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John Baldacchino

  • 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...

  • Blair's paradox

    Blair's paradox

    As expected, Tony Blair’s recent private visit to Malta raised eyebrows. Then again, beyond one’s own political orientation, Blairism is not easy to digest. I say this as someone who voted for Blair’s Labour consistently, and while I have no...

  • Liberals my ar*e!

    Liberals my ar*e!

    When I hear Maltese politicians dropping the word “liberal” in every conversation, I cringe. It’s not only because I find their use of the word bereft of any context, but because any effort to define what this all-encompassing word has come to...

  • The environment, history and geography

    The environment, history and geography

    As one does these days, I was having a conversation with several friends on social media about excessive construction in Malta. The starting point was whether the outrage one reads in Maltese media about over-development is actually happening in a...

  • Of oranges, carobs and loose alliances

    No, I am not going to engage on a tirade against Archbishop Charles Scicluna. But I have to say, his analogies need a bit of polishing. His take on oranges and carobs is faulty to the extent that here we are talking about fruit, at the very least...

  • A Republic in abeyance

    It would be a disaster for the Labour Party to think that there is nothing to learn from its second landslide in a row. Likewise, it would be fatal for the Nationalist Party to think that somehow things are the same as they were a few weeks ago,...

  • Two Labour victories and the politics of modesty

    Two Labour victories and the politics of modesty

    Now that the British general elections are sealed by leafy Kensington turning to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party, one might start to make some sense of what could be said about last week, which, between Malta and Britain, saw two Labour victories...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Those of us who are not shouting

    Those of us who are not shouting

    On September 19, 2016, I wrote an article which I titled A leader’s gamble, where I dwelled on the Panama papers and the political choices made by the Prime Minister. I won’t regurgitate my words but in my concluding question I asked whether we...