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Opinion

  • First past the post

    I refer to Kevin Aquilina’s letter ‘KSU elections a sham’ (April 22). It is very unfortunate to encounter such uninformed letters, practically uncalled for, from a well-respected, high-profile individual. The problem with all this is that Pulse...

  • Young citizens must vote too

    To live in a democracy is a very hard-earned and achieved privilege, especially in these times of uncertainty, with the number of politically destabilised countries increasing around the globe. Unfortunately, many millennials and those younger may...

  • A betrayal of trust

    A betrayal of trust

    On attaining independence, Malta inherited a precious legacy: a first-class civil service. Tragically, between 1971 and 1987 this institution, so vital to the success of any parliamentary democracy, was undermined, stripped of its best people and...

  • There’s only one solution

    If a gang of criminals presented you with the ‘opportunity’ to earn extra cash in return for assisting them to gain access to a bank they want to rob, would you assist them? Would you reason that it’s worth the risk?  Would you reason that what...

  • Sharing the fiscal surplus

    Last year for the first time in 35 years we achieved a fiscal surplus, with revenues exceeding expenditure by €101 million. This was the result of the roadmap of this administration, which doubled our country’s economic growth and created more...

  • More than enough proof

    “Proof” seems to have become the latest buzzword in the local political landscape. Endless debates will continue to rage about the proof or lack of it in the Egrant saga and other serious allegations which have led to the present elec-toral...

  • Godfrey’s lethal indictment

    In the last four years, during which I had the privilege to represent the residents of the 9th district in Parliament, I came to know better Godfrey Farrugia, a Labour MP and former health minister. I had already an inkling of the man because,...

  • Viable transport alternatives

    I consider proactivity as a virtue of those who truly believe in their abilities to deliver meaningful change. Time and time again during this legislature, we have seen the Nationalist Party going out of the conventional way and not simply...

  • Constitution: popular action

    Constitution: popular action

    Section 116 of the Constitution provides for the so-called actio popularis (the people’s action) which reads as follows: a right of action for a declaration that any law is invalid on any grounds other than inconsistency with the provisions of...

  • The long road to recovery

    The present government was overwhelmingly elected on a series of promises that took the country by storm. The ‘Tagħna Lkoll’ mantra seemed capable of governing without displeasing anybody. The controversies of the Gonzi administration were a thing...

  • Election at speed of light

    In the long weekend leading to May 1, everybody felt that a snap election would be called. It was the talk of town, newspapers were speculating and political parties were spinning. Then, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat pronounced the inevitable. He...

  • Blueprint of cooperation

    Blueprint of cooperation

    In just a few days, the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) will commence in Beijing. Twenty-eight heads of state, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and delegates of 110 countries and 61 international organisations...

  • The power of prayer

    The power of prayer

    The other day, a lovely old lady knocked on the door and said to me: “You don’t know me but please have this, I’ve had it all my life and now I want to pass it on to you.” She pressed a tiny crucifix deeply in my hand, turned round and left. The...

  • It’s all a matter of choice

    In life, we are called to make many choices. Some trivial, such as what we are going to wear or eat today. Others far more important, such as what career to choose or who to spend the rest of our lives with. Next month we will be called to make...

  • Voting in the darkness

    One year after the Panama Papers and the ensuing corruption scandals, a general election has been precipitated. Whatever else is re­veal­ed, and whatever the spin, it is widely perceived that the government was unable to function normally with so...

  • Pilates of the Mediterranean

    This year, Pilate stole the scene during the Good Friday and Easter cele­brations. The allegations about the ownership of Egrant (vehe­ment­ly denied by the Prime Minister and his wife), the confirmed revelations about the monies passed by Brian...

  • Let’s gamble, if we must

    Let’s gamble, if we must

    Joseph Muscat’s decision is a slap in the face of the democratic process. It was always the case that the flexible timing of elections, and the Prime Minister’s prerogative over it, gave some leeway for partisan manoeuvre. Now, however, elections...

  • The State is crumbling

    “I am the State.” I was reminded of Louis XIV’s boast as I was following the live broadcast of the May Day mass meeting in Valletta. Labour’s image consultants had once again struck gold: the party leader who had just called a snap general...

  • On the state of our democracy

    On the state   of our democracy

    The crisis in Malta has led to the government’s collapse while it holds the presidency of the EU Council. The impact on the functioning of the EU will be significant. In Malta, Parliament has been dissolved and we are headed for snap elections in...

  • If a week is a long time...

    Premier Muscat has decided, inexplicably, to cut his premiership short by a year and to have the shortest possible campaign. The crack about “a week being a long time in politics” has been taken on a whole new meaning. Mere minutes now telescope...

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