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Opinion

  • Flying by the seat of our ‘patched’ pants…

    As an Air Malta captain of many years standing, I have become increasingly irritated, annoyed and frustrated by the current spate of ill-informed criticism we are being made to endure. It seems that some members of our society think that our...

  • Problematic law enforcement

    As a local councillor, I know that one of the things that really irritates residents is lack of law enforcement. As a citizen, I am also amazed that certain situations persist in our country. While everyone acknowledges that civic discipline is...

  • Possibly abortifacient

    I refer to Martin Scicluna’s article on the morning after pill (July 13). The title ‘Ovarian Obsessions’ is disparaging, the right-to-life lobby are “a rag-bag”, and the priests who have contributed to the discussion are “sundry clerics”. Scicluna...

  • The right not to be vilified

    The countries in Europe that continue to proscribe the vilification of religion, whichever that may be, do not do so out of religious piety or hardly on any moral considerations. The main butress in their argument for the criminal offence of such...

  • A language-disabled generation

    There were recently two separate, but ultimately related, news reports about the Maltese language. One was on the alarming decline in Maltese fluency among students (June 20) and the other on the long-awaited decisions on how English loanwords...

  • Summer of discontent

    Summer of discontent

    Writing in the British newspaper The Guardian, Philippe Marlière, professor of French and European politics at University College, London, described the reaction by French President François Hollande to the Bastille Day terrorist attack in Nice as...

  • What they won’t tell you

    Those who do not believe in science need not continue reading. This article is aimed at those who value science, logic, responsibility and love. Having an unplanned or unwanted baby whether it’s because of rape, out of wedlock or in marriage or...

  • Creating the digital community

    The digital economy is an area with untappedpotential for both the European Union and Ukraine. Digital technologies, services and systems are of vital importance for social development and can create growth and jobs in all areas of economy from...

  • For more resilient children

    The relationship between education, families and poverty is well documented and researched. Many Maltese students are being failed by the system and bear the consequences all their lives. I write this opinion piece in my capacity as a parent and a...

  • The safe buccaneers

    The safe buccaneers

    The world woke up last Thursday to find that the UK’s new Prime Minister, Theresa May, had made Boris Johnson the new Foreign Secretary. Granted, now we have proof that office’s stature is diminished: Johnson will have to share Chevening,...

  • Vital national interest

    Malta and Ireland both have close bonds with the UK. The result of the recent referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the European Union was an unwelcome outcome and poses major challenges for the Union and the UK.  The Irish government,...

  • Controversial Lija flats

    I refer to the report on the controversial Lija flats permit (July 14). To call it “controversial” is an understatement. The Lija local council, NGOs Din l-Art Ħelwa and Flimkien Għal Ambjent Aħjar, and all the neighbours (except the owner of the...

  • Industrial action blanket ban

    Air Malta’s court application for an injunction raises serious questions for trade unionism which go beyond this particular threat to indus-trial democracy. The question is: should it be possible for an employer to seek and obtain from a court a...

  • Useful idiots

    Useful idiots

    A ‘useful idiot’ is a term used about those commentators in politics who support only one side of an ideological debate. It was first used by Lenin about sympathisers who blindly supported Communist leaders. Eddie Aquilina’s writings in this...

  • It pays to be grateful

    It pays to be grateful

    Welcome to President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca to the big land of the young and the free. I am sure the warm welcome she receives when meeting many Maltese/ Australians in their adapted land will help her discover what levels of success these...

  • Post-Brexit uncertainties

    Prior to last year’s general election, former British prime minister David Cameron made a solemn vow that if he is returned to power he would hold a referendum asking the British people whether they want to cling on to EU membership or break...

  • Small forest vs high-rise jungle

    I welcome the recent statement by Environment Minister Jose Herrera that an area in central Malta is earmarked to be transformed into a mini-Buskett through the planting of native trees and the encouragement of local wildlife. This is certainly an...

  • Blame it all on the EU

    Kevin Hodkin was clearly not enamoured with the UK’s membership of the European Union (June 25). It seems for him that all the ills of the UK, as he sees them, can be laid at the door of the community. He tells us that he was a submariner – though...

  • Morning-after pill effects

    It is amazing how a woman of Clare Vassallo’s calibre comments (July 1) about the rights of women over their bodies and about the lack of provision of the morning-after pill in Malta but says not a word about the right to life, and the quality of...

  • Preserving conversation

    Every so often, we need to be reminded that the right to free speech is non-negotiable. As long as we are able to have controversial discussions, as citizens of a democratic society, it is our moral imperative to reassert this basic principle...

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