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Opinion

  • Let the real Francis stand out

    The following was the reaction of Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, the former Vatican governor and foreign minister, to the Pope’s address to the Roman Curia earlier on last week, which quite naturally made the headlines: “To be honest, nothing like this...

  • Old Bore’s almanac for 2015

    Old Bore’s almanac for 2015

    January • Jan 8: Malta’s public transport is taken over by Spanish bus company Autobuses Urbanos de León... and despite previous assurances to the contrary, the fares quadruple overnight. • Jan 9: Malta’s new public transport system is boycotted...

  • The good old Christmas truce

    The good old Christmas truce

    I started writing this on Christmas Eve but then I stopped because the contents of the tray next to me were proving to be too much of a temptation: milk and carrots for Rudolph, whisky and fresh strawberries for Santa (he’s on a diet, my daughter...

  • Numberological mumbling

    Numberological mumbling

    As I have had occasion to remark, numbers and sums tend to make my brain hurt and my eyes glaze over, so if anything I write in my piece this week creates the impression that I am numerically challenged, I raise my hand in a mea culpa...

  • Concern at MUT hysteria

    The current hysterical reaction of the Malta Union of Teachers against the Church should be cause for concern. Apparently, confidential draft documents that were being discussed by the Church authorities included guidelines that would enable...

  • Western policy on Libya

    Addressing the United Nations Security Council in New York on December 19, Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Al-Dairi said that the terrorists behind Libya Dawn want to control oil resources and to finance terrorism worldwide. His comment, which is...

  • A leadership in crisis?

    A leadership in crisis?

    Not long ago, the government’s Principal Permanent Secretary, while addressing a one-day conference for senior civil servants, made a swingeing attack on Malta’s public service in which he urged it to pull its socks up and to come out of its...

  • No Christmas, Merry-Louise?

    No Christmas, Merry-Louise?

    It makes you wonder if the President would have said what she said in her Republic Day speech, had she looked out of her Palace balcony. If she did, she may have caught a distant whiff of Christmas carol music playing in Republic Street, heralding...

  • Daring to break silence

    Last year Malta enacted the Protection of the Whistleblower Act, 2013, an Act intended to map procedures to safely disclose information with regard to improper practices by employers and employees, both in the public as well as in the private...

  • Boundary ‘tweaking’ unjustified

    Out of development zones and within them, our countryside and rural areas are due to shrink again if, according to Michael Falzon, Parliamentary Secretary in charge of Planning, the government makes tough decisions to enact yet another...

  • Beautiful are the beasts

    It is indeed very sad to open the newspaper and read about cases of atrocious cruelty to animals: a horse being mercilessly whipped, a dog is beaten and then abandoned in a quarry, an exotic reptile too is beaten and abandoned in a skip... the...

  • Horrendous massacre by Taliban in Pakistan

    Horrendous massacre by Taliban in Pakistan

    The Taliban massacre of 148 people – 132 of them children – at an army school in Peshawar, Pakistan, (which overshadowed the terrible killing of two hostages by a deranged Muslim cleric at a café in Sydney, Australia) has sent shock waves...

  • Beauty’s in the eye of the contractor

    Mepa CEO Johann Buttigieg said last week that the authority was thinking of resurrecting the long-departed aesthetics board. At first glance, and given the quality of a good chunk of what we see around us, this sounds like a good idea. There are...

  • A Christmas gift for the hunters… now avoided

    If I broke into your home and stole your jewellery and your television would you find it acceptable if I was later allowed to walk free, and keep your possessions, after paying a small fine? No, me neither. Yet this is exactly what has been...

  • Greener pastures await the PN in 2015

    As the clock strikes midnight every New Year’s Eve, resolutions are made. Some are adhered to, others are not. The end of the year provides also an opportunity to look back and assess one’s performance. We are at that time of the year as 2015 is...

  • Are we back to square one?

    Has the dismissal of Manuel Mallia really changed the Maltese political landscape in a significant way? Some say it has done so for the better. I am not so sure. Consider first the Labour Party: maverick Labour MP Marlene Farrugia has gone on...

  • Obesity, wealth... hope

    In much the same way as the German and British soldiers called an unofficial and temporary truce during Christmas 1914 and played football in the no-man’s land between the trenches, Labour and Nationalist MPs are respecting a ceasefire of sorts.

  • Hey unions, leave Church schools alone

    It would be presumptuous and delusional of me to expect the Malta Union of Teachers or the General Workers’ Union to put their principles where there words are. But let us, for the sake of argument, kid ourselves into believing that they have it...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    I don’t know about you, but I’ve had it up to my eyeballs with cute kittens dressed as Santa Claus and little elves singing Jingle Bells, everytime I venture online. Nothing wrong with cute kittens or even little elves, of course, but since...

  • Beggars on the Maltese streets?

    Beggars on the Maltese streets?

    Last week a colleague of mine tweeted a photo of a woman begging by the Mellieħa church door. In his tweet he wrote: “Authorities please note.” I immediately re­tweeted his appeal. Subsequently, photos of other beggars seen recently on the island...

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