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  • The house that Eddie built

    During his 1st May speech, the Prime Minister made a very interesting analogy, where he compared Malta with a house that looked great from the outside but which, until Labour took over, was rotting from the inside. The point of his speech suggests...

  • I can't believe it's not Panama

    I can't believe it's not Panama

      That’s it. I’ve tried really hard to avoid it, but I must admit, it’s too big to ignore anymore. I have to admit this is something which is the talk of the town for thousands of families around the island; it will have an impact on our society...

  • Good value for money in healthcare

    How interesting that the general secretary of the Medical Association of Malta was the one to blame the number of no-shows at Mater Dei Hospital’s Outpatients Department on long waiting lists. He said “lengthy” hospital waiting lists led many...

  • Of turkeys and Christmas

    The recent 13-hour marathon debate in Parliament had its high and low moments. Personally speaking, the best line was uttered by Simon Busuttil when he said that turkeys do not vote for Christmas. This phrase very much encapsulated the spirit of...

  • Should the Church shut up?

    Should Malta’s Catholic Church shut up on social issues? My answer is no. Before substantiating my opinion, I need to position myself on this matter. I am speaking as a sociologist, and there is no such thing as a sociologist without a standpoint.

  • Changes in justice system

    Changes in justice system

    In April of every year, the European Commission publishes its EU Justice Scoreboard evaluations. This is an important comparative tool undertaken by the Commission’s officials, which measures and calculates the progress of national justice systems...

  • The great Shakespearean snub (1)

    The great Shakespearean snub (1)

    In a world of sound and fury, where the milk of human kindness and the qualities of mercy have gone sour, the mighty figure of the great Elizabethan dramatist, William Shakespeare, the Swan of Avon, master of them all, stands supreme as age has...

  • The great Shakespearean snub (2)

    William Shakespeare’s death 400 years ago was commemorated recently in many enlightened countries besides England, his  birthplace. The Bard, like Venice, does not only belong to England, however, like Venice, is the world’s heritage. Malta, a...

  • Fitting tribute

    Fr Peter Serracino Inglott (1936-2012) would have marked his 80th birthday last Tuesday. Like others, I was privileged to have known him and benefited from the formation he helped us achieve when he served as national chaplain and we were national...

  • Hide and seek

    Kindly allow me to refer to a news item titled ‘PM’s top aide rejects fresh leaks from Panama Papers’ (April 11). The report stated: “Keith Schembri, the Prime Minister’s chief of staff ‘categorically denied’ any control in his Panama company...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    Best cabinet ever

  • A new Constitution, do we need it?

    Every so often, such as appeared on the page where my column used to appear on Saturday in the print Times, the discussion about whether we need a new Constitution raises its head above the parapet. Sometimes, the discussion is provoked by those...

  • Editorial: The Prime Minister has no clothes

    Editorial: The Prime Minister has no clothes

    There are only two ways to react to the Prime Minister’s statement last Thursday, when he announced the retention of Konrad Mizzi in his Cabinet and Keith Schembri as his chief of staff: you either take him at his word or you don’t. Either way you...

  • He is a cat. She is a dog

    He is a cat. She is a dog

    Let’s talk about the Cabinet. To be precise, let’s talk about an im­portant figure in the Cabinet who, however, has no portfolio. No, I’m not referring to the Maltese Cabinet, but the one in Downing Street. Yes, since the 15th century, every...

  • A master with a remarkable portfolio

    Those looking for an antidote to the Brownian excitement and flux and dynamism of the Cabinet reshuffle might wish to head down to Valletta, where an exhibition of still life paintings by Francesco Noletti is being held. It all started with a...

  • A wake-up call for the local Church

    A few years ago, Jack Carrigan of the Catholic Herald interviewed Finola Kennedy, who recently wrote a well-researched and comprehensive biography of Frank Duff, founder of the Legion of Mary in Ireland in 1921. The interview was published in the...

  • Bizarre moment in Parliament

    Last Wednesday evening, timesofmalta.com ran the headline: ‘Minister’s declarations of assets tabled in Parliament; Mizzi declares Panama company and NZ trust’. It would have been funny if it hadn’t been so painfully true. But unfortunately this...

  • Christian meditation

    I refer to the article entitled ‘Private lessons piling too much pressure on pupils’, (The Sunday Times of Malta, April 24). There is a Christian response to this, which is based on Jesus’s own teaching on prayer and on the prayer of the early...

  • Here’s to being Julia and Obi 

    The dawning realisation that you’ve left something at home, when you’re in your car and already five minutes into the daily traffic jam, is nothing short of terrifying. Even more terrifying is the certain knowledge that you will be equally stuck...

  • Science education in Malta

    I hear that science education in Malta in primary and secondary schools is to be revamped and a new system introduced. Apparently, science teaching at primary school level will be undertaken by the primary school teacher. I think this is wrong as...

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