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Opinion

  • Question time: Withdrawal symptoms

    Marlene Mizzi In a few days, British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens, including Maltese, living in the United Kingdom will decide on whether or not the UK should continue to form part of the European Union. With the polls largely neck and neck,...

  • Embracing real change

    Embracing real change

    The ongoing debate on development in ODZ areas is a step in the right direction, but is it enough? I certainly do not think so and, I suspect, neither do most. For the vast majority the acronym ODZ has become synonymous with abuse, arrogance,...

  • Dizzy heights of development

    A recent call by independent MP Marlene Farrugia to put a stop to proposed works on large scale developments, to give the government enough time to analyse the social, economic and environmental impact of such projects, has been dubbed by the...

  • An irreconcilability

    An irreconcilability

    The Constitutional Court’s judgment of May 29, 2015 relating to the two seats in the House of Representatives being claimed by the Nationalist Party has attempted to square the circle with the end loser being the Constitution. The court held that...

  • Getting the focus right

    So now we’re there. European and Japanese public leaders are complaining against their national central banks’ negative interest rates, and some key commercial and savings banks are threatening not to place their surplus funds with central banks...

  • Give Gozo its files back

    About 16 years ago, the previous administration came out with an ingenious albeit devilish idea: all public registration requirements from both Gozo and Malta would be handled by one private legal office. The reason given was that the government...

  • Sliema parking and the unions

    The Malta Union of Teachers and the General Workers’ Union have joined forces to oppose a time-controlled system of residents parking in Sliema. Their position is odd and inconsistent. They have a selective opposition on the issue of...

  • Be not afraid. It is I

    Be not afraid. It is I

    Bishop Mario Grech attracted headlines recently when he told an audience of Gozitan priests that the confessional should not be a torture chamber. The bishop got that image directly from the recent ‘apostolic exhortation’ by Pope Francis, of...

  • English as a foreign language

    English as a foreign language

    I refer to the article ‘English as a foreign language’ (May 31) and endorse the arguments made by James Corby et al. from the Department of English, Faculty of Arts, University of Malta. Traditionally, English has been a national language together...

  • Social justice gone mad

    Social justice is impervious to reason. It seems impossible to reconcile any argument a social justice warrior makes with anything resembling reason and evidence, as they go out of their way to champion the exact opposite. The strand of feminism...

  • Nudging political change

    Nudging political change

    Soon after David Cameron became Prime Minister six years ago, he assembled a large group of journalists for a speech on “national happiness”. This was the introduction to what was subsequently to become the Behavioural Insights Team in the Cabinet...

  • Public health policy

    I share the deep preoccupation of the Medical Association of Malta regarding the proposed new appointment of a non-medical practitioner as Director ofPublic Health. To some, public health, especially with its local heavy emphasis on infectious...

  • Need for closure on Panama

    The government of Joseph Muscat thinks that with the European Football Championship, the Panama issue will subside. Muscat is wrong if he really thinks so. The Panama issue is still there for everyone to see.  And now it has reached new...

  • Brexit: leading, not leaving

    Leading, not leaving: this is the basic appeal being used by the ‘Remain’ camp in the final days of the Brexit debate. By all accounts, this is going to be a close call, with the ‘Leave’ arguments seemingly taking the upper hand in these crucial...

  • Bailing out the poor

    Bailing out the poor

    Time and again in various instances in public life, Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, now President of the Republic, has shown the real mettle she is of. In an emotional speech she recently delivered in the wake of the publication by Caritas Malta of a...

  • English competence

    The English language is of critical importance to Malta. When the Constitution assigned English the status of an official language it gave us the tool to communicate globally, the tool to go beyond our own insularity. English is our main...

  • Stop dallying on censorship

    Stop dallying on censorship

    As Parliament debates Bill 113, the removal of the crime of vilification of religion has become the object of heated debate. Several interventions have been made in the House, most notably by Claudette Buttigieg and Jason Azzopardi from Opposition...

  • Flying the flag with pride

    Have you ever been tempted to burn the Maltese flag? Probably not. Most of us are proud of our country and, despite frustrations we encounter, when we speak to foreigners we let them know that our islands are a gem in the Mediterranean where the...

  • Edward Scicluna’s warning

    “Economic booms contain the seeds of their own destruction... None of Malta’s economic sectors should be allowed to overheat and reach overcapacity... Malta’s healthy growth needs to be managed to stop it developing into an unsustainable...

  • Bad year for honesty

    It was 1992. Way back then, Queen Elizabeth II had lamented that that year was rather her annus horribilis - a horrible year. Our socio-political history has a couple of horrible years in its long proud history. Many considered 1981 as our last...

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