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Opinion

  • A roundabout way of doing things...

    When I read the letter recently in Times of Malta, I thought: The writer is either blessed with incredible powers of innovation and/or perception or... he – for it was a he – is a few ponies short of a hamburger joint. His missive put forward the...

  • The horror of it all

    The horror of it all

    Last week, while many of us were absorbed in contemplating the way Premier Joseph Muscat’s slavish band of spinners were turning what the numbers, and numbers don’t lie, say was quite an interesting downturn in his fortunes, the Mediterranean...

  • Rules of crossing the road

    I remember as a young boy reading on Id-Denfil – if my memory serves me right – the rules on how to cross the road. I was taught to always cross a street on a zebra crossing. Society and my educators, even in this respect, taught me to be...

  • Lessons we are learning

    Lessons we are learning

    Education is high on everyone’s agenda. It is key to the unleashing of an individual’s potential, giving one the best chances for employability. Parents, youths, teachers, LSAs, heads of school all want high standards in education and an...

  • Persecution of Christians

    It is not the first time that Pope Francis condemned the ‘complicit silence’ concerning the persecution of Christians around the world. He was particularly emphatic on the subject in the ceremony at the Coliseum on April 2 commemorating the Way of...

  • Crusading for human dignity

    All too often, “dignity, like many of the more precious but intangible phenomena of human life, is taken for granted”. According to Gabriel Marcel, “Only when it is threatened, demeaned or wrenched forcibly from us do we understand how inseparable...

  • No more crocodile tears

    The tragic events in the Mediterranean have shown us yet again just how crucial it is for Europe’s leaders to take a concrete stand on migration and move on from tweeted condolences and statements to real action at their summit today. As we bury...

  • Muscat the untouchable

    Muscat the untouchable

    Ever since the general election result, two metaphors have haunted Maltese politics. Both have to do with touch. It became conventional wisdom that Joseph Muscat was in touch with popular sentiment while the Nationalist Party was out of...

  • Opportunities in aviation

    Opportunities in aviation

    There is no doubt that Malta depends a lot on air travel to effectively connect with the rest of the world. This can make commerce, both importing and exporting, and also travelling for business or leisure somehow less straightforward when...

  • Some southern comfort

    The local council election results produced a win-win situation. There was reason for every party to celebrate. The Labour Party had a clear majority and, therefore, cause for celebration. The Nationalist Party fared significantly better than it...

  • Petty polarising politics

    Petty polarising politics

    The time has come for a holistic review of how Malta’s Constitution has operated: its strengths, weaknesses, omissions, efficiency and effectiveness. The government and the Opposition agree. Both major parties anticipated this in their electoral...

  • The way to sell Gozo

    Some weeks ago, I had the opportunity to address, for the first time as Opposition spokesman for tourism, the annual general meeting of the Gozo Tourism Association. Following this, as Opposition, we had a frank discussion with the association’s...

  • Together against hatred

    This is a very crucial juncture in the history of mankind and the issues of hatred, extremism and religious animosity need to be addressed and discussed because, in the final analysis, they are among the main contributors to international, racial...

  • For future generations

    Now that the spring hunting referendum is done and dusted and the result has sent out so many messages for our analysis and attention, I think it is time to step back and reflect carefully on what this whole process we have been through has...

  • Do not pass Gozo

    Do not pass Gozo

    Whoever drafted the new drugs law that came into effect last week must have been a keen Monopoly player. Under this law, smoking pot will still be illegal but you don't go to jail. Instead, you get a get-out-of-jail free card, courtesy of Justice...

  • Those blessed rings

    Those blessed rings

    Drachma (Drachma LGBTI and Drachma Parents Group) looks with interest at the discussion that ensued over the issue of the blessing of the engagement of a gay couple by Fr Mark Montebello and the Archbishop’s reactions to the matter. Drachma...

  • Benefits of a green future

    Every now and then, with little fanfare, an economic trend is identified that might just have the potential to fundamentally shift perceptions. The European Environment State and Outlook 2015 (SOER) has identified such a trend. What the report has...

  • The environmental agenda

    As soon as the hunting referendum result was out, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat made one of those speeches that will probably be remembered for some time. The speech has been interpreted in different ways across the social spectrum. In my view,...

  • Focus on natural capital

    With the word biodiversity having been mentioned quite a bit in local circles over the past weeks and months, it will be interesting to find out whether economic opportunities and finance can effectively be linked to biodiversity. I am raising...

  • A green chronic malaise

    I nostalgically recall my favourite campfire song in my youth. Like My Darling Clementine, the Maltese countryside is being systematically eroded and, soon, it will be “lost and gone forever” if this prolonged unscrupulous development, wanton...

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