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  • Getting away with murder

    Getting away with murder

    Driving through the Tarxien stretch of Tal-Barrani road towards Marsa, I could not help but notice the three letters affixed to some of the lamp posts – VTD. Standing for Viva tad-Duttrina, they have replaced the VMA (Viva Maria Annunzjata) which...

  • That grievance culture

    Can one believe in equality without subscribing to feminism? With a recent poll showing that only seven per cent of Brits identify themselves as feminists, one could say that either 93 per cent of the population is sexist, or that feminism has...

  • So what’s next, post-Brexit?

    Northern Ireland fought a long, hard and bloody battle to remain part of the UK. In that, it has succeeded. But in the referendum it voted to remain in the EU; it had benefited greatly from EU subsidies (paid for by the UK). No doubt it expected...

  • The scourge of populism

    It’s barely a fortnight since the British voted to move out of the European Union and the mess could not be any worse. The UK is experiencing a leadership crisis in any sphere that matters. There is a leadership struggle in the Conservative Party.

  • An ignored EU prophecy

    An ignored EU prophecy

    Around 15 years ago, when European discussions about an EU Constitution were at their zenith, the University law student society invited an Oxford scholar, Larry Siedentop, to address them. In 2000, he had published a book called Democracy in...

  • Tolerance in language usage

    While agreeing that linguists do not create languages (29 June) Charles Briffa asked whether it should be inferred from my article (24 June) “that historians can dictate usage”. What I said was that: “No language worthy of the name can ignore,...

  • Emergency contraception pills

    The issue of  emergency contraception has been around for decades but up until now our laws did not allow doctors to prescribe such pills as they are not available in a single pill form wrongly called ‘morning-after pill’. I am writing this piece...

  • Organisation bigger than individual

    The editorial of July 2 (‘The Central Bank’s dark vaults’) was based on flawed logic and a poor appreciation of the concept of Central Bank autonomy. How could the government take the lead in declaring that my name was being taken off the...

  • Half-baked policymaking

    Half-baked policymaking

    As the government’s standing has fallen precipitously from the high trust rating of three years ago and the opinion polls have turned against the Prime Minister, there is a new spring in the Opposition leader’s step. Has the Nationalist Party...

  • Where is ‘new’ tribunal?

    Where is ‘new’ tribunal?

    Almost by stealth, at least compared with the manner in which the minister responsible usually publicises the inauguration of a multi-coloured pedestrian crossing or other initiative, the long-awaited amendments to the Employment and Industrial...

  • Making Malta a better place

    People travel for a variety of reasons: to escape, explore, understand and participate. But at the core of the experience lies the destination. Malta remains a sought-after destination, a destination that offers memorable experiences of a diverse...

  • And thanks for fish & chips

    And thanks for fish & chips

    I remember our referendum. I was too young to vote, so the whole experience was torture. I had to sit there and watch old men tell me that they were not in favour of my future, or that they weren’t going to vote at all. Powerless, my friends and...

  • Indivisibility of government

    Indivisibility of government

    The judicial proceedings instituted by the Prime Minister in his capacity of MP against the Commissioner for Land, the Land Registrar and the Gaffarenas raises constitutional issues. Can Joseph Muscat detach his office of Prime Minister from that...

  • Merely a contraceptive pill?

    Recently, many have been advocating the licensing and dis­tribution of the morning-after pill, to the point of claiming, even through a judicial protest filed in court, that women have a right to it. Certain scientific findings bear repeating and...

  • Tough for Britain’s Labour

    To blame Jeremy Corbyn for the victory of the Brexiteers might be taking things too far. But he did not do much to help the Remain campaign emerge victorious in Britain’s EU referendum. Indeed, after the referendum result, Corbyn faced a barrage...

  • Will Brexit happen?

    Will Brexit happen?

    The political tsunami that Britain’s referendum on Europe has provoked is unprecedented. Events seem to be unfolding by the hour. It gets more difficult to digest the happenings let alone try to figure out the way forward not just for Britain but...

  • Why do Maltese women dye their hair red?

    Why do Maltese women dye their hair red?

    I recently got an e-mail from a woman in Kentucky, US, telling me that she had been in Malta on holiday with her family at Eastertime and they had noticed something slightly peculiar and might I perhaps have an answer to their conundrum? “Why is...

  • A hotel, by fair means or fowl

    I know of a man who wishes to become an organic farmer. To enhance the environment, he has planted prickly pears around part of his land. He plans to breed the Maltese black chicken and to put an end to all illegal hunting and trapping activities.

  • The presence of a human life

    Mark Anthony Falzon (June 19) makes a creditable argument in support of the introduction of the so-called ‘Morning-After Pill’ (MAP) in Malta. I agree with his view on accreditation. I would go further, in fact, and lament the haste with which...

  • Mixed bag of results

    After a national vote, in a general election or referendum, one side is obviously upset by the outcome. Yet the reaction of the losing side of the UK Brexit vote was unusually strong. Petitions and demonstrations of disappointed voters immediately...

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