motion, anticipating an ensuing cacophony that would drive the Dalai Lama to absolute distraction, cannot help but aim for levity, especially when everything else becomes...

  • Brandishing Power

    Brandishing Power

    Russell Brand, the actor, comedian, kicked-out BBC Radio 1 DJ, has never been one to do things by half. His ‘brand’ of comedy was always controversial, and extremely funny. But when this established stand-up comedian was asked, in 2013, to...

  • The coalition of the willing

    The coalition of the willing

    There was an interesting snippet of news a couple of days ago, pretty much drowned out by the stench of alleged corruption wafting out of Castille. (Editorial note, you have to say "alleged" if you want to avoid vexatious libel cases) The snippet...

  • This election is not about the Panama Papers

    This election is not about the Panama Papers

    Or at least not just about the Panama Papers. This election is about saving journalists their jobs. You see, the thing is, this really was the government that kept on giving. And I’m not referring to the just announced minimum wage increase which...

  • Long live the king

    Long live the king

    “I’ll call an election,” said the king, standing near his castle. All talk of greed, hidden accounts, corruption, investigations, kickbacks and Iranian banks are causing undue pressure on this fabled land.” And, like the famed magician the king...

  • Dice thrown

    According to Premier Joe, once the decision was there to be taken, then it had to be taken. He then reached into his pocket and, with a sneer, threw the dice down the table. On 4th June, we'll get to know if he's thrown snake-eyes or hit a...

  • At last, something Joseph and Simon can agree on

    At last, something Joseph and Simon can agree on

    With what seems to have become a daily deluge of claims and counterclaims, rumours, gossip and comments, and the increasingly fractious relationship between Muscat and Busuttil, it’s nice to report that the leaders of the two largest political...

  • Tick tock Tick tock

    Tick tock Tick tock

    According to the latest opinion polls the Labour Party will win the next election. And of the two potential prime ministers after the next election, the people trust Joseph Muscat more. I thought the two—Joseph Muscat and the Labour Party—were...