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  • Sustainable development

    It is clear that Leo Brincat, the Minister for Sustainable Development, is confused about what sustainability means and seems to think that it is about “the economy, social order and environment in that order”. Yet, regarding the ‘three pillars’...

  • What foreign reports really say about us

    Latching on to some externally- produced report to draw conclusions with regard to Malta is another of those unfortunate practices that many Maltese journalists happily and also unanalytically indulge in. The Times of Malta leader of July...

  • Blighted island’s hall of shame

    The hall of shame of post-Independence Malta will undoubtedly include successive administrations that have been indicted by the eminent late Jeremy Boissevain for giving scant attention to the protection and preservation of the natural...

  • Embryos for babies

    It has been reported that since the first IVF baby was born in 1978 there are now about six million IVF babies across the world. The big question to ask is, of course, how many millions of embryos were discarded or deliberately...

  • Walking space on pavement

    Walking space on pavement

    I have always been under the impression that vehicles cannot be parked on the pavement, not because this one-metre wide strip of land is called a pavement, but because a vehicle parked on a normal pavement would obstruct the free passage of...

  • Suffer the children

    Educational books raising awareness about LBGTQ relationships are given out in schools and all hell breaks loose. Suddenly, when our parochial lifestyle encounters something that is outside of our comfort zone, we transform into a nation of...

  • Beaten up – but he won’t take action

    Beaten up – but he won’t take action

    A message posted on Facebook by a woman last week immediately caught the eye of one of our reporters: “This African guy I know was spat upon and then beaten up by four or five men on returning home on the bus. He has a broken nose and...

  • No wonder polls cost so much

    Principal Electoral Commissioner Joe Church was quoted as saying (July 24) that the April 10 polls (spring hunting referendum and local council elections) cost Malta €4.6 million. This huge amount was described as sheer waste of money. And it...

  • ‘Watchman’ mentality still alive

    If the school with the smallest student population has to have three watchmen, as is the case at the San Lawrenz School, how many does the largest ones need to have? But, wait, the school in Gozo also has two janitors and a third has had to be...

  • Blue sticker is useless

    Blue sticker is useless

    I am the holder of a parking blue sticker for disabled persons. A couple of weeks ago, I went to Paceville with my wife for lunch but I could not park in the area that is reserved for disabled persons there because it was abusively occupied by...

  • ARMS gaffe

    A pensioner friend of mine has just received an electricity bill for over €600. She almost suffered a heart attack. This came in the form of five bills marked “for your records only” pertaining to the previous months and a sixth bill being the sum...

  • Hardly a puzzle

    Sai Mizzi’s performance at her press conference was an exercise in pulling the wool over one’s eyes. That was the only choice left to her, considering the many, well, chinks in her armour. Her infamous “you finally found me” will come back...

  • Road closures cause rage

    The idiots who, for some reason or other, issued a permit to a bunch of cronies so that thousands of road commuters would suffer the indignities of finding major road arteries shut off due to the banality of letting off fireworks should not be let...

  • On the dark side of IVF

    The 37th anniversary of the birth of the first ‘test-tube baby’ was marked last Saturday. The event is heralded as a triumph of medicine and science. Patrick Steptoe, who was the first to do this, is hailed as a hero worldwide. Louise Brown, the...

  • Megalithic remains

    There is a slight problem with the use of the word ‘megalithic’ in the Maltese and Sicilian context. While in Malta and Gozo this word normally refers to prehistoric remains, often dating back beyond 2000 BC, in Sicily any very large stone is...

  • Why corruption matters

    Why corruption matters

    It might seem odd to have to explain why corruption matters. It’s public corruption – the use of public office for private individual, corporate or partisan gain – that I have especially in mind. But the thing about corruption is that it spreads:...

  • Guaranteed pension for all

    Guaranteed pension for all

    The pension reform of 2007 did not affect persons who were aged 55 and over as at January 1, 2007. On the other hand, transitional measures were introduced for those between 46 and 54 years old. The brunt of the reform was directed towards those...

  • The puerile demand to kill

    An organisation claiming to be pro-choice’ and that, for reasons best known to itself, chooses to remain anonymous, has only just called for a review of abortion legislation in Malta. In support of its demand, it cites women’s health as well as...

  • Schism at the Vatican

    Schism at the Vatican

    There is nothing as intriguing as Vatican politics. On February 11, 2013, the then pope, Benedict XVI, stunned the Catholic Church by announcing that he would step down a fortnight later, the first papal resignation in 600 years. Although the...

  • Opposition’s China visit

    Opposition’s China visit

    Being conditioned by this government’s propaganda, there were some eyebrows raised when the Nationalist Party announced that on the invite of the Chinese government, the leader of the Opposition would be visiting China. Many think that our...

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