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Opinion

  • Smooth-running workplace

    In the Talking Point of September 12, David Curmi, president of the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, gave a positively supportive review of the Malta Employers’ Association’s proposals to amend the Employment and Industrial Relations...

  • An island’s coming of age

    An island’s coming of age

    Political developments do not take place in a vacuum; they are shaped within a particular milieu. In Malta, there is often a tendency to reflect on national events through a Malta-centric lens without appreciating the wider developments which...

  • Getting stuck on stupid

    Getting stuck on stupid

    On September 1, Gordon Vassallo, an “accredited spiritual guide”, published a diatribe against tradition. His article deserves consideration. Not for its merits (it has none) but because his views have gained significant traction among the public...

  • Scotland votes to stay in the UK

    Scotland votes to stay in the UK

    The decision by Scottish voters to remain part of the United Kingdom, by a margin of 55.3 per cent to 44.7 per cent, is a welcome relief, and a good result for both Scotland and the UK. Scotland is a great nation and it is even greater by being...

  • The church of latter-day patriots

    At 50, the nation has finally reached political maturity. We are at that point when we can celebrate our independence together with a big party which is neither blue nor red. We may on occasion disagree on small things, but never again will our...

  • On the right side of the future

    As we celebrate half a century of sovereignty, it would be ac­ceptable perhaps to give an overview of the past 50 years and pat ourselves on the back for making Malta the modern European country it is now. But this is more than a 50th anniversary;...

  • Our democratic identity

    Under British rule the Maltese nation was governed by myriad colonial constitutions, most of which were repressive of our nationhood, while a few allowed us to start experimenting with the workings of democracy through a modicum of...

  • Scraping the September barrel

    Remember the year 2009, when swine flu was all the rage? Back then, child-ren who absented themselves from school on account of sickness or infection were obliged to present two medical certificates upon their return – one justifying and attesting...

  • The credibility gap

    You know that a politician is in trouble when his critics start feeling sorry for him instead of tearing into him. It happened to Gordon Brown when his political career was unravelling. For him, the 2010 electoral campaign was the illustration of...

  • This is not the fifth gospel

    Last Monday a report by Reuters announced the news that “Pope marries couples who cohabited and had children” and it was given blanket coverage around the world, including Malta. The Daily Telegraph gave a more sensational headline, saying that...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    I’m normally not really a fan of biopics, but my antipathy doesn’t extend to Iain Forsyth’s and Jayne Bollard’s 97-minute long master­piece on singer Nick Cave, 20,000 Days on Earth. The film premiered at the Barbican in London last Wednesday and...

  • What will we be like in 2064?

    What will we be like in 2064?

    The year is 2064. I am 88 years old. Silver-haired, with a tinge of a blue rinse. I could have laser-zapped my hair into any colour I wanted really, but I figured that one has to show one’s age at some point or other. I would love to be...

  • How about Għawdex the brave?

    In the wake of Scotland’s bid for independence from the UK, our thoughts turned – logically – to a ‘what-if’ similar situation locally. Would Gozo really want complete independence from Malta? Would it wish to cut itself off from all the...

  • A unique watershed

    Few images in our collective memory are as vivid and evocative as that of Ġorġ Borg Olivier, wearing his typically faint and knowing smile, raising high the document that made our country independent. Tonight, at the Grand Harbour, we celebrate...

  • It’s somewhat obvious

    It’s somewhat obvious

    B y the time you read this, Her Majesty will know if her realm has been dismembered by the Scots voting for an insufferable smug media-savvy politico. You might ask: how would it even be conceivable for your common or garden voter to fall for a...

  • Private sector is driving force

    Private sector is driving force

    I would be a very worried minister and member of this government if the surge in Malta’s economic growth was solely, or primarily, due to uncontrolled government employment. But this is the picture which the Opposition is trying to depict. It is...

  • Now for interdependence

    Last Sunday, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat called for national unity as Malta celebrates the 50th anniversary of our independence. The Nationalist Party welcomed this statement. In the past years, the days of national unity ironically served to...

  • Chit-chat on poverty

    A quarter of EU citizens are at risk of poverty. This includes 27 per cent of all children in Europe, 20 per cent of those over 65 and nine per cent of those with a job. A lot is said and many quote these figures but it is high time that...

  • Fifty years a... what?

    Fifty years a... what?

    I realised, the other day, that I am in danger of being mistaken for one of those old-fashioned, pot-smoking curmudgeons, cocooned in their self-image as rebels, who cough up their spleen on hearing a grandchild confuse a hippy with a beatnik. My...

  • Be vigilant over freedoms

    Napoleon said that power is never given but taken. And so it is with freedom, while power itself is often misused as a tool to control and limit the freedom of others. Reality has shown that freedom is not some laurel we place complacently upon...

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