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Opinion

  • Getting best health system

    Malta has a very long and distinguished history of healthcare delivery, spanning several centuries. Suffice it to mention the repute of the Maltese hospital set up by the Hospitallers Order of the Knights of St John, on to the “nurse of the...

  • Migration: the next wave

    So far, the human population has passed through two demographic transitions, both recognised by the science of demography. The first theory states that all modern societies have passed from a phase of high mortality and fertility rates, through...

  • The return of Nicolas Sarkozy

    The return of Nicolas Sarkozy

    The recent election of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy as head of the main centre-right Opposition UMP party, two months after announcing his political comeback, marks the first time a former French head of state has returned to frontline...

  • Things are not OK, sieħbi

    An attempt to cover up a cover-up with a bigger cover-up is how I would describe what the Prime Minister did in Parliament on Wednesday. Reacting to what he termed the sanctimoniousness of the Opposition on the Manuel Mallia case, he tabled a 2012...

  • Let’s hit the news for the right reasons

    A few months ago, members of the government publicly disagreed on how to market brand Malta better. While I’m not aware that any way forward has been identified so far, there’s no doubt that so far Labour has managed to ensure Malta’s continued...

  • Making councils sustainable

    Revealing the level of debts of the local councils was not done with the intention of shocking the citizen. It was certainly not done for sensationalism. The dire financial situation of local councils is a problem that needs to be solved. And this...

  • Who’s really calling the (warning) shots?

    Where to begin? The tunnel might be a good start. Every nation has a tunnel story which is forever immortalised in the nation’s collective psyche. France has the Pont de l’Alma in Paris, where Princess Diana’s life came to a tragic end. In a...

  • Dark days for Labour

    Malliagate, the Sheehan Shoot-out, the Cover-up Conspiracy, the sieħbi saga – whatever you choose to call it – the story has got legs. People are still talking about Paul Sheehan careening through the streets like a Maltese version of Jason...

  • Shooting oneself in the foot

    We only got to know that Manuel Mallia’s dri-ver had shot another driver thanks to the media. Maltarightnow uploaded the report at about 9.45pm. Had it not been for the good sense of the videographer of Times of Malta who zoomed in on the bullet...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    It only occurred to me relatively recently just how used I have become to carrying all my music with me. And by ‘all’ I mean just that. The point was brought home to me, rather forcefully I might add, thanks to someone who saw fit to put my car...

  • A citizen revolution: arm yourself with a good shovel

    A citizen revolution: arm yourself with a good shovel

    The man of the week is, without a shadow of a doubt, Ivan John Grima Hammett. He is the gentleman who went to City Gate in Valletta on Tuesday morning with a shovel, cement, water and several buckets of aggregate material and went on to fill up...

  • The Sunday Times ‘sowxill’ pages

    Class of 1938 at St Bernice’s School for Young Ladies joyous reunion The girls of Form 5A at St Bernice’s School for Young Ladies, San Ġwann met up recently in the communal hall at the Last Pit-Stop Retirement Home, for a joyous reunion, after all...

  • Let us re-public the government

    We need to discuss the basis of a new form of trust built on a meaningful form of citizenship appropriate for a republic. These are the words of Michael D. Higgins, the current Irish President, a poet and writer, academic and statesman, human...

  • Jump or else I’ll push

    Jump or else I’ll push

    I have to start this week on a sad note. As I was settling down to write, the news filtered through that one of the good guys had shuffled off this mortal coil. Maurice Tanti Burlò, Nalizpelra, has left us. A gentleman of the old school, Maurice...

  • Private touch in green affairs

    Private touch in green affairs

    One can be business friendly and environment friendly at the same time. The two approaches can work in sync with one another so long as sustainable paths are pursued. During what turned out to be a healthy non-confrontational debate in the House...

  • A coven of cover-ups

    A coven of cover-ups

    All hail the English language and praised be its bevy of collective nouns! Just google them: a gaggle of geese. A flock of bustards. A congregation of crocodiles. A skulk of foxes. A quiver of cobras. A shiver of sharks. A muse of capons... A...

  • A shot in Sarajevo, two in Gżira

    A hundred years ago, a shot in Sarajevo led to the beginning of World War 1. The assassination of Prince Ferdinand was followed by statements, political manoeuvring and escalations that led to the Great War, four years of tragedy, bloodshed and...

  • Qualities of ministers

    Qualities of ministers

    In the first year of this government, ministerial changes were forced on the Prime Minister because of the need to appoint a new President and a Maltese commissioner to the EU. Even before that, Joseph Muscat had shown the necessary steel and...

  • A promiscuous virgin

    A promiscuous virgin

    Whatever the results of the inquiry into the shooting incident involving the Home Affairs Minister’s driver, this is a watershed moment for Labour, and a very bad one at that. It is the beginning of the end, no matter how long it will still take...

  • Beware the Trojan Horse

    The prospective Bill on ‘gender identity’ is the next move in the shabby scheme to undermine the family. The assault on the unassailable concept that a family is made up of a man and a woman has a long gestation. The powerful transgender and...

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