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Opinion

  • An ode to St Francis

    The recent unanimous rejection by the Planning Authority of the development proposal for Ħondoq ir-Rummien surely merits more than just a few moments of reflection. Land issues are what they are, let alone in precious miniscule Gozo. Ħondoq is...

  • Beware the silly season

    Invariably summer triggers a political shut down as Parliament heads for recess and parties shift into a slow gear amid the stifling seasonal heat. Civil service employees take leave and all legislation is put off until cooler climes return. In...

  • Triumph for freedom of expression

    On Tuesday, Parliament finally approved Bill 113, which enacts the censorship reform of the Criminal Code. The two most important changes introduced by this Bill are the repeal of the crime of religious vilification and the relaxation of the...

  • Post-Brexit syndrome

    Post-Brexit syndrome

    As the UK’s new Prime Minister, Theresa May, settles into her new job, expect to come across more evidence of post-Brexit derangement syndrome in the commentariat. This syndrome is identical to the same disorder that afflicted Brexit voters in the...

  • Half-baked policymaking?

    Half-baked policymaking?

    Taking off his hat as purveyor of ‘university’ accreditations à la Żonqor, Martin Scicluna has donned his sanctimonious hat (July 6) to lecture Nationalist Party leader Simon Busuttil, about ‘half-baked policymaking’ in good governance. At least,...

  • The rise of small states

    I have always believed in the potential of small and developing states to be self-reliant, for the simple reason that the most important element to progress in life is the development of the mind, which is conducive to the development of human...

  • Ovarian obsessions

    Ovarian obsessions

    Why are there so many occasions when I hear something and say to myself, in words made famous by Mandy Rice-Davis in 1963: “Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he?” I was reminded forcibly of this over the last few weeks as various bishops, priests,...

  • Rights of the unborn

    The aim of the Women’s Rights Foundation (WRF) to save women from unwanted or ill-timed pregnancies must attract the sympathy and support of anyone who tried to understand what it is like for a woman to go through such an experience. Whether this...

  • God’s palmistry in Naxxar

    Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands (Isaiah, 49, 16). This was the first thought to spring to mind at the sight of the new doors of bronze adorning the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy at San Pawl tat-Tarġa, Naxxar. The mercy of God is...

  • Quality teaching at the university

    The leader in The Economist (June 11) tackled the issue of how to make a good teacher. It coincided with a much-needed CPD course instituted by the University of Malta for full-time members of staff who, like me, will be eligible for a promotion...

  • Gender dysphoria

    Gender dysphoria

    “I think the greatest thing about being transgender is that one day I will have a grizzly bear type beard and a voice deeper than the Grand Canyon and I will be able to look someone in the eye and say ‘back in the day when I was a girl scout’ and...

  • The Bard’s ramblings

    The Bard’s ramblings

    The welcome announcement that the Malta Amateur Drama Club – the MADC - will be reviving their long-standing tradition with a Shakespearean production of Midsummer Night’s Dream at the lush San Anton Gardens from July 15 to July 24, has rekindled...

  • Air Malta: Time to do the decent thing

    Air Malta: Time to do the decent thing

    Pilots demand average of €50,000 increase in take-home pay When you run a business that depends on the hard work of hundreds of people, it’s difficult having to imagine criticising them in public. If an employee does something that could harm the...

  • Social exclusion from top

    Back in the 1990s, when sociologist Anthony Middens proposed the influential ‘third way’ social-democratic approach, he warned about different types of social exclusion. As he put it, social exclusion may take place due to policies which exclude...

  • A nation’s well-being

    The Public Domain Bill presented by the Nationalist Opposition and endorsed by Parliament strengthens democracy and is a major step in the right direction. For one thing, it involves a radically different concept of man than that which economists...

  • The man who found his voice

    Andrew Borg Cardona (July 6) claims that the amendments to the Employment and Industrial Relations Act (EIRA) were introduced “almost by stealth”. This statement is untrue and ill-intentioned as the minister publicly announced these amendments in...

  • Huh! the Viking war chant

    Huh! the Viking war chant

    “Fairy tales still exist!” Prime Minister Sigurdur Ingi Johannsson told the Iceland national football team when they arrived back home to a heroes’ welcome in Reykjavik. In a world of Isis, Dallas shooting, Baghdad attacks, Brexit, Panama papers,...

  • Brexit and a radical EU rethink

    Brexit and a radical EU rethink

    There is no doubt that the result of the UK’s EU referendum sent shockwaves throughout Europe and Britain. The country’s new Prime Minister – either Theresa May or Andrea Leadsom – will soon have to decide whether to invoke Article 50 of the...

  • Malta is not beautiful

    Well, parts of it are. Only they rarely include the places that are said to be beauty spots – the kind of places that find themselves on postcards, that is. For the most part, these places have been made ugly, wretched, and quite unbearable. Take...

  • Our national interest after Brexit

    The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union has created political uncertainty few had dared predict. The uncertainty is palpable, especially in the UK, where the political landscape has been dramatically altered, with the prime movers –...

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