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Opinion

  • The value of real values

    On July 1, 2013 Mark Carney, a Canadian Roman Catholic, was appointed Governor of the Bank of England. He is the first non–British Governor since the bank was established in 1694. He is also the chairman of the G20’s financial stability...

  • And army gets the beans

    An old fun song belted out by British soldiers had the refrain “and the navy gets the gravy while the army gets the beans, beans, beans”. We have no navy and I’m not sure that anyone of the security forces is getting any gravy. But from what I...

  • Plight of livestock breeders

    The media recently reported on cases of spraying slurry on agriculture land. Some questions remain unanswered. Earlier this month, I attended a conference on the infonitrates project funded by the EU Life+ to see for myself what is being and what...

  • The battle for the top EU job

    The battle for the top EU job

    It is still not clear whether Jean-Claude Juncker, the former prime minister of Luxembourg (he was also president of the Eurogroup from 2005 to 2013) will succeed in his attempt to become the next president of the European Commission, although the...

  • Farrugia’s battle with demons

    Last Thursday, Social Policy Minister Michael Farrugia ‘revealed in a tweet’ (‘said’, traditionally) that a man from the UK was planning to sell his house there and move to Malta, the rest of the cunning plan being that he would apply for social...

  • One step forward, two steps back

    The Task Force for the Mediterranean set up a few months ago to help countries like Malta with irregular migration was a step in the right direction. Malta, along with the other countries involved, welcomed it as such. A few days ago, however,...

  • Turning fever into sense

    The horn-blowing and hoarse shouting following this early morning World Cup match between Italy and England were probably still going on as the distribution of this newspaper began, however the game ended. It is that season again which, coming...

  • The elephant in the courtroom

    End of May, I came across a salacious headline in the newspapers which featured a 36-year-old father charged with defiling his two daughters. There was no way I could have known then that just a few weeks later, one of the biggest perjury cases...

  • No more Sunday sermons

    Simon Busuttil is right to do away with those hopelessly outdated and utterly useless Sunday sermons that the Nationalist and Labour Party leaders give every weekend. Since the 1980s, the drill has always been the same – the party leader, party...

  • ‘Nothing human is alien to me’

    It had to happen but people kept their fingers crossed, hoping it will not happen. Headings in local newspapers saying that the Italian navy rescued over 800 people and, a couple of days later, that it rescued 2,500 people did not cause a big stir...

  • New rights for disciplined forces

    Members of disciplined and similar forces in our country had for a long time been subject to injustices and an outright deprivation of their right to belong to a trade union. For years, we had been subjected to endless talk on the rights of these...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    Lots of new things are happening on the television front for me this week. Starting with the oh-so-eagerly anticipated Orange is the New Black. The second season was recently made available by Netflix – all 13 episodes at a go, may I remind...

  • Only in Malta

    Only in Malta

    • Love was in the air last weekend, as some 100 couples tied the knot in Malta and Gozo. You know how we say all is fair in love and war bla di bla, but there must be an exception to that saying. Surely, it is gross unfairness on all of us that...

  • I am absolutely not fat, I tell you...

    Absolutely not fat at all, I’m big-boned, like the rest of my family. I tell you, when I read recently that Maltese men are among the most obese on the planet I... well I was so incensed I nearly dropped my bag of pastizzi. I – and my equally...

  • Where is the Fourth?

    Where is the Fourth?

    A slightly different, more expansive, headline would have worked better but it would have been unfair on a certain media house because while their erstwhile vociferousness is quite noteworthy by its dilution, they are not the only components of...

  • Church for the young

    Society today owes a lot to many anonymous youth leaders who have, for a long time, devoted themselves to young people. The encouraging developments in youth ministry in the recent years mean we remain hopeful also for the future. Youth ministry...

  • A democratic imperative

    The Prime Minister mentioned the idea that local council elections should be held on the same day of the European Parliament. He argued that this would ease political tension in the country and also save some money for the government. The truth of...

  • Fight for European interest

    For many European citizens the most interesting issue right now is who will win the World Cup. Only a small minority will be following the debate about the presidency of European Commission. But this is important because it goes to the heart of...

  • An undying will to live

    An undying will to live

    Most of the professionals working in the media report suicides in a professional manner. Suicide is a delicate and serious public health concern which leaves a trans-generational legacy of pain and suffering in the relatives who are tormented...

  • The renting black hole

    The renting black hole

    Tenant: Just received the first bill in 11 months from the landlord. It’s over €5,000. How can this be possible? And that doesn’t include the contracted €50 I have been paying every month. Adviser: I suspect you are on the domestic rate. Did you...

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