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Opinion

  • Judgement of Euro elections

    “The measure of a man is what he does with power” (Plato). There is little doubt in my mind that the European Parliamentary elections in 10 weeks’ time will be treated by electors and commentators alike as a direct judgement on how Prime Minister...

  • Culture of active leisure

    In recent years, the concept of leisure has received considerable attention by sociologists, educationists, political scientists and even economists. Since World War II, many theories of leisure have been revamped or developed with the common...

  • From war to seeds of peace

    Not long ago, the West African nation of Sierra Leone was home to the world’s biggest peacekeeping mission. Today, troops from that country are donning blue helmets and serving the UN in other hotspots around the globe. This is just one of the...

  • When worlds collide

    The debate, last week, on that populist television programme Xarabank between the Prime Minister and the Opposition leader was as predictable as it was boring. The Prime Minister was abrasive and cocky and came across like a schoolyard bully. He...

  • Honesty and integrity

    “Lying is simultaneously one of the symptoms and one of the causes of evil, one of the blossoms and one of the roots …As with any lie, the primary motive was (is) fear – M. Scott Peck, People of the Life After a full year of a Labour Government,...

  • Towards a fairer Europe

    On January 23, 1995, a few months after Jacques Delors stepped down from the presidency of the European Commission, Jacques Santer, then prime minister of Luxembourg, stepped into the presidency of the Commission. Seen by many as a second choice...

  • PM in for spot of bother

    There can be too much of a good thing, more than you need to make good of a situation. The massive Labour victory a year ago was one such event, both in terms of votes as well as in the parliamentary majority they yielded. I do not think the way...

  • Pricey medicine and its price

    Last Saturday, Consumer Rights Day was commemorated around the world. Our rights as consumers were highlighted while market abuses and injustices which undermine these rights were emphasized. There is no other area more important to all consumers...

  • Are we serious about ethics?

    On the face of it, the introduction of ethics in public schools is good news. Finally, non-Catholic students will no longer be left walking up and down corridors. Ethics classes will be provided as an alternative to the teaching of Catholic religion.

  • Dangerous impasse in Ukraine

    Emergency talks on Ukraine between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in London on Friday did not prevent today’s referendum in Crimea from taking place. Both the US and the EU have prepared a wide range of...

  • Let there be migrants’ riots

    There are many reasons why Friday’s report on the disturbance at Lyster Detention Centre earlier this year doesn’t impress me much. For one, I didn’t find the disturbances at all disturbing. I rather thought of them as the predictable and...

  • There is still in time to reconsider

    The Prime Minister’s statement that the floating storage unit for gas will be a temporary presence in the Marsaxlokk harbour until a permanent gas pipeline is in place is no consolation to someone like myself who is expected, during the coming...

  • The phenomenon of the elderly

    Reaching a ripe old age with dignity is a blessing. One can enjoy the fruits of one’s love and work over the years, see how his vision has turned out and hopefully enjoy the serenity of his remaining years. It can also be demanding, very much so.

  • Decision taking and good governance

    The media reports on last Monday’s meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the House of Representatives intrigued me. The meeting was investigating a report made by the National Audit Office (NAO) on the government’s decision to withdraw...

  • More mummy wars

    With her speech on Women’s Day, the Prime Minister’s wife Michelle Muscat unwittingly waded into the mummy wars. Fought with ever-increasing weariness by the stay-at-home mums and working mothers, the bone of contention is basically whether women...

  • A ‘come what may’ principled position

    My Journey, the title of Eddie Fenech Adami’s autobiography (thanks to Steve Mallia who did the actual writing based on interviews with him), is a dynamic and telling one. However, come what may could have been another potential title that would...

  • A government that delivers

    The National Statistics Office a few days ago issued the GDP growth indicator for 2013 that was set at +4.4 per cent in nominal terms compared to 2012 and +2.4 per cent in real terms. Such a positive result means that economic growth was...

  • Out of the box

    The current favourite topic of conversation among film buffs is Lars von Trier’s soon-to-be-released Nymphomaniac. I find it incredibly difficult to discuss Von Trier’s work in a rational manner, mostly for two reasons. The first one being that,...

  • A week is a long time…

    You know how politicians, every Sunday, meet up in some każin or other, and then give a speech going over their major events of the week? I thought, well, there’s an idea: why not do the same here? So, before you start reading my own summary of...

  • What am I bid for... ?

    The scene is the main auction room of Charles Spagnol Degaetano & Sons, Auctioneers and Valuers, St Julian’s. The auction is about to get under way of the goods and chattels of one of the most distinguished Maltese personalities of recent times,...

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