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  • No child’s fairyland

    No child’s fairyland

    When things reach a point where you cannot send your children to school without fear that they may have their minds confused, you know that something has gone terribly wrong with this country’s education system. Last week, as it has been saying it...

  • A splitting image of Mepa

    Mepa’s failure in its environmental responsibility started from day one. Barely a week from the ‘merger’ with the Environment Department, in 2001, I was told in a joking vein: “Forget about the environment; it is development which dictates...

  • Road maps and roads

    The mismanagement of the Coast Road development hit the headlines these past days. This is not a surprise, given that public concern on traffic has increased. This has much to do with the government’s underperformance in terms of policymaking and...

  • The kappillan of Malta

    The kappillan of Malta

    I think our new young parish priest in Paola has a retro-meets-vintage kind of style. I do not know him, but I see him out and about: at the football ground when Hibs were in the final games of the league; in the pjazza chatting with people;...

  • Turkey’s dangerous gamble with the Kurds

    Turkey’s dangerous gamble with the Kurds

    The decision by Turkey to launch airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Syria as well as to allow the US to use its bases for its missions against IS is an important (and long overdue) development in this war. Ankara, long criticised for...

  • A library unlovely in lace

    In his recent book The Library: A World History, James W.P. Campbell says: “Libraries can be much more than simply places to store books. Throughout the ages, the designs of the greatest library buildings have celebrated the act of reading and the...

  • Appeal for consensus on Mcast

    We refer to the article ‘Not blinded by doubtful liaisons’ (The Sunday Times of Malta, July 26). We have the utmost respect for Therese Comodini Cachia and George Pullicino and have had the opportunity on a number of occasions to discuss with...

  • Curiouser and curiouser

    Last week, the Daily Telegraph called for the resignation of Lord Sewel from the House of Lords. It said: “One of the glories of the British Constitution is that it is not about a literalist reading of texts and rules. It depends on people...

  • What price to gain maturity?

    When I came to settle in Malta in 1967, I found a very beautiful, Catholic country, where families still were families, and young 18-year-old girls had to be taken home by 8pm. The majority of people went to church on Sunday, and honesty and...

  • Dodgy cash and dirty dens

    The pavements are cracked and un­even, there are dog turds and pigeon droppings everywhere, rubbish bags abound, the traffic is hellish, every other corner is a construction site. And property prices and rental fees are going through the roof.

  • On sleeping with your sister’s husband

    I toyed with several versions of today’s headline. For the drift of this commentary, one can easily replace ‘sister’s husband’ with ‘bro­ther’s wife’. And in the liberal, progressive nirvana we live in, one can also substitute ‘sister’s husband’...

  • A Labour of love... Blogpost 29...

    With the vast majority of my parliamentary colleagues away from the island on vacation, I remain very much in harness and in Malta... working! Yesterday, for instance, I held my usual district clinic... regardless of the fact that most of my...

  • Towards sustainable pensions

    The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry welcomes the publication of the consultation document on the pensions system as it maintains that discussion on the matter should remain high on matters of prime national economic policy. The...

  • Behold, what a show!

    Behold, what a show!

    Were it not for the fact that we’re being dragged along in its wake, kicking and screaming, by Premier Joe’s ship of fools, it would be almost comical, the way this country is being run, with an almighty aroma of putrefaction all over the...

  • Difficulties to learn

    Difficulties to learn

    Through my profession as a GP, I frequently speak with parents whose children suffer from conditions that make learning difficult. Dyslexia, ADHD and autism have become commonplace and nearly everyone knows someone having one or more of these...

  • Pensioners’ four priorities

    I Malta, there is a trend that when a person or a group feels aggravated by unwarranted comments and tries to defend one’s interest one is accused of being disrespectful towards the authorities concerned. This happened in the current issue about...

  • Are bus operators credible?

    As much as I like the Spanish, I do not seem to have taken Autobuses de Leon seriously from the very beginning. I always had a funny feeling that these people came over to take us for a ride – as opposed to drive – and to milk the proverbial...

  • Shift to circular economy

    Shift to circular economy

    After what might be perceived as a rather wobbly start following the change in the set-up and format of the new European Commission, it is now becoming increasingly evident that we shall have a circular economy package, although, as expected and...

  • Sustainable development

    It is clear that Leo Brincat, the Minister for Sustainable Development, is confused about what sustainability means and seems to think that it is about “the economy, social order and environment in that order”. Yet, regarding the ‘three pillars’...

  • Blighted island’s hall of shame

    The hall of shame of post-Independence Malta will undoubtedly include successive administrations that have been indicted by the eminent late Jeremy Boissevain for giving scant attention to the protection and preservation of the natural...

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