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  • Price of fuel in EU, Malta

    The European Commission has published the consumer prices of petroleum products inclusive of duties and taxes as of Monday, June 15. These prices are marginally lower than those of the week before. These prices have been going down slightly for...

  • Tribunal cats and pigeons

    The Constitutional Court, in the form of the Civil Court (i.e., not in the appeal jurisdiction, where the case might end up if the Labour government appeals the two decisions given in favour of the General Workers’ Union – not a given) has...

  • The Mepa vanishing act

    On June 15, I had the privilege of participating in a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee for the Environment, which was chaired by Labour MP Marlene Farrugia. The meeting concerned the preliminary site evaluation report of the ‘American’...

  • The cost of special care

    As a parent of a young adult with disability, I am finding it interesting, while on holiday in Scotland, to follow the debate within the Moray local council on whether it is necessary to concentrate youngsters who need additional help in special...

  • Mass on TV France 2

    I read a note from a French lady of Maltese descent that she and her friends were overjoyed when, last Sunday, they followed the Mass in Maltese on TV France 2 broadcast from the church of Saint Paul in Rabat. They were touched by the “very...

  • Bullying at the workplace

    When someone mentions bullying, most of us are likely to immediately think in terms of childhood and school. This swift association may be due to the strong campaigns conducted over the past years that were aimed at raising awareness about this...

  • How was Wellington financed?

    Martin Scicluna’s article (June 17) about the Battle of Waterloo really made fascinating reading. But (inevitably for me?) whenever I read such accounts of battles, wars and similar sad, even if often heroic, events, I always find myself asking...

  • Potential death trap

    Potential death trap

    In its efforts to shift responsibility from its own shoulders on to drivers, Transport Malta has introduced a new notice to accompany a warning traffic sign concerning pedestrians on the road in Triq il-Linja (Old Railway Track), Attard. This new...

  • Saving lives not a priority

    As I write, a Maltese lady in the prime of life with two dependent children is seeking ways and means to finance indispensable cure for her life threatening illness. The cost of the treatment, not dispensed freely by the Health Department, is...

  • Citizenship programme lacks transparency

    When the Individual Investment Programme was launched late in 2013, it immediately gave rise to controversy. Many viewed it as a less than reputable way to sell Maltese citizenship to those who wanted easy access to free movement within the EU. At...

  • Cartoon of the day

    Cartoon of the day

    Welcome to the puppet show

  • AND WHAT WAS ACHIEVED?

    On Saturday, a number of thousands went to Valletta to protest against Premier Joseph Muscat's decision to site a "university" at Zonqor Point, a tract of land that is outside the development zone - ODZ in jargon. On Sunday, Premier Muscat let it...

  • Crossed pencils and crossed people

    This morning papers gave prominence to yesterday’s demonstration organised by a number of environmental NGO's under the leadership of Front Harsien ODZ. The Sunday Times of Malta said that thousands took part in the demonstration and described the...

  • Curious case of gay conversion therapy

    The government has asked its consultative council on LGBT+ rights to draft a Bill that would make ‘gay conversion therapy’ a criminal offence. This time, the wind is blowing from the west. The Sunday Times of Malta last week published an interview...

  • Hearing the cry of the earth: we are all responsible for it

    Francis has spoken. He has spoken loudly. The Pope’s encyclical had long been in the pipeline, perhaps even as much as nearly two years. Although the environment has often been part of the social teaching of successive popes, particularly in the...

  • Shifting the goalposts

    In classical Greece, the philosopher Pythagoras divided men attending the Olympic Games into three general types: the spectators, the competitors, and the traders who come to buy and sell. He rated the spectators highest. Others also rate...

  • A storm in the Vatican

    For ages, the boat of Peter had to row amidst heavy storms. Pope Francis has exhorted us “to row with him in the storm”. Since the Pope set out to reform the Church and the Vatican Bank and to sort out the Curia finances he has had to face many a...

  • From the outside looking in

    You know those souvenir T-shirts we adored when we were younger? The ones saying “My mum/dad/aunty went to Malta and all they got me was this lousy T-shirt”? Well, there’s been the blog post equivalent of that and it definitely didn’t go down well...

  • Noisy funfair at Manoel Island

    Every year, in the summer, an Italian funfair sets up its rides and bright lights on Manoel Island. So far so good. It is very nice for those who like such things for entertainment. However, what is terrible is the incredibly intrusive...

  • ‘I was always too small for it’

    In my commentary last Sunday I appealed for a Church that is able to decipher the image of Christ in art and beautiful human artefacts. This is a brave Church ready to accompany people in their journeys along the digital highways of contemporary...

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