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Opinion

  • Educating before enforcing

    The introduction of a warning ticket for minor offences by motorists this month was a source of discussion for many. I have followed media reports, articles and comments from different individuals representing their views or the views of the...

  • Trump’s character

    Trump’s character

    It is axiomatic that good results will not be achieved by leaders unless they are men or women who are respected, whose personal judgment is trusted and who can inspire and warm the hearts of those they lead – gaining their trust and confidence.

  • Other nationals among us

    Other nationals among us

    Maltese people always had to migrate to foreign lands to make a living as work opportunities in our islands were until recently extremely limited. We had beggars all over the islands and people knocking on doors asking for bread. Poverty was...

  • Brexit impact on our economy

    Malta and the UK have strong historic ties, which since 2004 have included membership of the EU. Thus the UK’s decision to exit the Union has macroeconomic implications for Malta. The Central Bank of Malta, in this light, has just published a...

  • Constitutional bodies

    Constitutional bodies

    The issue of autonomy of constitutional authorities such as the Broadcasting Authority or the Electoral Commission has recently cropped up. To what extent are these institutions really independent? Both of them are entrusted with important...

  • A badly cluttered island

    Our islands have one obvious national problem: clutter. When the Knights of St John took over Malta in 1530, our combined islands’ population did not exceed 24,000 people. Maybe far less, a figure approaching 12,000 souls. Our strategic islands...

  • Between social sciences and law

    The decision by the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta to embark “upon a process to assist our students in the Master of Advocacy degree course to acquire hands-on basic skills” is as commendable as it is important. The reasons for this...

  • Evolving Gozo’s governance

    We Gozitans consider ourselves as Maltese who happen to be born and live on the island of Gozo, a small island on the periphery that, along the years, has always been resilient and strived for its survival. We Gozitans are also convinced that Gozo...

  • Islam taught in schools

    Should Islam be taught in schools in Malta? This question has recently featured quite prominently in the public sphere. The issue peaked some days ago on Xarabank, the programme which everybody loves to criticise but everybody loves to watch. I...

  • Deviant behaviour at school

    The film Backboard Jungle, released in 1955, is about a group of students led by a youth rebel who engages in anti-social behaviour at school with the expressed aim of frustrating and unsettling teachers. Although now the blackboard has been...

  • Economy needs long-term vision

    Live like there is no tomorrow goes one song.  This is anotion which be-comes problematic if it had to be associated with a government and its (lack of) long-term vision.  I am afraid that we are practically inebriated with all the talk of...

  • The perfect family does not exist...

    The perfect family does not exist...

    A pontifical Mass lasts, more or less, three hours. They are not exactly the most exciting events on earth, but there is one thing that most certainly fascinates me about these official Masses on feast days; and that is the sermon from the pulpit.

  • Securing the future of Europe

    The biggest political family in the European Union, the European People’s Party, gathers in Malta in the next few days to decide the way forward in ‘Securing Europe’s Future’. The Nationalist Party, a member of the centre-right family, is proud to...

  • Calling friends of Manoel Island

    One bright September morning last year, environmental activists cut through a wire fence and walked into the green wilderness that is Manoel Island. They swam in the sea at the foot of the stone hewn steps in front of the fort. There were no...

  • Corruption concern: from 3 to 35%

    The front page of last Sunday’s Malta Today presented a damning collage, albeit unintentionally. A three-column photo at the top of the page showed an upbeat Prime Minister waving to party supporters. The heading informed us that the PM had fired...

  • Notes from a Greek island

    Notes from a Greek island

    It was clear there was no room for my luggage in the small and cluttered boot. Giannis, the taxi driver, said it wouldn’t be a problem. He bundled in the suitcase and tied the boot open with a piece of string that had turned up at just the right...

  • There’s still no end in sight

    This government has pledged to introduce a fast-ferry service to Gozo. It will leave from various stops in Malta such as St Paul’s Bay, Valletta and somewhere further south. This cannot be implemented soon enough. The more ways to cut down on road...

  • Two ways to stretch our schools

    Two interesting educational issues are currently making waves in the social media. One wants to stretch schooling beyond its traditional confines; the other wants to replace it. The first is asking whether Islam should be taught in Maltese schools.

  • Happy birthday to the EU

    Happy birthday to the EU

    Yesterday we celebrated 60 years of the Treaty of Rome – the signature where a grouping of nation states previously at war started on a path to become a borderless space of freedom, prosperity and, above all, peace. And yet, notwithstanding...

  • St Patrick’s Day debacle

    Last week was a very challenging one for many residents in St Julian’s. The celebration of St Patrick’s Day was once more a nightmare. Throughout the year, residents have to endure not only the irresponsible behaviour of those who daily throng our...

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