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Opinion

  • Dealing with a resurgent Russia

    Dealing with a resurgent Russia

    Russia’s recent behaviour in Ukraine has without doubt plunged relations between Moscow and the West to a new low, and the US and Europe are finding it difficult to come up with a coherent strategy to deal with this difficult situation. The EU has...

  • The Curia, the moviment and sex

    Mgr Charles Scicluna comes across as an intelligent, humane and outstandingly eloquent person. He has said that reform of the Curia will be high on his agenda as Archbishop. Which is a good sign, because it suggests two things. First, that his...

  • Mepa and government become one

    This year promises to be an eventful one for environment and planning. Parliament is set to discuss the Strategic Plan for Environment and Planning in the weeks to come. This vision, setting the context for development and planning for the next...

  • Muddying the waters

    There have been a lot of amnesties in the news lately. First we had one for prisoners at Corradino, then on rigged smart meters, and now we have proposals on stuffed bird collections and on illegal buildings. Amnesties are not necessarily a bad...

  • Busuttil sets new standards

    Upon taking office as Leader of the Opposition, Simon Busuttil embarked on a programme of strength and re­newal, perhaps unequal on the local scene. New party leaders have, and are always expected to bring about change. But Busuttil has, without...

  • Switzerland in the Med

    The Swiss Leaks affair is proving to be quite revealing – not only as to which politicians and sellers of fridges have been squirreling away their lolly in secret bank accounts, but also as regards Maltese society’s attitude towards tax evasion...

  • The New Rites of Spring

    Composer Igor Stravinsky and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky collaborated in 1913 on the most groundbreaking music and ballet the world had ever seen, and it may still be the most striking work ever accomplished. It was called The Rites of Spring,...

  • The donkey adopted by horses

    The donkey adopted by horses

    I am not a morning person. If it were at all possible, I would not utter my first word before 10am. As it is, however, I need to have conversations which go beyond grunts at half six in the morning, because my daughter is my very opposite. What on...

  • A labour of love... Blogpost 24

    I’d like to start by answering some of my fiercest critics. In the first place I’m amazed that I’ve got any critics; I’m lovely... ask my mother. Anyway, some misguided idiots have suggested that where our charismatic and loveable leader Jo-zeff...

  • Rentals not fit for purpose

    The perception in Malta is that the respective housing needs of the different income categories are being catered for but, beyond the appearances, the system is beset by a number of emerging difficulties. To start with, nine per cent of the total...

  • Money is no problem

    Money is no problem

    The Labour Party used to lambast Eddie Fenech Adami and his Cabinet ministers, back in the day, when they used to adopt a ‘get up and go’ attitude towards the governance of the country. This was in the aftermath of the 1980s kitchen-economy style...

  • This is the time to act

    All those who have the Maltese countryside at heart now have a chance to abolish hunting in spring. Of course, this is not a way of seeking revenge on hunters and their ‘pursuit’, as they call it, but a chance to educate those who do not have any...

  • Audacity is the true art

    Audacity is the true art

    I am no art or architecture expert. So if you are not audacious enough to read an article about art by a non-expert move on to better stuff than mine. I never really understood art or what constitutes art. And to be perfectly frank I couldn’t care...

  • Country needs honesty

    I am quite sure that the words “transparency”, “good governance,” and “accountability” ring several bells to most of us. We certainly heard them referred to often enough by the Prime Minister when still the leader of the opposition prior to the...

  • Sustainability in practice

    Sustainability in practice

    The biggest disservice one can do to the mere notion of sustainability is to reduce it to a mere buzzword. While climate, the environment, sustainability and economic growth might initially give the impression they form part of a difficult...

  • West failing in Libya

    The barbaric terrorist organisation, Isis (Islamic State) declared its war on Libya and Egypt last week with its ‘Message signed in blood to the Christian nation’. If there was ever a time for the West to support Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah Al...

  • Money that must be spent

    It is sad to see the regular stream of unsubstantiated claims contained in government press releases on EU funding. They would have us believe that the previous PN government failed in the EU funding area and that Labour has turned this failure...

  • Daesh and red herrings

    Daesh and red herrings

    There is no question that the battle against Daesh (Isis) is a formidable one. In military terms alone, it is probably no stronger, currently, than a group like Hizbollah of Lebanon but its ability to fight on different fronts, the chaotic...

  • Double jeopardy in danger

    Over the past few weeks, we have been regaled with declarations by the Prime Minister that were little more than smoke and mirrors to create confusion about the legal situation concerning the death of an immigrant in detention some years...

  • Shooting birds in the autumn

    One of the arguments used by the SHout campaign intended to ban spring hunting is that hunters have five months in autumn within which to shoot 41 species of bird and therefore spring hunting is not necessary. Clearly the intention is to discredit...

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