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Opinion

  • Is this the age of the stupid?

    Janet Daley, a prominent opinion and leader writer for The Telegraph, in a recent article wrote that something has gone seriously wrong with our politics as “we seem to be entering a new historical phase: the Era of Stupid.” She also asked why...

  • Of roving eyes and gnat anuses

    Eurovision (song contest) fever is normally a seasonal matter. The first symptoms make themselves felt around February, followed by a full-blown epidemic that ravages the population in May. The peak lasts for about two weeks, after which the whole...

  • Responsibility of influence

    The ongoing saga about skyscrapers has opened up deep questions reaching well be­yond construction projects. The debate has touched upon the influence of our outspoken and popular Archbishop on social and political matters, the morals and vision...

  • How to tame the Archbishop

    Archbishop Scicluna has stepped way over the line. His tweet some time ago about the ‘priapic’ Mrieħel towers was positively disgraceful. He has criticised our top industrialists who are investing so much in our economy and their future. He has...

  • Leo, the Lion of Oz

    Leo, the Lion of Oz

    Was this a contrite St Augustine of Hippo, humbly spelling out his confessions, beat­ing his chest, baring himself naked to public scorn, seeking absolution for his grave sins of ommission? Absolution, mind you, not from his fellow countrymen, who...

  • Let’s not be beastly to the wardens…

    Speaking as a proud member of that breed, I say: it’s about time the general public learned to love and nurture us wardens, instead of reviling and complaining about us. After all, we are performing a vital public service, namely stewing the swine...

  • Light at the end of the tunnel

    When I read Desmond Zammit Marmarà’s article a couple of weeks ago, I did not know whether to laugh hysterically or cry my eyes out. He seems to think this is the best government we have ever had. And that was before another shocking revelation...

  • Question time: The way we speak

    Sandro Mangion In a rapidly changing, globalised world, the hegemony of the global lingua franca has led languages to open their doors to loan words from English as a means of enriching themselves and, ultimately, of survival. This is no modern...

  • Moral policing of women

    A few weeks ago I read an article in The Guardian bearing this title. It referred to the murder of brave Qandeel Baloch in Pakistan, yet I could not help but think that it applies perfectly well to Maltese society. On a different level perhaps,...

  • Hot asphalt for Malta’s roads

    I refer to the reports ‘More problems with the tarmac, this time at MIA’ (August 23), ‘Poor quality control cause of poor roads’ (September 1), and “Transport Malta will work on warped Pieta’ tarmac” (September 3). In the first place I am...

  • One restroom at a time

    By using a restroom, you make a public statement about your identity. For some people, this everyday action is not so simple. Gender neutral toilet facilities on campus at the University of Malta sparked some controversy when they were introduced...

  • Heart transplantations

    Heart transplantations

    In December 1967, when Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful human heart transplant, it made front-page news all over the world and he became an instant celebrity. Today heart transplantation does not elicit the same wonder, but it is...

  • New bank’s role still unclear

    There were a number of statements in the editorial ‘Good development banking’ (September 1) which for the benefit of readers need to be clarified, corrected or expanded upon. “These banks [commercial banks] do not normally lend on a long-term...

  • From treasure to trash

    Men are more likely than women to seek pleasure from sexuality and so women have traditionally been sexual gatekeepers for men.  In the past, the potential need to care for a dependent child had a tempering effect on women’s behaviour. That any...

  • Matter of mice and men

    The problem regarding overdevelopment has existed ever since the building boom of the 1960s. This phenomena accelerated in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s and continued to do so during the turn of this century. It has now reached a worrying situation,...

  • The professional swindler

    I bought a flat in Gozo, fulfilling a dream I had always had. In a way the purchase was forced on me, however: when, as the financial markets were in turmoil, experts started wondering about the euro, I thought I had better do something about it.

  • Real power and the glory

    Real power and the glory

    In his interview with The Sunday Times of Malta this week, Archbishop Charles Scicluna was twice asked whether he thought the Muscat government fears him. He tried to wiggle out of answering but then replied: “I don’t think so, no.” Then he...

  • Honouring Vittoriosa

    Honouring Vittoriosa

    As the recipient of the prestigious Croce Del Ordine, it is incumbent on me to ensure that the legitimate wishes willed to us by the Vittoriosa elders of the Università in collaboration with the Knights of St John are fulfilled. During the time of...

  • Brexit: Europe in jeopardy

    The referendum on Brexit has been a severe blow to European unity. This development will have a far-reaching negative impact on both Britain and the rest of Europe. Although, for once, the British had the opportunity to vote in a clear manner,...

  • Malta’s lack of vision

    Malta’s lack of vision

    There are some words which are simply alien to the Maltese culture: ‘public cleanliness’; ‘courtesy’; ‘open-mindedness’; ‘civic pride’; ‘planning’; ‘objectivity’ and many others. Readers will add their own favourites to the list. But there is one...

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