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Opinion

  • Hunting game’s afoot

    Hunting game’s afoot

    The Constitutional Court has declared the hunters’ game to be up: the referendum to decide whether hunting in spring is to continue will be held on April 11, with the question to be put needing a resounding No for the ban to be brought into...

  • Unkept green pledges

    Unkept green pledges

    Public awareness on environmental matters has never been so strong. However, the environment continues to be decimated as well as abused and this with the blessing of government entities. Mepa, the competent authority for the environment, is under...

  • Boundaries of free speech

    Everybody was claiming to be Charlie last week. Charlie Hebdo became a common reference, with few people outside France knowing that hebdo means ‘weekly’ but what the heck. Everybody wanted to make a statement, a declaration of personal...

  • Murder for one’s faith

    Murder for one’s faith

    Until the recent Charlie Hebdo attack, I had not given its satirical drawings any importance. The perpetrators of this heinous crime have, through their extremist actions, promoted with me and on a worldwide basis this publication. I was compelled...

  • Unpaid NI contributions

    The Budget for 2015 allows insured persons to pay up to a maximum of five years of missing contributions. How kind! Or is it? If a person earning an average salary cares to do his maths, he will realise that the resulting amount will be more than...

  • China energy contract a sham

    The government has just published a supposed ‘agreement’ with Shanghai Electric and Power Company for the privatisation of Enemalta and the BWSC power station. What has, in fact, been published is a vague and sketchy document that raises more...

  • Taking Malta to the next level

    I am hugely encouraged by the debate that has ensued since my remarks last month that Malta needs to take bold steps to reach the next level of excellence. Moving away from the mass market and embracing quality tourism is, I believe, vital to our...

  • Paris, Islam and mentality

    Paris, Islam and mentality

    In the wake of the Paris atrocities, a Dubai-based satirical news website last week ran a ‘story’ in its deadpan style. The Pan-Arabia Enquirer said the Gulf was bracing itself “for a torrent of ‘Islam is peaceful’ articles”, admonishing the...

  • Much ado about nothing

    Much ado about nothing

    The Malliagate scandal might have been a blessing in disguise for the government because, in less than 48 hours, no one was talking about the Budget that had just been presented in Parliament. Finance Minister Edward Scicluna’s Budget can easily...

  • Competition at petrol stations

    The price of unleaded petrol in the United Kingdom dropped marginally below the price in Malta, according to the European Commission, and continues to drop further. On January 5, the price of unleaded petrol in the UK was €1.419, according to the...

  • Islam upholds freedom of speech

    Like every sane and rational person, Muslims around the world are shocked and deeply hurt by the Paris attacks which left so many dead and injured. It is even more painful that this attack was done in the name of Prophet Muhammad – the messenger...

  • Lame duck US President?

    Lame duck US President?

    It is a popular misconception that the US under Barack Obama is a country in decline. But much of the current commentary about it rests on rather loose analysis, on impressions that it has lost its way and that it lacks the will to address the...

  • Tourists we need to lure

    Tourists we need to lure

    The editorial of Times of Malta about moving away from mass tourism (January 5) cannot be more mistaken. It is articles like this that are endangering the tourism industry. Tourism should not be called by different names. It is just that, plainly...

  • God is not with you

    Charlie Hebdo was once a boutique magazine with powerful messages but limited readership. It is now and forever a European beacon. Last week, we all felt the urge to raise our hands and shout “Je suis Charlie,” in honour of the slain journalists...

  • Joseph Muscat’s albatross

    Joseph Muscat’s albatross

    The position taken by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat on the hunting referendum is incredible in its contradictions and shocking to the point of scandalous. It goes to show to what shambles Labour has been reduced to under his helm in order to sell...

  • Labour law double header

    Labour law double header

    At the interface between law and human resource management, two recent issues have created a degree of interest. In one case, as a result of a recent court decision (Diacono v Deutsche Bank, Civil Court), the employer was prevented, by means of a...

  • Sustainable tourism growth

    An all-time record for tourism in Malta was registered in 2014. It is estimated that 1.7 million tourists visited Malta last year. Malta’s tourism performance has been on the high side when compared to European and Mediterranean figures. However,...

  • Local councils 22 years on

    The uncertainty that local councillors and candidates had been facing is finally over. Though elections for a number of councils had to be held this year, a delay had been proposed and councillors and candidates remained in the dark even if the...

  • Reducing vehicle emissions

    Reducing vehicle emissions

    Air pollution is a major concern for all citizens because of its direct impact on health and well-being. According to one of the latest reports released by the World Health Organisation, air pollution is one of the main environment-related risks...

  • Need to take corrective action

    I have always believed that all politicians – whether present or past – genuinely believe they can contribute to improve the general conditions of this country. All of them make daily sacrifices, affecting both their daily family and their own...

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