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Opinion

  • An end to gladiator politics

    Dear Joseph and Simon, there must be another way than this diehard rule, all or nothing, winner takes all, style of politics. People are exhausted by the news and the gladiatorial style of combat, which never seems to let up. Here are four...

  • A healthy lifestyle law

    A healthy lifestyle law

    We don’t need to and we should not amend the Embryo law as Martin Scicluna ( January 27) is suggesting. Many facts point in this direction. Instead, we need to andshould activate now the Healthy Lifestyle Act just passed by both sides of...

  • Work therapy: M’s story

    Work therapy: M’s story

    Some months ago in an interview with a local newspaperI was quoted as saying that “Work does not pay”. Aswas expected, such a statement raised a lot of eyebrows, especially in the corridors of power. With “work” being one of the current mantras,...

  • ‘Harmony’ is the word

    TimesTalk of January 19 discussed the controversy concerning a group of Muslims who decided to assemble and pray in a public space in Msida. Now that things have calmed down and the issue started being resolved, it is important to reflect on what...

  • Why change is essential

    Last week, as discussions ensued within the Labour Party to enact changes to renew the party structures, I couldn’t help but recall the long, exciting and sometimes painful road we have walked together during the last eight years. Faced with...

  • Sustainable policymaking

    The bureaucratic and rigid nature of State structuresat times serves as animpediment for changes required for more sustainable policymaking. This may range from work practices that are not in synch with today’s needs to the lack of...

  • When reason is lost

    Recently we commemorated the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. My Facebook newsfeed was peppered with photos and statues that all carried the same theme: Lest We Forget. I sat backand thought for a moment: since the end of World War...

  • A future of natural awareness

    The convention Idea Ambjent was a Nationalist Party initiative intended to listen to the public, and various NGOs, on issues having to do with our country’s environment. The initiative was about what is needed for us to tackle one of our...

  • Why Kristina Chetcuti is freaked out

    Why Kristina Chetcuti is freaked out

    What do Donald Trump, Elmo the Muppet, and Gollum in Lord of the Rings have in common? Hmm. You might say, the wagging hair, maybe? Well, yes, but no. Let’s try again. What do Donald Trump, Elmo the Muppet and Gollum have in common with Pele the...

  • Writing in defence of concrete

    The death of Roger de Giorgio a few days ago has been described as a “sad day for Maltese modernist architecture”. That’s because he was for some time part of Mortimer & de Giorgio, a partnership that gave us the church of Our Lady of Fatima in...

  • Children of the Maltese diaspora

    Ask anyone you meet and chances are they will confirm they have relatives overseas, and, increasingly, more and more grandchildren. It is a fact, however, that we know very little about these grandchildren, except that they are cute and...

  • Resignations or celebrations?

    Mark Antony begins his great speech in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar with the words: “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears”. In his famous lines, he uses ‘reverse psychology’ to expose the shallowness of Brutus’ arguments. Brutus is an...

  • Dying in prison – a sentence too far

    I’ll start with the case of the 45-year-old Briton Richard Paxton, who committed suicide in custody earlier this year. I’ve not been privy to the inquiry, but I do have my own theories as to why his and other suicides – all drug-charge related –...

  • Profit versus people

    So the Palumbo shipyard em­ployees have marched upon Castille seeking the protection of the Prime Minister. Their job is endangered they said. They want protection. They want the highest authorities in the land to intervene and ward off the forces...

  • The age of the court jester revisited

    Dr Emy Bezzina must be ecstatic at the public limelight he is being bathed in. Probably he thinks himself as being the darling of myriad television and radio producers who fall over their feet rushing to invite him to their programmes. Is he...

  • A Labour of love…Blogpost 35…

    Gracious me! Can it really be three years since Jo-zeff swept the board (and the floor with the nasty Nats) and became Supreme Leader of Malta. Well, lucky old us, here we are reaping the multifarious benefits of his benign dictatorship… I mean,...

  • Towards more safety on roads

    The portable breathalyser kits donated by the Malta Insurance Association to the police a few days before Christmas got more media exposure than anticipated but probably not the kind that was expected. The donation of the 15 kits was the...

  • Caligula’s last stand

    Caligula’s last stand

    I am handicapped, a touch, by the fact that I consider Toni Abela, soon to be grilled by whoever it is who does these things, to see whether he is fit and proper to be a member of the European Union’s Court of Auditors, as a friend. We don’t see...

  • A credible authority

    A credible authority

    It was more than just a happy coincidence that the same person that I have just appointed to chair the Environment and Resources Authority had, many years ago, commented that within Mepa as we have come to know it over the years the only occasion...

  • Appointments at the bar

    The government has announced its decision to appoint two advocates as magistrates. Yet, a controversy erupted as to the requisite qualifications for appointment. One advocate is the chair of the Employment Commission and the other may not satisfy...

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