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Opinion

  • 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...

  • Books are here to stay

    Books are here to stay

    The annual national book festival, which opens tomorrow, presents the perfect moment to remember the enduring importance of the book in all of its incarnations. Recently, there have been alarmist predictions made about the print book’s demise...

  • Strategic vision on energy

    Consideration of Malta’s national energy strategy is often overshadowed by concerns about lack of contractual transparency and inevitable suspicions about what lies behind the veils of “commercial sensitivity” drawn over the use of taxpayers’ money.

  • The lords of the slime

    In the past months fish farm slime entered Malta’s beaches like an unwelcome guest. Whether one was at the beach or on Facebook, chances were that certain images of slime remained ingrained in one’s mind. Consequently, many people became conscious...

  • MAP and conscience

    MAP and conscience

    During the debate about the morning-after pill, including the important yet gap-filled discussion in Parliament, different proponents spoke of women’s experiences and rights, embryo rights and matters of life and death, and other matters related...

  • No more telethons

    When I was a penniless student studying in England, I used to regularly trawl the Oxfam charity shops. It was, back then, still an alien concept to me, for, a couple of decades ago, there were no actual charity shops in Malta where you could buy...

  • People are being treated like fools

    Since this government came to power, hardly a day goes by that we are not faced with some scandal and not fed some cockamamie story in an attempt to justify the unjustifiable, in the hope that we, the “ignorant natives”, might just swallow...

  • Purging people from Paceville

    Carmen Azzopardi walked up to the table where the men who had decided her fate were sitting. “Why is our home being taken for the benefit of private businesses. We have worked all our lives for our homes. Għaliex ħa teqirduna minn wiċċ id-dinja?”...

  • Dangerously crossing red lines

    Last Monday, the government-controlled Turkish police arrested Murat Sabuncu, the editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, an opposition newspaper, along with 13 other employees of the paper, including its managing staff, writers and executives. Cumhuriyet...

  • Death of a goalkeeper

    In one of his more unsettling soliloquys, Macbeth marvels at his growing immunity to fear. A ‘cry of women’ offstage tells him that something terrible has happened. Even as he is told that his wife has died, he is unmoved and impassive. I haven’t...

  • Historic chamber ripped out

    In 1976, prime minister Dom Mintoff had moved Parliament out of the Tapestry Chamber to the Armoury Hall at the Palace in Valletta. The contents of the armoury were transferred to the former stables downstairs. Thirty-five years later, prime...

  • President Clinton or Trump?

    In two days’ time the most bitter and controversial US presidential election campaign in living memory will be over. America shall either have as its President the first woman or the first billionaire plutocrat. Whoever wins will make history. One...

  • Curious case of hairdresser vs the British government

    Curious case of hairdresser vs the British government

    On November 3, at 10am, the Brexit saga took a rather unexpected turn when a collegium of England’s most senior judges ruled that the government of Theresa May cannot legally quit the European Union by just curtly serving their divorce papers upon...

  • More pro-business trickery?

    More pro-business trickery?

    Customers of the failed Fantasy Tours opera­tion might have claimed a refund a few years ago had a fund been in place to protect consumers against travel agency bankruptcies. In the run-up to Malta’s EU accession, the EU Package Travel Directive...

  • A Labour of love… Blogpost 44

    Although it is more than nine months before I marry Doris from the fish gutting plant, my fiancée is already making copious preparations. She has commissioned her cousin Isabel to construct her dress. Yes, she’ll be wearing a proper white, or...

  • A value inherent to us all

    The Life Network Foundation Malta is very disappointed and disillusioned at the proposal to introduce the morning-after pill in Malta. The orchestrated spin and the frequently misleading, as well as biased, information presented in the local media...

  • Daily economic realities

    Aaron Farrugia, Economist and Labour Party Candidate Without sound public finances there is no social justice. With the 2017 Budget, the government has continued to push a process of reform for a stronger and better economy. During the past three...

  • Why the US election matters

    Why the US election matters

    The Washington-based Pew Research Centre recently carried out a survey on worldwide attitudes to the US presidential elections. The survey, conducted across 15 countries, gives a snapshot of how individuals around the globe perceive the two main...

  • A trauma on television

    The happenings of last week’s plane crash will likely remain etched in our memory for years to come. It was quite simply one of those rare “where were you when it happened” moments that will take long to fade away even in this era of non-stop...

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