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  • Flying blind in educational reform

    Few could dispute the fact that our educational system has been underperforming for more than four decades as evidenced by Malta’s very low placing in the EU league of educational achievement for students leaving secondary school. It is therefore...

  • Was it a futile protest gesture?

    The article ‘A discordant swansong’, by Martin Scicluna (April 2,), raises a few points which require some further reflection. Scicluna has it with President Emeritus George Abela for having refused to sign the Civil Unions Bill when he was in...

  • An act of political bullying

    Yesterday the Government capriciously denied the country a unanimous vote in favour of civil unions for the gay community. A unanimous vote was within reach but the government was determined not to let it be. This was an act of political bullying...

  • Everyone’s win

    It felt good yesterday to be present during such a historical moment for Malta. Equal rights for everyone, and an inclusive society are two causes that have always been close to my heart, and not just with respect to gay issues but across the...

  • Editorial: PN has chosen the worst option

    The Nationalist Party could have voted against the Civil Unions Bill last night. Or voted in favour. Or given its MPs a free vote. It did none of these things; it instead chose to take the worst possible route: abstention. Let’s take the options...

  • Sedqa stand on drugs

    I refer to the editoral ‘Drug addiction and law reform’ (April 9). Aġenzija Sedqa would like to make the clarifications below. The editorial said that “Sedqa, the rehabilitation agency entrusted with drafting the national drug policy…”. Aġenzija...

  • Worth a thousand words

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then the photograph on page three in the Times of Malta (April 7), would need several libraries to accommodate all the books it would generate. If the photographer who took the picture was also the only...

  • Calleja the ambassador

    Very well done to Joseph Calleja. He has not only made a good name for himself internationally but also for Malta, being its number one ambassador wherever he performs. He deserves every Maltese title bestowed on him.

  • President’s conscience

    We are now being proposed a president of Malta without a conscience in matters constitutional. As things are, the formal appointment of a president entails a solemn ceremony wherein the person appointed takes an oath and kisses the Cross. Is this...

  • A professional gentleman

    With the passing away of Victor Griffiths, Malta, and especially Maltese medicine, has lost a man of the highest calibre. I crossed paths with Griffiths at several stages of my surgical training and at all times I was impressed by two of his many...

  • Three Joes in a tub

    There is something of a naughty, little boy look in MEP Joseph Cuschieri’s face that kind of inclines you to give him a sympathetic ear. Until he opens his mouth, that is, and his Labour DNA comes gushing out in waves and leaves you standing there...

  • Contrasting views of April

    The first days of April made me think of the way this month is described in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (1394) and in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land (1922). The tones and mood are totally different, reflecting the age in which the poems were...

  • Concern over legal notice

    This is an open letter from the heads of schools, who constitute the Church Schools Committee within the Private Schools Association, to the Minister of Education and Employment. While acknowledging that each legislature has its own priorities in...

  • Watch: Are religious traditions still relevant to the Maltese?

    During Holy Week, Times Talk discussed what Catholic rituals in Malta really mean? Do some people follow them purely out of habit? Are Church traditions still an important part of Maltese identity? Presented by Times of Malta’s head of media...

  • Nationalist cheek on PBS

    One of the highlights of the 2013 electoral campaign was the barefaced abysmal bias to which public broadcasting had sunk. It had become nauseating to many people, in part accounting for the apparently substantial numbers of switchers from the...

  • Indignation at injustice

    Later today, we are expected to be voting on the third reading of the Civil Union Bill. This is where this particular journey, which started much before the last general election, comes to an end. It was a voyage along which we travelled some...

  • Inconvenient public convenience

    Last week, I happened to be in the vicinity of the King George V recreational gardens, in Floriana. As I had half an hour to kill before my appointment, I found myself wandering around this extremely beautiful garden. I was very impressed with the...

  • The Crimean question

    An international crisis has to be taken in the context of the political and legal realities leading up to it. Crimea has historically formed part of the heart of Russia since the days of Catherine the Great but this changed overnight in 1954 when...

  • Who gets priority on boarding?

    Priority boarding is a recipe for even more complaints and arguments on the quay. At peak times, there are already insufficient lanes for ‘normal’ traffic. Where would the priority lane go? In any case, MPs (and ministers, of course), police cars...

  • Ukraine questions

    Time is running out for the European Union and the United States to unite and adopt a solid resolution about Ukraine. The one and only Vladimir Putin, the bully of Russia, has vowed to destroy the State of Ukraine. By encouraging and supporting...

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