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Opinion

  • 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...

  • Midsummer night’s dream

    We had a midsummer night’s dream. But it was not to be. The Prime Minister missed on a great opportunity to reach consensus with the Opposition about the Standing Orders of the House. The Prime Minister, who had promised a consensual approach to...

  • Editorial: When a senior regulator resigns

    Editorial: When a senior regulator resigns

    A democracy can easily degenerate into an autocracy if the proper checks and balances are not kept in place at all times. All truly democratic countries have legal processes in place that ensure there is proper segregation of duties between...

  • No life without brain activity

    Over the past months we have been grappling with ethical issues related to the right to life, first by the discussion on embryo freezing in in-vitro fertilisation procedures, and more recently by the call for the introduction of the morning-after...

  • Get your hands dirty!

    Get your hands dirty!

    Pope Francis does not cease to surprise me with statements I would have never have expected to hear from a living Pope. When Karol Wojtyla was elected in 1978, during his inauguration Mass, he appealed to Catholics to: “Open wide the doors for...

  • MAP: truths not told

    The introduction of the morning-after pill in the Maltese pharmaceutical market is being presented as a pill similar to contraceptive pills already on the market and anti-campaigners are being told that they are creating a storm in a teacup. But...

  • Is he tilting at windmills?

    In the aftermath of the abortive coup in Turkey last June, there are ominous signs in this vast country of over 80 million mainly Moslem people that the secularism initiated by the architect of modern Turkey Kemal Ataturk in 1923 is atthe...

  • Are we Europe’s beggars?

    I will never forget the words of the St Petersburg palace guide when she was asked how Russia had managed to restore its destroyed palaces straight after WWII when so many were starving: “We may have been the beggars of Europe,” was her fiery...

  • Is Trump a fascist?

    Is Trump a fascist?

    If by fascism we mean skinheads, swastikas and macho salutes, odes to racial supremacy, and vows of martial conquest, then no, Donald Trump is obviously not a fascist. His hairstyle is a dramatic statement against even partial skinheadism. Despite...

  • Opinions on litmus paper

    In a democratic environment, the selection of a nation’s government must perforce involve a great degree of comparison between the alternatives. Politics is the art whereby the country’s potential leaders offer their vision and policies for public...

  • Secrets the Citadel still holds

    Part of the glory that once graced the Citadel in Gozo has now been restored. The old city had been neglected and abandoned for centuries, although, once, some 2,600 people use to live there. Until 1661-3, a cannon used to be fired from the...

  • A mature compromise

    The recent constitutional amendments, approved unanimously by the House, were the result of mature, behind-the-scenes talks between the government and Opposition. Maturity was shown in the sense that the government did not insist on its original...

  • Diplomatic composure

    Diplomatic composure

    The news has been so relentlessly depressing recently from Panama Papers to Brexit, from Turkey to Donald Trump and Nice to Munich, that my wife insists I should write in a lighter vein this week. During my working life, I have been fortunate to...

  • How to use our vote

    Being born in the 1980s and growing up in the 1990s means I was lucky. While economies went up and down, as they are prone to do, still things were looking up. The Berlin Wall was down, and Europe was moving towards a more guaranteed state of...

  • Challenging times ahead

    On January 1 Malta will, for the first time, hold the Presidency of the European Council. It would be difficult to imagine Malta having to take on this role at a more challenging time. The European Union continues to face a string of seemingly...

  • The Freeport and the gas tanker

    It is the summer season and yet again no break from the usual political controversies. It is also the festa season, and Birżebbuġa will celebrate the feast of St Peter next weekend. This is usually a time when we, the councillors, are focused on...

  • Deficiencies in Lands Bill

    Deficiencies in Lands Bill

    It is not the intention of this piece, due to lack of space, to enter into a detailed discussion of all the articles contained in the Lands Authority Bill, Bill No 166 of July 6, 2016. I will instead restrict myself to two points: the office of...

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