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Opinion

  • Artistic censorship reforms

    In his opinion piece ‘Civil right to objectify women’ (July 27) on the proposed reform to obscenity laws, Kevin Aquilina seems to erroneously imply that the primary purpose of the legislation is to lay the foundations for an international porn...

  • EU’s lack of political will

    EU’s lack of political will

    The spring Eurobarometer survey showed that over 80 per cent of Maltese were feeling well content with the country’s economic situation. Despite the government’s abysmal recent record on the environment and its involvement – whether wittingly or...

  • Vilification of Benedict

    Vilification of Benedict

    Under the guise of analysing the current situation in the Vatican, from his privileged perch in The Times of Malta, Martin Scicluna takes the opportunity to denigrate Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and portray the history of the papacy as one of...

  • Sports clubs held hostage

    A few weeks ago, Anthony Chircop, former president of the Malta Amateur Athletic Association, wrote an article entitled ‘A brighter future for Sports’, dealing with proposed changes in the legislation governing the transfer of public property to...

  • Connecting the power dots

    Power cuts happen. They always have and they always will. If anyone believed that electricity interruptions were going to stop because of a new government, they were being naive. Of course it doesn’t help that as part of their election tactics the...

  • The corruption of politics

    The corruption of politics

    You have to credit Labour with one thing – it is ingenious at squandering other people’s money. The Prime Minister set the ball rolling immediately upon taking office by renting his own car to himself. It was an act that degraded the office he...

  • Line to disappointment

    Line to disappointment

    I don’t think I stand alone when I say that our transport system has reached a new low. The bar wasn’t set high before but now it’s resting on the floor and burrowing deeper each day. Many citizens received their travel cards late in the second...

  • The schoolboy’s speech

    I write in response to the article ‘The “gift” of stuttering’ (July 28). Although it is laudable that an awareness group called The Stuttering Association of Malta is to be established, I wholeheartedly wish that it be a group that promotes...

  • Let’s build a better Malta

    I have been involved in the real estate market for more than 25 years now. I remember people afraid of buying property in secondary roads where it was very difficult to find a street surfaced with tarmac. Experience led me to believe that, during...

  • Never-ending energy story

    Gasol, one of the companies originally involved in the new power station project in Malta, recently announced it is no longer involved in this project. Its official website, however, still states that it is providing 30 per cent equity for the...

  • The correct legal order

    I did not like the recent rift between the journalists and the Institute of Maltese Journalists on one side and the Chamber of Advocates and (indirectly) the Judiciary on the other. No, I did not like it one bit. On examining closely what appeared...

  • Celebrating difference

    In his opinion piece of August 4, Ivan Fenech reacted to the donation of a number of educational resources by MGRM to schools. Most of these resources involved storybooks that are aimed at kindergarten and primary school children but they also...

  • Why Maltese men have always been short

    Why Maltese men have always been short

    I have quite often complained in this column about how Maltese men are, erm, vertically challenged. Today, I just want to say that I will complain no more. And the reason is that I now know for a fact that we’ve come a long, long way. Thousands of...

  • Obama’s welcome Clean Power Plan

    Obama’s welcome Clean Power Plan

    US President Barack Obama last week unveiled what he called “the biggest, most important step we have ever taken” in tackling climate change. In a bold move, he announced that the revised Clean Power Plan will cut greenhouse gas emissions from US...

  • Happy birthday Times of Malta

    An anthropologist once asked Swedish people what was the first thing they did when they got back home after a long trip abroad. It turned out that the most popular choice was for them to drink a glass of Swedish milk. The taste, coupled with all...

  • Going beyond the status quo

    The 2013 general elections gave this administration a clear mandate to set up an independent Environment and Resources Authority while improving practices by reducing bureaucratic processes at the planning stages. In doing so the role of...

  • The generation gap

    In a discussion about the so-called ‘Clean Books Bill’ in the 1920s, the flamboyant and irreverent mayor of New York, Jimmy Walker, had famously remarked: “No woman was ever ruined by a book.” What about the censorship of children’s books? The...

  • There’s something about Gozo

    My first idea was to take a leaf out of Judge Michael Mallia’s report into former police inspector Daniel Zammit’s dubious prosecution of a 2008 murder. But I’ve decided to postpone the agony because it’s August and hot enough as it is. So I’ll...

  • The priority police

    The Labour Party is finding out – to its detriment – that raking up scandals that happened un­der a Nationalist ad­mi­nistration is subject to diminishing returns. The attempts by Labour media to drum up interest in the Gaffarena-PN con­nection is...

  • Pope Francis is not ruled by polls

    Lately there has been some very good news about Pope Francis from the US. According to a Gallup poll held in the beginning of July, Pope Francis’ favourability rating in the US is now at 59 per cent, down from 76 per cent in early 2014. That is a...

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