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  • OH HOW JOLLY

    The Labour Party on Sunday called on the Nationalists to support the "gay marriage" bill and not continue in their hidebound conservatism on the wrong side of history. Flying in the face of the fact that a very significant portion of society is...

  • Why mixed-ability classes tend to fail

    With the announcement by the Ministry of Education that banding may be introduced in Year 5 and Year 6 as from the next scholastic year, educationists, parents and all those who have education at heart, are questioning the validity of such a...

  • In need of refurbishment

    Busloads of people, both local and foreign, visit Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary in Għarb, every day. The toilets in the vicinity are large enough to take a wheelchair, yet access to them is difficult. The high step at the entrance makes it out of bounds for...

  • Legally obliged to sign the Bill

    Please permit me to reply to Fr Joe Borg’s article ‘Avoiding the short cut to chaos’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, April 6) in which he chose to misinterpret something I had written in Times of Malta. I shall confine myself to two points. First, of...

  • They too deserve to be remembered

    Tessa Anastasi of Swieqi’s view (‘Remembering World War I’, The Sunday Times of Malta, April 6) that there are indeed “many other Maltese descendants of people who died or fought in this war [World War I]” is indeed shared by many. One such group...

  • Health service problems

    Speaking about the need for a better health service, the new Parliamentary Secretary for Health Chris Fearne said in an interview last week (‘Our enemy is disease, not the nurses union’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, April 6), that: “The problems are...

  • No Plan B

    It is with interest to hear that the government has decided to lease 45 buses from the UK for a year. It is very evident that after disposing of Arriva and assuring us that there was a Plan B, there was no such thing. It has been quite evident...

  • Remembering genocide in Rwanda

    Last Monday Rwanda commemorated the 20th anniversary of the genocide that took place when the world stood by as 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred by members of the Hutu majority over a 100-day period. Many say the massacre was...

  • It’s good to be intolerant

    Tolerance is not necessarily a good thing. It can happen that people come to tolerate unjust and harmful things, often because they just can’t see any alternatives. Or the alternatives may appear unreachable. Whatever the reason, it seems to me...

  • Let us not be farm animals

    George Orwell’s Animal Farm, 1984 and many other of his works have become classics in their own right, giving us such everyday terms as Big Brother (is watching you), Newspeak and Cold War, to name but a few. I was reminded of the current validity...

  • European Parliament frolics

    Off they go. Another specific electoral campaign has opened. I say specific be­cause Malta is always in campaign mode. It is the only place I know where the political leaders do not take a breather, unless forced on them or for a few days annually.

  • Joseph Muscat’s unemployment conundrum

    In a statement issued last week, the Nationalist Party claimed that the Prime Minister is trying to solve the problem of growing unemployment by increasing jobs in the public sector, and quoted statistics that show that the number of people...

  • Crime pays country

    Here’s the latest news from Crime Always Pays Country. Those ‘consumers’ who paid to have their electricity meters tampered with and who benefitted from whopping reductions in their electricity bills – are complaining. They’re finding it hard to...

  • Secular and religious fundamentalists unite!

    Brendan Eich is the inventor of the JavaScript computer programming language and co-founder of Mozilla. He is a big fish in Silicon Valley. On March 24 he was appointed CEO of Mozilla. But, at the very beginning of April, barely 10 days after his...

  • John XXIII and Francis: two of a kind

    These two Popes have much in common, starting from the choice of their names upon their election. Fifty years after the death and the impending canonisation of John XXIII, comparisons are being made with Pope Francis. Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli,...

  • Out of the box

    I know that lately my column has, maybe, focused a bit too much on horror but somehow I keep getting attracted back to the genre. Which means that finally – after I got fed up seeing everyone waxing lyrical about it online – I decided to start...

  • Malta’s next Commissioner

    Two weeks ago, when carrying out his Cabinet reshuffle, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat announced on Twitter that he intended to nominate Karmenu Vella, then minister for tourism, as Malta’s next European Commissioner. Why this nomination came so...

  • Clap along to happy songs

    For some reason, my car stereo is always tuned to Magic Malta. And I know I’m listening to it too much lately, because I keep catching myself humming “Farrugia lighting and interiors… more than just lights” as if it was a Top 10 hit. The other...

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