St Luke’s, Karin Grech, and Gozo General Hospitals may now belong to the Queen of England. Really.

2022-04-04T14:37:02+02:00Mon, 4th Apr '22, 14:35|

Photo: Queen Elizabeth II at the laying of the first stone of Gozo General Hospital in the 1960s. (Louis Cardona/Pinterest). The UK company that is listed in Malta’s Business Registry as the sole owner of the Maltese company Steward Healthcare International Limited has been struck off and all its property and rights “are [...]

Unbreaking old promises

2022-04-04T12:19:45+02:00Mon, 4th Apr '22, 12:19|

When Aaron Farrugia was first made minister in 2020, he publicly announced he would keep a register of all meetings he would have with stakeholders. He said he would publish the register as a way of ensuring transparency. The statement was made in January 2020 when Robert Abela first came to office. Meetings held by [...]

Orban’s Hungary: another one-party (non-)democracy

2022-04-04T11:51:27+02:00Mon, 4th Apr '22, 11:51|

Photo: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu/Bloomberg via Getty Images Victor Orban’s party won over 50% of the national vote in elections last night. This will be his fourth consecutive term as prime minister. Though the main opposition parties backed one rival candidate against him, they did not hit 35%. Hungary’s electoral system gives Orban’s party more [...]

When Clint Camilleri lurched towards the Pope

2022-04-04T10:36:06+02:00Mon, 4th Apr '22, 10:34|

The Minister for Gozo, Clint Camilleri, stepped out in the middle of the main road into Victoria to greet the Pope on Saturday as Francis left his cinquecento to ride through Gozo’s capital in the Pope Mobile. The greeting was not in the program and was a snatched photo opportunity. Clint Camilleri and wife, unmasked, [...]

The way they speak on censorship

2022-04-04T10:07:59+02:00Mon, 4th Apr '22, 10:07|

Alfred Sant jumped to the defence of Mario Philip Azzopardi and said that the Manoel Theatre’s decision to cancel Azzopardi’s play mocking and slandering Daphne Caruana Galizia was an act of pre-modern censorship. These are the playwrights of the self-proclaimed left that would have been entirely comfortable in the official theatre of communist DDR or [...]

Papal rebukes in paradise

2022-04-04T08:49:43+02:00Mon, 4th Apr '22, 08:49|

TVM workers deserve credit for giving their all this past weekend to document and broadcast live every minute Pope Francis was outside his bedroom. If you wanted to see the Pope, you couldn’t miss him on the national broadcaster. If you wanted to hear him, they broadcast live every one of his interventions. His speeches [...]

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