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Opinion

  • Beyond ‘concrete’ plans

    Less than a year and a half ago the Labour Party had solemnly promised to the electorate that once voted into government it would hit the ground running. Much pomp was made of an erstwhile roadmap that supposedly mapped out a clear vision for the...

  • Diving rules need attention

    Diving rules need attention

    As a Padi instructor for more than 13 years and a diver since I was aged 16, I cannot fail to express my opinion on what is happening in the diving industry. Over the past years, we witnessed a bigger number of diving accidents. One reason is,...

  • The voice of the Church

    The voice of the Church

    The Archbishop recently expressed concern about the Maltese Church’s difficulties in getting its voice heard. “We do not want any privileges or an advantage,” he said “buta right everyone has and which is a basic principle of democracy”. Although...

  • The path to destruction

    The period for the public to submit comments to Government for the Strategic Plan for Environment and Development closed on June 20. The document called SPED, the new Structure Plan for Malta for the next decade, was available on Mepa’s website...

  • There’s no honour in killing

    There’s no honour in killing

    The world today presents a horrific scenario of crime, violence, killing and a determined attempt to destroy the very pillars of social order that sustain peace, tolerance, harmony and human dignity. The lives of millions of people around the...

  • One less bill to worry about

    Today marks a significant milestone for Europe. Today, the 751 members of the European Parliament from 28 member states, are meeting in Strasbourg to be formally instated as the representatives of the people of Europe in the eighth legislature of...

  • More little brothers, please

    More little brothers, please

    That man from Qormi, John Dalli, was in court last week giving us another colourful account of his conspiracy theories. No, this time it wasn’t the EU conspiracy that saw his hasty exit in disgrace from the Commission but a more local one harking...

  • Civil service reform journey

    The public service is again under scrutiny. Despite all the reforms introduced in the last two and a half decades, it is accused of being excessively bureaucratic and not sufficiently citizen-focused. The Nationalist Party’s report on the...

  • It must be Argentina

    It must be Argentina

    As football fever grips our island while top world teams lock horns in Brazil for fame and glory, boosted by excessive financial rewards, we realise that football is not just a game: its potential as a socialising power for players and genuine...

  • Curb the backscratching

    Some attempt to control the financial outlay on politics has long been in the making. Ever since I can remember, the need to curb the influence of money on politics has been a political issue at party level, particularly when the proposing party...

  • Green talk but no more

    When push comes to shove, it is always the rights of future generations which are ignored and thrown overboard. This is done repeatedly as governments tend to give greater value to the rights of present generations, in the process discounting the...

  • Egypt’s slide into authoritarianism

    Egypt’s slide into authoritarianism

    The sentencing in Egypt of three Al-Jazeera journalists to between seven and 10 years in jail on charges of ‘aiding terrorists’ (namely, the Muslim Brotherhood), ‘endangering national security’ and ‘reporting false news’ has shocked the...

  • More lunacy on the east coast

    There are at least three reasons why the proposed (I’m optimistic, no doubt stupidly) development at White Rocks is a showcase of government incompetence and immorality. First, it is a damning indictment of our abysmal standards of stewardship of...

  • This is good governance

    The party financing legislation, announced two days ago, is another important milestone towards good governance. The current laissez-faire situation must end and we are determined to establish a system that is both fair and transparent. While the...

  • Broadcasting controversies

    Broadcasting in Malta has been a hot issue ever since PBS came on the scene and, over the years, other TV and radio stations brought about de facto pluralism in the sector. Not that wired Rediffusion, when it was on its own with its Maltese and...

  • What happens in court stays in court

    The Pasqualino Cefai verdict and everyman’s reaction to it was interesting on a number of levels. I rather suspect its implications and the lesson it ought to have imparted were completely lost – both on the public but perhaps even on the...

  • It’s all right for some

    Last Sunday, newspaper reports confirmed what we suspected all along – that the Labour Party and the Nationalist Party haven’t been paying water and electricity bills for yonks. Between them they’ve managed to run up a utilities bill of €2.5...

  • An obituary for ‘privacy’

    With deep felt sorrow we announce the death of privacy. It leaves to mourn its irreplaceable loss…” Up till now, I have never seen or read such an obituary in any of our papers. Nor was any State funeral announced anywhere in the world. This was...

  • I cannot act outside of the law

    While reiterating the respect we hold for the authority vested in the Office of the Ombudsman, there are still some lacunae in the knowledge and information shared by the general public vis-à-vis the extent of this authority, and the provisions of...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    So singer Robin Thicke is in the news again. Not for his music, of course, but for rubbing up people the wrong way, as usual. The video for Get Her Back, the single from his new album Paula, has had feminists up in arms because, as we all know,...

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