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  • Please let’s stop this horsing around

    You won’t catch me joining the rush to march alongside thousands in protest, waving placards and flags wildly about, even if it’s to make a point about something I strongly believe in. Not because I don’t care enough about people or things. On the...

  • Another day, another land grab

    When we think of Sicily, the first thing that comes to mind is the fantastic food – the fresh fish, juicy vegetables, olive oil and mounds of canolli – rightfully giving the island the title of ‘God’s Kitchen’. After that we think of the...

  • I love you, you pay my rent

    I don’t know how familiar Pope Francis is with the theories about liquid modernity expounded by the Polish sociologist Sygmunt Bauman. But several of the Pope’s homilies, particularly his recent one at the Shrine of Castelpetroso in the diocese of...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    Guilty pleasures that are full of cheese. We all have them, right? Except for the hipsters, but those don’t count because most of them are lying, anyway. As a confirmed cheese lover, my guilty pleasures are too numerous to list in their entirety,...

  • Dressing up for village life

    Dressing up for village life

    I did a spot of window shopping in Rabat the other day. Now, over there, there’s none of the high street shops like Debenhams or Mango or Accessorize like we have say, in Paola. Instead, the Rabat-trademarked Fiorita has taken over the...

  • There is no harm in just looking...

    I am so teed off... angry and... no, I am actually incandescent with rage. Why? I’ll tell you: Apparently the interfering busybodies – aka the authorities – are proposing to designate a number of our beaches as bona fide legal nudist beaches. What...

  • No such thing as enough

    If there is one advantage to being hit by a major economic crisis, it is that you cannot miss it. Sometimes, though, trouble does not come with a big bang. Sometimes it comes by stealth, creeping in over a period of time. If unchecked, this kind...

  • Good and sufficient

    Good and sufficient

    It is virtually axiomatic that senior managers do not invoke the majesty of the Industrial Tribunal when their jobs find themselves on the line and they are asked not to let the door hit them on the way out. There are various reasons for this, not...

  • China-fication of Malta

    China-fication of Malta

    At the start of 2014, the world greeted the New Year with the news that China had become the largest trading nation in 2013, surpassing the US. Today, China is on its way to becoming the world’s foremost industrial superpower. Does it make sense...

  • Did Dalli act bizarrely?

    Did Dalli act bizarrely?

    John Dalli’s case against José Manuel Barroso, as I write this, isn’t yet over. By Monday evening, however, enough had emerged from the proceedings to show that what Barroso considers salient to the case has, up till now, hardly ever been given...

  • The debate on drugs

    The debate on drugs

    Except for an excellently balanced debate organised by the OASI rehabilitation centre in Gozo on the advantages and disadvantages of decriminalising drug use in Malta, the parliamentary and other public exchanges on the subject have, on the whole,...

  • Sunny island of love

    Sunny island of love

    When I lived abroad and frequently trawled eBay for Malta-related memorabilia, nothing was more irritating than when I came upon items put up for sale by someone who signed by that infuriating name of ‘Sunny Malta’. I could not understand how...

  • The future of tourism

    Tourism is a success story. Over the years it has enjoyed the support of the whole political spectrum. The existing tourism policy covers the period 2012-2016 and I feel that an update is now necessary, with a vision that goes beyond this...

  • A doctor in Ethiopia

    A doctor in Ethiopia

    Since 2008, I have been aiding a young Ethiopian man, Zemenu Fetene, to become a medical doctor. It had been his life dream and the way he wishes to help his people. He was a homeless orphan with no future but today, thank God, he’s got only one...

  • Stop the acting – get real

    The art of government is best learned through experience. Which means that an incoming government with little accumulated experience will find it difficult to get quickly into its stride. It has to have time to pass through the early ropes and in...

  • Runaway… expenditure

    Public finance data are a good barometer of economic developments and policies. Indeed, government revenues are, to a large extent, driven by economic growth while expenditure dynamics reflect the government’s ability or otherwise in providing its...

  • Iraq’s increasingly fragile situation

    Iraq’s increasingly fragile situation

    Amid the security crisis in Iraq, the country’s new Parliament last week ended its first session in disarray, with MPs failing to nominate a new Speaker or a new Prime Minister. Kurdish and Sunni Arab MPs walked out of Parliament complaining that...

  • University matters

    As I write, the unions representing the academic staff at University are involved in an industrial action over the new collective agreement. The problem seems to be that the financial package offered to academics by the employer is quite...

  • Buck stops with the Prime Minister

    Peter Paul Zammit’s tenure as Commissioner of Police, the shortest lived ever, started off with an EU investigation backdrop. It also ended dramatically due to another EU investigation. Just a few days after his tenure started in April 2013,...

  • Government needs a mirror

    Bureaucracy, a heavy hand at doing things and passing through too many channels, is to be found everywhere. While far less so in the private sector, which often lives or dies by efficiency, it is the bane of the public sector. It is so in every...

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