“Pro-divorce lobbyist and Labour candidate Deborah Schembri says time for concordat is up: “It is up to government to see that it ends.” The figurehead of the pro divorce movement Deborah Schembri has called for an end to the power granted to the Church’s ecclesiastical tribunal over civil proceedings in marital annulments.”— Kudos to Deborah but one question I have asked others before comes to mind. “Why now?” Did she not sit for the Ecclesiastial Tribunal exam under the very same conditions she is now protesting? The Church-State concordat was ALWAYS wrong. Which is why some of us lawyers never wanted the Dip. Eccles. etc etc (and never sat for the ludicrous condition)…. like Tarantino’s dog and its personality, consistency goes a long way.
“The bus priority lane in Tigne has been changed to accommodate more parked cars to the pavement on the side of the sea just out of the tunnel, the Rural Affairs Ministry said this evening.”— - you know your country is tiny when parking spaces in Sliema are dealt with by the RURAL AFFAIRS MINISTRY… either that or some other Ministry’s exhausted its fuck-up credit.
“Richard Spiteri, also known as Raquela, has been jailed after flagrantly breaching three previous suspended jail terms and being caught red-handed with cocaine.”—Raquela? The stuff Pulp Fiction is made of.
“All we liberal PN supporters, some of us leaving the party (like I did) want is for Gonzi and his entourage to leave the party and elect somebody who is more humanistic and in touch with people of all sorts, str8s, gays, handicapped etc etc. Only this move can salvage the party from total disaster.” - guy signing off as “chasbay1960” on MaltaToday.”—The Great Umbrella Party Scam finally hits other columnists in the face just as J’accuse had bored itself exposing it. Meanwhile the “bloggers-with-pseudonyms” dropping comments like pigeons with diarrhoea give us a liberal sprinkling of descriptive nouns…
“The country with the most number of cars per inhabitants is Luxembourg. There are more than 610 vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants in this country, followed by Italy (610), then, Cyprus (580 cars) and Malta (575 cars), where there is no such powerful alternative to cars like the railroad”— révù’s next special covers transport in Malta. got anything for us?
“Il-Kunsill Generali tal-PN tefa’ wkoll piz akbar fuq il-Partit Laburista. Jekk il-PL irid ikun ghaqli jrid jahtaf il-mument biex tassew juri x’kapaci jsarraf fil-qasam ta’ ideat godda. L-ewwel prijorita żgur li għandha tkun biex joffri soluzzjoni cara għall-mod kif se jkisser l-ghanqbuta tal-poter jekk ikun fil-gvern u ma jhallix li sempliciment klikka tkun mibdula ma’ klikka ohra. - aleks farrugia (it-torca)”—Se vogliamo che tutto cambi? Will this kind of advice be heeded or even heard?
“The sombre vigil was attended by various migrants, Labour MP Evarist Bartolo, AD chairperson Arnold Cassola and representatives from Moviment Graffiti.”—no he isn’t (chairperson) … even MT gets it wrong
“Having Green parliamentary representation, and more importantly Green presence in government, will help ensure that Malta moves closer to a liberal European democracy based on progressive and sustainable aspirations. Of course, this would require compromise and negotiation but this is the essence of politics, where power is productive. - Mike Briguglio (AD CHAIRMAN)”—and then there was the Vote-a-Green-Liberal option
“The minister (Gatt) said he did not know how much Arriva would be paid in compensation after having to alter its bus routes away from Bisazza Street in Sliema.”—How about asking Emmanuel? Isn’t he the one who’s pulling the strings on this one?
“Dr Gonzi’s convictions on divorce are well known enough for a Yes vote to be interpreted as that of a man of conscientious duty: one prepared to undergo the ordeal (for him) out of concern for a broader range of issues than those directly raised by the referendum. Indeed, I suspect that a Yes vote combined with an explanation of the vote (which parliamentary procedure permits) may attract far more attention to and respect for his conscience. A No vote would see a large part of the electorate dismiss first his conscience then his government. A Yes vote, in these circumstances, has an honourable place in Christian political thought and practice.”— and so say all of us. Fsadni concludes with what we at J’accuse have long been saying… there is NO incompatibility for a Christian-democrat to vote in favour of the introduction of divorce legislation.
“MPs can be excused from attending Parliament if they have leave of absence. Failure to attend Parliament without being excused incurs a penalty of €2.33, which is deducted from the honoraria.”—€2.33 penalty. Just about says it all doesn’t it? I wonder who wrote these rules.
“I feel out of place in my own party with the excessive emphasis on liberalism. I am a conservative and if an election were to be held today I would not contest it,” Dr Vassallo said, ruling out the possibility, however, that he would relinquish his seat.”—Suddenly attendance (or failure to attend) in parliament is all about being conservative. 90% of sittings Adrian. That was not all dedicated to sinful talk, thankyouverymuch. (Meanwhile the Umbrella in Umbrella Party gets more and more uncomfortable).
“Deviating the Arriva buses away from Bisazza Street, Sliema, will be a complex operation which will require time and additional buses, Manuel Delia, head of secretariat at the Transport Ministry said this afternoon.”—Deviating one (1) route in 2011. What? No contingency plans?
“But GRTU director-general Vince Farrugia says the new rules are creating unfair commercial disadvantages for confectioneries. “Curbing abuse in Paceville of alcohol cannot be achieved by targeting the retailer, who is already bound by laws not to sell alcohol. Consumers should also be allowed to buy cheaper alcohol from such shops.”—Does anyone see the irrationality of Farrugia’s complaint?
“In its subtlest sense style is a way of looking at the world, and an unusual or sophisticated way of doing so is not generally acquired early in life. This why good writers rarely arrive with the precocity of visual artists or musical composers or performers. Time is required to attain a point of view of sufficient depth to result in true style. - Joseph Epstein”—Time is what you make of it.
“It is also significant that while Labour retains 63% of its anti-divorce voters, losing only 10% to the PN, the PN only retains 27% of its pro divorce voters while losing 23% to the PL." - MT Survey”—Wanted. A dummies guide to the Maltese voter’s priorities. How do anti- or pro- divorce voters choose between PL & PN when neither party has a clear position on the issue?
“The party must not continue to shoot itself in the foot and risk a further haemorrhage of voters who have strongly voted in favour of a clear separation between Church and State,the value of democracy comes before morals.”—
Cyrus Engerer (PN).
Not too sure about the democracy vs morals bit. PN in labour produces fuzzy thinking.
“There is nothing about this result that should impede Turkey’s long, and chequered, bid for EU membership – on the contrary. Yet frustration with Brussels has been one factor in Turkey’s shift of focus to a regional role, and the Arab Spring only served to reinforce this.”—The Independent (UK) editorial
“Malta is blessed with MPs who believe that God’s values consolidate the social fabric of our society. Amid the pressures they are facing, Catholic political heroes like Austin Gatt and Adrian Vassallo are standing their ground.” - Fr Mario Attard OFM”—Some churches do have them.