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Opinion

  • Please sir, she wants more

    That extraordinary tirade of priest bashing by Civil Liberties Minister Helena Dalli in Parliament last week was an unwarranted flashback to those horror Mintoff years we do not need reminding of. Her outburst didn’t make sense, at...

  • History repeating itself

    Why should good, sound initiatives be spoiled by stupid and anti-social proposals? The Gozo Channel Co. recently an­nounced mornings trips every half hour. Excellent news. Also, the recent free travel days initiative was admirable. Gozo Channel...

  • A true creative economy

    There was a time when the world economy was propelled by power-driven machines and natural resources. The industrial age lasted for about two-and-a-half centuries and its hallmark was ‘mass’ everything: production, markets, distribution. Now, a...

  • Let the experiment begin

    The ceremonies, swearing-in and outpouring of good-will over, the long experiment begins this morning. No experiment is ever easy – this one more than others because nothing remotely like it has ever been tried. It does not concern whether the...

  • Meet my mum and dad

    This country seems to be moving closer to passing a law on civil unions, allowing homosexual couples to adopt, despite opposing public opinion to include adoption in the law and inconclusive evidence on what is actually in the child’s best interest.

  • Of promises and deceit

    Some days ago, the employees who work in the generation section of Enemalta were called to a meeting at which a former-Labour minister, today chairman of the company, Charles Mangion, was also present. In this meeting the workers were given four...

  • Will Hollande turn to the right?

    France’s governing Socialists suffered big losses in last week’s second round of voting in local elections, with the Opposition centre-right UMP claiming victory and the far-right National Front (worryingly) making gains. The UMP captured a number...

  • Pastizzi and the EU superstate

    On Tuesday morning I received a text message from a fine wit with a bipolar love-hatred of this island. That makes her a kindred spirit, on the second count. It read, “ara veru pastizzi n-nies” (‘people are such pastizzi’). Lest she be accused of...

  • Shuffles within a Cabinet reshuffle

    Those who follow the Prime Minister’s ven­­tures know he is not one for improvising. He plans and acts, even speaks, according to a pre-determined script. At times, however, life – especially within the political arena – has a habit of forcing a...

  • Political climate warming up

    I wouldn’t call it exactly a sea change and I do not know how long it will last. But there is discernible warming up in the spring political climate between the two major political parties. After a year, during which fangs were drawn and they were...

  • A tale of two ministries

    When the Labour Party rose to power in March 2013, after beating the Nationalist party by some 37,000 votes, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat stood before the country and promised a brighter future for all – both the enthralled and the disenchanted.

  • Patience will get you permits

    Giovanni Bonello – renowned human rights lawyer and constitutional ex-pert. Legal counsel in most of the cases regarding the breach of fundamental human rights in the 1980s. Lover of the arts and an author of several books about history. Acclaimed...

  • Avoiding the short cut to chaos

    I have rarely, if ever, written twice in a row about closely-related subjects. I feel that this time round I have to make an exception of sorts. For the second consecutive week I write about the now President Emeritus George Abela. This time in...

  • Urban design and health

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently expressed concern on the risk that obesity is becoming the new norm in Europe. An earlier World Health Organisation study concluded that the urban environment is responsible for 14 per cent of health...

  • Out of the box

    Following a television serial for 10 years, give or take, is no joke. The characters sort of wind up becoming your friends, and the weekly appointment with their shenanigans is a bit like catching up with your BFFs over coffee. This sort of...

  • That vulnerable Xarabank panel

    Some time last year I got a call from the Xarabank team, inviting me to be part of the panel on their Friday night programme. I gulped in response. Before I got the chance to put a word in, I was told by the very cheery Xarabank-team man that I...

  • A labour of love... Blogpost 13...

    Twelve months on from our landslide triumph, I hope you are all as happy as I am at the way in which Jo-zeff... with a little help from the rest of us, has transformed our island into the paradise you see all around you today. My undying...

  • Abolish spring hunting

    Spring hunting has been a contentious issue for many years in the Maltese islands. Throughout the years, both the Labour Party and the Nationalist Party have sought to deal with spring hunting through backroom deals with organisations...

  • Yes indeed but no but

    Everybody is having conniptions at the fact that gays are going to be allowed to get married and, horror of horrors, adopt children. Let’s get things straight (forgive me). The Bill that President Emeritus George Abela had apparently made it clear...

  • Back to streaming in schools

    “Grouping students in Years 5 and 6 employing banding and standardised scores: in Years 5 and 6 the classification of children will be according to a banding procedure, where children numbers permit. The criterion for grouping children will be the...

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