Sunday’s momentous game against Scotland left our morale and self-esteem somewhat crippled. So here’s a pick-me-up to remind ourselves that we are indeed a great nation, despite our gargantuan inferiority complex and abundance of mosquitoes and traffic congestion.
No really, we are a stupendous bunch:
LGBTIQ Rights – There has never been a better time to be a gay person in Malta. Civil unions and adoption have both been legislated, and intersex and transgendered people can change their sex and their name without a barrage of bureaucracy. Some people argue it was done for political reasons or even votes, and to them I say: So what? The truth is, when it comes to rights to members of the LGBTIQ community, we’re tops.
Divorce – The conservative right wanted us to fail and be one of the few countries in the world where divorce wasn’t allowed. People with an ounce of common sense won, and it was introduced despite all the propaganda. For once, we understood that it is not our business what other couples do; it is not our business how others lead their lives. It’s a shame people didn’t go carcading for this one… It would have definitely been a just excuse.
Red Telephone Boxes – As Britain sheds some of its most iconic elements, Malta is slowly becoming one of the last places in the world where you can see red telephone boxes and vintage post boxes. While they may not necessarily be an icon of Malteseness – is that even a word? It should be – they are definitely a big part of our heritage.
Victory Day – What some people don’t know is that Victory Day actually celebrates three events in our history: when the siege of Malta during WWII ended, the French being kicked out of Malta, and the end of the Great Siege of 1565. Let it be known far and wide that while Malta is small and the Maltese short, but let them also know that the nation has the heart of a lion when pushed into a corner.
Tourism – From the baker to the hotelier, almost every person in Malta is somehow connected to the tourism industry. We have embraced that reality, and it shows from the 1.5m tourists we get on a yearly basis. Moreover, almost every person in Malta has a script ready to sell the country, including well known facts about the weather, the history, and the geographical traits of the Maltese Islands. Good on us!
See, there’s more to our country than a bad environmental track record and weekly political scandals. We are a nation that can truly outdo itself when push comes to shove. We are a tribe that has no problem sacrificing and working hard towards a better future. So whatever you may think of Malta, always remember how it managed to ace the above!
What else do you think Malta got right?
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