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Opinion

  • Enact electoral reform now

    It is very evident that the Maltese and Gozitan voters still do not have the electoral system each deserves, and if there lingered any further doubts, the Constitutional Court, per Madam Justice Jacqueline Padovani Grima, has now dispelled them,...

  • Raising quality of tourism

    Raising quality of tourism

    The chairman of the Corinthia Group, Alfred Pisani, recently made a powerful plea for Malta’s tourism quality to be raised “to the next level”. Considering his considerable contribution to Malta’s tourism and his huge international experience, it...

  • Hunting voters set free

    I have read the contributions of Anthony Trevisan (‘Busuttil has shot himself in the foot’, February 3) and Martin Scicluna (‘Boldness in Politics’, February 4). It is evident from these and similar contributions that the leader of the Opposition...

  • Learning a foreign language

    It is the worst kept secret that some of our youngsters, including graduates, possess limited language skills. There is the growing perception that their knowledge of foreign languages is poorer than it was in the past. In the UK, Germany and...

  • Why a 16,000-bird quota?

    The quota was certainly not set out of preference. The figure, though well below that calculated according to the parameters of the Birds Directive, was arrived at by the previous administration after the European Commission refused to accept the...

  • The bazaar is now open

    The bazaar is now open

    In his latest rebranding exercise of himself, this time as a forward-looking go-getter, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat chose to call himself an “incurable optimist”. Like the other buzzwords that came before, this sudden abundance of optimism of...

  • Let us all just be Frank

    Let us all just be Frank

    Dom Mintoff’s credo regarding security in the Mediterranean is still relevant to today’s unarguably more complex globalised world. European solutions should not disregard the political situation in the Middle East, least of all the role of its...

  • Weathering the forecast

    Unemployment appears to be in freefall and our economy is growing twice as fast as that of the European Union. The EU just gave our economy a clean bill of health in its forecast for 2015. Good news indeed, with little cause for concern, were it...

  • Transport quandaries

    Transport Minister Joe Mizzi recently announced that a grand total of 38 cars failed the emissions test in Malta over a 22-month period. Yes, 38 cars. In addition, another 155 cars faced licence restrictions. This occurred after Transport Malta...

  • The right to property

    The right to property

    ACT X of 2009 purported to bring in line the rent laws regulating inter alia residential properties and has been incorporated in the Civil Code. Occasionally, this law comes up for public criticism mainly because of the rent level imposition of...

  • How not to fight Islamic State

    I have so far spared myself the IS beheadings videos. Last week, however, I found myself watching a young man being burned alive in a cage. I never imagined I would witness such a scene in my lifetime. I’ve always associated the spectacle (for it...

  • What sort of warped logic is this?

    This paper has had a number of pieces, cartoons included, over the past couple of weeks seeking to criticise the decision of the leader of the Nationalist Party to vote in favour of the retention of the derogation allowing spring hunting in...

  • Sweeping up market debris

    As soon as the uproar about the new monti market stalls broke out, the buck was passed to the Minister for Small Enterprises for him to sweep up the debris. Chris Cardona was left holding the broom and dustpan while others scrambled over each...

  • Just don’t go there... please

    A vibrant market lets you turn a physically ugly location into something eclectic, fun and exciting. But it doesn’t work the other way round. I happen to love markets – food markets even more than flea markets – and I am all for giving the hawkers...

  • Killing our capital city

    Now is a good time to enter the tissues and handkerchief market. It seems that a good part of the country is awash with tears as people are crying over the decision to relocate the monti to the vicinity of Renzo Piano’s parliamentary...

  • Welcome to convenient, cynic Malta

    The Abolish Spring Hunting referendum is not mainly about hunting or not hunting birds for a limited period during the year. It is about many other things besides that. It is about the state of Malta today. This is the second referendum in four...

  • Beauty is an acquired taste

    Beauty is an acquired taste

    “The biggest crisis we have in #Malta right now is where to put monti hawkers! It’s not about higher taxes, higher bills or standard of living,” tweeted Glenn Bedingfield last week. This tweet I think, sums up Malta’s most serious problem. We...

  • Silence is golden... but not in Malta...

    Did you read that scurrilous statement in a recent edition of Times of Malta, the one claiming that Malta is one of the loudest countries in the EU? I SAID... DID YOU RE - ? What utter rubbish! In fact, I felt personally affronted when reading...

  • Signals from climatic front

    Another year, another United Nations conference on climate change; another outcome document in negotiators’ code; another deadline (December 11, 2015 at Le Bourget, Paris) for a new agreement that should put all countries on track towards the goal...

  • Shooting arguments

    Shooting arguments

    What a panic last week, you’d have thought the Exocets or Scuds were about to start raining down on the airport. Or that Paceville was about to be blown into oblivion and where would the younger generation go to have fun and forget about boring...

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