Month: June 2017

The race ahead

The race ahead

The field of candidates is starting to take shape. From within the parliamentary group, Chris Said has come forward and at least one other may be getting ready to step up. Claudio Grech keeps being mentioned, one should think not merely because of wishful thinking. From among the party officials, Alex Perici Calascione is publicly …

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It ain’t me

It ain’t me

I am not a lawyer, nor is one of my names Adrian, and this blog is not a coy bid at the leadership of the Nationalist Party. I started this blog because as an ex-journalist, ex-civil servant and ex-would be politician, it’s the only way I know how to let off steam. I have a …

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Poorly written laws

Poorly written laws

Read this guest post by expert lawyer Justin Borg Barthet on the Marriage Equality Bill. While a silly debate between ayatollahs rages on, on whether the law should speak of mothers or birth-givers to avoid offence, the real issue most have not noticed is the pathetic poverty of the making of this law and many others. …

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GUEST POST: On the New Marriage Equality Law

GUEST POST: On the New Marriage Equality Law

This Guest Post is by Justin Borg Barthet, a lecturer in law at the University of Aberdeen. Dr Borg-Barthet has published work on cross-border recognition of same-sex relationships, and has been commissioned by the European Parliament to advise on the reform of divorce jurisdiction. Through the Marriage Equality Bill, Malta joins a small group of European …

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Demanding the Impossible

Demanding the Impossible

I had some friendly backlash to my piece yesterday on The Sunday Times. It surprised me, although perhaps it should not have. I was told on the one hand that I’m a hopeless idealist chasing unicorns and that the job requirements I listed for the job of PN leader were impossibly onerous and no one …

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Irridu naqdu ‘n-nies

Irridu naqdu ‘n-nies

So fair and foul a phrase I have not heard. It’s a mantra repeated without fail but with much frustration by the party loyalists who will stick with the PN through thick and thin but who have a shared theory on why others would not. It’s that verb ‘qeda’ that is so loaded in the …

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