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Opinion

  • Let us not be farm animals

    George Orwell’s Animal Farm, 1984 and many other of his works have become classics in their own right, giving us such everyday terms as Big Brother (is watching you), Newspeak and Cold War, to name but a few. I was reminded of the current validity...

  • European Parliament frolics

    Off they go. Another specific electoral campaign has opened. I say specific be­cause Malta is always in campaign mode. It is the only place I know where the political leaders do not take a breather, unless forced on them or for a few days annually.

  • Joseph Muscat’s unemployment conundrum

    In a statement issued last week, the Nationalist Party claimed that the Prime Minister is trying to solve the problem of growing unemployment by increasing jobs in the public sector, and quoted statistics that show that the number of people...

  • Crime pays country

    Here’s the latest news from Crime Always Pays Country. Those ‘consumers’ who paid to have their electricity meters tampered with and who benefitted from whopping reductions in their electricity bills – are complaining. They’re finding it hard to...

  • Secular and religious fundamentalists unite!

    Brendan Eich is the inventor of the JavaScript computer programming language and co-founder of Mozilla. He is a big fish in Silicon Valley. On March 24 he was appointed CEO of Mozilla. But, at the very beginning of April, barely 10 days after his...

  • John XXIII and Francis: two of a kind

    These two Popes have much in common, starting from the choice of their names upon their election. Fifty years after the death and the impending canonisation of John XXIII, comparisons are being made with Pope Francis. Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli,...

  • Out of the box

    I know that lately my column has, maybe, focused a bit too much on horror but somehow I keep getting attracted back to the genre. Which means that finally – after I got fed up seeing everyone waxing lyrical about it online – I decided to start...

  • Clap along to happy songs

    For some reason, my car stereo is always tuned to Magic Malta. And I know I’m listening to it too much lately, because I keep catching myself humming “Farrugia lighting and interiors… more than just lights” as if it was a Top 10 hit. The other...

  • Warden charm offensive: The story so far...

    Last week, Sylvanus enjoyed an unprecedented stroke of luck. I managed to acquire – don’t ask me how – a copy of the missive sent to each and every local warden, instructing them on measures to try... yes, at least try... to make them just a...

  • May it finally happen

    I’m flattered; not even when I was Beck was I read by luminaries such as May, Brian of that ilk. He must have read me last Saturday, in between limbering up for his candlelit croon-fest with La Ellis and having his piccy taken with assorted rock...

  • Questions to the candidates

    If you conduct an online search you find no formal job description for the role of a member of European Parliament. Absent a succinct role description, how can the electorate decide which candidates are best equipped to represent us in...

  • Many shades of grey

    Recently, I was approached to answer a number of questions for a quick interview on a broad range of issues. I agreed and was presented with a question paper covering subjects from immigration to spring hunting to flying the EU flag at sporting...

  • Is a crafts village needed?

    The title has two words that have a somewhat broad definition and interpretation. Crafts are normally associated with the more tangible products that reflect the valuable work carried out by voluntary groups as well as skilled persons. The term...

  • Mary: the mother of fairest love

    Twenty years ago, Pope John Paul II, who, on April 27, will be canonised by Pope Francis, took the opportunity of the International Year of the Family to knock on the door of our hearts with a letter to families, wherein he describes Mary as “the...

  • Understanding inclusion

    Recently, the Ministry of Education commissioned the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education to carry out a much-needed review of its policies on inclusion. Malta has, for some years, committed itself to inclusive...

  • This is not a spade

    It doesn’t take fate, these days, to end up in the company of people who take pride in calling a spade a spade. A minute into their rant, though, it becomes apparent that anything they can wave their arms at is a spade: shovels, trowels, rakes,...

  • Abolish the presidency

    There is definite lack of clarity regarding the presidency and its power. The political events witnessed a few weeks ago seemed to confirm the widespread perception that the presidency is a (costly) ceremonial post where members of one’s political...

  • Chance to shape EU’s future

    As the European Parliament ac­quired greater powers in the EU’s legislative procedure, so did EU citizens who directly elect their representatives. Indeed, in a few weeks’ time, 500 million EU citizens will have the power to decide who will be...

  • Mayday– Brian calling

    Last weekend I met one of the greatest campaigners for conservation and wild-life. We talked about the terrible situation with badger culling in the UK and the situation regarding spring hunting on Malta. We also talked about what he is most...

  • The two monarchies

    There are today two monarchies with global significance: the Roman monarchy of Pope Francis I and the British monarchy of Queen Elizabeth II. Last Thursday, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh,...

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