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Opinion

  • The intelligence paradox

    We’re seeing a wave of studies that purport to categorically prove that high intelligence equates to leftist politics whereas average to lower intelligence equates to people who tend more to the right. Rather ironically, they say the empirical...

  • Imbalance from the West

    Imbalance from the West

    The two-hour visit by Joseph Muscat to Libya following a recent long line of dignitaries from other countries who visit the ‘heavily guarded’ naval base only serves to reconfirm the fact that so-called Prime Minister Fayez Serraj and his phantom...

  • A call to fight for Europe

    A call to fight for Europe

    The decision to award this year’s Charlemagne Prize to Pope Francis is an unusual one. Some will joke that the European Union must be in a bad way if it is in need of papal assistance and others will wonder why exactly a pope from Argentina is...

  • A hot quarry for the elderly

    The problem with policies and regulations is that, no matter how positive they seem, it is hard to fully imagine their implications. One such policy regulates the rehabilitation of quarries. A positive measure, and yet its interpretation is being...

  • PM’s anger management

    PM’s anger management

    Last night’s vote on Konrad Mizzi – the behaviour of every MP who, with their vote, declared confidence in Mizzi – needs to be judged against its background of shifting excuses made by Mizzi and Joseph Muscat. It’s not just that the excuses were...

  • A better political system

    Our islands have always experienced turbulent times. We were dominated by foreign powers and were servants of our masters. This situation remained till June 7, 1917 when, at long last, our forefathers protested, and shed their blood too, in their...

  • Evidence to make roads safer

    May I state that I believe that constructive criticism is a civic duty? In my contributions to the discussion of local road safety, I have argued for the judicious installation of crash barriers but against changes in road regulations which are...

  • One world. And it is local

    The Commonwealth Local Government Conference (CLGC), which will be held in Malta in November 2017, has chosen the theme ‘One world. And it is local’. During this conference, some 600 delegates from 53 countries with an estimated total population...

  • Ministerial feet of clay

    Ministerial feet of clay

    Tony Blair wrote in his autobiography, A Journal: “On May 2, 1997, I walked into Downing Street as Prime Minister for the first time. I had never held office, not even as the most junior of junior ministers. It was my first and only job in...

  • Need for rebalancing

    Need for rebalancing

    On April 9, the Times of Malta carried an article entitled ‘Some rebalancing at last!’, in response to mine of April 2 concerning the Arbiter for Financial Services Act. It is unfortunate that the author of the April 9 article was more interested...

  • We cannot be complacent on media freedom

    We cannot be complacent on media freedom

    Albert Camus once said: "A free press can, of course, be good or bad, but, most certainly without freedom, the press will never be anything but bad." I believe this is even more relevant in the age of digital media. The recent legislative...

  • Some thoughts on Bill 113

    In the current political climate, I tend to have a bit of a knee-jerk reaction whenever anyone raises topics that don’t address the Big Issue. That said, this issue is one that has always been close to my heart, given that I am on record as being...

  • To be or not to be

    ‘To be or not to be’, is the famous opening question posed by William Shakespeare in Hamlet. ‘To be or not to be a silent citizen?’ is my adapted question. It is a simple question. Yet, it has profound, challenging and provoking connotations.

  • Need law on chaining dogs

    The recent story of the dog found with a chain embedded in its neck has once again highlighted the need for change when it comes to the perception of animals at grass-roots level. Thankfully, AAA and Happy Paws have stepped in and, in spite of all...

  • Not to lose my religion

    The Gozo diocese is once again in the news. Not for any special religious teaching or matters of faith, but because of a commercial application, endorsed by the Minister for Gozo, to the new Planning Authority. The PA is being asked to approve a...

  • The trouble with Trump

    The rise of Donald Trump has been met with an equal dose of surprise, shock and horror. Nothing short of a near political coup can stop Trump from clinching the Republican nomination. In all likelihood, the 2016 US presidential election will...

  • Of turkeys and Christmas

    The recent 13-hour marathon debate in Parliament had its high and low moments. Personally speaking, the best line was uttered by Simon Busuttil when he said that turkeys do not vote for Christmas. This phrase very much encapsulated the spirit of...

  • Should the Church shut up?

    Should Malta’s Catholic Church shut up on social issues? My answer is no. Before substantiating my opinion, I need to position myself on this matter. I am speaking as a sociologist, and there is no such thing as a sociologist without a standpoint.

  • Changes in justice system

    Changes in justice system

    In April of every year, the European Commission publishes its EU Justice Scoreboard evaluations. This is an important comparative tool undertaken by the Commission’s officials, which measures and calculates the progress of national justice systems...

  • He is a cat. She is a dog

    He is a cat. She is a dog

    Let’s talk about the Cabinet. To be precise, let’s talk about an im­portant figure in the Cabinet who, however, has no portfolio. No, I’m not referring to the Maltese Cabinet, but the one in Downing Street. Yes, since the 15th century, every...

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