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Opinion

  • ‘Shame on who’ exactly?

    Energy and Health Minister Konrad Mizzi need not worry too much about delays in the power station project. BWSC, operated with heavy fuel oil (HFO), is not the ‘cancer factory’ Labour wants us to believe it is. Much to the contrary, and as...

  • Traffic is no perception

    That our roads are congested is no perception but an uncomfortable reality we are living. Traffic congestion in Malta is the result of a mix of variables moulded over the years. We are densely populated like no other place in Europe with extremely...

  • How about a brand new Malta?

    I don’t remember the Acropolis, or very much else about my trip to Athens in 1997, apart from stifling heat and generally abrasive people, particularly the taxi drivers. I’d probably go as far as to say they were downright rude, were it not for...

  • Back to business basics

    The papers are all agog with reports about Ryan Schembri’s disappearance after his ratcheting up debts to the tune of €40 million. Every day we are presented with another instalment of the ‘Meat Mogul’s Downfall’ saga. There are interviews with...

  • Goodbye is the hardest word

    The story on the front page of Times of Malta last Friday about the resignation of Archbishop Paul Cremona took most people by total surprise for a number of reasons. For starters it is not common for bishops to resign before the age of 75. But...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    Nowadays, social media sites and the web in general have all but replaced the entertainment that was traditionally provided purely by television channels and video rental outlets (hey, remember those?). Want to watch old re-runs of Yes, Minister?...

  • Shrink’s couch for Maltese footballers?

    Shrink’s couch for Maltese footballers?

    Iceland, when you think about it, is a very odd country. It’s a country which, by all counts, should not really be one. It clings to the very edge of Europe – but only just. It’s physically closer to the near-barren Greenland than to Norway. And...

  • Papering over the cracks...

    Sir! “I am incandescent with rage, conflagrated with fury, seething with wrath! Really sir, your latest gross and unforgiveable transgression really does take the biscuit. (Oh dear, what have I done now?... Ed). I refer, of course, to a recent...

  • Homes for the elderly

    Homes for the elderly is a topic that has interested many from all walks of life and has been the subject of several discussions organised by the two major political parties. As we all know, people are living into an advanced age and,...

  • Would you buy a used car?

    Would you buy a used car?

    From this man, I mean. I have always had this sneaking feeling that he’s nothing better than a snake oil salesman of a politician, however, developments over the last few days have given me an even stronger moral conviction that what I used to say...

  • Are saints marching out?

    Are saints marching out?

    The hot season is almost over but the heat of the festa fever lingers, with predictions swirling about the fate the Maltese festas face. The media may have started the ball rolling, with readers not familiar with village celebrations venting their...

  • Crossroads for economy

    Crossroads for economy

    Last week, I had the opportunity to address the EY annual survey launch which discussed 50 years of foreign direct investment in Malta, and its prospects for the future. There is no doubt that Malta and the Maltese people have, since 1964,...

  • Politics of climate change

    Politics of climate change

    There is a widespread view that climate change is solely an “environmental issue” – the latter often used as a blanket phrase to cover a multitude of supposedly fringe issues of no consequence to more mainstream concerns. This leads to an...

  • Blind date with Labour

    For the Nationalist Party, the power station issue is not one of timeliness but timing. Before and after the last general election, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat repeatedly tied the reduction of energy tariffs with the commissioning of the new...

  • Bestiary of untruthers

    Bestiary of untruthers

    Back in 2007, Hillary Clinton was the front-runner for the Democrat Party’s nomination for US President as the primaries approached. But there was an early foretaste of things to come when David Geffen, an important fundraiser for the Clintons,...

  • Save a loved one’s life

    Save a loved one’s life

    Most people would feel helpless in responding to a sudden cardiac collapse, without cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) instruction or training. Simply put, with statistics strongly indicating that over 80 per cent of cardiac arrests occur at...

  • 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...

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