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Opinion

  • The quest for quality

    The quest for quality

    Over the past months and ever since I took over the tourism portfolio, I am consistently noting that the provision of quality is increasingly becoming the determining success factor for tourism and that this will be highly influential on travel...

  • Serpent between rocks

    Serpent between rocks

    After much deliberation, President Barack Obama has decided to bomb the east Syrian city of Raqqa. It is said to be the headquarters of the operations of the terrorist group Islamic State (Isis) in both Syria and Iraq. In the US, neocon hawks have...

  • Perils of inexperience

    Perils of inexperience

    When the Nationalist Party in government delivered on its decision to upgrade the Sant’Antnin waste treatment plant in Marsascala, it did so to improve the well-being of the people there. When the organic fraction processed by the plant was...

  • The child migrants’ saga

    I read with interest the article ‘Migrant children in Australia ‘treated as baby convicts’ (September 2). The article is of interest to Malta because it is known that more than 300 children emigrated to Australia between 1950 and 1965 under the...

  • People’s lawyer-politician

    During the unveiling ceremony of President Emeritus Guido de Marco’s statue in front of the law courts, my thoughts went to when I was a young court reporter for Times of Malta. De Marco was busy defending a client of his even though his presence...

  • Singapore and Malta

    Singapore and Malta

    Malta and Singapore have been sovereign, independent States within the Commonwealth for 50 years. In Singapore’s case, this occurred after a slightly rocky start when it briefly formed part of newly independent Malaysia in 1963 before...

  • Turning over a new leaf

    Turning over a new leaf

    The good thing about yesterday, as the song puts it, is that all our troubles seemed so far away. They certainly seemed so at the start of this week as we moved into our 51th year of independence. Much has been made of the fact that this year...

  • Certifiable sickness absence

    Certifiable sickness absence

    Legal Notice 432 of 2007 states that an employee is entitled to two working weeks sick leave in every calendar year without loss of wages. The Malta Employers Association has recently proposed changes to this legislation whereby absenteeism from...

  • PM’s groundbreaking choice

    For decades both the government and Opposition were held to ransom by the hunting lobby. On Saturday Prime Minister Joseph Muscat took the groundbreaking decision to close the hunting season ahead of time and hopefully end this stranglehold. The...

  • Muscat’s Ebola stunt

    Muscat’s Ebola stunt

    You have to hand it to him, our Prime Minister, he really knows how to pull a good PR stunt, drama and all. Last week, a Hong Kong-registered merchant vessel, on its way from Guinea to the Ukraine, requested medical assistance from Malta. We said no.

  • Commission challenges

    Commission challenges

    The European Parliament is next month expected to approve the new college of commissioners as proposed by Jean Claude Juncker. The incoming president has opted for a new Commission structure essentially dividing it into two layers. The upper layer...

  • European contradictions

    The spectre that had haunted Europe has now morphed into real flesh and blood. Eurosceptic gains in the European Parliament election have laid bare the most fundamental internal antagonistic contradictions within Europe. These contradictions lie...

  • Smooth-running workplace

    In the Talking Point of September 12, David Curmi, president of the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, gave a positively supportive review of the Malta Employers’ Association’s proposals to amend the Employment and Industrial Relations...

  • An island’s coming of age

    An island’s coming of age

    Political developments do not take place in a vacuum; they are shaped within a particular milieu. In Malta, there is often a tendency to reflect on national events through a Malta-centric lens without appreciating the wider developments which...

  • Getting stuck on stupid

    Getting stuck on stupid

    On September 1, Gordon Vassallo, an “accredited spiritual guide”, published a diatribe against tradition. His article deserves consideration. Not for its merits (it has none) but because his views have gained significant traction among the public...

  • Scotland votes to stay in the UK

    Scotland votes to stay in the UK

    The decision by Scottish voters to remain part of the United Kingdom, by a margin of 55.3 per cent to 44.7 per cent, is a welcome relief, and a good result for both Scotland and the UK. Scotland is a great nation and it is even greater by being...

  • The church of latter-day patriots

    At 50, the nation has finally reached political maturity. We are at that point when we can celebrate our independence together with a big party which is neither blue nor red. We may on occasion disagree on small things, but never again will our...

  • On the right side of the future

    As we celebrate half a century of sovereignty, it would be ac­ceptable perhaps to give an overview of the past 50 years and pat ourselves on the back for making Malta the modern European country it is now. But this is more than a 50th anniversary;...

  • Our democratic identity

    Under British rule the Maltese nation was governed by myriad colonial constitutions, most of which were repressive of our nationhood, while a few allowed us to start experimenting with the workings of democracy through a modicum of...

  • Scraping the September barrel

    Remember the year 2009, when swine flu was all the rage? Back then, child-ren who absented themselves from school on account of sickness or infection were obliged to present two medical certificates upon their return – one justifying and attesting...

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