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Opinion

  • Right climate for growth

    Right climate for growth

    The climate sector has not been short of studies, research projects and analysis but there is no doubt that the most groundbreaking document published in recent months was ‘The new climate economy report – better growth, better climate’ that was...

  • Chance to air our voices

    Quality in broadcasting is very often spoken about ad nauseam and fingers immediately point towards the regulator. Everyone agrees on the importance of good quality programming. The impact on the way messages reach viewers and how people in the...

  • Malta’s European story

    Malta’s European story

    The Today Public Policy Institute is an autonomous, non-governmental organisation. Its mission is to promote wide understanding of strategic issues of national importance as well as to help in the development and implementation of sound public...

  • People always matter

    Simon Busuttil took over the helm in what is one of the most challenging periods in the Nationalist Party’s recent history. The party emerged from the 2013 general election flat on its back. It got another hammering at the European elections. The...

  • Journalists on the front line

    Journalists on the front line

    Broadcasting corporations and newspaper conglomerates are targets of relentless criticism. Some detect a somewhat problematic link between the media and the setting of the policy agenda; others may be uncomfortable by the media’s ability to filter...

  • The Church family synod

    Bishops will be convening in Rome in the coming days to attend an extraordinary synod with the theme ‘Pastoral challenges for the family in the context of evangelisation’. The Catholic Church maintains “that there are absolutely no grounds for...

  • High flying, adored

    High flying, adored

    Everything gets so confusing under Labour. We all thought we had a woman president, but it appears we have a first lady too. Fascinating. The Department of Information has been releasing photos of the Prime Minister’s wife strutting around the Big...

  • Our neutrality clauses

    Our neutrality clauses

    Lino Bugeja’s recent article ‘Neutrality needs revision’ is the latest in a series of attacks on the concept of neutrality as enshrined in our Constitution. We shall not discuss the various points Bugeja makes in his article, which include the...

  • Malta’s hidden economy

    The decision by the national statistics authorities to get our national GDP figures to better reflect a current reality by also including estimate figures for prostitution and other illicit economic activities (September 22) is good, but of course...

  • Now let the people speak

    I followed the Scottish referendum on independence with more than a modicum of interest. While appreciating the worries of many over possible price fluctuations of their favourite single malts (!), I was curious to see how the people of Scotland...

  • Flood relief and reality

    The national flood relief project nearing completion will “be able to cope with heavy rainfall… that normally occurred once every five years” (September 5). This will provide an element of flood protection to those properties close to the inlet...

  • Cracks in the veneer

    Cracks in the veneer

    We have now been governed by Joseph Muscat’s particular type of Labour for the past 18 months and perhaps it is time to take a step back and make a calm and objective analysis of his performance over this period, particularly in relation to the...

  • Teachers’ language awareness

    At the start of this scholastic year, a group of 230 teachers working within the primary and secondary sectors benefited from an in-service course aimed at enhancing their language awareness. All Year 3 and Forms 3-5 English teachers working in...

  • Opposition in need of opposition

    The Labour Party has never had it so good. Joseph Muscat could, if he were so inclined, sell passports to dodgy millionaires, or hand over a vast salary to the wife of one of his colleagues, or fire a Health Minister for no apparent reason, and no...

  • Building in Malta’s rural areas

    Although our islands are small and densely populated, we still have some scenic and beautiful rural landscapes. Besides their rich biodiversity, our rural areas also contain distinctive cultural features, including traditional rubble walls,...

  • EU’s humour or vision?

    When the President-elect of the EU Commission proposed the line-up of his team, the assignment of Malta’s commissioner-designate to a portfolio that includes protection of migrating birds and conservation of natural habitats caused a stir...

  • Task of reinventing the PN

    Nationalist leader Simon Busuttil dedicated part of the speech he delivered in his party’s public meeting on the Fosos to attempt to answer the question: what type of party does the PN want to be in order to be able to work effectively towards...

  • Wanted: political backbone

    One of my favourite series of detective books is the Inspector Rebus series by Ian Rankin. The books are set in Scotland where the craggy protagonist John Rebus steers his way through the gritty underbelly of the city, avoiding corrupt senior cops...

  • ‘The Pope is the target’

    This title does not refer to recent reports in the international media alleging that credible intelligence shows that Pope Francis can be a target for ISIS. Neither do I refer to another possible threat by the Italian Mafia. The Mafia is seriously...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    Earlier this week musicians Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross gave us a teaser of the soundtrack to the upcoming Gone Girl. So far, things sound promising. I have to say that ever since their collaboration on the soundtrack for The Social Network and...

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