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Opinion

  • It was too good to be true

    Honesty is a virtue that politicians should uphold, wherever they are sitting in the House. When politicians fall short of their electoral pledges, trust in institutions falters. So leaders ought to lead by example. However, some politicians have...

  • Mallia’s responsibility

    Mallia’s responsibility

    Manuel Mallia’s personal 2013 election slogan was: ‘In your name with assiduousness, competence and professionalism’ (F’ismek b’serjetá, ħila u professjonalitá). A week after the notorious shooting scandal that began in Gżira, and which has...

  • Shoot first, hide later

    Politics can be a nasty affair. Cross-party accusations can get hot, close and personal. In Malta, this can get compounded by the fact that we are a small population. We are often bound to know the persons who are the subject of criticism, in...

  • Political tectonic shifts

    Political tectonic shifts

    Political upheavals are often compared to the movement in the tectonic plates of society. A shift of that kind occurred in Maltese politics in March 2013. Measured on the Richter Scale, it was probably a 6 or 7 – “specially designed structures...

  • Wanted: Prime Minister

    Wanted: Prime Minister

    This country is going ballistic, literally and metaphorically. The government should pull down those ridiculous billboards on the Budget and stop funding those useless public meetings because propaganda does not work anymore. It’s game over in...

  • An unfair tax on property

    I was amazed, to say the least, to see the new conditions pertaining to the Final Withholding Tax on property, announced in the Budget last week. I do not know who in the real estate business was consulted on these new measures, but I certainly...

  • A nannu first and foremost

    To many he was is-Sur-Lin, but to seven of us in this world he was nannu. For those of you who don’t know us personally, we’re an eccentric lot, with incredibly different personalities, but we are lucky enough to have one thing in common; we had...

  • 25 years after the fall of the Wall

    25 years after the fall of the Wall

    The world recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall which not only led to the reunification of Germany, the end of communism in Eastern Europe and the collapse of the Soviet Union, but also to a profound change in...

  • Restoration and recognition

    Last Friday the University awarded well-merited honoris causa doctorates to William Bannister and Jeremy Boissevain. I’m told by my colleagues at medicine that Bannister’s work in physiology was top-notch and a real contribution to their...

  • Our strong and fair economy

    Twenty months ago, Labour got to work on its plan to achieve economic growth, putting more people to work, creating more wealth and reducing the deficit. Back then we were accused of promising pie in the sky and pursuing a course that could even...

  • Convention held hostage

    Prior to the 2013 national elections, there was much talk by Joseph Muscat of the need to set up the second republic of Malta and, in the process leading up to it, reforming and updating the outdated articles of our constitution. He promised...

  • Giving left-wingers the jitters

    Last Monday’s Budget has confirmed Joseph Muscat’s persistence in keeping aloof from ideologically-inspired left-wing policies in order to attain economic success and remain popular among the swathe of voters who deserted the Nationalist Party in...

  • The real Motorway

    I realise that things are getting pretty bad when reading The Motorway last week brought a huge, big lump to my throat. That’s because The Motorway is not one of those deep, angsty, existential books with multiple levels of meaning which go on to...

  • So that was the week that was

    Usually, the week before and after the Budget speech are dream weeks for government communication strategists. The first one is ideal for spinning galore and for curtain raising. Journalists flock to government spokespersons to get titbits or...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    Those of you who know me know that I have a ‘minor’ (cough) addiction for British game shows, which I regularly devour on YouTube. My latest thing is Only Connect, which is presented by David Mitchell’s wife Victoria Coren Mitchell. Ordinarily, I...

  • The longest speech

    The longest speech

    As I watched the Finance Minister give an almost four-hour-long Budget speech on Monday, sympathy spittle started forming at the corners of my mouth. I got parched in his stead, and started downing one glass of water after the next, while watching...

  • Sylvanus slums it: Malta’s best (cheapest) watering holes

    I follow with interest the weekly comestible perambulations of ‘Ed’ in The Sunday Times of Malta as he surveys some of our many – and varied – restaurants and cafes. And I have, on occasion, taken his advice and eaten in a few of his/her...

  • More foresight for foreshore

    The foreshore is a unique ecological resource which supports various activities that are intensely related to the well-being of a community. Unfortunately, the Maltese islands do not have large coastal areas which are easily accessible to the public.

  • All his ‘Tory’ sleaze

    All his ‘Tory’ sleaze

    I was wondering whether to add to the general sum of human knowledge by chucking in my two-cents’ worth to the analysis of Prof. The Honourable Edward “Peanuts” Scicluna’s Baroque Budget for 2015 but then I thought, nah, skip it, who cares? You...

  • Those were the days

    Those were the days

    November is the last full month of autumn, a precursor of cold winter months and the Christmas festivities. Somehow, this month it brings with it some very lucid recollections of childhood experiences, many of which, I am sure, those of my age...

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