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Opinion

An unfair tax on property

I was amazed, to say the least, to see the new conditions pertaining to the Final Withholding Tax on property, announced in the Budget last week. I do not know who in the real estate business was consulted on these new measures, but I certainly...

  • The drama of debates

    It’s been a week of high drama in Parliament. During the debate about Enemalta and whether we would be getting a spanking new power station as promised, Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi made the big reveal – only it wasn’t the one we were expecting.

  • A new majority for change

    The Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, during one of the press conferences held during the synod which was concluded on October 18, was asked (no surprise for guessing!) about the growing number of cohabiting couples and the way...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    Roll on my favourite week of the year – halloween. I was going to revisit my annual ‘scariest films to indulge in for Halloween’ post, but then I decided to swap the word ‘films’ for ‘books’. Chances are that said books will soon be turned to film...

  • You’re Beautiful: is it worth 58c?

    You’re Beautiful: is it worth 58c?

    Forget the power station, forget the Budget, forget the dancing priests. There was only one big news last week: pop singer James Blunt has finally admitted that his song You’re Beautiful, is “annoying”. He was being slightly generous with his...

  • Let’s hear it for... Sisters Act

    I’d like to fantasise a little this week and look ahead to May 2015 and the aftermath of next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. After the unlikely triumph of the bearded transvestite Conchita Wurst, the contest was held in her home country...

  • Early warning signals

    October is the rain season in Malta which brings with it the odd huge storm causing havoc and floods in areas like Birkirkara valley, Qormi and Marsa. A smart way to alert the inhabitants of the areas was the introduction of an early warning...

  • Taken by the bus, Joe?

    Taken by the bus, Joe?

    I recall a snippet from my childhood when, driving past a sweaty squaddie running up the hill from Baħar iċ-Ċagħaq, back in the days before Dom Mintoff’s intrepid battle to rid us of the colonisers, my old man jibed: “take a bus, Joe”, fondly, let...

  • Malta a maritime centre

    Malta a maritime centre

    On October 10, I attended the first TransLog Awards and was indeed impressed by the organisation of the event. The event was very well attended by representatives of both the transport and the logistics industries. I congratulate the organisers –...

  • Archaic rule for bishopric

    In granting Malta and Gozo to the Order of St John, Emperor Charles V of Spain established that whenever the islands’ bishopric became vacant, the Grand Master would nominate three ecclesiastics so that the sovereign would select one for...

  • The truth, the whole truth…

    The government lost a golden opportunity on Monday to bring this nation up to speed on what is happening with the new power station project. Valid questions raised by the Opposition, independent media and even some Labour backbenchers were left...

  • A touch of Pope Francis

    A touch of Pope Francis

    Another bishop, another search for a superhero. Nearly eight years after Mgr Paul Cremona was declared the successor of Mgr Joseph Mercieca, I am braced for another round of prescriptions from very serious people, both in and outside the Church,...

  • Our unworldly pastor

    The Constitution gives us ample reason to see the transition period within Malta’s Catholic Church as something that is wider in importance than an issue for our Catholic community only. This would be especially so in a Malta, which has embraced...

  • Rebalancing of power

    Rebalancing of power

    Just after Malta’s Independence Day 50th anniversary celebrations, I wrote an article (‘Singapore and Malta’) in which I compared the way the two states had developed over the same period. Quite rightly, a number of people took me to task for my...

  • Minister Joey-come-lately

    Minister Joey-come-lately

    To be stuck in a traffic jam each morning to go to work is infuriating. The terrible driving manners, the absolute total selfishness, the sneaky use of service roads to circumvent a few metres of cars, only increases bottlenecks. Then anger turns...

  • One powerful fiasco

    In April 2004, Konrad Mizzi, chief information officer at Enemalta Corporation, presented to the board of directors of the same corporation a report themed ‘Information systems planning assessment stage’. From chief information officer at Enemalta...

  • There is no end of history

    History continues. Francis Fuku­yama may have achieved cele­brity status when, in 1992, he published The End of History and the Last Man but his thesis is proving to be incorrect. Fukuyama, known as ‘the court philosopher of global capitalism’,...

  • Precarious police protection

    Last Tuesday, I was invited to participate in Times Talk to discuss the topic of child abuse, with a particular focus on the recently reported ‘false’ reports filed with the police in this respect. While it is fair to acknowledge that, indeed,...

  • Is energy plan on track?

    It will be an interesting debate today when the government addresses questions about Malta’s energy road map. Both the Prime Minister and the Energy Minister have a lot to answer for. It was a good move by the Opposition to formally request a...

  • Spain is better together

    Spain is better together

    Catalonia seems determined to organise an independence vote despite Spain’s constitutional court ruling that there is no legal basis for such a referendum to take place. Spain’s Constitution explicitly prohibits the holding of any vote on...

  • Religion and useless parables

    For as long as I can remember, teachers have complained about is-sillabu (the syllabus). This perennial bugbear seems to double as a straitjacket on the one hand and a set of impossible demands on the other. I suppose most teachers eventually...

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