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  • 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...

  • A holistic plan for Gozo

    When Malta was being favourably considered by the British government for possible integration, a certain Lord Balogh, accompanied by Douglas Seers, came here to facilitate a holistic plan for the future of these islands. Their report, submitted to...

  • Workers in the community

    “For the first time in history, the unemployment rate in Malta dropped to under four per cent”. This triumphant statement was made by the Department of Information last month. Technically speaking, the statement is correct. At 3.9 per cent,...

  • The story of migration

    The story of migration

    Once again, Europe mourns migrant tragedies. Deaths caused by shipwrecks in the Mediterranean. Deaths caused by criminals who enrich themselves from the sufferings of human beings.  In the past few years, about 5,000 immigrants have died during...

  • Wanted: Scooter traffic solution

    Wanted: Scooter traffic solution

    Each country has its trademark vehicle. In the Netherlands, it’s bicycles. In the UK it’s Mr Bean’s Leyland Mini. In the US it’s those over-stretched limousines. In Malta it’s the red-and-green vintage trucks with curly yellow scribbles tattooed...

  • Migration changes Germany’s politics

    Migration changes Germany’s politics

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union last Sunday suffered a severe setback in regional elections in the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The CDU was pushed into third place in the poll by the populist right-wing...

  • The Opposition has got it wrong

    The article by Opposition MP Ryan Callus (Sunday, August 28), entitled ‘Who to blame for the Sliema tower’, is a misrepresentation of facts, typical of an elite establishment only interested in partisanship. Politics isn’t about blaming one...

  • Where are you now?

    After every protest, after every article, after every legal action to try and save the little that is left of our natural and urban heritage, someone always spits out that hoary old question: “Where were you when they knocked down the old houses...

  • Is this the age of the stupid?

    Janet Daley, a prominent opinion and leader writer for The Telegraph, in a recent article wrote that something has gone seriously wrong with our politics as “we seem to be entering a new historical phase: the Era of Stupid.” She also asked why...

  • Of roving eyes and gnat anuses

    Eurovision (song contest) fever is normally a seasonal matter. The first symptoms make themselves felt around February, followed by a full-blown epidemic that ravages the population in May. The peak lasts for about two weeks, after which the whole...

  • Responsibility of influence

    The ongoing saga about skyscrapers has opened up deep questions reaching well be­yond construction projects. The debate has touched upon the influence of our outspoken and popular Archbishop on social and political matters, the morals and vision...

  • How to tame the Archbishop

    Archbishop Scicluna has stepped way over the line. His tweet some time ago about the ‘priapic’ Mrieħel towers was positively disgraceful. He has criticised our top industrialists who are investing so much in our economy and their future. He has...

  • Leo, the Lion of Oz

    Leo, the Lion of Oz

    Was this a contrite St Augustine of Hippo, humbly spelling out his confessions, beat­ing his chest, baring himself naked to public scorn, seeking absolution for his grave sins of ommission? Absolution, mind you, not from his fellow countrymen, who...

  • Let’s not be beastly to the wardens…

    Speaking as a proud member of that breed, I say: it’s about time the general public learned to love and nurture us wardens, instead of reviling and complaining about us. After all, we are performing a vital public service, namely stewing the swine...

  • Light at the end of the tunnel

    When I read Desmond Zammit Marmarà’s article a couple of weeks ago, I did not know whether to laugh hysterically or cry my eyes out. He seems to think this is the best government we have ever had. And that was before another shocking revelation...

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