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Is voting for the “lesser evil” a reasonable option?

February 27, 2008 by

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This is a question several thousand people will be asking themselves at the moment: and it will be the determining factor on March 8th. If Malta were simply a business venture, my hunch is that the Nationalist Party would cruise through to another  deserved victory for being a “very good” rather than a “less bad” option. But […]

Fear and Loathing in Hamrun

February 5, 2008 by

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Emotions are running high down at Mile End, Hamrun. Labour folk are in superb spirits. That marathon man of European politics, Alfred Sant, made yet another remarkable comeback and was given a hero’s welcome by the ecstatic crowd over at the glass house. Maltastar.com, that unseemly mix of fawning propaganda and tits and bum gossip […]

Engaging the Electorate

January 23, 2008 by

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There’s a new page that’s turned on Facebook. It’s a group called “FACE THE CANDIDATES (PN MALTA)“. A number of candidates have joined together and opened this group on facebook “as to act as a discussion board for all people who shall be voting during the next General Elections to be held later on during […]

La Corrida

December 26, 2007 by

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HUMBUG: deceptive misrepresentation, short of lying, especially by pretentious word or deed, of somebody’s own thoughts, feelings, or attitudes (Max Black, The Prevelance of Humbug) The week running up to Christmas is always rich in bullshit. Everyone’s got a message to pass on, in particular national leaders and editors of local newspapers. And those lofty messages generally centre around the words ‘materialism’ […]

The Private Lives of Public Figures

December 17, 2007 by

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Perhaps one of the more decent features of the Maltese political circus is that the protagonists’ private lives are considered nearly sacred by direct adversaries and journalists alike. Muck-raking has never been a particularly pleasant sight to behold. It’s the sort of full-time journalistic British pastime which we can certainly do without. Even all that psycho-babble […]

100 Promises for the Grand Harbour Region

November 24, 2007 by

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It’s incredible. Doctor Alfred Sant has promised that a Labour government has 100 projects ready up its sleeve for the Grand Harbour Region. These projects will be up and running by 2020 if the Labour government gets elected. There’s the usual bit about promenades and walkways, probably a few restaurants and then there is some […]

Would we invent them?

November 6, 2007 by

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Timothy Garton Ash, the UK’s answer to Ranier Fsadni (in style) and Salvu Balzan (in beard), came up with a piece called If our political parties did not exist, would we ever need to invent them? The hairy opinion columnist kicks off his article by congratulating the Poles for booting out ultra-conservative Lech Kaczynski and for dealing a severe […]