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  • Ruminating on Labour

    Ruminating on Labour

    Breath-taking scenery and poetic inspirations: a lake at the foot of mountains with picturesque villages scattered on its shores, dense patches of greenery as far as the eye can see, a thick mist that engulfs almost everything viewed from the...

  • Santa has yet to reach Malta

    I am asking myself why am writing this. I was not born here and I cannot afford to become a Maltese citizen. Technically, this is not my country. Yet, despite being a foreigner, I am no stranger here and I would like to join the collective defence...

  • Getting flak, no cake

    Getting flak, no cake

    Aesop was a famous storyteller. He wrote numerous fables and each tale conveyed a profound insight. One fable was about a cottager who owned a goose that laid a golden egg every day. Dreaming of becoming instantly rich, he foolishly demanded that...

  • We are no barbarians

    As coordinator of the Malta Unborn Child Movment (MUCM) I was invited to speak at the parliamentary hearings on the morning-after pill by the chairman of the Family Committee of Parliament. At the hearing, I started reading a prepared short paper ...

  • Construction insatiability

    There is a Maltese expression, jew nejja jew maħruqa, that literally translated means it’s either raw or burnt. This just about sums up our national character. It seems that we are a people of extremes who invariably struggle to find the middle of...

  • Amendment that never was

    Different constitutions regulate the retirement age of the judges of superior courts, including the Constitutional Court or the Supreme Court in different ways. In the United States, for instance, the Constitution provides that judges to the...

  • Coffee and good morals

    Coffee and good morals

    In Gozo, last weekend, at an Italian ice-cream parlour opened by a Milanese, I squinted at the coffee list, which included “espresso with cream”. I suspected a mistake in translation. “Do you mean a macchiato?” I asked the owner, with whom I had...

  • Unbridled development

    Since the 1960s, substantial parts of Malta have been besieged by an unyielding desire to demolish, construct and build. Fifty years of concretification and rampant development have changed our islands’ landscape once and for all. What remains of...

  • Morality is based in facts

    If you could imagine the worst possible misery for everyone, where everything that can go wrong does go wrong, then you can reasonably say that anything which isn’t that is better. Once you admit this, a moral landscape with measurable...

  • Find solution to Air Malta saga

    Air Malta was born to be politicised by successive governments and no matter how much my claim may be rebutted, facts prove otherwise. Thanks to Pakistan International Airlines, Air Malta was given a sound take off and had a big future until both...

  • Last human right

    Last human right

    I am full of admiration for Joe Magro, an ALS sufferer, and Louise Vella, who suffers from motor neurone disease. Their courageous pleas to be allowed to die with dignity at a time of their own choosing are both inspiring and moving. As an...

  • ‘Third age’ of Britons

    At my Church of England junior school, more than half a century ago, I sat in a classroom between a Jew and a Roman Catholic (children of refugees) and behind an Egyptian. We walked to and from school together and after homework all played cricket...

  • Playing loose with values

    Former US presidential candidate and world renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson once said that: “The Roman Empire was very, very much like us. They lost their moral core, their sense of values in terms of who they were. And after all of those things...

  • Off-roading: the new menace

    In the last two decades, public interest in physical recreation pursuits has increased and diversified tremendously, with the Ramblers’ Association Malta intensifying its rambling activities with three rambles per week of the length and breadth of...

  • The il/legality of MAPs

    The il/legality of MAPs

    The question which is currently being debated in Malta is whether morning-after pills are legal or illegal. From a legal viewpoint, the answer to this question depends very much on the effects these pills procure: are they purely and simply...

  • Malta’s halcyon days

    Malta’s halcyon days

    In the early 1960s, Malta was still a tranquil and idyllic island, basking in the Mediterranean sun. Harold Rose’s Your Guide to Malta, published in 1963, described Malta as still unspoiled and undeveloped (in the best sense of the word). In the...

  • Caravan takeover at Armier

    The vehicles featured in the article ‘Caravans take over Armier public space’ (July 23) are not caravans but motorhomes. There is a bigdifference between a caravan and a motorhome even though both vehicles have living spaces and amenities found in...

  • Health and privatisation

    The government’s new ventures in public-private healthcare seem to have escaped the degree of public attention that was given to other issues. This is rather paradoxical, when healthcare is a basic need in modern welfare states. Malta’s healthcare...

  • Dangers of democracy

    Dangers of democracy

    The short-term expediency of populist politics has long been recognised as a means to an end by politicians. The New Right politics of Nigel Farage, Marie Le Penn, Donald Trump and other lesser known emerging right-wing extremists share several...

  • That’s my view you’ve stolen away

    That’s my view you’ve stolen away

    We had a do in Mdina recently. We arrived when an outdoor Mass was still in progress, which was just as well because we could just stand at the back, not pay much heed to what the priest was saying and instead take in the scene unfolding in front...

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