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Opinion

  • 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...

  • Private sector is driving force

    Private sector is driving force

    I would be a very worried minister and member of this government if the surge in Malta’s economic growth was solely, or primarily, due to uncontrolled government employment. But this is the picture which the Opposition is trying to depict. It is...

  • Now for interdependence

    Last Sunday, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat called for national unity as Malta celebrates the 50th anniversary of our independence. The Nationalist Party welcomed this statement. In the past years, the days of national unity ironically served to...

  • Chit-chat on poverty

    A quarter of EU citizens are at risk of poverty. This includes 27 per cent of all children in Europe, 20 per cent of those over 65 and nine per cent of those with a job. A lot is said and many quote these figures but it is high time that...

  • Fifty years a... what?

    Fifty years a... what?

    I realised, the other day, that I am in danger of being mistaken for one of those old-fashioned, pot-smoking curmudgeons, cocooned in their self-image as rebels, who cough up their spleen on hearing a grandchild confuse a hippy with a beatnik. My...

  • Be vigilant over freedoms

    Napoleon said that power is never given but taken. And so it is with freedom, while power itself is often misused as a tool to control and limit the freedom of others. Reality has shown that freedom is not some laurel we place complacently upon...

  • British 200-year legacy

    British 200-year legacy

    In the last 50 years, there have been two pivotal events in Malta’s history. The first was Malta’s attainment of independence, whose 50th anniversary will be celebrated in four days’ time. The second was Malta’s accession to the European Union 10...

  • What do households spend?

    Next year the National Statistics Office will carry out a household budgetary survey among a representative sample of resident private households for the purposes of gathering information about day-to-day expenditure. Although similar projects are...

  • A brave new Joseph

    A brave new Joseph

    On September 11, of all dates, and in New York, of all places, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat was selling European passports in the US. He told his audience at a Global Citizenship seminar that the government’s aim behind its ‘Citizen by Investment’...

  • Neutrality needs revision

    Those who play down the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as Isis or Isil) insurgents’ long-term threat to our island are living in fantasy-land, oblivious of this fanatical group’s intentions to convert pseudo Christian Europe to militant Islam.

  • Is it a war on students?

    Like many others I was upset when I read a newspaper article, which, among other things, said that politicians are in agreement that teachers need protection in classrooms. The report highlighted challenging situations teachers have come across in...

  • Obama’s strategy against the IS

    Obama’s strategy against the IS

    US President Barack Obama has outlined his strategy to combat Islamic State (IS) jihadists who have taken over vast areas of Syria and Iraq and who have committed horrendous crimes against humanity as well as genocide against thousands of...

  • Tall, dark, talented, and a millionaire

    Unlike most people I know, I took a liking to the Individual Investor Programme (IIP) the minute I read about it. Anything that blows a raspberry at the twin deities of blood and soil is welcome as far as I’m concerned. If the mockery can bring in...

  • Two scandals and a farce

    As the months roll by, the true colours of Joseph Muscat’s government are starting to emerge. In the past few days alone, we have witnessed not one, but two major scandals: the sale of the 100-year-old Australia Hall to private owners and the...

  • Decision time for Scotland

    It is decision time for Scotland. Is it going to be a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’ for independence? The latest polls are suggesting that it is too close to call. An unthinkable scenario up until recently, the prevalence of the ‘Yes’ camp all of a sudden...

  • The empire strikes back – again

    Russia’s intervention in Ukraine was one of two important issues discussed by leaders from 28 countries gathered for a Nato meeting in Wales earlier this month, after which Nato issued a statement saying that the leaders and the alliance “stand...

  • September diary

    I suppose that by today’s standards, Valerie Trierweiler has come out a winner. By writing a tell-all book about her relationship with French President François Hollande she has hit ever so many birds with one stone. First there’s the way...

  • Rainbow, river, pilgrim, Areopagus

    In the hustle and bustle of everyday parlance and argumentation, one tends to forget that at the basis of every issue that is raised in the political, cultural, economic or any other sphere of society there is probably a philosophical perspective...

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