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Opinion

  • The armed coup in Crimea

    I was shocked by Russian Ambassador Boris Marchuk’s aggressive piece ‘Crimea: Lies and Hysteria’, through which he lashed out at those who disagree with his country’s policies on the Ukraine, accusing them of substituting strong arguments with...

  • Cyrus’s minorities

    The hunters’ brigade could not have found a more apt champion for their cause than Labour’s European Parliament candidate Cyrus Engerer. At first glance, they may come across as very strange bedfellows. Engerer says he doesn’t share hunters’...

  • Working class aristocrat

    These are times of high aspirations, with many seeking self-fulfilment through financial success and moving up the social ladder. This makes it hard to understand what induces an aristocrat to renounce his hereditary title to champion the...

  • Coming synod – my optimism

    I am an optimistic person by nature, but also as a man of faith. Faith and pessimism do not go hand in hand. Sayings like ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ and ‘the light at the end of the tunnel’ have always helped me psychologically to...

  • System begs for revision

    On the physical side, with socio-economic implications that will rev­erb­erate through­­­­out its lifetime, the new gas-fired power station at Delimara is the largest project that was put forward by the Labour government. In a different sphere,...

  • Detention conundrum

    A group of young students from Germany working on a Mediterranean migration project sought my views on the subject in the light of my 20-year direct experience in the field. The recent protests by detainees at Lyster Barracks where still fresh in...

  • LNG: what they did not say

    Officials of the company that will be running the LNG plant have been quoted saying: “Why is there all this fuss? Many LNG carriers go through the port of Tokyo.” What they don’t say is that storage is not on an old ship but on tanks on land. LNG...

  • Will Russia stop at Crimea?

    EU leaders at their Brussels summit last Thursday and Friday kept up the pressure on Russia by expanding its list of people targeted by sanctions in response to Moscow’s intervention in Crimea. Also at the summit, in a show of support for Kiev, EU...

  • The public space that never was

    Environment Minister Leo Brincat said last Wednesday that the Family Park in Marsascala is about to get new facilities. As reported in Times of Malta, this means two things. First, that parts of the park will be handed over to private business and...

  • Mind the Peter’s Principle trap

    To refresh our memories, a 1969 management theory (known as the Peter’s Principle) by Peter and Hull stated “that in a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to their level of incompetence”, and it follows that “in time, every post tends to be...

  • Belligerency and negativism

    The early life of this legislature has been marked by an astonishing belligerency. Criticism is not just necessary but also essential. The government has to be kept on its toes. It has to be constantly reminded that it is accountable to the people.

  • Accent-uating a lack of class

    A couple of weeks ago we were reminded how class remains a cruelly powerful and divisive force on this little island of ours and that one’s accent, background and schooling are still the most decisive and determining factors on the social class...

  • Local warden woes

    So the reform of the local enforcement system is afoot. This basically means that something is going to be done about the wardens. There’s a website with Schiaparelli pink boxes urging us to write in and have our say as to how this should be done.

  • ‘Isn’t it why you are here?’

    One of the most salient moments during the Xarabank debate bet­ween the Prime Minister and the Opposition leader was the question a man in the audience posed to Simon Busuttil. “You had promised the setting up of a cafeteria. At what stage is the...

  • The biggest trade deal in the world

    A simple and inno­cuous-sounding acronym – TTIP – or Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is enough to make one’s eyes glaze over. Yet this trade deal between the European Union and the United States will eventually affect our daily...

  • Out of the box

    I’ve always been a fan of Stephen King, and I usually make it a point to see the films that are based on his books. Although I enjoy horror movies, I utterly dislike the recent trend that seems to equate horror with slash, gore or even torture...

  • House cleaning is no sacrifice

    What can I say about housework? I like doing the laundry and hanging the clothes out in the sun, on the roof. That just about sums up my contribution to any conversation about housework. I don’t think I ever talked housework with my girlfriends.

  • Age shall not wither them...

    The recent reports in Times of Malta that there has been an increase in violence against old people, rang a bell with me. Aggression, of any sort, against the elderly is appalling, but what about violence by old people. That is, if anything, even...

  • The logic of being logical

    I was told, with reference to last week’s piece about the collision case bike/car, that an appeal has been filed by the car driver because the biker is alleged to have been undertaking dangerously, a manoeuvre to which all of us have been known to...

  • The ‘ignition free zone’

    The Prime Minister has this habit of misleading his audience to get away with his political blunders. His latest stunt is that it is safer to have the 140,000 cubic metres of hazardous cargo within Marsaxlokk bay than anchor the tanker...

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