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Opinion

  • Time to take back control

    The impressive turnout at last Sunday’s national protest cannot be ignored by the government. The people were there to stand up and be counted. It is no longer a question of having one political opinion or another. The latest revelations about the...

  • The standard of proof

    The standard of proof

    When Panamagate broke last year, Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri invented a new journalistic standard. Ethics, they said, required that journalists hand over all the Panama documentation that mentioned them, so they could know the basis of press...

  • Trickle down effect

    Following an intensive campaign by a group of NGOs to increase the minimum wage the Prime Minster asked the social partners at the Malta Council for Economic and Social Development (MCESD) to discuss this issue with the aim of reaching a consensus...

  • Gender discrimination

    Our pension system is based on the traditional family model – an uninterrupted working career – reflecting past norms where the breadwinner was the husband and the wife responsible for the family. This resulted in a gender discriminate system.

  • Beware! The people are angry

    At the last general election, people elected a new government with a huge majority and the reasoning was they wanted a complete change. Everybody hoped that it would be a government for all people irrespective of political colour. They believed...

  • Endemic cultural problem

    Endemic cultural problem

    It is not an exaggeration to say that the problem of dirt and litter all over the island is a national disgrace. Successive governments have tried to address it, but they have significantly failed to overcome it in the face of a national culture...

  • Perceptions of reality

    Perceptions of reality

    In a recent interview (March 26) Health Minister Chris Fearne was asked whether he was worried about the growing perception of corruption in Malta. He told his interviewer he was right in saying ‘perception’ because “what’s happening is that we’ve...

  • Malta’s surplus: easy for some

    I must admit that the sudden news of a fiscal surplus on the government’s accounts after 35 years of successive deficits has stunned, in a big way, a small section of the people who still live in the past, pre-election, foolish illusion that a...

  • A sustainable future

    Nobody can deny that the property sector has been a major contributor to the local economy in recent years, and with this positive outlook, the majority of airspaces, infills, plots of land and run- down properties – all within the building scheme...

  • 500 years too early

    Last week, the Otto Philharmonic Orchestra of Berlin commemorated the fifth centenary of the Protestant Reformation. It was on October 31, 1517, when the Augustinian friar, Martin Luther, nailed a list of 95 grievances to the door of the church of...

  • Incomplete law reporting

    Incomplete law reporting

    The Maltese legal profession is deprived of gaining easy access to a complete law report on the Justice Ministry’s website. This is not the situation in several other countries who have in print and, lately, on the internet, the judgments of their...

  • Flyovers flying back in our faces

    Flyovers flying back in our faces

    Traffic is a constant nightmare on this little island of ours and I, for one, cannot wait to see the end of the Kappara project so that maybe someday the morning commute does not take so ridiculously long as it does now. To be frank, the project...

  • The Marlene impact

    The Marlene impact

    What is Marlene Farrugia’s impact on Malta’s political situation? On November 30, 2015, I published an article in the Times of Malta entitled ‘Marlene’s Moment’. I hypothesised that Farrugia’s resignation from the Labour Party could be indicative...

  • Coalition clarifications

    My opinion piece in the Times of Malta (April 10) seems to have caused quite a stir. Judging from a recent poll on timesofmalta.com, it sparked quite a bit of interest and the idea of a coalition has generally met with approval. While having...

  • The Lands Authority – a new era

    Almost a year ago, Parliamentary Secretary Deborah Schembri was chosen by the Prime Minister to embark on a radical administrative reform of the Government Property Division (commonly referred to as the Lands Department). This decision was made in...

  • More money doesn’t lead to happiness

    More money doesn’t lead to happiness

    When I meet farmers or people whose work brings them in direct contact with the land, I invariably go away with the feeling that their passion for work makes them appreciate a sense of balance in life. “Once our basic needs are met, we’re happy,”...

  • Polarised France at the polls

    Polarised France at the polls

    Today’s first-round election in France sees 11 candidates competing in the presidential race. There are four front-runners, two of whom are on the fringes of the political spectrum – which shows just how polarised French public opinion has become.

  • For the greater good of Malta…

    Malta is currently going through a very rough patch. Sad and shameful allegations and news are hitting the wires, punching holes in the soul of Malta’s economic bedrock. As president of the Malta Institute of Accountants, I am deeply concerned. We...

  • Tourism was the afterthought

    Tourism Minister Edward Zammit Lewis wrote an article this week reminding us to aim for a sustainable tourism industry. Nobody would argue with the importance of this sector to Malta’s economy, and the need for it to be sustained in the future. A...

  • Corruption: on losing one’s dignity

    Without any doubt, at the point of writing this commentary, the most shocking story hitting us is the continuously developing story hinted at on Easter by journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and the subsequent developments. The appalling allegations...

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