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Opinion

  • Theatrical world of make-believe

    Political events in the US and in Britain this year were especially depressing as they were fuelled by such hostile sentiments – racism and bigotry, misogyny and misplaced arrogant patriotism all had a field day. Crowds cheered at the idea of...

  • Mott McDonald had a plan, E-I-E-I-Oh

    Parliamentary Secretary Deborah Schembri thinks it’s a shame that a master plan that can raise the level of planning to new heights (quite!) has ended up as a partisan weapon in the arsenal of the Opposition party. Schembri is in good...

  • Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink

    Water, water everywhere  and not a drop to drink

    Passed Id-Dar tal-Providenza, the sun-bleached landscape is muted by layers of dust pluming out of a Polidano quarry. The signature blue and white trucks barge up and down the road, in and out of the quarry. Kicking up a permanent fog of dust. It...

  • Downsizing Air Malta… the facts… or?

    We’ve all heard that our troubled national carrier, Air Malta, will have to downsize in order to survive. But what we have not been told is just how drastic these shrinking measures will have to be. Nobody knows (except Sylvanus) precisely what...

  • Commitment to an ideal

    A letter by Simon Whitney-Long, ‘Sustainability of the euro” (October 29), presents some of the usual rants of the English Eurosceptics disparaging the European Union and its institutions. In voting for Brexit on June 23, the Eurosceptics, now...

  • Getting off the hook

    Owen Bonnici One of the trademarks of a democracy that is self-respecting, is the presence of a strong and independent judiciary, that is free to express itself with respect to the executive and the legislative branches of the country. The speech...

  • The leaders we deserve?

    The French philosopher and diplomat, Joseph-Marie de Maistre, once claimed that “Every nation gets the government it deserves”. His statement is controversial and provocative.  A cursory look at the last century reveals some unsavoury characters...

  • Determined and not for turning

    It was 1980 when then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher declared that “this lady is not for turning”. She was a determined woman.  Over the years, this expression was used to underline one’s determination and commitment to follow one’s goal...

  • Is transatlantic deal dead?

    The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the source of huge debate in Brussels and a number of other European capital cities. Very simply put this trade agreement, which is still being negotiated, aims at facilitating in a very...

  • Beating back the behemoth

    Beating back the behemoth

    The world often appears upside down. Events often remind me of Bob Dylan’s words in Idiot Wind, “what’s good is bad, what’s bad is good”. The political spectrum is no longer simply divided into left and right, but into the included and the excluded.

  • Fasten your seatbelt

    Fasten your seatbelt

    When I was still a law student, our lecturer in constitutional law, the late Edwin Busuttil, dwelt in considerable detail on the Constitution of the United Kingdom as well as on our own. Much of our Constitution is based on the principles of UK...

  • A coherent Middle East policy

    The US outlook was clear yesterday mor-ning, and I think it is plain and simple. The truth is finally out. The Obama doctrine of non-interference in the Middle East after creating the conditions that allow extremists to proliferate and allowing...

  • Not a nation divided

    Not a nation divided

    Hindsight is not to be scorned, especially when interpreting the result of a US presidential election dubbed the nastiest in living memory. But there is one issue, about which the US media is wringing their hands, for which hindsight is...

  • Back to the untruth game

    Back to the untruth game

    The Broadcasting Authority has finally woken up to the reality of a public broadcasting service that has once again become a mere propaganda machine manipulated by the Labour Party in office. The Broadcasting Authority understood that the barrage...

  • Classes for active citizens

    Awareness of what the European Union represents and how it works has seen a steady decline in Malta in the recent past. Since the referendum on accession and election campaigns way back in 2003, we seem to have shifted to the state of the...

  • Living in a better world

    Living in a better world

    As we awake this morning with the nauseous prospect of Donald Trump as the next US president, I am reminded of something I read recently which may offer consolation about living in a better world. “We have fallen upon evil times. Politics is...

  • No room for complacency

    The plans for Saturday night were set. The close-knit group of 19-year-olds were heading to Paceville to paint the town red. Four of them had wisely booked a taxi, but one of them was on his motorbike as he had to pick his girlfriend up from the...

  • Truly not so feminist after all

    A recent article I read quoted a study which claimed that Malta “is the worst place to be a woman in Europe”. Although I generally tend to withdraw from such absolutist statements, my passion for gender equality spurred me to read further. It...

  • Paceville’s hide and seek

    Mott MacDonald and Broadway Malyan were commissioned by the Planning Au-thority to draw up a master plan for Paceville. The master plan was described by the PA, their client, as one that “creates inviting public spaces, opens up views to the sea...

  • The abuse of power

    The abuse of power

    Among the multitude of empty promises that won Joseph Muscat a landslide electoral victory in 2013, there was the promisethat whoever was againstLabour could still work with Labour. But once elected to government he quickly forgot this promise and...

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