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Opinion

  • Papering over the cracks...

    Sir! “I am incandescent with rage, conflagrated with fury, seething with wrath! Really sir, your latest gross and unforgiveable transgression really does take the biscuit. (Oh dear, what have I done now?... Ed). I refer, of course, to a recent...

  • Homes for the elderly

    Homes for the elderly is a topic that has interested many from all walks of life and has been the subject of several discussions organised by the two major political parties. As we all know, people are living into an advanced age and,...

  • Would you buy a used car?

    Would you buy a used car?

    From this man, I mean. I have always had this sneaking feeling that he’s nothing better than a snake oil salesman of a politician, however, developments over the last few days have given me an even stronger moral conviction that what I used to say...

  • Are saints marching out?

    Are saints marching out?

    The hot season is almost over but the heat of the festa fever lingers, with predictions swirling about the fate the Maltese festas face. The media may have started the ball rolling, with readers not familiar with village celebrations venting their...

  • Crossroads for economy

    Crossroads for economy

    Last week, I had the opportunity to address the EY annual survey launch which discussed 50 years of foreign direct investment in Malta, and its prospects for the future. There is no doubt that Malta and the Maltese people have, since 1964,...

  • Politics of climate change

    Politics of climate change

    There is a widespread view that climate change is solely an “environmental issue” – the latter often used as a blanket phrase to cover a multitude of supposedly fringe issues of no consequence to more mainstream concerns. This leads to an...

  • Blind date with Labour

    For the Nationalist Party, the power station issue is not one of timeliness but timing. Before and after the last general election, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat repeatedly tied the reduction of energy tariffs with the commissioning of the new...

  • Bestiary of untruthers

    Bestiary of untruthers

    Back in 2007, Hillary Clinton was the front-runner for the Democrat Party’s nomination for US President as the primaries approached. But there was an early foretaste of things to come when David Geffen, an important fundraiser for the Clintons,...

  • Save a loved one’s life

    Save a loved one’s life

    Most people would feel helpless in responding to a sudden cardiac collapse, without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instruction or training. Simply put, with statistics strongly indicating that over 80 per cent of cardiac arrests occur at...

  • We need to create a ‘cult’

    Youths, education, employment, and opportunities – four buzzwords that ought to stop being such and become part and parcel of the European political agenda. For the last weeks Brussels was a hub of activity, not that it usually isn’t, but during...

  • Budget for a fair market

    As Budget day looms, some reflection on what one should expect would seem timely from the point of view of a company synonymous with Maltese-led investment in the manufacturing industry. With the risk of sounding overly simplistic, one should...

  • Is there a Muslim threat?

    Is there a Muslim threat?

    I have been taken aback by the views expressed by some cultured and intelligent friends about the supposed threat posed to Europe (and specifically Malta) from having Muslims living in our midst. While I can fully understand the fears engendered...

  • Parking on level playing field

    Parking on level playing field

    The recent increased use of parking facilities on the outskirts of heavily urbanised zones has brought to light an acute inability to responsibly manage such areas. A lack of organisation based on piecemeal policy-making has resulted in a...

  • New approach to remarriage

    In the light of the contributions which have been made during the Synod of Bishops, and as specifically indicated in my contribution which I delivered last Wednesday, I believe that in the coming months the Catholic Church will be seeking a “new...

  • A beacon of failure

    A beacon of failure

    Our Prime Minister can be a real spoilsport sometimes; I’m beginning not to like him. There he was in London last week selling EU passports for Henley & Partners (or is it the other way around?) and he won’t tell us what he said. The Department of...

  • What is the way forward?

    A few weeks ago, Times of Malta revealed some shocking news both for the Opposition party as well as the public. It exposed the deception of the Labour government by reporting there is high probability of an increase in public transport subsidies...

  • No accidental tourists

    The tourism industry in Malta will soon exit another successful year in terms of arrivals. Almost 30 per cent of those who come here do not use any of the licensed accommodation facilities. Still, the hotels have had a good year and most service...

  • Are airstrikes enough to defeat IS?

    Are airstrikes enough to defeat IS?

    There has been fierce fighting all week in the strategic Syrian Kurish town of Kobane, located near the Turkish border, between Islamic State and Kurdish forces. US-led airstrikes have dented IS advances, but these have not been enough to stop the...

  • Hunting suspension, bad politics

    I became Ornis Committee chairman 10 months ago. At the time of appointment, I promised parliamentary secretary Roderick Galdes I would do my job with impartiality and discretion. It’s a promise I don’t intend to break, which is why what follows...

  • The Med’s Mare Mortum

    Exactly one year ago today, Malta was dealing with the aftermath of yet another horrific tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea. Hundreds of men, women and children had lost their lives – most of them never to be found – while 146 of the people who were...

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