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  • Hurrah for the cleaner

    Hurrah for the cleaner

    It appears that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s magic hat is truly bottomless. Nearly every week now he pulls out a white rabbit or two to keep us entertained and panting for more – or so he thinks. The prospect of yet another mega project...

  • Fighting air pollution

    No action plan to combat air pollution can succeed unless it is holistic, integrated and actively monitored in its implementation. While I am committed to ensure that the new Environment and Resources Authority will give air quality issues the top...

  • Hunting post-referendum

    Malta was accepted to join the European Union after the electorate participated in a referendum held to establish whether the island should become a member state. This was done after long negotiations on different chapters, one of which was on the...

  • No peace within range

    Recent plans to build a large shooting range right next door to Mount St Joseph Retreat House at Mosta have shocked me. I have been to Mt St Joseph a number of times, both for retreats and non-religious educational events. Its gardens are a place...

  • The beautiful parliament

    The opening of Malta’s new parliament represents a historic milestone which should make us proud. This is because Malta’s capital city finally has an entrance which befits its history and status, and also because the project itself can be seen as...

  • The cost of drinking

    It has been established that 200,000 EU citizens die from alcohol-related causes each year. This makes alcohol abuse the third highest cause of death, immediately after high blood pressure and tobacco, among EU member states. It has long been...

  • Sporting bid for tourism

    Sporting bid for tourism

    There is no doubt that tourism has been going through a very positive phase lately and may this trend continue for many years to come. I would be among the first to acknowledge the efforts and good work done by Minister of Truism and his team over...

  • The choice before Britain’s voters

    The choice before Britain’s voters

    Britain votes on Thursday in one of the most exciting elections ever, with no party likely to win an overall parliamentary majority and with non-mainstream parties likely to take a large slice of the popular vote. This election is a crucial one...

  • Preying on birds of prey

    Last week’s shooting of a protected bird and the events that followed were highly unfunny, on at least three counts. First, because a kestrel ended up severely injured, and suffering. Even if our eating and other habits cause untold suffering to...

  • We are thinking about your future

    Simon Busuttil is on record stating that he wants the Nationalist Party to be much more than a formidable Opposition. He is striving for the party to earn the people’s trust as a credible alternative government to the present one. With feet firmly...

  • With a tweet from Baku

    The stark contrast between the power assumed by the Prime Minister and that of the entire electorate was highlighted last Monday. An issue fought out in a full-blown referendum was then decided by a short tweet sent by the Prime Minister from...

  • The many faces of abuse

    The Prime Minister’s decision to close the hunting season three days early was always going to be met with negative responses, ranging from jaded disdain to uproar and even open revolt. It was inevitable that many would bleat that 9,994 ‘righteous...

  • Parliamentary perks

    Tomorrow will see the official inauguration of the new Parliament designed by Renzo Piano. Apparently our MPs have been given the familiarisation tour. There are the obligatory Facebook snaps as evidence. The eye-watering day-glo green chairs have...

  • The lies before your eyes

    It is not at all rare for the pot to call the kettle black. Take Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda supremo, as an example. He had written that the essential English leadership secret does not depend on particular intelligence but on a...

  • SoK: the exam with a soul

    SoK: the exam with a soul

    This time of the year 20 years ago, or thereabouts, I was doing my A levels. I do not recall much, except for flashbacks of piles and piles of books and handwritten notes. This was the pre-internet and pre-computer age. I sat for French, English...

  • A Labour of love... Blogpost 27

    Is there no end to Jo-zeff’s greatness? OK I know that’s a rhetorical question, to which the answer is obviously: No, his triumphs continue and will carry on doing so as long as he remains firmly in charge of the country... and beyond. Following...

  • Sharing some palatial thoughts

    History was so kind to us but we are not reciprocating that kindness and rather than protecting and preserving what was bequeathed to us, we are letting it lie in ruins, destroying its long-term potential for some short-term gain. Is this...

  • Not impressed, at all

    Not impressed, at all

    I ,for one, am not impressed by Premier Joseph Muscat’s little tweet. I’m not talking about the one where he made it known to all of his puny subjects that Europe, nay the world, is impressed with Malta and its stance on the tragedy unfolding in...

  • Cooing, wooing, cackling

    Cooing, wooing, cackling

    The spring hunting referendum has come and gone. Not so for the migrating turtle doves and quails on their way to their breeding grounds to ensure the survival of the species. No cooing, no going for them. During the first three days of the spring...

  • Crossing of many colours

    In his Talking Point (April 24), Fr Richard-Nazzareno Farrugia expressed his distaste at the inaugural event of the rainbow crossing in Victoria that marked the first anniversary since the enactment of the Civil Unions Act, which crossing was...

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