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Opinion

  • How to (serenely) spot a liar

    How to (serenely) spot a liar

    Do you remember Albano and Romina Power? They were staples on Canale 5 variety shows through my childhood and I was enthralled by that long, long, long hair of hers. This week, I’ve been finding myself humming their song Felicita’, you know the...

  • Under attack: the nation’s moral fibre

    Within weeks of the last election, it became  apparent that there was  something seriously wrong with the manner in which the country was being governed. Things deteriorated rapidly. However, no matter how much one knows and suspects about a state...

  • Let the chips fall wherever

    Never has the saying ‘A week is a long time in politics’ seemed more apt. Before that, the date of the election was the main question being bandied about. Now that pales in comparison with the gravity of the allegations that have been made. The...

  • An island that’s deeply divided

    This article is for those who don’t believe the Prime Minister would lie to the nation so brazenly or that a blogger could go so far… This island is deeply divided. A plague is on both our houses. After living with the elephant in the room of...

  • Of bad apples and fish heads

    Until very recently, the Prime Minister enjoyed a reputation as an astute man who would likely be running around with the cockroaches in the aftermath of a nuclear war. To say that recent events have dented that reputation is to make a big...

  • A country is not a company

    A country is not a company

    When Joseph Muscat was struggling to rebuild the Labour Party, he brought in one of Malta’s leading businessman, Keith Schembri, as his eminence grise. I never met the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, who, I’m told, is a very powerful man. Chiefs...

  • Corruptibility of the new economy

    Corruptibility of the new economy

    At a promotional talk in the early days of the sale of Maltese passports – the euphemistically named Individual Investor Programme – Joseph Muscat spoke eulogistically about Malta’s cultural strengths. He talked of the Maltese having a strong...

  • We need to stand together

    These are not normal times. Only this week, the President of Malta summoned the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, following calls by the latter for her Excellency to take a moral stand on the current constitutional crisis. For a...

  • Mainstreaming the green vote

    Mainstreaming the green vote

    I have mixed feelings about the coalition talks held between the Nationalist Party and Alternattiva Demokratika. Such a development is as Janus-faced as they come. On the one side, there is the positive aspect of the mainstreaming of green issues...

  • Victims of chemical warfare

    Every year, the global community pauses on April 29 to remember victims of chemical warfare. The United Nations promotes international awareness and action against these horrific weapons that strike insidiously and indiscriminately, causing...

  • Are tablets effective educational tools?

    Are tablets effective educational tools?

    YES Emmanuel Zammit, Director eLearning The one-tablet-per-child national rollout started in December 2016. To date, 5,505 tablets have been distributed to all Year 4 students, their educators, technical staff and support teachers. A further 500...

  • Reinforcing neocolonialism?

    Reinforcing neocolonialism?

    Maltese hunters and trappers often complain about the German-based organisation CABS (Committee Against Bird Slaughter) activists and their like, who regularly visit Malta as volunteer ‘tourists’, on missions to help us poor Maltese. The...

  • Presidency with a purpose

    This is a critical year for Europe. It is the year where reflections are being made and decisions must be taken. The European project was established in 1957 to bring peace and prosperity to Europe, following years of wars, civil strife, poverty...

  • Coloured vision

    Coloured vision

    It had been quite a few years since I last attended the Easter Vigil celebration at St John’s Co-Cathedral. St John’s has always fascinated me. It is our greatest national treasure and tells a good and fascinating story about this country and its...

  • Time to take back control

    The impressive turnout at last Sunday’s national protest cannot be ignored by the government. The people were there to stand up and be counted. It is no longer a question of having one political opinion or another. The latest revelations about the...

  • The standard of proof

    The standard of proof

    When Panamagate broke last year, Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri invented a new journalistic standard. Ethics, they said, required that journalists hand over all the Panama documentation that mentioned them, so they could know the basis of press...

  • Trickle down effect

    Following an intensive campaign by a group of NGOs to increase the minimum wage the Prime Minster asked the social partners at the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD) to discuss this issue with the aim of reaching a consensus...

  • Gender discrimination

    Our pension system is based on the traditional family model – an uninterrupted working career – reflecting past norms where the breadwinner was the husband and the wife responsible for the family. This resulted in a gender discriminate system.

  • Beware! The people are angry

    At the last general election, people elected a new government with a huge majority and the reasoning was they wanted a complete change. Everybody hoped that it would be a government for all people irrespective of political colour. They believed...

  • Endemic cultural problem

    Endemic cultural problem

    It is not an exaggeration to say that the problem of dirt and litter all over the island is a national disgrace. Successive governments have tried to address it, but they have significantly failed to overcome it in the face of a national culture...

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