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Opinion

  • An unfair tax on property

    I was amazed, to say the least, to see the new conditions pertaining to the Final Withholding Tax on property, announced in the Budget last week. I do not know who in the real estate business was consulted on these new measures, but I certainly...

  • A nannu first and foremost

    To many he was is-Sur-Lin, but to seven of us in this world he was nannu. For those of you who don’t know us personally, we’re an eccentric lot, with incredibly different personalities, but we are lucky enough to have one thing in common; we had...

  • 25 years after the fall of the Wall

    25 years after the fall of the Wall

    The world recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall which not only led to the reunification of Germany, the end of communism in Eastern Europe and the collapse of the Soviet Union, but also to a profound change in...

  • Restoration and recognition

    Last Friday the University awarded well-merited honoris causa doctorates to William Bannister and Jeremy Boissevain. I’m told by my colleagues at medicine that Bannister’s work in physiology was top-notch and a real contribution to their...

  • Our strong and fair economy

    Twenty months ago, Labour got to work on its plan to achieve economic growth, putting more people to work, creating more wealth and reducing the deficit. Back then we were accused of promising pie in the sky and pursuing a course that could even...

  • Convention held hostage

    Prior to the 2013 national elections, there was much talk by Joseph Muscat of the need to set up the second republic of Malta and, in the process leading up to it, reforming and updating the outdated articles of our constitution. He promised...

  • Giving left-wingers the jitters

    Last Monday’s Budget has confirmed Joseph Muscat’s persistence in keeping aloof from ideologically-inspired left-wing policies in order to attain economic success and remain popular among the swathe of voters who deserted the Nationalist Party in...

  • The real Motorway

    I realise that things are getting pretty bad when reading The Motorway last week brought a huge, big lump to my throat. That’s because The Motorway is not one of those deep, angsty, existential books with multiple levels of meaning which go on to...

  • So that was the week that was

    Usually, the week before and after the Budget speech are dream weeks for government communication strategists. The first one is ideal for spinning galore and for curtain raising. Journalists flock to government spokespersons to get titbits or...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    Those of you who know me know that I have a ‘minor’ (cough) addiction for British game shows, which I regularly devour on YouTube. My latest thing is Only Connect, which is presented by David Mitchell’s wife Victoria Coren Mitchell. Ordinarily, I...

  • The longest speech

    The longest speech

    As I watched the Finance Minister give an almost four-hour-long Budget speech on Monday, sympathy spittle started forming at the corners of my mouth. I got parched in his stead, and started downing one glass of water after the next, while watching...

  • Sylvanus slums it: Malta’s best (cheapest) watering holes

    I follow with interest the weekly comestible perambulations of ‘Ed’ in The Sunday Times of Malta as he surveys some of our many – and varied – restaurants and cafes. And I have, on occasion, taken his advice and eaten in a few of his/her...

  • More foresight for foreshore

    The foreshore is a unique ecological resource which supports various activities that are intensely related to the well-being of a community. Unfortunately, the Maltese islands do not have large coastal areas which are easily accessible to the public.

  • All his ‘Tory’ sleaze

    All his ‘Tory’ sleaze

    I was wondering whether to add to the general sum of human knowledge by chucking in my two-cents’ worth to the analysis of Prof. The Honourable Edward “Peanuts” Scicluna’s Baroque Budget for 2015 but then I thought, nah, skip it, who cares? You...

  • Those were the days

    Those were the days

    November is the last full month of autumn, a precursor of cold winter months and the Christmas festivities. Somehow, this month it brings with it some very lucid recollections of childhood experiences, many of which, I am sure, those of my age...

  • Eco tax foiled own purpose

    Members of the business community have long been up in arms against the eco tax, since they rightly perceive it as a double whammy if the government were to enforce the EU’s Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulations at the same...

  • No transport perception

    Italian State TV RAI 1 last October transmitted a two-part feature called La Strada Dritta to celebrate the golden anniversary of the opening of the Autostrada del Sole. Incidentally, this occurred a couple of weeks after Malta celebrated the 50th...

  • Chipped stones in Church

    Chipped stones in Church

    In St Paul’s words, we are “God’s building”. We are the “temple of God” and the Spirit of God lives in us (1Cor, 7.16). St Peter continues to build on this likeness and writes that we are “living stones” of this spiritual house (1Pt., 2.5). These...

  • Good command of English

    This new scholastic year will be remembered as the year of the many firsts: the introduction of the co-ed in secondary State schools, the tablet pilot project, banding, the fight against absenteeism… But there is yet another first. From this...

  • Quest to save countryside

    When talking about what defines Malta as a nation we must look at what is in our psyche, because identity is a state of mind at a particular point in time. We could refer to our language, our common history, our festas and the legacy of our rich...

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