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  • Road ‘craters’ pose hazard

    Birżebbuġa Road, in Safi is in a disastrous condition. There are potholes all over the road, including a trench dug up by a farmer to collect rain water. This trench has been transformed into a ‘crater’ owing to the rain and cars running over...

  • That pertinent question for MPs

    As the date of the abrogative referendum on spring hunting draws near, there is a question that each politician should be made to answer in public: will he or she be voting in favour or against the retention of spring hunting? MEPs David Casa and...

  • What Swiss Leaks show...

    The recent Swiss Leaks, which have demonstrated that a number of prominent individuals were not declaring all their assets and, therefore, were evading tax, was the cloud. However, even this cloud has its silver lining. In fact, we can now confirm...

  • A bishop must respect his priests

    A bishop must respect his priests

    Like the rest of the island, I received the news of Bishop Charles Scicluna being appointed Archbishop of Malta – leaked in the press – with respect. In principle, he has the qualities needed for such a noble mission. However, I would like to make...

  • Dedication of a portrait  

    This is the third letter that we are writing concerning the forthcoming dedication of the portrait of Giovanna Bascetta. We thank all the pupils who have sent in donations towards the portrait, which was beautifully done by Mary de Piro. In order...

  • An alarmist campaign

    The ‘No’ campaign for the spring hunting referendum, which will be held on April 11, is focusing on everything but the two species of birds that can be caught under capping through the derogation. The actual referendum question is not being...

  • Threat from Libya crisis

    The great historian H.A.L. Fisher in his monumental work History of Europe states that “The Mediterranean had ceased to be a Roman lake. From one end of Europe to the other Christian states found themselves confronted with the challenge of a new...

  • Elections in a democracy

    Afghanistan, Syria, Bahrain, Mozambique and Egypt had the worst elections last year. In contrast, the best elections that took place in 2014 were those in Lithuania, Costa Rica, Sweden, Slovenia and Uruguay. This results from a global survey among...

  • Thoughts of happiness

    Thoughts of happiness

    Newspapers from around the world have reported the Pope’s disapproving comments about couples who decide to remain childless. He describes Europeans as a “society with a greedy generation, that doesn’t want to surround itself with children, that...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    Bonfire of stupid

  • Editorial: Bailout riddled with shortcomings

    Editorial: Bailout riddled with shortcomings

    Joseph Muscat ought to stop saying that “things could have been done better” or that something was just a “mistake” every time his government blunders. Two years into its legislative term, it is time for the government to start getting things...

  • Dealing with a resurgent Russia

    Dealing with a resurgent Russia

    Russia’s recent behaviour in Ukraine has without doubt plunged relations between Moscow and the West to a new low, and the US and Europe are finding it difficult to come up with a coherent strategy to deal with this difficult situation. The EU has...

  • The Curia, the moviment and sex

    Mgr Charles Scicluna comes across as an intelligent, humane and outstandingly eloquent person. He has said that reform of the Curia will be high on his agenda as Archbishop. Which is a good sign, because it suggests two things. First, that his...

  • Mepa and government become one

    This year promises to be an eventful one for environment and planning. Parliament is set to discuss the Strategic Plan for Environment and Planning in the weeks to come. This vision, setting the context for development and planning for the next...

  • Muddying the waters

    There have been a lot of amnesties in the news lately. First we had one for prisoners at Corradino, then on rigged smart meters, and now we have proposals on stuffed bird collections and on illegal buildings. Amnesties are not necessarily a bad...

  • Busuttil sets new standards

    Upon taking office as Leader of the Opposition, Simon Busuttil embarked on a programme of strength and re­newal, perhaps unequal on the local scene. New party leaders have, and are always expected to bring about change. But Busuttil has, without...

  • Switzerland in the Med

    The Swiss Leaks affair is proving to be quite revealing – not only as to which politicians and sellers of fridges have been squirreling away their lolly in secret bank accounts, but also as regards Maltese society’s attitude towards tax evasion...

  • The New Rites of Spring

    Composer Igor Stravinsky and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky collaborated in 1913 on the most groundbreaking music and ballet the world had ever seen, and it may still be the most striking work ever accomplished. It was called The Rites of Spring,...

  • The donkey adopted by horses

    The donkey adopted by horses

    I am not a morning person. If it were at all possible, I would not utter my first word before 10am. As it is, however, I need to have conversations which go beyond grunts at half six in the morning, because my daughter is my very opposite. What on...

  • A labour of love... Blogpost 24

    I’d like to start by answering some of my fiercest critics. In the first place I’m amazed that I’ve got any critics; I’m lovely... ask my mother. Anyway, some misguided idiots have suggested that where our charismatic and loveable leader Jo-zeff...

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