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  • The civil service and politics

    The head of the Civil Service, Principal Permanent Secretary Mario Cutajar, recently addressed a press conference to announce the regeneration of Valletta’s indoor market. Given that the head of the civil service is dealing, by his own definition,...

  • Reducing workplace stress

    Good practices in occupational health and safety are fundamental to the well-being of individuals and society. It is in fact encouraging that OHS standards at workplaces have improved and that occupational accidents have decreased by 50 per cent...

  • Politics and crime

    In the articles, letters and comments that are carried in this newspaper, politics and politicians feature prominently. I thought it appropriate to highlight the fact there is little difference between crime and politics. Crime means you take the...

  • Now hear the better half

    I cringe with shame for my island and yet rejoice that the result of the anti-spring hunting referendum is a lesson for our politicians. I cringe that with a slim majority of some 2,000 voters, under 0.5% of the electorate, we have voted to allow...

  • It's our cross to carry

    It's our cross to carry

    The signs were all there. Before the polling booths opened, the masks were off already. Hunters and Labour activists teamed up in various localities and distributed sample ballots telling Labour voters which box to tick. It was not a case that...

  • Law permits life change

    Ivan Fenech’s opinion piece of April 7, entitled ‘Gay’s the new hunter’, made a number of scathing references to the Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act. The unanimous approval of this piece of legislation by both...

  • One way justice is delayed

    The excellent leader about “the big bang approach to justice delayed” (March 19) is goodnews indeed. The shortening of time to have a legal point settled in court is the greatest need of our legal system, hand in hand with the doctrine accentuated...

  • The village social fabric

    The idyllic Maltese village life as portrayed in the classics of Maltese literature has long been lost. The peaceful scenes of a rural landscape where time seemed to stand still under a blue Mediterranean sky have given way to ones of creeping...

  • The sins of taxi drivers

    The sins of taxi drivers

    More than once was I on the verge of writing a letter regarding those horrendous white-taxi drivers but what I saw the other day presented the ultimate reason. Some of them put their customers’ lives at risk since not only do they drive too fast...

  • Working with the needy in Egypt

    In this letter I would like to thank all the generous Maltese people who help us through the Mission Fund. In our work with the poor of Upper Egypt we are involved in health care and education as well as social work with poor families and the...

  • Unique rubble wall in Gozo

    At the main entrance to the Gozitan village of Żebbuġ there is a huge rubble wall. It is at the bottleneck entrance to this beautiful village. It is a unique structure in both its form and originality. Fifty years ago, during my childhood, there...

  • Labour fast losing its moral compass

    In Labour’s new political vocabulary, a “solider of steel” has a different meaning to Dom Mintoff’s days. Whereas in the past it was attributed to someone, or a group of people, who remained steadfast in the face of adversity or sanction, today...

  • A caring government

    Come May, a special unit is going to welcome all those children and youths who suffer from mental problems. It will be situated quite closeto the building of MountCarmel Hospital. Theirs is not a sad case of ostracism; they are not a hindrance to...

  • The fat cats that rule the roost

    I trust that by the time of reading this blog you would have had enough of the referendum. The outcome was interesting. The Shout group won in Malta but lost in Gozo. Because of the great pro-hunter vote in Gozo, the hunters were the overall...

  • So we do live in cuckoo-land after all

    Let’s start with a gracious comment as all losers should. The hunters have won, the hunting lobby has got stronger, and the birds have lost. Congrats to the winners, hurrah to democracy and it is yes to spring hunting. Welcome 21st Century Malta...

  • It's sad, but life goes on (unless you're a bird)

    That I'm disappointed need hardly be said. I am fundamentally opposed to all hunting, for reasons that I've given time and time again, and on the matter of Spring hunting, unsustainable as it remains even if the Great Unwashed, bless their little...

  • Threat to Floriana territory

    The locality of Floriana is passing through a very difficult time on account of the decline in its population. Together with others, I have been hammering ad nauseam on this problem and it seems that the authorities are insensitive to such...

  • Editorial: Joseph Muscat calls the shots

    Editorial: Joseph Muscat calls the shots

    The referendum result is something of a miracle for Malta. It certainly did not turn out how we would have liked – we continue to believe that hunting in spring is an abhorrent activity – but at least it showed that 49 per cent of the country can...

  • The Gender Identity Act

    It was to government’s pleasure that the Gender Identity, Gender Expression and Sex Characteristics Act was adopted nem com, and thus with the support of both sides of the House. This shows that government succeeded in ensuring wide support for...

  • Created for each other

    There is a dream that secularists must surely have. This is the confinement of religious faith and its values to the purely private sphere, preferably to be neither seen nor heard. The bad news to those who propose this is that Christians,...

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