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Opinion

  • Towards a more social Europe

    The contribution of the Church in Malta through the position paper on Malta’s presidency of the Council of the European Union is a timely invitation to European countries to revisit their pristine Christian roots, which have historically shaped...

  • Public Service Commission

    Public Service Commission

    The Public Service Com­mission (PSC) is a remnant of British colonial rule. Established in 1939 in line with similar commissions set up in other crown colonies, it was trusted with the duty of advising the governor of Malta on issues relating to...

  • The rise of fake news

    The rise of fake news

    As we approached the tail end of the leap year a new buzz phrase suddenly hit the pop charts. Like that dreaded virus, be it of the biological or computer variety, it spread across the globe like wildfire. I was somewhat bemused! So what exactly...

  • New arrangement with Europe

    New arrangement with Europe

    When the people of the UK voted to leave the European Union on June 23 last year it was a pivotal moment that set our country on course for an exciting new chapter in its long history. It has presented us with an opportunity to forge a new,...

  • Salvu and the small parties

    Salvu Mallia’s entry in the political scene has grabbed the headlines for the wrong reasons, which were often based on lazy sensationalism. I am not very much inclined towards Mallia’s communicative style, but what interests me more is the...

  • A tale of two entities

    A tale of two entities

    Lately we had the Malta International Airport and Air Malta making headlines; one, the MIA, for yet another very successful year, and Air Malta for failing to reach agreement with Alitalia for the part-privatisation. It is obvious that these...

  • Will it be a good day or a bad day?

    Will it be a good   day or a bad day?

    Timing is crucial. 8.12am, we are told, is the time we know whether we are going to have a good day or a bad day. At precisely 8.12am the other day, I was at the petrol station packing the car with gas cylinders to warm up the house. Was I going...

  • Finding Europe’s missing children

    Missing Children Europe, in collaboration with the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of So­ciety and other stakeholders, have united their efforts to organise a conference focusing on children lost in migration. Held during the term of our...

  • All about catching eyeballs

    As pop artist Andy Warhol once said, “In the future everybody will be famous for 15 minutes.” It turned out that wasn’t enough for some people who have had to resort to other measures to get their time in the limelight. Some people are forever...

  • Episcopal disaster or pastoral solicitude?

    Last Sunday our bishops published a set of guidelines to help priests apply Chapter 8 of the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation The Joy of Life. This chapter addresses the situation of couples divorced and remarried who want to continue living a...

  • Etienne Grech’s chestnut

    I have never had the pleasure of trying out Etienne Grech’s medical prescriptions. Judging by the number of patients who till his fiefdom, he must be a tremendously capable doctor. The same cannot be said of his work as a politician. In that...

  • Déjà-vu in the party media

    The Nationalist party has reversed its decision to block its electoral candidates from appearing on its television and radio stations. This was inevitable. The Labour Party media uses every media skill it can muster among its ranks, and is at a...

  • Mallia and the PN roadshow

    A few weeks ago social media were awash with You Tube clips of Meryl Streep’s six-minute Golden Globe acceptance speech. The one where she criticises Donald Trump and talks about disrespect inviting disrespect and how acts of humiliation committed...

  • Round and round the roundabout

    Round and round the roundabout

    Red to amber to green, I put the car in gear and drive past the Fossos and the MITP car park. Green, amber, red, I stop the car, barely driving 20 metres… another set of traffic lights placed in front of the Il-Mall. I open the window and tap my...

  • A tale of two cuffs and their fastners…

    I have to confess that when I read the header in The Times recently: “Speaker to spend €10,000 on official cuff-links” I thought April Fool’s Day had arrived three months early. I mean cuff-links? Who do you know who still wears cuff-links? OK my...

  • What to expect from Trump

    Donald Trump is now the President of the United States. Many still can’t get over his shocking victory; Hillary Clinton was Obama’s heir apparent, and the election was meant to confirm it. However, elections are unpredictable events. Regardless of...

  • Conduct unbecoming MPs

    Clifton Grima, Labour Member of Parliament The first thought that comes to my mind when thinking about what the President noted is Pope Francis’s recent words that one gains authority by serving the people, being close to the people and being...

  • Purpose of our lives

    This world and society we live in, is a jewel in the universe.  Yet, with all its beautiful people and marvels of all types we are riddled with cruelty, disaster, terror and anguish.  Could it be that we have misinterpreted or have been blind to...

  • The reform of legal aid

    Reference is made to the article entitled ‘Legal aid system now leaving the most vulnerable with no justice’ (January 16). It is to be noted that the official agency responsible for the provision of legal aid in Malta, Legal Aid Malta, was not...

  • Regulatory bodies efficacy

    I refer to the articles ‘Right to a fair hearing could be diluted – PN’ and ‘Safeguarding consumers’ rights” by Clyde Puli (January 18). The right of the director general to impose administrative sanctions and for the Competition and Consumer...

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