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Opinion

  • Accountability and appendages

    In ethics, as in governance, accountability stands for answerability, responsibility and, ultimately, liability. Could I, therefore, respectfully ask the Prime Minister to let us know who took the decision not to repossess the Cafe Premier in...

  • Publish and damn

    Publish and damn

    I t’s not entirely clear what the MUT expect to achieve by involving Minister Evarist Bartolo in their efforts to get the police to act differently when faced with allegations of sexual molestation. After all, this is a minister for whom...

  • Radical, reliable road maps

    In Malta, discourse on ethics has been making inroads into every sphere of our life. The road to ethics is neither simple nor clear cut, especially since it can be approached differently and comprises different ethical theories. Together with...

  • The question of evangelisation

    The question of evangelisation

    A s different opinions are being expressed concerning the actual institutional leadership of the Church in Malta, it seems to me that the discussion regarding what must be done to bring back to the fold those who have strayed should be broadened.

  • A rose by any other name…

    What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet – William Shakespeare. Last Thursday, August 28, after an unusually quiet summer, some 257 migrants rescued at sea were brought to Malta. The arrivals, mostly...

  • The real Church crisis

    The real Church crisis

    Numerous opinions have been expressed by some members of the clergy and laymen on the prevailing situation of the Church in Malta and, in particular, the leadership qualities of Archbishop Paul Cremona. I tend to feel that some of them are a bit...

  • Not once in a blue moon

    Malcolm X used to find less offensive the explicit racism of the Ku Klux Klan than the implicit racism of whites who in word were supportive of equality and civil rights while in deed displayed a racist frame of mind which, given their...

  • 50 years of independence

    My grandmother was born in 1908 in Vittoriosa. A woman of great fortitude but with limited formal education, she was the quintessential matriarch, raising not only her family but stepping in to provide maternal support to nephews, nieces and...

  • Revitalising the Malta Church

    It was good to hear that the vigil in support of Archbishop Paul Cremona, which was to be held at Attard in front of his residence, has been cancelled. Holding a prayer vigil in support of the Archbishop, in my opinion, is not a good idea, even if...

  • Crisis of institutions

    Crisis of institutions

    The recent months have been full of national debate about a crisis of leadership, whether in the Church or in the Nationalist Party. To my mind, however, what much of the debate has shown is that people have forgotten what a pure leadership crisis...

  • Beyond the missing ‘R’

    I would like to thank Joseph Borg for bringing to attention the fact that our national poet’s monument in Sciortino Street, Żebbuġ has lost its ‘R’ ( August 15). Here’s my reaction: finally, somebody has noticed and pointed it out. I say this...

  • Wage crunch for workers

    Wage crunch for workers

    Malta’s economic growth is not feeding into the pockets of workers as official statistics show that the average wage increase has slowed down in the first year of a Labour government. The average wage only grew by €100 in the first quarter of...

  • Opinion: Tagħna Lkoll lawlessness

    Opinion: Tagħna Lkoll lawlessness

    When, shortly after the 2013 elections, we saw the newly-appointed Minister for Home Affairs and National Security being embraced and lifted shoulder-high by hardened criminals to chants of Malta Tagħna Lkoll, we realised with a shudder that the...

  • Independence a State of mind

    In September 1964, precisely 50 years ago, preparations were in full swing for the heralding in of a new era in Malta’s political history. After centuries of foreign rule, the island was finally becoming a member of the international fraternity of...

  • If I were a Scot, what?

    If I were a Scot, what?

    Long shot, this, now leading nowhere. But, why not speculate? If I were a Scot, how would I vote in the forthcoming referendum on whether Scotland should become an independent State or keep the country’s 307-year-old union with England and Wales...

  • Rubbish under the carpet

    There has been very little initiative in the past couple of years to encourage more responsible waste management in Malta. I struggle to think when the last public statement was made following the launching of the Issues Paper on waste. A...

  • The employment debate

    Employment figures are a point of contention in most democracies. They are of interest because they give a picture of how society is faring in terms of the ability of its people to find work and their standard of living. Until a few months ago,...

  • Dodge City Armier

    Dodge City Armier

    Until not very long ago, Żejtun was known for its cowboys. Tony Camilleri immortalised their reputation in the song Tal-Laqam. Most cowboys, he sang, hail from there. Former prime minister Eddie Fenech Adami could tell a tale or two about that. He...

  • War minus the shooting

    War minus the shooting

    Once again, there are strong rumblings of a sport boycott against Russia holding the football World Cup finals in 2018 after the shooting down of a Malaysian Airlines plane over Eastern Ukraine and the unconfirmed allegations that Russia is...

  • Getting stuck in tradition

    In The Mystic Heart, Wayne Teasdale clearly distinguishes between being rooted in tradition and being stuck in it. To be rooted in a strong faith tradition where inspiring values of compassion, mercy, charity and family unity are transmitted from...

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