The picture of Malta that has now clearly emerged is one of a chaotic, contradictory, incoherent mess with serious repercussions hanging over it. Incessantly now, one very important report after another has condemned the prevalent situation in Malta, whether it regards the Financial Services Authority as evidenced by the MoneyVal report, the rule of law and justice reported by the GRECO report and the Venice Commission criticizing the health of our democracy, besides the numerous visits to investigate specific issues by Committee MEPs of the European Union. All have come to the same sad conclusion, that what is happening in Malta is not compatible with a normal, free, democratic and functioning member state of the European Union. Matters taking place in the governance of our country have been brought to the attention of the EU Parliament by MEPs but not only. The facts have spoken for themselves in what is a group of states working together in a Union. Sharing of … [Read more...] about A horse, a horse! My kingdom for a horse!
Schizophrenic on a bad day
Shaun Ryder is on the move - in a car en route to Heathrow for a flight to Australia where Happy Mondays, the band he fronts, are booked for a tour. "It's a sunny day and I'm breathing," he says when asked how he's feeling, sounding chipper but with a Salford accent rough as sandpaper.The dates Down Under don't scratch the surface of Ryder's packed diary for 2019. He is gigging with his other group, Black Grape, this year and esteemed book company Faber is about to publish a collection of his lyrics. Audiences in Sheffield, meanwhile, will have three chances to see him in the coming months - first with Black Grape at Plug on March 22, then with Happy Mondays at this summer's Tramlines festival and at the O2 Academy in November."I'm probably busier now than back in the day. But it seems a lot easier now because, you know, I'm not off my t**s," he observes, laughing unashamedly and setting the tone for a very sweary interview.His early escapades in music were intertwined with drugs. … [Read more...] about Shaun Ryder interview: ‘I was very lucky to have lived in a rock’n’roll bubble’
0 Have your say It was the start of everything. The start of Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen revolution. The start of Fergie hammering into his players: “We’re not effing well coming down to Glasgow and losing to that mob again.” The start of the bad blood between that mob, Rangers, and the Dons. And the man at the centre of it all has just walked into a cafe in Kintore. Make that the epicentre. When Doug Rougvie stomped, the ground quaked. Sylph-like, spindly wingers went wan, or more wan, at the thought of coming up against him. Self-styled, big-shot hard men of the game weren’t terribly keen on the idea either. Club directors thought they heard their grandstands creak and immediately started fretting over the repair bills. Even the fabled warm-up routine, throwing his arms up in the air as he skipped, could register on the Richter scale. But at Hampden 40 years ago this month, Derek Johnstone crumpled to the turf having not … [Read more...] about Interview: Doug Rougvie on Aberdeen-Rangers rivalry and genius-bully Fergie
THE son of murdered model Rachell Nickell has FORGIVEN the killer who butchered his mum in front of him as a baby. Alex Hanscombe, just a month short of his third birthday, had been walking with his mum moments before she was stabbed 49 times and sexually assaulted on Wimbledon Common, South West London, in 1992. Serial sex offender Robert Napper had lurched from the bushes and attacked Rachel, 23, before strolling off and leaving the toddler pleading for her to get up. Unsurprisingly, Alex has been left with traumatic flashbacks ever since. However, the 29-year-old has revealed that both he and his dad Andre, have since learnt to forgive his Rachel’s warped killer. He told the Mirror: “Forgiveness for us is that if you don't forgive the person who caused you harm, then you become that person in time.” Andre added: “'There is forgiveness of course. “He [Napper] was a poor mistreated child at some time, he was in care and foster homes, and some people … [Read more...] about Rachel Nickell’s son FORGIVES killer who butchered mum in front of him as a baby
Six months ago a controversial new benefits system was rolled out across Coventry. We took a look at how families have been coping on Universal Credit. Families across Coventry are facing Christmas Day hungry, homeless and on the edge. Universal Credit is being rolled out across the country, and it's claimed it is leaving a trail of poverty as it goes. With a minimum of five weeks before an initial payment and a system prone to errors and delays, the controversial new benefit has received criticism from numerous politicians and charities as well as the very people left struggling on it. Claimants in Coventry have told us heart-wrenching stories of their life on benefits including one from a man who was evicted after a rent payment error and another from a woman who has been left with so little to live on she won’t be able to see her children this Christmas. This is the devastating reality for families suffering as a result of a system which has been slated for lacking compassion … [Read more...] about What we learnt about life on benefits in Coventry