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  • Equivalent political parties?

    Voters who are attracted to smaller parties may face difficult choices in Maltese general elections. Should they vote for a small party which reflects their beliefs, or should they vote for one of the two large parties? Voting for the former will...

  • Inclusion of Catholics

    Inclusion of Catholics

    A couple of days after the release of our bishops’ publication of their guidelines on how to pastorally interpret chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia, I decided to go and watch Martin Scorsese’s Silence at the cinema. At the time, I hadn’t made an...

  • Party in despair

    When Daphne Caruana Galizia posted her story about Chris Cardona – quoting a mysterious “source” – I recalled Lawrence Gonzi’s prophetic words: “Nothing happens by chance” (my translation). In fact, the timing of the story reeks to high heaven: on...

  • Fatality waiting to happen

    Fatality waiting to happen

    As Swatar and Tal-Qroqq are divided by the Birkirkara bypass, I feel it necessary to raise the issue of this dangerous crossing used by university students and residents of Swatar alike. Despite several warning signs advising to use the underpass,...

  • Populist wave

    There is nothing new about the growing tide of populism across the world. It has happened before. An axis of populism led us into World War II. We now face the same threat from disparate but privileged members of the upper classes who realise that...

  • Don’t spill the beans

    Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela said he had given a “severe warning” to the CEO of the Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers, Joe Baldacchino in the wake of the job creation ‘scandal’. He said he did not know anything about the subject. It...

  • Burlò

    Burlò

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  • The Maltese expect answers

    There is a sense that the country will be holding its breath tomorrow as a sizeable delegation of MEPs is in Valletta for a day-long series of meetings with top government officials, politicians, journalists and representatives of private entities...

  • Site of St Paul’s shipwreck

    Site of St Paul’s shipwreck

    I wonder if Frans Said (‘Falsities about the shipwreck’, February 12) actually read my article properly before writing his critique. Nowhere did I mention the discovery of a Roman anchor. At the end of the article, the editor’s note correctly...

  • ‘Worth any price’

    Napoleon Bonaparte once said that conquering Malta was “worth any price”. Our ancestors made sure it was worth any price as well, to defend our island and our faith, as Maltese men, women and children fought side by side with the Knights of St...

  • Unfair treatment of Sai Mizzi

    Once again the Nationalist Party media has revived its campaign against Konrad Mizzi’s wife, Sai Mizzi, just because she has been retained in her post until a replacement is found. They keep repeating that Sai Mizzi is being paid to do nothing,...

  • The real founder of La Stella musical band of Gozo

    I read Geoffrey Attard’s brief review of Michael Said’s pamphlet entitled Il-Perit Pietru Attard, who is referred to as the founder of La Stella Band of Gozo. (Escape, The Sunday Times of Malta, February 12). Architect Pietro Attard was not the...

  • Social security pensions

    At a recent pensions’ forum, the minister responsible for social security concluded with the same old sick joke, namely that pensions can only be significantly improved when the economy permits such an indulgence. He must have been unaware that...

  • Waiting in a ditch

    Since Autobuses de Leon took over from Arriva, I dread taking a bus from Valletta to St Julian’s because I don’t like waiting for the bus at the bottom of a ditch, especially after dark or in the cold. To make it worse, the buses from Valletta to...

  • Employment in Gozo

    Employment in Gozo

    It seems everyone is satisfied with the current employment situation in Gozo. Before the election, the General Workers’ Union, which claims to always put the interests of the workers first, rightly complained about precarious work that was already...

  • Online museum

    I have long campaigned for a transport museum in Malta. A few years ago I corresponded with various European transport museums and the European Transport Museums Alliance (ETMA) was set up. Since a transport museum in Malta still has not been...

  • Teach the signs of bad relationships

    Teach the signs of bad relationships

    This week a distraught friend told me how her husband of over 15 years had been, for the last year, behaving rather oddly. He started telling her – daily – that he only stayed with her because he pitied her; that he had never really enjoyed her...

  • Giving Malta to its people, starting today

    The political cleavage that seems to be everlasting in Malta is that between those who believe in open government guided by modern European values and those who treat the government as a fiefdom, akin to their private property. Four years ago,...

  • Widening credibility gap

    These days there’s a lot of handwringing because the public doesn’t trust politicians. We are told repeatedly that the public doesn’t appreciate the pressures, the long hours, the responsibilities and the goldfish bowl existence that’s part and...

  • Politics for our common home

    The Nationalist Party recently issued another policy document titled “A better quality of life for you. Proposals on the environment.” The operative word in the title is “you” who has the right to “a better quality of life”. The proposals referred...

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