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  • Leo Brincat is not Panama

    The Council of Ministers would do well to accept Leo Brincat’s nomination as a member of the European Court of Auditors. Brincat was nominated by a legitimate government, and he happens to be decent and capable. His merits also secured him the...

  • Not in our wildest dreams

    As soon as Leo Brincat’s nomination to the Court of Auditors became known last May, the news portal Euractiv carried an article noting that Brincat “helped a cabinet minister exposed in the Panama Papers to escape a no-confidence motion”. This has...

  • Midi touch at Manoel Island

    Last Sunday at 7pm, I broke with tradition and left my house, inspired by the laudable ‘break in’ the previous day by Kamp Emergenza Ambjent and Gżira mayor Conrad Borg Manche. I refer of course to the metal gates and fences constructed by the...

  • The natural born bullies

    The natural born bullies

    I knew him only by name. I only got to know him in person, one Mon­day morning, on the morrow of the first Panama protest in Valletta. I must give him credit, that though I went unannounced and accom­panied by my partner in crime Kekettoni, he...

  • The short, fat arm of the law…

    Not a lot of people know this, but I am one who does. The recruitment of Malta’s denizens of law and order is both a highly responsible and extremely covert business. Just recently a contact of mine made available to me – and to me alone – a raft...

  • Enough is simply enough

    Two terms that are often confused in our daily lives are ‘value’ and ‘price’: how much it is worth, as opposed to how much it costs. Missing the clear distinction between these terms, beyond the merely linguistic, is the cause of many of society’s...

  • Education for life

    Evarist Bartolo We do not want an education system that simply prepares people for employability. We want to provide an education experience to our children and young people that prepares them with the necessary life skills and values to be active...

  • Abducted and aborted

    Abducted and aborted

    In his article entitled ‘United to protect children’ (August 6), Home Affairs Minister Carmelo Abela wrote: “When it comes to the well-being of our children, this is a topic that unites us all.” Yes, we are united on this. He added: “I am part of...

  • The secret debt scheme 

    Baffled. This, I would say, is the predominant reaction of the country’s silent majority towards the dodgy financing scheme which Simon Busuttil has insisted on forging ahead with. Hardly anyone can understand how a political party, in 2016, can...

  • The nation’s conscience?

    The nation’s conscience?

    Last Monday, The Muslim communities around the world celebrated Eid al-Adha. This is one of the two most important feasts in the Muslim calendar and marks the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac as an act of submission to God. The...

  • Redefining Independence

    Redefining Independence

    It is unfortunate that Malta is one of the few countries where Independence remains a source of controversy. I think that it is also a pity that it is not our sole national day as I believe that it is the ideal historical event fitting such a...

  • Need for ‘eternal vigilance’

    The term ‘progress’ is a double-edged sword for me and, frankly, it frightens me. In the country I hail from, Australia, progress means exploiting the environment to develop an open cut coal mine potentially the size of England or a national park...

  • Universe cheers Malta on

    Universe cheers Malta on

    Another Independence celebration is around the corner and it is time once more to brace ourselves for the self-congratulatory speeches. What passes for gravitas demands that the self-adulation (how far we’ve come!) is balanced by a furrowed brow...

  • Much talk, little action

    Much talk, little action

    One in four of the population is said to be poor or at risk of poverty – these are predominantly pensioners and single mothers. When these statistics were first published some years ago, many doubted the figures. The previous administration...

  • Another Buskett onslaught

    Buskett is one of the few remaining rich ecological areas. It is a tree protection area. It is also a bird protection area: birds of prey migrating in both spring and autumn and for other migrating, wintering and resident species. Buskett supports...

  • Tale of interminable saga

    Tale of interminable saga

    It is common belief that the construction of a new, gas-fired power plant in Delimara has been, arguably, the most discussed topic for nearly the last four years. Everything started on January 8, 2013, when Labour leader Joseph Muscat, flanked by...

  • Malta’s vision for 2035

    Malta’s vision for 2035

    Last week I set out the case for Malta to develop a vision of the future direction it wishes to take. We all know what Malta has achieved. Its march towards statehood has been a remarkable one. It has survived as one of the world’s smallest ethnic...

  • Promoting good local governance

    The term “good governance” has become part of the vernacular of all organisational structures, be they private, non-government or government bodies. The concept of good governance in public administration in today’s environment addresses two main...

  • The Three Muscateers

    The Three Muscateers

    The Three Musketeers is the title of many plays and films through the ages, mostly based on the eponymous novel by Alexandre Dumas. The motto of the three musketeers was ‘One For All, and All For One’ because they stayed loyal to each other...

  • For a better Valletta

    For a better Valletta

    I’ve been harping on the need for a holistic master plan for Valletta for over two decades. The first article I wrote, suggesting a master plan for the capital city, was published in The Sunday Times in 1989. Since then, some of my proposals have...

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