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Opinion

  • Time to restore lost trust

    Am I correct to note that the Establishment is in a deep crisis? Would I be labelled as too negative if I were to point out that the courts, the Catholic Church, the political parties and other established points of reference are facing an...

  • Tunnel cocktail party

    Politicians are frequently favourite targets for criticism of all things and trust in political parties is quite low. Indeed, the most recent Eurobarometer survey for Malta shows that 60 per cent of the Maltese people do not trust political...

  • Ring out the old, ring in the new

    Ring out the old, ring in the new

    My sister has a little bell which she uses to summon us all to table whenever we are lunching at hers. I am forever borrowing it because I simply love the tintinnabulation (don’t you just love this word?) of bells. I am writing this on New Year’s...

  • L’Invenzione di Muscat

    The Prime Minister is full of surprises. Just when we thought he was a no-nonsense doer guy, it turns out he’s something of a thespian.His new year’s message is a case in point. Not for him the standard foreground shot with a Christmas tree, and...

  • We will keep delivering progress

    If you want to know how people are feeling, do not ask politicians and do not look for it in the media. Go to the people. People in Malta are confident about their future and feel they are making real progress. This will be the year that...

  • The ghosts of Strait Street

    The language of Valletta streets in the 1950s, particularly in the ‘Duwi Balli’ area, had its own peculiarities. People spoke of the ‘xo pirto’ (shore patrol), and the ‘loggin aws’ (lodging house). Restaurants in Strait Street served fish and...

  • Yes, we can do even better

    Our country has come a long way under different administrations. But in 2016, can we do even better? And more importantly, will everyone benefit from what we achieve? Take the economy, which is supposed to be doing well. Is everyone reaping the...

  • New year, new fads

    “The birth of my son”, the caption read, followed by the name of the camera used to take that all-important shot. The subject of the photograph is a newborn baby being lifted out of his mother’s womb by C-section. There he is, still coated in waxy...

  • Translating disability into ability, capability

    “The lingerie department is the only one that she can reach in her wheelchair. Nevertheless, she is fired the next day because of complaints that a woman who is so obviously not sexually attractive selling alluring nightgowns makes customers...

  • United in defence of life

    Human life is sacred and inviolable. It is to be welcomed, treasured and protected at all costs. This is the clarion call of all those who cherish life from conception to natural death. The pro-life movement is all about respecting human life from...

  • A Labour of Love… Blogpost 34…

    And so we say farewell to Jo-zeff’s most triumphant year to date, 2015… and hello to the year that will surely surpass even that… 2016. I often ask myself the question: Can life get any better under Jozeff’s benign dictatorship? Of course, the...

  • Jobs for disabled people

    Employers may find it an added burden to employ disabled people. That, to some extent, I understand but do not condone. Add to that, if there is a law it has to be applied, without any arguments about being inconvenient. When I first heard about...

  • Don’t cry for me, my Melita

    Don’t cry for me, my Melita

    I was tempted to start this week’s (and year’s) rant off with a defence of the imperial couple because, after going to Comedy Knights 2015, to spring thus was almost incumbent on anyone who doesn’t like to see vicious and unprovoked attacks on...

  • New youth subculture

    In the aftermath of the recent Paceville incidents, there have been alarming signs of a nascent subculture of young rebels that has engulfed our younger generation. This subculture has been blamed on the paucity of age-related entertainment...

  • This is certainly no game

    The latest unfortunate incidents involving young people call for solutions to address the need of innovative community spaces and a healthy form of entertainment. The vibrant lights of Paceville continuously attract our young nocturnal prowlers in...

  • Hopes for a positive year

    At the beginning of a new year it is always worthwhile to reflect on the state of one’s country in order to note the progress registered and pinpoint those areas where a lot of work still has to be done. Starting with the administration of the...

  • A government that says no

    A government that says no

    Some time ago, I met a former very active member of the Nationalist Party who was involved in electoral campaigns, and we discussed the reasons why the Nationalists lost the 2013 elections with such a big margin. I expressed the view that the main...

  • Trouble on the periphery

    Trouble on the periphery

    In 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned home from Munich. He had signed an agreement with Adolf Hitler over the Sudetenland provinces in the hope of reaching a compromise for the sake of peace. Chamberlain dismissed the events...

  • The culture of solidarity

    I remember reading a quote from North American motivational speaker, writer and consultant Denis E. Waitley. He said: “A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become...

  • A new year for Daesh

    A new year for Daesh

    The recapture of the Iraqi city of Ramadi from Daesh (Isis) has been hailed as a significant symbolic victory, and it is. But symbolic of what? The White House is claiming it as a sign that its strategy to defeat Daesh is working. But Ramadi could...

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