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  • Naiveté, masochism or complicity?

    I firmly believe that the most urgent and serious problem facing Malta is neither the possibility of legalising abortion sometime in the future nor the possibility of legalising euthanasia after the next general election. The mammoth problem...

  • Get Mallia out, and Juncker in

    Get Mallia out, and Juncker in

    A week is a dismal time in politics, especially if you happen to be the Nationa­list Party and fighting both Salvu Mallia and the European Commission. There are stacks of reasons why Mallia is to the PN what seppuku is to a Japanese warrior. Some...

  • News pendulum swings back

    The rise of fake news on social networks is a game changer. Traditional news media thought they were moving in one direction, but could actually be heading somewhere else altogether. We need to go back to the beginning, and start again. Fake...

  • Mallia: an asset or liability?

    Salvu Mallia has created something of a dilemma for the Nationalist Party and its leader, Simon Busuttil. On the one hand Mallia, a PN candidate, is one of the harshest critics there is of Joseph Muscat’s government. He fits right in with...

  • Can Malta lead in Europe?

    For the next six months, Malta will be presiding over the EU. It is a massive challenge, but not an unsurmountable one. Many (including Alfred Sant’s Malta Labour Party) had doubted Malta’s capacity to take on this role and not let it overwhelm...

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  • Realistic optimists at the helm

    Realistic optimists at the helm

    The European Union is at a crossroads. Threatened by an existential crisis as it is, the need for reform could not be more pressing. Malta has just taken the reins, fully aware of the tough challenges the Union faces and of the need to move the...

  • ZTV - Brick

    ZTV - Brick

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  • Resolving with a certain resolve…

    OK so how many New Year resolutions do you have left intact? No, me neither, but then these days I never make any, or at least I haven’t done since I was a little lad… and that’s a long time ago. I can never see the sense of them; we all know...

  • No to irresponsible drivers

    I cannot but commend the police force for their hard work and excellent results achieved in policing the roads throughout thefestive season. The Malta Insurance Association (MIA) would probably echo the sentiment of a large segment of the public...

  • Mutton for lamb

    For the second year in succession, two retail outlets have pulled the lamb’s wool over our eyes and, in the season of goodwill, have ruined our Christmas dinner. I asked for New Zealand leg of lamb but, despite assurances, the purchase turned out...

  • No Sunday trading restrictions

    Over the years, Sunday trading has had as many opponents as supporters but those against have been losing ground fast not only because of changing work exigencies but also because many believe it is about time consumers are given the freedom to...

  • Justice for everyone

    When the age of criminal responsibility was raised to 14 in 2014 by this government, arguments for and against this shift dealt with complex and sensitive issues, especially in view of scenarios where young children are involved in particularly...

  • Food for the swans

    Food for the swans

    Public access to the swans is being denied on the instructions of the Wild Birds Regulation Unit. It is indeed ironic that, of all the wild swans in Europe and elsewhere, Malta’s swans need a police escort and their temporary roost made...

  • The dark side

    Ironically, it appears we have now grown unbecomingly used and accustomed to it. For the last few weeks, practically on a daily basis, the supply of electricity from the national grid to an apartment block in University Street, Msida is abruptly...

  • Pay rises

    ETUC, the European Trade Union Confederation, has elected 2017 the year of the pay rise. What is the position of the trade unions in Malta, taking into account that none of them seem to have joined the campaign for an increase in the minimum wage?

  • F.A. Zull's audit report

    F.A. Zull's audit report

    By means of the intervention of a member of the International Network of Spies, I have been made privy to the audit report about Premier Muscat’s little helper, Dr Konrad Mizzi, prepared by a reputable audit firm.   I am taking the liberty of...

  • Aunt Gerit

    She looked very much like the old silver-haired mother in Umberto Boccioni’s paintings. A great aunt with few words to say, mostly sitting majestically against the light of her window overseeing a backyard smelling of basil and lemons. Great Aunt...

  • Passing the dunce cap around

    No one likes to be mocked, to be treated as an imbecile or to be made to wait for replies to legitimate questions concerning the governance of the country. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has made an art of treating people like they were simpletons.

  • Right advice to migrants

    ‘Refugee’, ‘migrant’, ‘crisis’. They are all buzzwords of today’s world, synonymous with a disgruntled right wing and a sympathetic left and an unavoidable part of daily media consumption. One cannot open a paper, look at a news website or view a...

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