From my article in The Sunday Times today:

“The day after tomorrow, Malta will go in its yearly orgy of self-congratulation, translating our capacity for human compassion into millions and other such record numbers. But for all those compassionate givers, a political killing has been suffered by a family that cries mercury and sleeps on lead. How quick we are to deny rights to men who have just been denied their mother. How swiftly we justify the padded walls closing in on them by the small politics of the survival of the powerful.”

Read the full article here.