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Opinion

  • Of turkeys and Christmas

    The recent 13-hour marathon debate in Parliament had its high and low moments. Personally speaking, the best line was uttered by Simon Busuttil when he said that turkeys do not vote for Christmas. This phrase very much encapsulated the spirit of...

  • Should the Church shut up?

    Should Malta’s Catholic Church shut up on social issues? My answer is no. Before substantiating my opinion, I need to position myself on this matter. I am speaking as a sociologist, and there is no such thing as a sociologist without a standpoint.

  • Changes in justice system

    Changes in justice system

    In April of every year, the European Commission publishes its EU Justice Scoreboard evaluations. This is an important comparative tool undertaken by the Commission’s officials, which measures and calculates the progress of national justice systems...

  • He is a cat. She is a dog

    He is a cat. She is a dog

    Let’s talk about the Cabinet. To be precise, let’s talk about an im­portant figure in the Cabinet who, however, has no portfolio. No, I’m not referring to the Maltese Cabinet, but the one in Downing Street. Yes, since the 15th century, every...

  • A master with a remarkable portfolio

    Those looking for an antidote to the Brownian excitement and flux and dynamism of the Cabinet reshuffle might wish to head down to Valletta, where an exhibition of still life paintings by Francesco Noletti is being held. It all started with a...

  • Bizarre moment in Parliament

    Last Wednesday evening, timesofmalta.com ran the headline: ‘Minister’s declarations of assets tabled in Parliament; Mizzi declares Panama company and NZ trust’. It would have been funny if it hadn’t been so painfully true. But unfortunately this...

  • Here’s to being Julia and Obi 

    The dawning realisation that you’ve left something at home, when you’re in your car and already five minutes into the daily traffic jam, is nothing short of terrifying. Even more terrifying is the certain knowledge that you will be equally stuck...

  • Outspoken hags or sluts

    Mary Beard, professor of classics at the University of Cambridge, has a popular blog in the UK Times Literary Supplement called ‘A Don’s Life’. She writes about ancient Romans and draws comparisons to our contemporary world. She has published...

  • Pimping public spaces

    The nameless drone at Transport Malta who came up with the vile idea of hav­ing floating billboards may not have been expecting the tsunami of public revulsion for the proposal, otherwise it wouldn’t ever have been floated. When people heard about...

  • Is the Pope a Catholic?

    This question may confuse some readers and seem spurious to others. But those who follow ultra-conservative blogs know that anathemas are being hurled against Pope Francis with greater ferocity than lightning zig-zagging the skies during a...

  • The ‘Brexit’ effect on Malta

    When the Maltese finally waved the British armed forces goodbye in 1979, it never felt like they were getting rid of an alien oppressor. They continued to respect the English and have remained close ever since. The Maltese like the British and...

  • A Labour of love… Blogpost 38…

    Crisis? What crisis? Life goes on… we still have a walloping great majority in Parliament; God’s in His heaven, Jo-zeff rules benignly, and all’s right with the world… whatever the other lot and that Bidnija witch says. And what a farce that vote...

  • Workers’ rights and obligations

    Today’s launch of the charter ‘Your employment rights’ is a guide to all workers on their rights and obligations at the workplace. Although many employees earn good salaries and have working conditions that go beyond what is requested by law,...

  • Question time: Constitutional supremacy

    Ray Mangion If the “Second Republic” means that the Constitution of our motherland is to be reformed, whatever the magnitude of the changes, amendments and additions, I am honestly for it. I am more than convinced that the present charter that...

  • Funds for political parties

    The editorial of this newspaper last Tuesday discussed objectively Skema Ċedoli 2016 and weighed the arguments put forward by the Nationalist Party in support of the scheme against the negativity spewing out of Labour. This is a scheme which is...

  • Management by crisis?

    Management by crisis?

    On Sunday we mark the 12th anniversary of Malta’s accession to the European Union. Thankfully, we are no longer divided on this issue as we were before we joined in 2004. This does not mean that all among us are comfortable with being part of the...

  • Attracting global citizens

    Attracting global citizens

    A new class of global citizens has emerged. They have several homes, do business and invest internationally, and for them multiple citizenship is the norm. Countries all over the world now compete for these global citizens. Meanwhile the political...

  • Same segregated schooling

    Last week’s TimesTalk programme was about the effectiveness of our educational system. The discussion questioned whether we should have a one-size-fits-all approach. The official representing the Ministry of Education kept using the metaphor of...

  • Electoral Panamascape

    Electoral Panamascape

    The recent survey that showed Labour winning a general election by 10,000 votes – if Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri resigned or were fired – has generally been interpreted as good news for Labour. It certainly is good news if you’re Joseph...

  • Priests’ salaries, pensions

    Since the early 1970s, the Archdiocese of Malta has had a decent salaries and pension scheme for its priests. It was in the time of Archbishop Michael Gonzi when Mgr Guido Calleja, former parish priest of St Julian’s, was appointed as...

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