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  • Certifiable sickness absence

    Certifiable sickness absence

    Legal Notice 432 of 2007 states that an employee is entitled to two working weeks sick leave in every calendar year without loss of wages. The Malta Employers Association has recently proposed changes to this legislation whereby absenteeism from...

  • PM’s groundbreaking choice

    For decades both the government and Opposition were held to ransom by the hunting lobby. On Saturday Prime Minister Joseph Muscat took the groundbreaking decision to close the hunting season ahead of time and hopefully end this stranglehold. The...

  • Muscat’s Ebola stunt

    Muscat’s Ebola stunt

    You have to hand it to him, our Prime Minister, he really knows how to pull a good PR stunt, drama and all. Last week, a Hong Kong-registered merchant vessel, on its way from Guinea to the Ukraine, requested medical assistance from Malta. We said no.

  • Commission challenges

    Commission challenges

    The European Parliament is next month expected to approve the new college of commissioners as proposed by Jean Claude Juncker. The incoming president has opted for a new Commission structure essentially dividing it into two layers. The upper layer...

  • European contradictions

    The spectre that had haunted Europe has now morphed into real flesh and blood. Eurosceptic gains in the European Parliament election have laid bare the most fundamental internal antagonistic contradictions within Europe. These contradictions lie...

  • Smooth-running workplace

    In the Talking Point of September 12, David Curmi, president of the Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry, gave a positively supportive review of the Malta Employers’ Association’s proposals to amend the Employment and Industrial Relations...

  • An island’s coming of age

    An island’s coming of age

    Political developments do not take place in a vacuum; they are shaped within a particular milieu. In Malta, there is often a tendency to reflect on national events through a Malta-centric lens without appreciating the wider developments which...

  • Getting stuck on stupid

    Getting stuck on stupid

    On September 1, Gordon Vassallo, an “accredited spiritual guide”, published a diatribe against tradition. His article deserves consideration. Not for its merits (it has none) but because his views have gained significant traction among the public...

  • Scotland votes to stay in the UK

    Scotland votes to stay in the UK

    The decision by Scottish voters to remain part of the United Kingdom, by a margin of 55.3 per cent to 44.7 per cent, is a welcome relief, and a good result for both Scotland and the UK. Scotland is a great nation and it is even greater by being...

  • The church of latter-day patriots

    At 50, the nation has finally reached political maturity. We are at that point when we can celebrate our independence together with a big party which is neither blue nor red. We may on occasion disagree on small things, but never again will our...

  • On the right side of the future

    As we celebrate half a century of sovereignty, it would be ac­ceptable perhaps to give an overview of the past 50 years and pat ourselves on the back for making Malta the modern European country it is now. But this is more than a 50th anniversary;...

  • Our democratic identity

    Under British rule the Maltese nation was governed by myriad colonial constitutions, most of which were repressive of our nationhood, while a few allowed us to start experimenting with the workings of democracy through a modicum of...

  • Scraping the September barrel

    Remember the year 2009, when swine flu was all the rage? Back then, child-ren who absented themselves from school on account of sickness or infection were obliged to present two medical certificates upon their return – one justifying and attesting...

  • The credibility gap

    You know that a politician is in trouble when his critics start feeling sorry for him instead of tearing into him. It happened to Gordon Brown when his political career was unravelling. For him, the 2010 electoral campaign was the illustration of...

  • This is not the fifth gospel

    Last Monday a report by Reuters announced the news that “Pope marries couples who cohabited and had children” and it was given blanket coverage around the world, including Malta. The Daily Telegraph gave a more sensational headline, saying that...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    I’m normally not really a fan of biopics, but my antipathy doesn’t extend to Iain Forsyth’s and Jayne Bollard’s 97-minute long master­piece on singer Nick Cave, 20,000 Days on Earth. The film premiered at the Barbican in London last Wednesday and...

  • What will we be like in 2064?

    What will we be like in 2064?

    The year is 2064. I am 88 years old. Silver-haired, with a tinge of a blue rinse. I could have laser-zapped my hair into any colour I wanted really, but I figured that one has to show one’s age at some point or other. I would love to be...

  • How about Għawdex the brave?

    In the wake of Scotland’s bid for independence from the UK, our thoughts turned – logically – to a ‘what-if’ similar situation locally. Would Gozo really want complete independence from Malta? Would it wish to cut itself off from all the...

  • A unique watershed

    Few images in our collective memory are as vivid and evocative as that of Ġorġ Borg Olivier, wearing his typically faint and knowing smile, raising high the document that made our country independent. Tonight, at the Grand Harbour, we celebrate...

  • It’s somewhat obvious

    It’s somewhat obvious

    B y the time you read this, Her Majesty will know if her realm has been dismembered by the Scots voting for an insufferable smug media-savvy politico. You might ask: how would it even be conceivable for your common or garden voter to fall for a...

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