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Opinion

  • Inviting the wolf in

    Inviting the wolf in

    Xarabank’s recent show continued to add credence to the idea that sanity is becoming ever scarcer in public discourse and policy formation. So much so that our leaders, governmental and ‘spiritual’ alike seem to have tacitly agreed on the terms of...

  • An investigative board?

    The Electoral Commission announced a few days ago: “The Commission is appointing an investigative board to investigate all the cases brought to its attention about alleged breaches to the Financing of Political Parties law (Chapter 554). The...

  • How little government cares

    How little government cares

    I recently watched an interview with international journalist Neil Chenoweth, in connection with the Panama Papers scandal and how it impacts Malta. The interview was aired on Net Television’s programme Iswed fuq l-Abjad. The first thought that...

  • For a stronger Europe

    For a stronger Europe

    It’s your birthday, Europe! Sixty years ago, on March 25, 1957, the founding members of the European Union signed the Treaties of Rome. This date is a major crossroads for the most successful project for freedom, peace and prosperity that the...

  • Vision for cooperation in health

    Earlier this week, ministers for health from 23 European Union countries convened in Valletta under the auspices of the Maltese presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Informal Health EPSCO meeting provides a unique opportunity for...

  • Which Europe for Malta?

    Which Europe for Malta?

    The future, they say, is not what it used to be. No kidding. Just look at the various futures, proudly trumpeted and then usually quietly discarded, of today’s European Union, whose Treaty of Rome turns 60 on Saturday. It was signed on the feast...

  • Abortion kills the unborn 

    Abortion kills the unborn 

    Octogenarian and pro-abortion Martin Scicluna (March 8) rowed again into his usual rhetoric on abortion and women’s rights in Malta. In a perfectly identical fashion as other pro-abortion activists, Scicluna wrote about women’s rights but said...

  • Reactions to warning tickets

    The Malta Insurance Association was very surprised to learn about the government’s decision to relax the enforcement of six traffic contraventions, particularly as the association was not consulted prior to the introduction of the measures. Three...

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

    Obsessive compulsive disorder

    I do not normally read the blog comments beneath my articles: I rarely find them enlightening; and I don’t normally have the time. But knowing that the issue of abortion is an obsession of some in Malta and that the sub-editor’s heading to my...

  • Brexit is unleashed

    Theresa May will forever be recorded in the history books as the Prime Minister that led the UK out of the European Union. She may even go down in the history books as the PM that could not prevent the breakup of the United Kingdom. Only time will...

  • Between truth and perception

    It is more than obvious that the Nationalist Party has little to offer to the electorate at the next general election. PN leader Simon Busuttil’s main battle cry has consistently been that the present Labour government, led by Joseph Muscat, is...

  • Facebook and missing children

    Nowadays if we find ourselves without a mobile phone or with an interrupted internet connection, we feel as if we’re missing a limb. This is more the case with younger generations, although I’m surprised by the number of elderly who wouldn’t be...

  • Lobby in deep denial

    In his article ‘The issue of abortion’ (March 6) Martin Scicluna poses as a specialist in psychiatric disorders. According to Scicluna, Maltese anti-abortionists suffer from moral paranoia and a form of obsessive compulsive disorder. Harsh words...

  • Education vs law and order

    The situation at St Anne’s Primary School, Marsascala is going from bad to worse. As the population in Marsascala increases at the fastest rate on our islands, it is not helping the current situation where the school is already overcrowded and the...

  • A media law volte-face

    A media law volte-face

    I always lectured students that we had abolished press censorship in Malta in 1839, through Ordinance No. IV. But now I need to update my lecture notes as the government, prior to last Friday, was dead set on reintroducing it, at least in so far...

  • A culture shift in politics

    A huge segment of our population has lost all interest and desire to participate in any constructive political debate. In particular, our youths. Young people are completely disillusioned by politics. They stay away from mainstream politics and...

  • Is the economy doing well?

    According to Eurostat and the National Statistics Office, real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Malta has grown at a very fast rate since 2013, faster than that of most EU member states. It is important to note that around 50 per cent of incomes...

  • On quotas and tuna

    On quotas and tuna

    Introducing gender quotas in elections is not going to make women suddenly wake up in the morning and go: “Gosh, you know what, now I fancy becoming a Member of Parliament.” Before we all start talking about the introduction of quotas in a huff,...

  • Dutch dent populist surge

    Dutch dent populist surge

    The result of the Dutch election is very good news for Europe, and of course for The Netherlands. As Prime Minister Mark Rutte very correctly said: “After Brexit and after the American elections the Dutch people rejected the wrong type of populism”.

  • We must renew Europe for all Europeans

    Sixty years ago, the people of Europe laid the foundations of the EU – one of the most successful forces for peace, democracy, freedom, equality, prosperity and solidarity. It has had more than its fair share of success stories. There is a lot to...

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