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Opinion

  • There is still in time to reconsider

    The Prime Minister’s statement that the floating storage unit for gas will be a temporary presence in the Marsaxlokk harbour until a permanent gas pipeline is in place is no consolation to someone like myself who is expected, during the coming...

  • The phenomenon of the elderly

    Reaching a ripe old age with dignity is a blessing. One can enjoy the fruits of one’s love and work over the years, see how his vision has turned out and hopefully enjoy the serenity of his remaining years. It can also be demanding, very much so.

  • Decision taking and good governance

    The media reports on last Monday’s meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the House of Representatives intrigued me. The meeting was investigating a report made by the National Audit Office (NAO) on the government’s decision to withdraw...

  • More mummy wars

    With her speech on Women’s Day, the Prime Minister’s wife Michelle Muscat unwittingly waded into the mummy wars. Fought with ever-increasing weariness by the stay-at-home mums and working mothers, the bone of contention is basically whether women...

  • A ‘come what may’ principled position

    My Journey, the title of Eddie Fenech Adami’s autobiography (thanks to Steve Mallia who did the actual writing based on interviews with him), is a dynamic and telling one. However, come what may could have been another potential title that would...

  • A government that delivers

    The National Statistics Office a few days ago issued the GDP growth indicator for 2013 that was set at +4.4 per cent in nominal terms compared to 2012 and +2.4 per cent in real terms. Such a positive result means that economic growth was...

  • Out of the box

    The current favourite topic of conversation among film buffs is Lars von Trier’s soon-to-be-released Nymphomaniac. I find it incredibly difficult to discuss Von Trier’s work in a rational manner, mostly for two reasons. The first one being that,...

  • A week is a long time…

    You know how politicians, every Sunday, meet up in some każin or other, and then give a speech going over their major events of the week? I thought, well, there’s an idea: why not do the same here? So, before you start reading my own summary of...

  • What am I bid for... ?

    The scene is the main auction room of Charles Spagnol Degaetano & Sons, Auctioneers and Valuers, St Julian’s. The auction is about to get under way of the goods and chattels of one of the most distinguished Maltese personalities of recent times,...

  • Principles, values in Crimea

    The situation in Crimea should be of extreme concern to anyone who believes in democracy and the rule of law. Crimea is an integral part of Ukraine. The territorial integrity of an independent nation has been violated. A choice isn’t a choice when...

  • On your motorbike...

    This week, I’d like to start with a subject that is slightly out of the ordinary for me, even in my post-I. M. Beck incarnation. My eye was caught by a court report saying that a chap had been stung the (un)princely sum of €700 and had his licence...

  • Every little drop counts

    Earlier this week, the Ministry for Energy and Conservation of Water launched a public and stakeholder consultation process on the national water management plan. As emphasised by the Malta Water Association, water is everybody’s business. It is...

  • Pope Francis’s first anniversary

    It has been a year since that magical evening of March 13 when, at about 7.15pm, Pope Francis, 76, made his first appearance both to the world and to his 1.2 billion Catholic flock. His first words soon captured the hearts of believers and...

  • Inter-trade union disputes

    It is common practice that the trade union that can prove it has the majority of membership among employees in an entity is granted the right to represent all the workers of such entity in collective bargaining. An inter-union dispute occurs when...

  • Revive the bookshop

    It is certainly no news to report that, over the last few years, the media has been getting increasingly inundated with articles focusing on cultural aspects. Surely, this is something commendable if this ‘cultural content’ is replacing...

  • Yes Minister mentality

    “The leaders of the public service should not be puppets to any political master.” I read with interest the article entitled ‘Head of the public sector laments leadership crisis’ (timesofmalta.com, March 5). The public sector is many things to...

  • Critical situation in Crimea

    Both the European Union and the Russian Federation seek to gain a larger foothold in the former constituent republics of the Soviet Union. This is perhaps one of the key issues that helps in analysing developments in Ukraine. Russia’s interest in...

  • Leadership that matters

    International experience shows that high-quality education is the result of good instructional leadership as well as a system-wide focus on identifying, preparing and supporting school leaders. I would also add the need for developing the...

  • Francis, one year on

    Have you heard the one about Pope Francis and the promiscuous monk? Don’t worry, neither have I. But I have heard of the one about the fourth-century desert father, Abba Ammonas. And I’ve no doubt central casting would immediately offer Francis...

  • Don’t dump nukes in Med.

    As a member of the European Parliament, I have recently put my name to a formal question in the European Parliament urging the European Commission to ensure that the transfer of Syrian chemical weapons does not take place in the Mediterranean. I...

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