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February 16, 2016

Shooting hyenas

How absolutely appalling it is to read in the news that Ms Roberta Metsola had her life threatened because she expressed her views on illegal immigration. Whereas I understand the genuine concerns of some people that multiculturalism can be a strain on society if not handled very carefully, such concerns are most certainly not an excuse to exhibit such Neanderthal behaviour, bandying about death threats and mindless comments such as “we should shoot them and those who support them”.

I have expressed my disdain for excessive political correctness in the past and I stand firmly by my belief that any immigrants who stir trouble unreasonably should be deported immediately. Having said that, a nation can but benefit from a controlled influx of genuine immigrants (whether refugees or not) who really want to integrate and contribute to a society. I am afraid to say that that the person who wants to shoot Ms Metsola will have to shoot me too and that person will probably find out that I make for a much easier target…

Meanwhile my statement published on my public FaceBook page, in reference to the “Iene” incident, got picked up by the national media and a few expressed disgust that I was defending the Labour party and I thought it would be a good idea to spell it out especially for those who can only see in shades of red and blue. I grew up with television programs such as “Mai dire gol” and later on “Le Iene” so I know exactly what the latter programs entail. My reaction was not just one of disapproval on how this “journalist” behaved in our parliament completely unchallenged but at how many Maltese were ready to rubbish our country irrespective of the dubious veracity of the claims being made. My reaction would have been exactly the same irrespective of who was in Castille.  The excellent Raphael Vassallo explains it more eloquently than I do on this link – hhttp://www.maltatoday.com.mt/comment/blogs/62242/good_news_gee_how_disappointing#.VsOsouT2ZPY

It is one thing to “fight” tooth and nail for what is right, to fight corruption and to win the battle of ideas in hope of improving one’s country. It is quite another to derive pleasure when your country is being denigrated in light of dubious (at best) circumstances.

 

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Hilary Kyriakou

    Hi Joseph
    Totally unrelated to previous blogs – but something I have wanted to ask or just raise awareness|: The last two visits to see you perform – the most recent for your birthday at South Bank – we have been seated in “expensive” seats at the front but both times – we have been to the right of the stage.(as the audience look)

    I bet you do not know or realise – that those of us who pay dearly for these seats have your view totally blocked by the conductor. The joy of hearing you sing is wonderful but we would love to be able to see you after paying so much.
    The conductor on his rostrum completely blocks all our views and the 3 rows in front and those behind end up like a waving sea – leaning to the left, then to the right, then forward… just trying to watch you sing or catch even a glimpse.

    can you please bare this in mind for future solo concerts and either do half on one side and half on the other…. or position yourself forward of the conductor…. or some compromise that means we are not spending hundreds of pounds and not getting a glimpse of you… only when you walk in for an encore and the conductor does not block the view.
    Our trip cost about £650 with your tickets and the hotel, plus dinner it would be money well spent – “if I had been able to see you!
    xx

    Best Regards

    Keep up the good work

    We are back to Malta to see your Uncle Carm … in May. Would be great if you ever had time to visit.

    Hilary and Alex

  2. Dear Joseph,
    I am so impressed that you express your opinions so directly. Thank you.
    Jeanne

  3. Kiki Posthuma

    I hope your next blog will be a positive one Joseph. Kiki

  4. HI, WELDONE FOR THE GREAT VOICE N WORK YOU DO!! I TRIED TO GET IN TOUCH WITH RE THE MALTA SUMMER CONCERT YOU DO. I SUGGESTED YOU TRY REDENT FALZON. HE JUST BEEN DECLARED EUROPEAN ELVIS CHAMPION 2016 IN THE UK. YOUN LAD WITH A BRILLIANT VOICE N TALENT. CHECK HIM OUT ON YOU TUBE.
    THANK YOU IN ADVANCE REGARDS,
    SIMON

  5. Wendy McDowall

    Bravo Joseph.
    It is so refreshing to see someone of your calibre standing up for what you believe in and being brave enough to say it publicly . So many well-known people are afraid of being seen as politically incorrect in case it impacts on their career and, in general, there are many people who believe that because you are in the public eye you have no right to a personal opinion regarding anything even slightly contentious. We live in a democratic society and I think you should be proud of showing the courage to stand up for that which you feel to be right. Well done !

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May 16th, 2016

Quo Vadis Eurovision and other stories

Malta did not win the Eurovision but lo and behold the sun still rose and the island (the center of the known universe) still spun…

My two cents is that Ira Losco gave a really good performance and that the whole presentation was excellent. She shouldn’t have performed cause she is pregnant? Come off it – I have performed repeatedly with pregnant opera singers well into their 7th and 8th month of pregnancy and trust me when I say that rehearsing and performing for a full opera production is much more physically demanding than a couple of days at the Eurovision. Of course there are those who know much better than the undersigned and who went on to say that the presentation was a tad “camp”…oh the irony when one considers that the Eurovision is the campest of them all.

Meanwhile, this wouldn’t be Malta and the Eurovision wouldn’t be the Eurovision unless its politicized to the exhaustible hilt. The inevitable “mud slinging competition,” which we will see a lot of in the coming 22 months, ensued and even yours truly (inexplicably) ended up in the midst of the fray, in yet another “supernova” in a tea cup. The Eurovision suddenly became an interchangeable bullet to be used ad nauseam by both sides much like bitter parents who use their innocent children during disputes.  I have always found sycophants interesting, even amusing but they will not be getting the much desired Streisand effect from me, thank you very much. It is part of human nature after all to conjure conspiracies and we are not going to let the simple truth get in the way of some exciting and convenient fiction.

Speaking of “conjuring” is it me or is a company advertising real estate using a chap “connected” with the tragic and unnecessary death of an underage girl? It must be a clone or a”doppleganger”, otherwise this would be the epitome of bad taste and a 100 shades of wrong. Don’t get me wrong I am all for “second chances” and all of that but shouldn’t there be due process first? After all Lisa Marie didn’t get a second chance did she?