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Opinion

  • Coalition or to coalesce?

    The fact that Nationalist Party (PN) and the Demo-cratic Party (PD) may be fighting the election on a joint ticket under the PN banner hit the headlines last week. It has left many people asking questions. Is the PD coalescing with the PN? Is the...

  • Deciphering the surplus

    For the first time since 1981, the government’s consolidated fund registered a surplus for the year ending 2016. Finance Minister Edward Scicluna said he expected the €8.9 million surplus to grow when the accrual accounts are presented. As...

  • Is Paris in tatters?

    Is Paris in tatters?

    Donald Trump’s recent executive order ‘Promoting energy independence and economic growth’ could be the cause of quite a stir. Climate analysts are looking sceptically at what they perceive as a full-blown attempt by the US President to roll back...

  • Where can we cycle?

    Where can we cycle?

    I just came back from a morning of playing hopscotch, tug-of-war and skipping rope and it was such good fun that in my mind I’m thinking how great it would be if we all did it more often. This term, at school, my daughter’s grade covered World War...

  • Part of the European family

    Part of the European family

    The last week of March was a momentous week for every European citizen. While in one corner of Europe, Britain was signing the letter to formally depart the Union, in another corner the most influential leaders and policymakers in Europe were...

  • Beware of the token woman

    Beware of the token woman

    A lot of talk about quotas for women politicians is doing the rounds, aiming to encourage more participation. But quotas don’t get to the root of the problem. Let’s look at facts, not talk. I was recently appointed to a committee which received...

  • Cain’s lesson on post-truth

    Many would probably just brush aside the Genesis’s account of the dialogue between God and Cain as something unrelated to socio-political developments in the world today. They are mistaken. That dialogue gives us valuable insights both on the...

  • Schools where God has a place

    I see no reason why Islam should not be taught to Muslim children in Maltese State schools. The irrational fear of contamination that seems to have gripped many parents is just that, and rather reminds me of the scourge of tropical diseases that...

  • On coalition talks

    There has been a lot of talk about coalitions in the past weeks and months. In post-independence Malta, Alternattiva Demokratika has been a forerunner with regard to proposals on coalitions. In the run-up to the 2008 election we had proposed an...

  • StEPPing out of Orbán’s jungle

    There’s one in every family, as Zazu in The Lion King sagely remarked 23 years ago. Mufasa had Scar, his shifty, scheming brother. The European People’s Party (EPP) has Victor Orbán, Hungary’s increasingly colourful Prime Minister. Last week, the...

  • Children’s care rests on two

    Children’s care rests on two

    Marital breakdowns, long fend­ed off by staunch Catholicism and community cohesion, are finally sweeping through Malta, but this article is neither a moral lament nor nostalgia for some kind of imagi­nary past. It is about the...

  • Who the **** is Patrick?

    Who the **** is Patrick?

    April Fool’s Day apart, there is one day that gets more annoying each year – St Patrick’s Day. Even the Irish complain of being coerced into binge-drinking by all the hype. Green hat day is styled as some kind of boozy United Nations party. This...

  • Unfettered powers to government

    The Government Land Bill being debated in Parliament purports to be a consolidation of all laws relating to the administration of public land. Indeed, the government proposed, and appealed for, a swift passage of the Bill through the House, since...

  • Wild bird’s conservation

    Imagine this: animal rights’ activists discover the carcasses of a family of swans. A group of rogue hunters is implicated in the killing. Enforcement authorities investigate but the suspects remain elusive. Animal lovers cry foul but the hunting...

  • Value of human life

    Value of human life

    Can you imagine a world in which only scientists considered climate change; where only women cared about women’s issues; where just children held opinions about other children; where only farmers cared about animal welfare; a world in which only...

  • Let’s talk about depression

    Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. It causes mental anguish and can impact on people’s ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks. Untreated depression can prevent people from working and...

  • Grumpy old men

    Grumpy old men

    It’s hard to understand Martin Scicluna’s fixation on abortion. For someone who accuses the anti-abortion lobby of obsessiveness, he writes about it a lot. He would have us believe that it is a non-issue, to him at any rate, yet, it seems he...

  • Politics working backwards

    Politics working backwards

    A new video is doing the rounds on Facebook showing President Donald Trump signing an executive order that will result in the reopening of coal mines. The main headline for this video was all about how the US is no longer helping to combat climate...

  • Speculating on Manoel Island

    Speculation about Manoel Island is rife, with statements varying from buy-backs to buy-ins. Whatever the outcome, Manoel Island must be protected as the last open space within the dense Sliema/Gżira conurbation and its numerous historic sites...

  • A year on, we’re serfs

    A year on, we’re serfs

    One year after the Panama Papers story broke, Konrad Mizzi refuses to take any more questions on his Panama company, saying he has exhausted all questions on the matter. Really? You could have fooled us. Every time he’s bothered to answer a...

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