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Opinion

  • Helena’s pride is misplaced

    In her article entitled ‘Proudest pride week’ (July 18), Helena Dalli, the Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, gushes with pride as she praises the great advances achieved by her government in promoting ‘gay...

  • Representative democracy

    Representative democracy

    In a strong speech in Parliament recently, the leader of the Opposition rightly deplored any attempt to tamper with Malta’s democratic institutions. It was a wide-ranging speech touching on a number of important governance issues: the inept and...

  • Charity begins on TV

    Over these past days and weeks I heard countless people saying over and over again that TV stations have been turned into ‘tear funds’. This is, in the main, true. We must have accumulated a dozen TV shows collecting money for those ‘in need’...

  • Innocent face of crime

    Innocent face of crime

    The history of crime in Malta may have been rewritten last week after the Magistrates’ Court ordered the police to investigate six conservationists for posing in a photo showing protected birds shot down by our army of hunters. The argument put...

  • Bretton Woods: 70 years on

    Bretton Woods: 70 years on

    Barely was WWII over that the US sought to underwrite its new-found political might through a changed world economic system. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Bretton Woods Conference, a milestone in modern economic history. The US was...

  • Gendered mobility: what future?

    We would like to share some insights of a paper that we recently presented at an international conference held in Paris entitled ‘Women’s Issues in Transportation’. Many assumptions are made in transport planning with regard to travel patterns,...

  • Snapshot of the airwaves

    Since its heydays under the Rediffusion company, broadcasting in Malta has always been marred with political and legal controversies, the intensity and the gravity of which varied through different eras. In the early 1990s, the Nationalist...

  • Earning the right to mourn

    Tuesday morning found me at the ARMS (Not-So-Automated Revenue Management Services) waiting room in Blata l-Bajda, clutching my latest bill and rehearsing how best to break it to the person at the counter that it had all been a big mistake on...

  • Needed: A deeper reform of the PN

    I should clarify from the outset that I am a great admirer of Simon Busuttil, and as a Nationalist Party member I want the party to win in 2018. To do that, however, the party needs a deeper kind of reform – or give up its electoral hopes altogether.

  • Newspaper world changes

    Malta has always had a liking for print. The tradition dates back a long time, at least from the arrival in Malta of Italian exiles during the Garibaldi era, to virulent sheets published at the peak of the clash between Strickland and the...

  • Kicking up a judicial storm

    Oh that a few judges (I use the term here to include magistrates) had tried to kick me before being appointed to the bench. That would have made life so much easier. For those of us who didn’t get our kicks outside the courtroom, we’ll just have...

  • The elephant and enforcement

    Sometimes I like to imagine how electoral manifestos get drafted. I have no illusions about there being many points of principle or great ideological battles involved. I would think it goes something like this: the five or six members of the...

  • Maringa comes to Malta’s rescue

    “Anton had im­pressed one and all with his dedicated life here in our midst for he was a real missionary, exhorting the laity to participate actively in the community.” This is Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns’s comment on Fr Anton Sammut, who was run...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    I have a straight-up confession to make. When it comes to stand-up comedy, I’m usually the last one to get the joke ... if I get it at all. It’s not that I don’t have a sense of humour. I do, Brownie’s honour. It’s just that most of the jokes of...

  • Stress, Kate and Fruit Pastilles

    A friend of mine recently spent some €500 on medicine caused by a stress-induced illness. Of course, it took a long line of doctors and multiple visits to clinics for the cause to be determined: he went through a colourful array of diagnoses and...

  • The other sort of garage music...

    “Oh hullo, is that 2133 7799?” “Yes, how can I help you?” “You placed an advert in today’s Times.” “That’s right, yes.” “A garage to let... in Msida.” “Correct, just off the Msida roundabout.” “A large garage?” “Well... you’d be struggling if you...

  • Much in common with

    Much in common with

    Our jet-setting Prime Minister (if it’s Monday, it must be Beijing) was in London to talk about the Commonwealth. Just for the education of the more youthful among my readership, the Commonwealth is a remnant of the British Empire, a...

  • Ending human trafficking

    In the words of American Secretary of State John F. Kerry, “we find perhaps no greater threat to human dignity, no greater assault on basic freedom, than the evil of human trafficking.” With more than 20 million people estimated to be victimised...

  • Not just local elections

    Not just local elections

    The government’s proposal to postpone the next two rounds of local elections, due in 2015 and 2016, to 2019 is based on two arguments: the expense of holding such elections and electoral fatigue. While I do not agree with the proposal as...

  • Police force for our times

    Police force for our times

    This year, we are celebrating our police corps’ 200th anniversary. Sixteen months ago, we found a force that had suffered neglect and was demotivated and demoralised because of lack of decisions by the previous government. We immediately put into...

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