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Opinion

  • A return to the ‘golden years’

    The award of a government contract to the General Workers’ Union, from which it will profit to the detriment of workers, is a stark wake-up call that this country may be reliving the times of Labour’s ‘golden years’ of the 1970s and 1980s. The...

  • Of gods and animals

    Of gods and animals

    Education and Employment Minister Evarist Batolo has become synonymous with an old Roman law that states that there is a law for the gods and another for animals. Before the last election Bartolo seized every occassion that came his way to...

  • Let them eat Panama

    Let them eat Panama

    A few days ago, I watched an interview with Pope Francis on Italian television station TV 2000 and what hit me was the simplicity, yet the sheer significance of what he said in these few phrases: “I ricchi stanno diventando più ricchi; i poveri,...

  • Putting Pinocchio to shame

    The story of Pinocchio is well known. It brings back childhood memories. Pinocchio is best known for his short nose that becomes longer when he lies. Many suffer from Pinocchio’s lying traits. Some go to the extent of becoming compulsive liars. ...

  • Strategy after populism

    Strategy after populism

    This year’s electoral encounters in the US, UK and France have attracted attention from many angles, particularly on domestic and European politics. So far, however, one angle has been under-noticed. The three countries, currently convulsed by...

  • The romanticised dictator

    The romanticised dictator

    Fidel Castro, hailed by many news outlets as a revolutionary thinker, thought to be the singular absolute ruler who would create a functioning communist state, has died aged 90. For a time, it was believed that he would be the man to finally solve...

  • The taxman is a cynic

    Many, many years ago, I remember my late father telling me (then just an adolescent) over the breakfast table that ‘someone’ had come up with a brilliant idea about a new form of taxation, through which income tax would be abolished and replaced...

  • Non-partisan objectivity

    Non-partisan objectivity

    I have been credited by some who are blinded by partisan prejudice with putting the current Labour administration into power. When I write an article which criticises one or other aspect of current governance or maladministration, they whine: “But...

  • Malta’s ‘Establishment’

    The ‘Establishment’ is a word which has become familiar to us due to its use during the United States presidential campaign. It is a word which stands for those dominant social groups and structures which wield power or heavily influence it in a...

  • Open to international business

    Today is the 20th day that I have held office as the 689th Lord of Mayor of the City of London. As ambassador for all the UK’s financial, professional and business services, I have a busy year ahead; travelling around the UK and also across the...

  • Exerting power over others

    I once spent three wonderful months in New York about 10 years ago. The people were really friendly, and the city itself was incredibly exciting. However, there was one moment that was not all too pleasant. I had gone to the local store to buy...

  • Forgive, forget, remember

    Forgive, forget, remember

    John F. Kennedy, the iconic American President once advised his people: “Forgive your enemies but never forget their names.”   I would humbly tweak this quote a little bit by suggesting to forgive the names of our enemies, to forget their names,...

  • A polarising leader

    A polarising leader

    The reactions to the news of the death of Fidel Castro were mixed. In Havana, the Cuban government declared nine days of national mourning. In the days leading up to his funeral, the Cuban flag flies at half-mast, public performances and...

  • Malta is now on the brink

    It would not be an exaggeration to say that Malta stands on the brink of losing protection of human life from conception to natural death. As never before, Malta’s time-honoured traditions are under assault. These past years, we have seen attempts...

  • Any dreams of Europe?

    As if the European Union is not experiencing its own share of crises, Donald Trump’s election as US President is underlining existential questions which have been troubling the European soul in these past recent years. If Trump stays true to his...

  • English and British

    English and British

    The Brexit referendum has brought about a distinction between a certain group of English people and the rest of the citizens of the United Kingdom, all of whom are as British as the English of course. Andy Welsh (November 21) writes about “the...

  • Open the fridge and zap your mobile

    Before I sat down to type this, I opened the fridge, looked up and down the shelves and their contents, frowned, sighed and closed it again. Then I opened the cupboard, scanned the pasta packets and the polpa tins, sighed and closed it again. Then...

  • If you do not move forward...

    In the past few days we have launched new proposals to improve the secondary school experience.  Back in 2013, there was a general feeling that something was not right in our education system. The proof was in the pudding – about 20 per cent of...

  • The tourism tipping point

    When the Tourism Minister wrote that one of the national tourism objectives was to surpass the two million tourist mark, I shuddered. Then I thought of Capri. I had gone there dreaming of lemon-scented air, big plate-like moons shining over the...

  • Journalism is your business too

    It is said that the people have the government they, or at least the majority, deserve. It can be similarly said that people will be also lumped with the journalistic media they deserve. While in the case of governments every vote counts, in the...

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