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Opinion

  • 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...

  • Save the village festa

    Save the village festa

    It’s a long story, but for some reason or other I’ve been to a record number of village feasts this year. I happen to think that feasts are the best vantage points for people-watching, and perfect copy fodder, so not for a minute did I...

  • The ultimate school sick note...

    Dear teacher, This note is to let you know that Dwayne Azzopardi-Bastido (Form 5C) will not be coming to school today, ’cos he’s sick... innit. I am well aware that this note should really be accompanied by a doctor’s ‘susstifocate’, certifying...

  • The misleading minister

    In his first public pre-Budget meeting, the Minister of Finance denied the number of employees in the public sector had increased, even though, a few weeks earlier, the Minister for Education and Employment said the opposite. Let us bear in mind...

  • Were we truly united?

    Were we truly united?

    It is pretty obvious that Joseph Muscat does not brook opposition lightly. I don’t mean that he is undemocratic and wishes that the Opposition didn’t exist, that’s why I used a lower case ‘o’ in the first ‘opposition’. That said, like every...

  • China-Malta links boom

    China-Malta links boom

    This year marks the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. After more than three decades of high-speed growth, China is now the world’s second largest economy. Huge changes have taken place in China and in the lives of...

  • Destructive hunters’ ‘passion’

    The 50th anniversary of Malta’s independence was a day for old friends and adversaries to come together to celebrate. The Prime Minister and the leader of the Opposition stood in unity to mark the country’s many achievements and the former...

  • Youths and the ‘festa’

    The village feast season is almost over. most band clubs, pyrotechnical societies and youth sections, among others, would already be thinking about the forthcoming feast, hoping it would be even more colorful and receive better accolades than the...

  • Energy union is a must

    Will Russia cut off the gas just in time for Christmas, leaving millions of Europeans potentially freezing in their homes? No other issue than the looming gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine shows so bluntly that Europe needs to act together...

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