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  • 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...

  • Adrian Delia will win the next election

    Adrian Delia will win the next election

    As every man, woman, and chameleon knows, Adrian Delia has won the contest to become the new PN leader. So far that is all he can be because he still has no seat in parliament, although he apparently has a plan to get one. He’s full of plans God...

  • A famous prostitute

    Back in the late 1980s, in the heyday of Mikhail Gorbachev, an old doyen observer of politics used to tell me and those who cared to listen: “Perestroika was a famous prostitute!” … normally followed by a couple of expletives, usually in...

  • The crushing of the infamous blogger

    AD 2022: Having been crowned PN king in 2017, Adrian Delia has beaten his many demons and battles and has just led a resurgent party back into power. Delia has also beaten Joseph Muscat at his own game and, through guile, luck and an amazing party...

  • Simon Busuttil, an incredible loser?

    Simon Busuttil, an incredible loser?

    Isn’t Simon Busuttil an incredible loser? Adrian Delia sounds amazingly sure of winning against the establishment and launching his new way, which seems to imply that all Simon Busuttil did was wrong. Or, if not completely wrong, Delia seems to...

  • Answer the old question

      Who benefits? It is an old, central question – cui bono? – already asked by the ancient Romans, and which every policeman, lawyer or detective still faces when trying to identify a crime motive. Journalists ask the same thing about motives for...

  • The pirouetting pieties of the self-elected

    The pirouetting pieties of the self-elected

    Inasmuch as I remain allergic to those who insist that, as they are always on the right side of history, everything must be moving around them, I am not exactly impressed by those whose political pirouetting has now made us all dizzy and frankly...

  • The odd feast in five

    The odd feast in five

    8th September also known as Victory Day is a super day when we commemorate three glorious victories against the Turks, the French, and finally against the Italians and the Germans combined. Keeping in mind our size, who could have imagined us...

  • The end of “glorious” parties

    The end of “glorious” parties

    The point that one seems to be missing in the saga that has become the PN’s leadership election has nothing to do with low morale or dejected souls. Neither is it a scenario of internal conspiracies and the prospect of possible splits. The...

  • Vote Adrian Delia to make Malta truly great

    Vote Adrian Delia to make Malta truly great

    Miracles and flukes do happen and the unlikely man or woman is sometimes chosen when least expected. To begin with, everyone thought Donald Trump was a non-starter and a buffoon with an inflated ego. He proceeded to win the primaries of the...

  • A property developer for PN leader

    A property developer for PN leader

    An article written by the former judge of the European Court, Dr Giovanni Bonello, is one of those pieces that should make us stop all we are doing and ponder his words. His article should be read, re-read and distributed to all those in power,...

  • Whose public morals?

    Whose public morals?

    Let me put it this way: could someone who understands the law and court sentencing explain to me why would a man who is found guilty of sexually abusing a vulnerable woman in his spiritual care over a period of time gets a three-month suspended...

  • Do you suffer from Trumpitis?

    Do you suffer from Trumpitis?

    I can’t deny that I am in rather a deranged state when I wake up in the middle of the night. Whether I break out in a sweat during a horrendous nightmare or stir from a sweet dream, the first thing I do when I come to is check the time on my phone.

  • We refuse to be part of the freak show

    We refuse to be part of the freak show

    Like other news organisations, we were sent the video of what looks like a severely disturbed woman jumping naked into a rubbish truck and resisting the police in Paceville. While the video is perfect fodder for clickbait we decided not to publish...

  • When clicks are the most important thing

    When clicks are the most important thing

    The news cycle in Malta is a strange thing and when I say strange I really mean shameful. Same goes for the comments posted on social media really. I honestly don't understand how someone can go from "oh thanks be to God, they found them alive"...

  • Rewarding sexual predators

    Rewarding sexual predators

    I’m fed up of having to write these posts, seriously. Then again, the alternative is to just accept everything without a whisper, allowing the system to ride roughshod on unfortunate individuals as it pleases. So, despite, knowing that I will not...