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John Baldacchino

  • Manichaeism, trees, and frozen embryos

    If you have strong feelings about either frozen embryos or trees, I advise you to stop reading now. I would respect you for it, and I would respect you more if you don’t give me the usual litanies, from which, frankly, we all need a break. First,...

  • Charles Miceli, Karl Marx and Dorothy Day

    Charles Miceli, Karl Marx and Dorothy Day

    The stars have a habit of misaligning badly. I have no affinity with astrology and never attributed anything in my life to celestial bodies, but on Friday morning (CST) I couldn't make sense of the terrible news which I got on social media: my old...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 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...