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Opinion

  • Will Russia stop at Crimea?

    EU leaders at their Brussels summit last Thursday and Friday kept up the pressure on Russia by expanding its list of people targeted by sanctions in response to Moscow’s intervention in Crimea. Also at the summit, in a show of support for Kiev, EU...

  • The public space that never was

    Environment Minister Leo Brincat said last Wednesday that the Family Park in Marsascala is about to get new facilities. As reported in Times of Malta, this means two things. First, that parts of the park will be handed over to private business and...

  • Mind the Peter’s Principle trap

    To refresh our memories, a 1969 management theory (known as the Peter’s Principle) by Peter and Hull stated “that in a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to their level of incompetence”, and it follows that “in time, every post tends to be...

  • Belligerency and negativism

    The early life of this legislature has been marked by an astonishing belligerency. Criticism is not just necessary but also essential. The government has to be kept on its toes. It has to be constantly reminded that it is accountable to the people.

  • Accent-uating a lack of class

    A couple of weeks ago we were reminded how class remains a cruelly powerful and divisive force on this little island of ours and that one’s accent, background and schooling are still the most decisive and determining factors on the social class...

  • Local warden woes

    So the reform of the local enforcement system is afoot. This basically means that something is going to be done about the wardens. There’s a website with Schiaparelli pink boxes urging us to write in and have our say as to how this should be done.

  • ‘Isn’t it why you are here?’

    One of the most salient moments during the Xarabank debate bet­ween the Prime Minister and the Opposition leader was the question a man in the audience posed to Simon Busuttil. “You had promised the setting up of a cafeteria. At what stage is the...

  • The biggest trade deal in the world

    A simple and inno­cuous-sounding acronym – TTIP – or Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is enough to make one’s eyes glaze over. Yet this trade deal between the European Union and the United States will eventually affect our daily...

  • Out of the box

    I’ve always been a fan of Stephen King, and I usually make it a point to see the films that are based on his books. Although I enjoy horror movies, I utterly dislike the recent trend that seems to equate horror with slash, gore or even torture...

  • House cleaning is no sacrifice

    What can I say about housework? I like doing the laundry and hanging the clothes out in the sun, on the roof. That just about sums up my contribution to any conversation about housework. I don’t think I ever talked housework with my girlfriends.

  • Age shall not wither them...

    The recent reports in Times of Malta that there has been an increase in violence against old people, rang a bell with me. Aggression, of any sort, against the elderly is appalling, but what about violence by old people. That is, if anything, even...

  • The logic of being logical

    I was told, with reference to last week’s piece about the collision case bike/car, that an appeal has been filed by the car driver because the biker is alleged to have been undertaking dangerously, a manoeuvre to which all of us have been known to...

  • The ‘ignition free zone’

    The Prime Minister has this habit of misleading his audience to get away with his political blunders. His latest stunt is that it is safer to have the 140,000 cubic metres of hazardous cargo within Marsaxlokk bay than anchor the tanker...

  • Safety first at Marsaxlokk

    On Tuesday, Parliament debated the government’s proposal to permanently anchor a floating gas storage tanker in Marsaxlokk. The relevant planning application is set to be decided by the planning authority early next week. Once Mepa grants its...

  • Eagle hunts the fly

    Most eyes are at the moment understandably on Ukraine and the crisis there. Another crisis is developing on the other side of the world, however, in Venezuela. It is not so remote as to be completely without implications for our side of the...

  • Supported employment

    “The key challenges of national and European policies relating to people with disabilities are low employment rates, high unemployment rates and a rather high dependency on welfare benefits. For people with disabilities, it is often hard to enter...

  • Correct political history

    To some, Maltese political history seems to have only started in 1981. In fact, one must go back to the early 1960s when the voice of Maltese political leaders could be heard in Parliament and the country became independent. The elections of 1962...

  • Beware the oil flowing

    Exploratory oil drilling is making headlines again but scepticism abounds. Like trying our luck at a lottery draw, we take the chance to strike oil but some remain hopeful. It is possible that Malta’s exploration areas may prove fruitful one day,...

  • Malta’s real president

    Much has already been written about Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca’s nomination for the presidency. It’s covered everything from the wisdom of nominating her to the wisdom of the proposed role she will occupy. Everything? Well, there’s one thing...

  • Government giving ball away

    The Labour Party was voted into power one year ago following its resounding victory over the Nationalist Party. Now that the so-called honeymoon period is over, I would like to put forward some critical comments on the government’s performance or...

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