It’s just culture, right?

Francesca Todde

An edited version of this opinion piece was first published on The Sunday Times of Malta. Opinions are free to air, but should not go unchallenged. Last week, the V18 Foundation announced that it is using a percentage of its budget to help organise an international football league. Many disagree. Now that excitable emotions have […]


Impeachement: know when it’s time to go


This post was first uploaded on www.timesofmalta.com Following the impeachment proceedings against Mr Justice Lino Farrugia Sacco has become a bit like being at the circus. Will he fall, will they pick him up, will the tight rope he is walking on snap right beneath him? And how many more man hours and tax payers’ […]


Same-sex adoptions: not up to the public

equal rights

This blogpost was first published on www.timesofmalta.com I’m not a fan of surveys. I don’t believe in true random sampling, so I really look askance whenever we read about how X% want the government to do this and Y% want the exact opposite. I’m even more sceptical when the results of a survey happen to […]


More Ġieh ir-Repubblika recipients


If an 11-year-old singer – a pretty charismatic and talented one, but that’s hardly the point – is deemed the ideal recipient of the highest honour of the country just to satisfy all the Eurovision fans, then I don’t see why my favourite people shouldn’t also receive the award. They’ve all done a lot more […]


Easier Uni entry?


  An edited version of this post was uploaded on the Times of Malta. It’s bad enough that, every single year, our university spews out a ridiculous amount of students who can barely string two sentences together in whichever language. Students who think that they can go from puking beer all over Republic Street one […]


Citizenship sale: it’s a fail


This post was first published on www.timesofmalta.com   I have not yet blogged about the mess that has become the Maltese citizenship saga because my able colleagues on this site have already said it all, and very eloquently too. In short, the idea stinks. At this stage, it is pretty much a fait accompli. Short […]


Culture: water the wasteland


Perhaps to no-one’s surprise, the Maltese have once again been officially defined as cultural philistines, with our participation scoring the second lowest in Europe (http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20131110/local/Malta-s-cultural-wasteland.494022#.UoCWGifEkUo). Embarrassing, but expected, as anyone who is somehow involved in the arts – whether as participant, organiser or from the side of the media, like me – will tell you. […]


For Shame!


Since I wrote a blogpost on The Times of Malta about the obscene drive towards implementing a push-back policy for migrants, the insults have been coming in fast and furious, each more colourful than the last. I’ve been called a limelight seeker, I’ve been called stupid, I’ve been called a fake Samaritan and other stuff […]


Corruption of minors? Just a joke…


We’re back at it, treating crimes that merit the good, old “locking the culprit in jail and throwing away the key” treatment for all the world like they’re minor misdemeanours. The latest horror story to reach me is that of the 59-year-old bus driver who corrupted two school kids aged under 12. Yes, you read […]


An amnesty for what?


People typically celebrate happy events in their lives with a bottle of bubbly or two. Maybe a party, if they happen to be the ostentatious sort. Not so some political parties. The accepted method in this case seems to be to celebrate by letting criminals and low-lifes loose on our streets. Except for paedophiles, of […]