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Opinion

  • Given the power to say No

    Despite our size we have never been a land of sheep, or to dance to someone else’s tune. When we were a fiefdom under the Spanish Empire we approached Emperor Charles V and bought back our freedom. When the Turks laid siege to our shores we said...

  • Might and turbulence

    The latest book by best-selling sociologist Anthony Giddens, former director of the London School of Economics, known for his respective sociological and political theories such as structuration and the third way, is titled Turbulent and mighty...

  • Another side of Maurice

    Another side of Maurice

    Friday the 13th – certainly not a pleasant date to remember. We gathered at the Jesuits church, in Valletta to pay tribute and bid farewell to Maurice Caruana Curran who will remain known for his integrity, his fortitude, his love for the country,...

  • Mass murder in the Alps

    Mass murder in the Alps

    The story which without doubt dominated the international news last week was the tragic crash on Tuesday of a Germanwings plane in the French Alps which killed 150 people of various nationalities, including 72 Germans and 50 Spaniards. The plane...

  • So far and yet so close

    Predictable is not necessarily charmless. There was something Archbishop Charles Scicluna said the other day which I could have sworn he would say. And yet when he did, I was entertained enough to resolve to write about it. He told us that he...

  • The referendum’s final score

    The two sides in the spring hunting debate have now put forward their various viewpoints. Around the core arguments there has been much scaremongering about threats to ‘minorities’ matched by protests against exclusion from the spring countryside.

  • Avoid blisters, please

    In one of his famous political jibes, Winston Churchill said: “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” Yet Churchill also quipped that democracy is the worst form of government “except for all...

  • From persecution to Holy Year

    At one stage during the Sunday Angelus two weeks ago, Pope Francis put aside his text and with commotion said: “With sad news, with much sadness, I learned of the terrorist attacks today against two churches in Lahore, provoking numerous deaths...

  • Keep calm and vote ‘No’

    During the last couple of weeks of any electoral campaign, the intensity always ratchets up several notches. You know how it is: letterboxes stuffed full of campaign literature, increasingly wild claims and – perhaps in a uniquely Maltese trait –...

  • Je suis Dolce & Gabbana

    Up till a few weeks ago we were all ‘Charlie’. Every day, on my way to and back home from University, I pass near a large slogan nicely painted on a concrete wall: #jiena Charlie. The outpouring of solidarity was a spontaneous reaction against the...

  • Why are all appliances going extinct but not the clothes iron?

    Why are all appliances going extinct but not the clothes iron?

    When is the last time that your phone at home rang? I don’t mean your mobile phone – but your landline, the bulky square box with real, 3-D, non-touch buttons and with a number which starts with 21. At home, it just rang a couple of minutes ago,...

  • Fly me... you must... it’s patriotic...

    Just lately both the letters pages and sundry features in Times of Malta have spewed out gallons of printers’ ink on the subject of a certain national airline. And more specifically, that airline’s recent efforts to make itself more profitable...

  • Future of the health sector

    The public has been inundated with news about the health sector in recent weeks.It started with the grant of a permit to build a new private hospital in Bulebel and this was soon followed by an announcement that the owner will be selling St James...

  • One has to wonder

    One has to wonder

    As a flyer of the flag of liberalism and tolerance, I can’t but open with a few words to mark the sense of loss and deprivation that engulfs all of the unrepentant following the news that the BBC have succumbed to the screeches of the harridans of...

  • No talks with terrorists

    Winston Churchill famously said: “Give us the tools and we’ll finish the job,” and, last week, Libya’s army commander, Khalifa Hiftar, made the same call to the West, promising to crush Isis if the world would just let him buy the weapons he...

  • A special fund for the locality

    St Julian’s has evolved over the past 50 years. From a small fishing village, it is now Malta’s truly main cosmopolitan centre. St Julian’s is made up of various areas and all have their own particularities and needs. Our community has reached way...

  • New vision for the South

    New vision for the South

    The Privatisation Unit’s proposal to build three hotels on virgin land stretching from Smart City to Onfroi Point presented to the Consultative Council for the South last November took many by surprise. Over the past 50 years, the leisure industry...

  • It is no charitable act

    It is no charitable act

    Inclusive education in Malta is restricted to being a philanthropic gesture. This is the verdict expressed in a recent audit prepared for the Ministry for Education and Employment by the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive...

  • One sided militancy?

    As part of my job, I ask students why they and their organisations never discuss topics which, to my mind, should interest and bother them. Such issues include the price of property, the cost of living, inadequate wages for people in the lowest...

  • The ideal representative

    When I started visiting households in my locality soon after I was approved as a Nationalist Party candidate, it became evident that I had to reach out to the constituents in various ways. Although home visiting is still a very popular and...

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