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Opinion

  • Early warning signals

    October is the rain season in Malta which brings with it the odd huge storm causing havoc and floods in areas like Birkirkara valley, Qormi and Marsa. A smart way to alert the inhabitants of the areas was the introduction of an early warning...

  • Taken by the bus, Joe?

    Taken by the bus, Joe?

    I recall a snippet from my childhood when, driving past a sweaty squaddie running up the hill from Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, back in the days before Dom Mintoff’s intrepid battle to rid us of the colonisers, my old man jibed: “take a bus, Joe”, fondly, let...

  • Malta a maritime centre

    Malta a maritime centre

    On October 10, I attended the first TransLog Awards and was indeed impressed by the organisation of the event. The event was very well attended by representatives of both the transport and the logistics industries. I congratulate the organisers –...

  • Archaic rule for bishopric

    In granting Malta and Gozo to the Order of St John, Emperor Charles V of Spain established that whenever the islands’ bishopric became vacant, the Grand Master would nominate three ecclesiastics so that the sovereign would select one for...

  • The truth, the whole truth…

    The government lost a golden opportunity on Monday to bring this nation up to speed on what is happening with the new power station project. Valid questions raised by the Opposition, independent media and even some Labour backbenchers were left...

  • A touch of Pope Francis

    A touch of Pope Francis

    Another bishop, another search for a superhero. Nearly eight years after Mgr Paul Cremona was declared the successor of Mgr Joseph Mercieca, I am braced for another round of prescriptions from very serious people, both in and outside the Church,...

  • Our unworldly pastor

    The Constitution gives us ample reason to see the transition period within Malta’s Catholic Church as something that is wider in importance than an issue for our Catholic community only. This would be especially so in a Malta, which has embraced...

  • Rebalancing of power

    Rebalancing of power

    Just after Malta’s Independence Day 50th anniversary celebrations, I wrote an article (‘Singapore and Malta’) in which I compared the way the two states had developed over the same period. Quite rightly, a number of people took me to task for my...

  • Minister Joey-come-lately

    Minister Joey-come-lately

    To be stuck in a traffic jam each morning to go to work is infuriating. The terrible driving manners, the absolute total selfishness, the sneaky use of service roads to circumvent a few metres of cars, only increases bottlenecks. Then anger turns...

  • One powerful fiasco

    In April 2004, Konrad Mizzi, chief information officer at Enemalta Corporation, presented to the board of directors of the same corporation a report themed ‘Information systems planning assessment stage’. From chief information officer at Enemalta...

  • There is no end of history

    History continues. Francis Fuku­yama may have achieved cele­brity status when, in 1992, he published The End of History and the Last Man but his thesis is proving to be incorrect. Fukuyama, known as ‘the court philosopher of global capitalism’,...

  • Precarious police protection

    Last Tuesday, I was invited to participate in Times Talk to discuss the topic of child abuse, with a particular focus on the recently reported ‘false’ reports filed with the police in this respect. While it is fair to acknowledge that, indeed,...

  • Is energy plan on track?

    It will be an interesting debate today when the government addresses questions about Malta’s energy road map. Both the Prime Minister and the Energy Minister have a lot to answer for. It was a good move by the Opposition to formally request a...

  • Spain is better together

    Spain is better together

    Catalonia seems determined to organise an independence vote despite Spain’s constitutional court ruling that there is no legal basis for such a referendum to take place. Spain’s Constitution explicitly prohibits the holding of any vote on...

  • Religion and useless parables

    For as long as I can remember, teachers have complained about is-sillabu (the syllabus). This perennial bugbear seems to double as a straitjacket on the one hand and a set of impossible demands on the other. I suppose most teachers eventually...

  • ‘Shame on who’ exactly?

    Energy and Health Minister Konrad Mizzi need not worry too much about delays in the power station project. BWSC, operated with heavy fuel oil (HFO), is not the ‘cancer factory’ Labour wants us to believe it is. Much to the contrary, and as...

  • Traffic is no perception

    That our roads are congested is no perception but an uncomfortable reality we are living. Traffic congestion in Malta is the result of a mix of variables moulded over the years. We are densely populated like no other place in Europe with extremely...

  • How about a brand new Malta?

    I don’t remember the Acropolis, or very much else about my trip to Athens in 1997, apart from stifling heat and generally abrasive people, particularly the taxi drivers. I’d probably go as far as to say they were downright rude, were it not for...

  • Back to business basics

    The papers are all agog with reports about Ryan Schembri’s disappearance after his ratcheting up debts to the tune of €40 million. Every day we are presented with another instalment of the ‘Meat Mogul’s Downfall’ saga. There are interviews with...

  • Goodbye is the hardest word

    The story on the front page of Times of Malta last Friday about the resignation of Archbishop Paul Cremona took most people by total surprise for a number of reasons. For starters it is not common for bishops to resign before the age of 75. But...

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