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Opinion

  • Slipping into dictatorship

    Slipping into dictatorship

    Once again, the far-left lobby groups demonstrate utter contempt towards a free, meritocratic society, now in the tremendously serious form of prospective legislation. The misleadingly named Equality Act as well as the Human Rights and Equality...

  • Stepping out of our ego

    A Christmas Carol is a classic literature masterpiece. Pen­ned by Charles Dickens, this novel narrates the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Ebenezer is a cold-hearted person who values money more than anything else. His craving for money made him lose...

  • Coal by the sackful

    It’s the season to be jolly, to talk of fun and games and food and sweets. To take things easy and drink a few glasses of mulled wine and think of births, new advents, new beginnings. It would be great to only think of good things and happy tidings.

  • The year of the (un)expected

    As we approach the end of the year one cannot but reflect on this year and recall the major milestones. I tackle this from a different angle. Contrary to best practice I start with the title. From Leicester City to Brexit and recently Donald...

  • Wind power: a requiem

    At the end of his piece  ‘Renewable Energy in Malta’ (December 3)  George Debono wrote: “It would be interesting to know the basis for the decision to exclude land-based and near offshore wind turbines in (shallow) coastal waters, if there was...

  • Olive quick decline syndrome 

    Mid-October 2013, saw Xylella fastidiosa, the olive quick decline syndrome (OQDS) recorded in Italy: its first record for Europe. By April 2015 it had infected up to a million olive trees, many of them century-old, in the southern region of Apulia.

  • Towards integration, inclusion

    We recently celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), a day set by the United Nations to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with...

  • A stab in a Maltese jail

    At first, the case of Jason Azzopardi’s tweet about Justice Minister Owen Bonnici, seems to be a matter of all MPs taking themselves far too seriously. In fact, by combining the elements of tragedy and farce, it should command the attention of...

  • Religion and violence

    Religion and violence

    In the wake of the recent brutal attacks which we witnessed this year against innocent people in several parts of the world by extremists, apparently influenced by ideologies of hate, such as those adopted by Isis and similar groups, we hear a...

  • Taking free press for granted

    There’s a big hoo-ha going on in Brussels at the moment about copyright. Please keep reading – it’s not about the niceties of nerdy copyright law – it’s about the future of our independent, professional press; it’s about how we value the 24/7...

  • Fallacy of a ‘Euro-army’

    Fallacy of a ‘Euro-army’

    No American president since 1941 has failed to acknow-ledge his country’s obligations to those who share its democratic values. In that year, three months before Pearl Harbour, Britain and the United States, under Winston Churchill and Franklin...

  • Judicial appointments

    Judicial appointments

    Inertia is a funny old thing. It is defined, in many physics textbooks, as that desire – possessed by all material things – for things to remain the same. It is that property which compels matter to remain in a state of rest (or of uniform...

  • Well ahead, and so behind

    Equality for all. My Facebook newsfeed was alight with news about the new laws passed to make gay conversion therapy illegal in Malta. Malta: a country so often synonymous with Catholicism, the country that needed a referendum on divorce, is now...

  • ‘Recreational’ indeed

    ‘Recreational’ indeed

    When I wrote about cynical taxation, some days back, one responder told me that I was thinking wishfully. Here I go again, charging at another windmill. I shall never learn. I am going to write about C17H21NO4. Readers know it as cocaine.

  • A distinguished career

    A distinguished career

    The Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta is holding its fifth foundation day commemoration tomorrow. It will be conferring its Award for Academic Excellence on Chief Justice Emeritus Giuseppe Mifsud Bonnici who retired last year after...

  • Earn a position of trust

    In his book The Politics of Persuasion my father wrote that being elected to Parliament as a “representative of the people” was the highest honour ever bestowed on him. One cannot but agree. Being entrusted to serve the people is indeed the...

  • An ‘F’ for local councils?

    ‘Local councils get an ‘F’ in accounting from NAO’, read a Times of Malta headline on December 5.  Have local councils really hit the pits? Had this statement been made by certain state authorities that are embroiled in Malta’s governance deficit,...

  • Efficacy and relevance

    Efficacy and relevance

    As Charles Darwin once observed “it is not the strongest that survive, nor the most intelligent, it is those who are most responsive to change”. The Malta Gaming Authority’s annual report for 2015 was themed ‘regulation for innovation’ and we are...

  • I believe in Santa Claus

    There was once a little boy called Gianni. His parents were very open-minded, very non-conservative, great believers in all sorts of liberties. Every day the little boy watched the news with them. By the age of three he knew all about terrorism,...

  • No shame, it’s just about power

    Education Minister Evarist Bartolo’s declaration in Parliament clearly shows he only has himself to convince that he may run from the standards he publicly set for others. Shameful really, for I thought I was shadowing a gentleman’s work and not...

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