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  • Last human right

    Last human right

    I am full of admiration for Joe Magro, an ALS sufferer, and Louise Vella, who suffers from motor neurone disease. Their courageous pleas to be allowed to die with dignity at a time of their own choosing are both inspiring and moving. As an...

  • ‘Third age’ of Britons

    At my Church of England junior school, more than half a century ago, I sat in a classroom between a Jew and a Roman Catholic (children of refugees) and behind an Egyptian. We walked to and from school together and after homework all played cricket...

  • Playing loose with values

    Former US presidential candidate and world renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson once said that: “The Roman Empire was very, very much like us. They lost their moral core, their sense of values in terms of who they were. And after all of those things...

  • Off-roading: the new menace

    In the last two decades, public interest in physical recreation pursuits has increased and diversified tremendously, with the Ramblers’ Association Malta intensifying its rambling activities with three rambles per week of the length and breadth of...

  • The il/legality of MAPs

    The il/legality of MAPs

    The question which is currently being debated in Malta is whether morning-after pills are legal or illegal. From a legal viewpoint, the answer to this question depends very much on the effects these pills procure: are they purely and simply...

  • Malta’s halcyon days

    Malta’s halcyon days

    In the early 1960s, Malta was still a tranquil and idyllic island, basking in the Mediterranean sun. Harold Rose’s Your Guide to Malta, published in 1963, described Malta as still unspoiled and undeveloped (in the best sense of the word). In the...

  • Caravan takeover at Armier

    The vehicles featured in the article ‘Caravans take over Armier public space’ (July 23) are not caravans but motorhomes. There is a bigdifference between a caravan and a motorhome even though both vehicles have living spaces and amenities found in...

  • Health and privatisation

    The government’s new ventures in public-private healthcare seem to have escaped the degree of public attention that was given to other issues. This is rather paradoxical, when healthcare is a basic need in modern welfare states. Malta’s healthcare...

  • Dangers of democracy

    Dangers of democracy

    The short-term expediency of populist politics has long been recognised as a means to an end by politicians. The New Right politics of Nigel Farage, Marie Le Penn, Donald Trump and other lesser known emerging right-wing extremists share several...

  • That’s my view you’ve stolen away

    That’s my view you’ve stolen away

    We had a do in Mdina recently. We arrived when an outdoor Mass was still in progress, which was just as well because we could just stand at the back, not pay much heed to what the priest was saying and instead take in the scene unfolding in front...

  • America’s bizarre election

    America’s bizarre election

    This is without doubt the strangest and most bizarre presidential election in recent US history. It is certainly not a normal election, in the sense that one of the candidates, Republican nominee Donald Trump, is unquestionably unfit for office,...

  • No country for swimmers

    I was not surprised to read the other day that the swimming zone in Sliema is, according to the people who know it well, on a very strict and effective diet. The strange bit was the fuss that was being made about it, or rather the assumption...

  • LNG ship launched: but is it safe?

    Last week the Prime Minister travelled to Singapore together with Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri for the delivery of the LNG carrier. Why, when the owner is Armada Floating Gas Storage Malta Ltd, and the charterer presumably is Electogas? In what...

  • Right in your back yard

    Sliema residents are in for some big shocks, changes and traffic jams over the next few years. While people are lying on the beach or enjoying their holidays, major changes have been set in motion. Those who snoozed have missed the decisive moment.

  • Dare I counsel the councils?

    It seems I’ve become extremely unpopular with the Sliema and St Julian’s local councils who reckon I have no business criticising their modus operandi. Apparently I have never walked a mile in their shoes. I suppose it’s all linked to shoe-size –...

  • Towns of turds and towers

    I used to cringe when I heard the word “hub”. I remember when practically every new measure or proposal being made seemed to have an obligatory reference to a “hub”. We had creativity hubs and transport hubs and entertainment hubs as well – pretty...

  • From pink triangles to rainbows

    Francis was the third pope to walk along the streets of horror of Auschwitz-Birkenau. During World War II those streets were the via dolorosa where hundreds of thousands agonised their daily passion and trudged along on their way to untimely death...

  • A Labour of love… Blogpost 41…

    • Ah me; lazy summer days on the beach or round the pool. OK for some, but not for me. I am keeping my eyes on the main prize: a seat around the Cabinet table. Which is why I make sure I am most conspicuous when I arrive at my office, well yes, it...

  • United to protect children

    There are a million things politicians do not see eye to eye on. But when it comes to the well-being of our children, this is a topic that unites us all. As a father, I work in the best interests of my children. As a minister, I am part of a...

  • A dignified end to life care

    I’ll open this article with a quote from a debate in the German Parliament last year. Katrin Göring-Eckhardt of the Green Party said she was worried about becoming the type of society that expects “the suffering elderly and those in need to bring...

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