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Opinion

  • And that was Pino

    And that was Pino

    Nearly 30 years ago, at about 6pm in the evening, at the Perfection in Valletta, a youngish man walked in wearing a long coat and probably smoking a roll-up cigarette, with a swagger and a slight swinging movement which was very typical of you,...

  • Pensions and the economy

    The Minister for Social Policy recently launched a retirement and financial capability group at a business breakfast. It has been described as an offshoot of the pensions reform drive. Its agenda is to raise awareness on money management and...

  • The collaborative economy

    The collaborative economy

    The advancements in technology are undoubtedly also leaving a marked effect on the tourism industry. Many of these are clearly beneficial, but others present us with challenges too. The tourism sector is the main pillar of the Maltese economy...

  • Better quality of life

    The document, ‘A Better Quality of Life for you’ recently launched by the Nationalist Party puts forward 16 key focus areas and 171 proposals for action, mapping out a plan for environmental governance as far forward as 2050. Besides being...

  • Case of blue sticker blues

    Attitudes rarely change. Recently I happened to be in Fgura, which on normal days is traffic-stricken. You might thus imagine the dire situation of finding a vacant parking slot. The arduous task proved to be as difficult as a modern quest to find...

  • What the numbers really say

    In his article entitled ‘GDP: not fit for purpose’ (The Sunday Times, January 29), David Marinelli made a number of noteworthy observations, including two which, to my mind, rank above the rest. Firstly, that GDP is not and should not be the...

  • Towards a social Europe?

    During the past year or so, the European Commission embarked on a consultation process on the European Pillar of Social Rights. This policy framework deals with social policy and employment and aims to create a more social and fair Europe. This...

  • Climate politics reshaped

    Climate politics reshaped

    That the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States is over surely doesn’t mean that the worst of divisive politics is over and that it is now back to normality as we know it. Judging by his address to the thousands...

  • Think of the terror that they endured

    Think of the terror that they endured

    I have stopped watching House of Cards. As hooked and as addicted as I was to the Netflix series, for the last few weeks I have been finding each episode… boring. I know the reason. It is being completely upstaged by the real-world political drama...

  • Country’s integrity is in free fall

    I have come to the conclusion that no serious, honest and law-abiding citi­zen can possibly contemplate voting for the Labour Party in the next general election. We have not only witnessed an unprecedented level of corruption, total abandonment of...

  • Not-so-steamy secrets

    It’s not easy to write a column about a different topic when the entire country is fixated about nudist clubs in Dusseldorf, but – for the sake of variety and to spare you from further visuals – I’ll try. So last Thursday we were given the...

  • Anti-Christian. Anti-USA. Anti-Maltese?

    The American bishops are on the warpath. Similarly on the war­path are the Maltese independent media with the sup­­­port of the President of the Republic, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. The reason for this indignation is similar: concern for the...

  • Flying waterfalls of Babylon

    I went to Smart City for the first time two years ago on Boxing Day. I live practically round the corner, and it had also caught my eye from across the harbour in Valletta. What I saw made me resolve never to go there. The only reason I ever did...

  • On sex, lies and scandal

    The new scandal being talked about last week was an alleged visit to a sex club in Germany by Economic Affairs Minister Chris Cardona, as reported by journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on her blog. Cardona has completely denied it and announced...

  • Blue badges and red lights

    Nothing exercises me quite so much as the sight of people breaking the law or disobeying rules, particularly on a day when I happen to be obeying them. But I’ll come clean: there are days when I too am guilty. Which is why my reaction always...

  • Che Guevara in Acapulco

    Che Guevara in Acapulco

    There are unsavoury characters around, grabbing headlines the world over. Duterte, Putin, Trump, Erdogan, Le Pen, Farage, etc. But  last week one  took the cake. A Labour MP, who appears to take advantage of his position in life, was alleged to...

  • The contradictions of Brexit

    The contradictions of Brexit

    The Supreme Court judgment of January 24 offers a moment to take stock of the consequences of last June’s referendum on British membership of the EU. As a landowner whose manors once belonged to Sir Edward Coke, the great Chief Justice whose...

  • A Labour of love… Blogpost 47

    Can it really be only four years since Jo-zeff ascended the throne of Malta? It seems much longer that his benign munificence has beamed down on our blessed isles. Ever since our charismatic and loveable leader took over as the head of the only...

  • Join the fight against cancer

    Everyone dreams of better cancer treatments, fewer side effects and better survivorship, but do we focus too much on treatment and too little on preventing cancer? The European Code Against Cancer is a set of 12 recommendations aimed at protecting...

  • Reviewing Maltese history

    Reviewing Maltese history

    Newspapers recently reported how fallacious students were in our country’s history in their exams. Some wrote that Napoleon ruled Malta in the 1970s and Strickland was mixed with Mintoff. Joseph Grech when answering to my article ‘How politics...

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