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Victor Calleja

  • Lest we forget and we be damned

    Lest we forget and we be damned

    Six months ago a journalist’s murder shook the world. The world and a few of us, a poor deranged few of us, are still in shock. But on the whole life in Malta goes on as usual. We, the few, sound like old, battered records going on and on.

  • Isn’t incest illegal?

    Isn’t incest illegal?

    Malta's Finance Minister declared that the rate of corruption today is no higher than it was in the past. I have no clue how the honourable gentleman worked this out but, whatever method he used, this conclusion is still shocking. It is shocking...

  • Down the rabbit hole we go

    Down the rabbit hole we go

    Down some rabbit hole where all is upside down there is, I like to think, a parallel world where all is rosy, where it is truly L-Aqwa Żmien (the best of times) as sloganed, oh so pathetically, by Joseph Muscat and his cronies. Some time ago, down...

  • The more you desecrate, the weaker you are

    The more you desecrate, the weaker you are

    Nobody can deny that only a few hundred turn up for any event commemorating Daphne Caruana Galizia. It’s truer still - and crueller - that few youths care enough to come. But this is not a numbers game; numbers are obviously all in favour of...

  • The Musumeci syndrome

    Among Malta’s many problems insularity ranks high. Even if it can be a boon sometimes, on the whole our smallness causes problems: the Maltese are all too closely linked and related. So, when it comes to politicians’ friends or people who give...

  • The rot is everywhere

    The rot is everywhere

    They say that everyone who lived through the assassination of John F Kennedy remembers exactly where they were the minute they were told of the shooting. People reacted in the same way when they heard about the horror of the twin towers on...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...