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Opinion

  • 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...

  • The thick of it

    The thick of it

    The recent keynote address by Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former director of communications, helped throw into sharper focus how the media has evolved over the years, mainly but not exclusively, due to the mushrooming of the social...

  • Please expunge this archaic law

    Sections of the media last Sunday regaled us with pictures of new police recruits celebrating their ‘graduation’ at the Police Academy while a spokesman for the Ministry of Home Affairs was reported to have said that it is prioritising the...

  • Our gridlock island

    I don’t know about politicians. Immediately before and after elections they’re pledging to keep their ears to the ground and their fingers on the nation’s pulse whilst simultaneously curing our ‘weggħat’ (ills and woes). This is politician-speak...

  • Straight talking and straight answers

    Reuters told us last Monday that Pope Francis asked the cardinals, bishops and others participating in the Synod of the Family currently being held at the Vatican to stop bickering. The Free Dictionary says that ‘bickering’ means “to engage in a...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    There are some shows that inspire conflicting reactions in me – a wary enjoyment tem­per­ed by a feeling of ‘what the hell am I watching here and what’s keeping me from switching to something better?’. Call it the train-wreck version of the small...

  • Angelina fasten your seatbelt

    Angelina fasten your seatbelt

    As you are reading this, Angelina Jolie Pitt is sitting on the beach at Mġarr ix-Xini Bay in Gozo, with her Maltese teacher, busy learning Maltese words. People magazine, which can always be relied on for its infinite number of unnamed sources,...

  • More snippets from my inbox

    How about this for an advert placed in Palermo’s weekly freebie newspaper Omert (I’ve had a translation of the text into English-ish made). “Signori... including capos, under-capos and consigliori... Have you ever wanted to get away from it all?...

  • Where’s William Morris?

    Where’s William Morris?

    It’s a strange experience, living in Malta in the year 2014. It’s as if we’ve been transported, lock, stock and smoking barrel, into the land of milk and honey, where all is serene and blissful and the populace mooches about with a satisfied grin...

  • Looking forward imperative

    Simon Anholt is the person who coined the term national branding. Today, by his own admission, he spends most of his time convincing people and governments that there is no such thing as nation branding. He says it is a myth and a dangerous one at...

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