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Opinion

  • When to err is not human at all

    A close friend of mine, who happens to be a very good lawyer, once told me a story which has stayed with me since, and which I am reminded of every time a child abuse case explodes in the media. At the time, he and his wife lived in an apartment...

  • Time is on their side

    When I was at university, I remember this law professor regularly intoning his versions of Latin proverbs. He was particularly fond of telling us that “Tempus omnia solvit”. That was his way of telling us that, eventually, all matters would be...

  • Intolerance knows no creed or race

    Tomorrow the Church celebrates the birthday of Our Lady, the patron saint of a number of parishes in Malta and Gozo. Tomorrow is also one of Malta’s five national feast days; another example of the synergising, for historical reasons, of the...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    Sometimes you get addicted to a particular serial without there being any good reason for it. Much like your hand keeps going back to dip into a jar of peanut butter, you find yourself pressing okay again and again. Only, it’s not quite like...

  • Mirror mirror, is your certificate up the wall?

    Mirror mirror, is your certificate up the wall?

    Sometimes when I’m out and about in my non-working life, people in passing ask what I do for a living. There’s usually three kinds of reactions when you say ‘journalist’. Reaction 1: “I can’t stand f****** journalists! Let me tell you what they...

  • A labour of love... Blogpost 18

    Marisa, my current girlfriend... well OK, my only girlfriend... claims – irrationally – that I am actually in love with Jo-zeff. What rubbish! Sure, I admire him, revere him even, also infatuate over him, but love him? Well... maybe just a bit. I...

  • Accountability and appendages

    In ethics, as in governance, accountability stands for answerability, responsibility and, ultimately, liability. Could I, therefore, respectfully ask the Prime Minister to let us know who took the decision not to repossess the Cafe Premier in...

  • Publish and damn

    Publish and damn

    I t’s not entirely clear what the MUT expect to achieve by involving Minister Evarist Bartolo in their efforts to get the police to act differently when faced with allegations of sexual molestation. After all, this is a minister for whom...

  • Radical, reliable road maps

    In Malta, discourse on ethics has been making inroads into every sphere of our life. The road to ethics is neither simple nor clear cut, especially since it can be approached differently and comprises different ethical theories. Together with...

  • The question of evangelisation

    The question of evangelisation

    A s different opinions are being expressed concerning the actual institutional leadership of the Church in Malta, it seems to me that the discussion regarding what must be done to bring back to the fold those who have strayed should be broadened.

  • A rose by any other name…

    What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet – William Shakespeare. Last Thursday, August 28, after an unusually quiet summer, some 257 migrants rescued at sea were brought to Malta. The arrivals, mostly...

  • The real Church crisis

    The real Church crisis

    Numerous opinions have been expressed by some members of the clergy and laymen on the prevailing situation of the Church in Malta and, in particular, the leadership qualities of Archbishop Paul Cremona. I tend to feel that some of them are a bit...

  • Not once in a blue moon

    Malcolm X used to find less offensive the explicit racism of the Ku Klux Klan than the implicit racism of whites who in word were supportive of equality and civil rights while in deed displayed a racist frame of mind which, given their...

  • 50 years of independence

    My grandmother was born in 1908 in Vittoriosa. A woman of great fortitude but with limited formal education, she was the quintessential matriarch, raising not only her family but stepping in to provide maternal support to nephews, nieces and...

  • Revitalising the Malta Church

    It was good to hear that the vigil in support of Archbishop Paul Cremona, which was to be held at Attard in front of his residence, has been cancelled. Holding a prayer vigil in support of the Archbishop, in my opinion, is not a good idea, even if...

  • Crisis of institutions

    Crisis of institutions

    The recent months have been full of national debate about a crisis of leadership, whether in the Church or in the Nationalist Party. To my mind, however, what much of the debate has shown is that people have forgotten what a pure leadership crisis...

  • Beyond the missing ‘R’

    I would like to thank Joseph Borg for bringing to attention the fact that our national poet’s monument in Sciortino Street, Żebbuġ has lost its ‘R’ ( August 15). Here’s my reaction: finally, somebody has noticed and pointed it out. I say this...

  • Wage crunch for workers

    Wage crunch for workers

    Malta’s economic growth is not feeding into the pockets of workers as official statistics show that the average wage increase has slowed down in the first year of a Labour government. The average wage only grew by €100 in the first quarter of...

  • Opinion: Tagħna Lkoll lawlessness

    Opinion: Tagħna Lkoll lawlessness

    When, shortly after the 2013 elections, we saw the newly-appointed Minister for Home Affairs and National Security being embraced and lifted shoulder-high by hardened criminals to chants of Malta Tagħna Lkoll, we realised with a shudder that the...

  • Independence a State of mind

    In September 1964, precisely 50 years ago, preparations were in full swing for the heralding in of a new era in Malta’s political history. After centuries of foreign rule, the island was finally becoming a member of the international fraternity of...

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