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Opinion

  • Hunting suspension, bad politics

    I became Ornis Committee chairman 10 months ago. At the time of appointment, I promised parliamentary secretary Roderick Galdes I would do my job with impartiality and discretion. It’s a promise I don’t intend to break, which is why what follows...

  • The Med’s Mare Mortum

    Exactly one year ago today, Malta was dealing with the aftermath of yet another horrific tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea. Hundreds of men, women and children had lost their lives – most of them never to be found – while 146 of the people who were...

  • The thick of it

    The thick of it

    The recent keynote address by Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former director of communications, helped throw into sharper focus how the media has evolved over the years, mainly but not exclusively, due to the mushrooming of the social...

  • Please expunge this archaic law

    Sections of the media last Sunday regaled us with pictures of new police recruits celebrating their ‘graduation’ at the Police Academy while a spokesman for the Ministry of Home Affairs was reported to have said that it is prioritising the...

  • Our gridlock island

    I don’t know about politicians. Immediately before and after elections they’re pledging to keep their ears to the ground and their fingers on the nation’s pulse whilst simultaneously curing our ‘weggħat’ (ills and woes). This is politician-speak...

  • Straight talking and straight answers

    Reuters told us last Monday that Pope Francis asked the cardinals, bishops and others participating in the Synod of the Family currently being held at the Vatican to stop bickering. The Free Dictionary says that ‘bickering’ means “to engage in a...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    There are some shows that inspire conflicting reactions in me – a wary enjoyment tem­per­ed by a feeling of ‘what the hell am I watching here and what’s keeping me from switching to something better?’. Call it the train-wreck version of the small...

  • Angelina fasten your seatbelt

    Angelina fasten your seatbelt

    As you are reading this, Angelina Jolie Pitt is sitting on the beach at Mġarr ix-Xini Bay in Gozo, with her Maltese teacher, busy learning Maltese words. People magazine, which can always be relied on for its infinite number of unnamed sources,...

  • More snippets from my inbox

    How about this for an advert placed in Palermo’s weekly freebie newspaper Omert (I’ve had a translation of the text into English-ish made). “Signori... including capos, under-capos and consigliori... Have you ever wanted to get away from it all?...

  • Where’s William Morris?

    Where’s William Morris?

    It’s a strange experience, living in Malta in the year 2014. It’s as if we’ve been transported, lock, stock and smoking barrel, into the land of milk and honey, where all is serene and blissful and the populace mooches about with a satisfied grin...

  • Looking forward imperative

    Simon Anholt is the person who coined the term national branding. Today, by his own admission, he spends most of his time convincing people and governments that there is no such thing as nation branding. He says it is a myth and a dangerous one at...

  • Vittoriosa Great Siege city

    Vittoriosa Great Siege city

    Every year since September 8, 1926 Valletta has been the venue of the 1565 Great Siege anniversary celebrations, marked with pomp and circumstance and including parades, band marches, speeches and a Pontifical High Mass in selected localities in...

  • Open letter to a princess

    Today is the first anniversary since Nirvana went to the Lord. It’s been a rough and painful year for all the family and lots of her friends. I talk to her every night before I go to sleep. A few days ago, after talking to her, I lay in bed but...

  • One thing Isis wants

    One thing Isis wants

    In defending their town against the heavy siege by Islamic State (Isis) fighters, the Syrian Kurdish inhabitants of the town of Kobani have had to face up to the possibility of annihilation. The battle became everyone’s to fight. Untrained young...

  • What’s best for Sundays?

    The Ministry for the Economy, Investment and Small Business recently issued a public consultation document on the proposed reform of shop opening hours. Compared with other government initiatives in the pipeline, this proposed reform does not seem...

  • Impartiality or prejudice

    Impartiality or prejudice

    A few weeks ago, I wrote an article (‘Malta Tagħna Lkoll lawlessness’) which seemed to strike a chord with hundreds of people who recognised that Malta’s respect for the rule of law – never a Maltese strong point – had slipped precipitately...

  • Baby and the wastewater

    My colleague, Philip Grech, penned a very pertinent article titled ‘Flood relief and reality’ in Times of Malta (September 29, 2014). I was not at all relieved by what he had to say. The office where I work is situated in Main Street corner with...

  • When fools rush in

    When fools rush in

    The organisers of the drifting competition that was meant to take place at Montekristo Estates are the latest victims of Labour’s destructive populist policies. Only a few days ago, it was the hunters who realised they’d been duped. The fracas...

  • Respect the rule of law

    Respect the rule of law

    One of the basic tenets of democracy is respect for the rule of law. Good governance is about having an open and fair government that leads by example. It too has to be seen to respect the law. Since Malta joined the EU, a significant part of our...

  • The past and a bright future

    Historian Charles Xuereb said on television that, as a nation, we should carry out some soul searching and attempt to establish what constitutes our Maltese identity. He contested the ongoing presence of the George Cross on the national flag and...

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