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  • The uncomfortable truth

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat is heralding the balanced cash-budget of 2016 as one of the hallmarks of his administration. At face value, the fact that the government’s finances are in the black is positive. But if there is one important lesson we...

  • A great bargain

    It is with pleasure that I read the item (April 8) publishing details of Minister Helena Dalli’s expenses while visiting Switzerland. Living in Switzerland, I can attest to the fact that the reported €80 a head for dinner is in fact a good deal in...

  • Big data, big issues

    Big data is a new term in the world of policymaking. It is at once all over the place yet invisible. Indeed, many people have probably never heard of it. A cursory search for the meaning of big data reveals that this refers to data that is too big...

  • Selective silence, morals

    “My silence cannot be bought!” is the current battle cry used by the leader of the Opposition. As days go by it is becoming evidently clear that what Simon Busuttil really means is that his silence cannot be bought because it doesn’t need to, he...

  • Farmers’ market in Ta’ Qali

    I write on behalf of the farmers who sell their produce at the farmers’ market in Ta’ Qali and this with reference to the two articles that were published in this newspaper entitled: ‘13% of fruit and veg had excessive pesticides’ (February 8) and...

  • Dismantling the power station

    Dismantling the power station

    The new gas power station is not yet fully up and running, but the Marsa Power Station has now finally been closed and is being demolished. The new Sicily interconnector and increased capacity at Delimara have made it redundant. The dismantling of...

  • Clarity needed over coalition

    An electoral alliance between the Nationalist and Democratic parties is taking shape. Substantial details have emerged about the form it might take, although it is still subject to approval by the PN. We know, for example, that the idea is for PD...

  • It’s blooming spring!

    It’s blooming spring!

    Do you know The Burning House game? When you have to say what three things you’d snatch on your way out if your house is on fire? It always makes me anxious even thinking about it. What would I grab? From the vantage point of the sofa, in a...

  • Islanders

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  • An open door to an empty tomb

    The first image that comes to mind on Easter Sunday is that of an open door to an empty tomb. We are in a garden, very close to a small hill which was used as the execution venue for slaves and Jews. On that hill, a carpenter from Nazareth, a man...

  • ZTV - Judge

    ZTV - Judge

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  • The end of ‘America first’?

    The end of ‘America first’?

    The US airstrikes on a Syrian air force base – the first such attack by America against the regime of Bashar al-Assad – represent an extraordinary turnaround from the earlier rhetoric used by Donald Trump about how he would conduct his country’s...

  • The missing public park

    The sign at Tigné Point says: “Stick to the footpath”. It’s a bit difficult to disobey those instructions. If you had to try to wander off the path towards the seaward side you’d merely be clambering over the rosemary bushes on the growing medium...

  • Coalition of convenience

    The news that the president of the Malta Developers Association, Sandro Chetcuti, was asked by both party leaders to contest the general election did not come as a surprise. When Malta Today journalist Raphael Vassallo quipped that Chetcuti...

  • Operation Marsa swamp

    Orwell couldn’t have made it up. Last Wednesday, some bright spark de­cided that Marsa was a major threat to law and order. Squads of police swooped down on the place and rounded up all those who looked like migrants and who were waiting for work...

  • The right to insult

    Originally, Labour intended to reform press and libel laws to help lift the burden of hefty legal fees, libel damages and fines from a financially beleaguered press. This noble cause was openly embraced by the government until somewhere down the...

  • Bishop Eamon Casey, champion of the poor

    The President of Ireland, Michael Higgins, 12 bishops, 100 priests and thousands of mourners recently took part in the funeral Mass at Galway Cathedral for the former bishop of Galway, Ireland, 89-year-old Eamon Casey. However, some cynics could...

  • Corruption: just a perception?

    Recently, Transparency International published a league table of perceived corruption among the nations of the world. Malta’s ranking was 47th, the worst position we have occupied since we joined the EU in 2004, when we were in 24th place. In the...

  • Metro transport

    Metro transport

    Politicians who favour a metro rail system for traffic-congested Malta are on the right track. This is a much needed infrastructural investment. A former civil engineer expat friend of mine insists that digging tunnels for a metro system is now,...

  • Benedict XVI at 90

    Benedict XVI at 90

    Today, Easter Sunday, the Pope Emeritus celebrates his 90th birthday. Throughout his short eight-year pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI was often criticised by a hostile establishment which rarely engaged with the profound meaning of his message. His...

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