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Opinion

  • Regular elections matter

    Regular elections matter

    The government has floated the idea – to ‘all stakeholders’ – that all local council elections be postponed to 2019, to coincide with the next European Parliament election. In a democracy, all registered voters are stakeholders. So what should we...

  • Ethics from Brussels

    Ethics from Brussels

    The leader that appeared yesterday on Times of Malta, entitled Worlds Apart On Ethical Issues, is written from a standpoint of ignorance or dishonesty. Times of Malta opts to laud José Manuel Barroso’s ethics. He is the same man who, when elected...

  • A bitter pill to swallow

    A couple of months ago, I was asked to address a seminar about peace. I started my intervention by saying that war is inevitable. It might sound strange to start an intervention on peace with the word war. However, I think that any discourse on...

  • Quality versus squalor

    Quality versus squalor

    The new, energetic Minister for Tourism, Edward Zammit Lewis, has focused on “quality” as the centrepiece of his plan for Malta’s tourism future. He quotes approvingly that the World Tourism Organisation’s (WTO) central objective for tourism...

  • Monkey on our back

    Monkey on our back

    Charity doesn’t atone for sins. Someone should tell our President that. Flabbergasted and lost for words, I had to look up the promotional material of Montekristo Estates to find a description for a sprawling monster in the middle of the island:...

  • Education an important key

    Given its importance to civil society and the economy, it is little wonder that education is always at the top of the civil and economic agenda. It is inextricably linked to the economy – a country cannot make sound economic progress unless its...

  • Lobbying risks corruption

    In a democratic society, lobbying is a potentially legitimate activity. It involves the communication of views and information to legislators and administrators by those who have an interest in informing them of the impacts of the decisions under...

  • Germany on top of the world

    Germany on top of the world

    Germany’s victory in the World Cup is a symbol of the country’s emergence as a major world power, a European economic powerhouse, Europe’s leader and a nation very much at ease with itself after years of shyness and apprehension. This is Germany’s...

  • Common fronts and vigilantes

    This column has consistently argued that it is unwise to talk about migration only when some or other perceived crisis or emergency crops up. Accordingly, I wish to make three somewhat disconnected points on the subject. The first concerns...

  • Courting the Chinese dragon

    China has become a major economic powerhouse and is the second largest economy in the world. Globalisation has been a key success factor and the main driver in modernising the economy and the infrastructure of that country. China registered a 7.5...

  • Negativity back and flourishing

    Negativism is alive and well and living main­­ly at Pietà, at PN headquarters. If by nothing else, consider that in the context of the hounding of Sai Mizzi Liang, the appointee of Malta Enterprise to drum up business in China. The attacks on her...

  • Time for ministerial blues

    Media reports on how Education Minister Evarist Bartolo handled the Skolasajf fiasco say that he has publicly admitted he was irked by the way he was misled into believing that everything would be ‘all right on the night’, when in fact those...

  • It is the silly season

    Every now and again we get a bout of collective hand-wringing because of some survey showing that the great majority of the Maltese people haven’t read anything other than an article in Hello magazine for the past 10 years. This is usually...

  • Human rights: your rights, my rights

    In the mid-1990s I was one of the journalists who covered the visit of a Maltese delegation led by Eddie Fenech Adami, then prime minister, to the People’s Republic of China. It was quite a large delegation. Most, if I remember correctly, came...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    To be honest, I’d never heard the name Jonathan Glazier before Under the Skin started screening at St James Cavalier. Many of you are probably shaking their heads at me, but what can I say. When I read that he is the director behind Scarlett...

  • ‘Can the children stop the war when they grow up?’

    ‘Can the children stop the war when they grow up?’

    I have just spent a day on a tiny boat, with a straw hat on, a fishing rod and a rickety umbrella for shade. And all through the morning I watched and watched as hundreds of day trippers were dumped by ferries on the barren island of Comino and...

  • Summer Sunday ‘fun’ at the beach

    “Alfred... fancy a day at the beach?” “What? You’re kidding, right?” “No, it’s Sunday, it’s summer. It’ll be lovely at Għadira or Armier or Għajn Tuffieħa or Ġnejna or ... ” “Are you feeling alright, woman? Yeah, right, it is summer and Sunday.

  • The more things change

    The more things change

    I went along to the 2Cellos concert, opening the Malta International Arts Festival, and it was superb and then some. The things those guys do with their instruments would probably have Mozart and Vivaldi standing in rapturous applause,...

  • ‘Europeans’ don’t exist

    ‘Europeans’ don’t exist

    In his article ‘Did Dalli act bizarrely?’ (July 10), Ranier Fsadni used phrases such as “One has to show that Europeans, generally, would not have minded” and “one would need to show that such behaviour is not ‘bizarre’ for Europeans.” While Dr...

  • The working poor in Malta

    There are at least three ways of looking at the economy. The first is to look at it solely as a tool for companies to make profits quickly. The second is to look at it as a way to ensure the majority have their pockets lined with money in the...

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