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Opinion

  • ‘No’ is the only way to go

    Because our laws are still stuck in the days of yore, when it was presumed that a glance at the papers would send you to the polling booths in something approaching a daze, pencil poised to vote in the way I tell you, this week’s column is coming...

  • More funds for councils, please

    When the thousands of Swieqi, Ta’ l-Ibraġ and Madliena residents go to vote on Saturday to elect their new local council they will take with them their expectations, their disappointments and, hopefully, also some satisfaction. With their vote,...

  • Last electoral appointment

    The campaign is almost over and, on Saturday, we will head to the polling stations for the last time this legislature. As has become the practice, both the referendum and the local elections campaigns were civil and no incidents were reported.

  • Public dishonour, sleaze

    Public dishonour, sleaze

    When I was privileged to work for prime ministers Eddie Fenech Adami and Alfred Sant between 1996 and 1999, I absolutely refused to accept the allegations that many ministers then in politics were not only on the make but also on the take. It has...

  • Together for a better Swieqi

    My greatest wish is to see Swieqi consolidate its identity, social structure and characteristics as a town rather than evolve as a mere concentration of residences. On my election as mayor three years ago, my goal was to build on the good work of...

  • Why the referendum is wrong

    A referendum is a useful mechanism in a democracy whereby civil society has the opportunity to express itself, one way or another, on a particular issue. But the spring hunting referendum goes deeper than that. It addresses basic human needs –...

  • The youth’s right to vote No

    I would like to voice my opinion on the issue of the youth vote being omitted from voting for the referendum, while 16+ youths can vote for the local councils for the first time. I had to ask myself: why is that? Recently, the University Students’...

  • Gay’s the new hunter

    Gay’s the new hunter

    It was April 1, so there was slight hope it was a joke. Alas, it was not. Our Parliament, in its last sitting at the Palace before it rose for a month-long Easter recess, approved the so-called Gender Identity Bill. It was a unanimous vote,...

  • What shall I vote for?

    Hunting was not something that attracted my attention before the forthcoming referendum became a national issue. I am an animal lover and my initial reaction was that my vote is going to be a definite No. I had no doubt in my mind that the No...

  • The quest for regeneration

    Like chain-work, made up of intertwining circles of metal, Floriana is an intricate and inalienable part of Maltese history and heritage. At the crossroad between the capital, Valletta, and the rest of the Maltese islands, Floriana has welcomed...

  • Rebranding or a charade?

    In marketing practice, companies may, in certain circumstances, consider changing the image and perception of a product through a rebranding exercise. Frequently, the main motivations behind such a strategy are to establish relevance in people’s...

  • Road to the referendum

    Malta’s accession to the European Union has undoubtedly raised the profile of the bird hunting issue. However, the issue has also been very much influenced by national political factors. The fact that a national, legally-binding, abrogative...

  • Second order elections?

    The idea behind local government is to provide governing institutions which have authority over a subnational division. Attempts at establishing local government in Malta have always had limited success. The establishment of local councils – the...

  • Working for a better Malta

    Before we even dreamt of local councils my vision was always to see our localities more organised and more disciplined. I always imagined we could one day care not just about the way our houses look on the inside but also how beautiful and well...

  • An encouraging nuclear deal

    An encouraging nuclear deal

    The framework agreement reached on Thursday over Iran’s nuclear programme is promising and has the potential to change the dynamics of politics in the Middle East and to open a new chapter in relations between the United States and Iran after...

  • How the other half lives

    I once started a project of buying postcards of Malta and then going on location to photograph the unseen bits, so to say. I would go to Golden Bay and turn the camera slightly to the right to shoot the car park, for example, or use a telephoto...

  • Silent springs…. no thank you

    Albert Einstein said: “The world will not be destroyed by those who do harm, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” We are all fascinated and thrilled at the sight of an unusual migrant bird which pops in our garden come spring.

  • Love and the countryside

    The developers’ chief, Sandro Chetcuti, has taken to making impassioned pleas for people to stop stereotyping the developers lobby as the bad guys. A few months ago on television on Times Talk he had insisted that they love the countryside “more...

  • Getting high and crashing out

    While some news stories go straight over my head, others have me surfing channels for days after as I become more and more philosophically aware of my own insignificance and vulnerability. The latest plane crash to make aviation history has shaken...

  • Be part of the solution and vote ‘No’

    I feel a sense of panic when I watch those WWF spots about endangered species. There is something infinitely sad about watching a tawny tiger and knowing that it and its kin have little chance of padding through the wilderness in our children’s...

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