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Opinion

  • A walkway to rambling

    In March 2006, a high-level task force was set up to outline a national strategy for sustainable development with special focus on the natural environment “as a source of well-being in a healthy lifestyle”. Its comprehensive report, described by...

  • Claiming credit for growth

    Claiming credit for growth

    Much political capital is being made on the strength of the Maltese economy. It is an undeniable fact that the economy is flying and a shining beacon in the European Union where most others are struggling. What is much less acceptable is the...

  • MCCAA’s responsibilities

    Reuben Sciberras, Communications Coordinator at the Ministry for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, has kindly replied to my contribution concerning MCCAA’s remit (April 14). According to Part I, Section 2, of the Malta...

  • The vote of no confidence

    Now that the marathon debate on the motion of no confidence in the government moved by the leader of the Opposition is over, I think now is probably an opportune time for reflection. If one were to ask me what has been my greatest disappointment...

  • Konrad Mizzi the victim

    Konrad Mizzi the victim

    During Monday’s parliamentary debate, some Opposition MPs were indignant that Konrad Mizzi offered no apology for having opened his company in Panama. Is that all they’re indignant about? How about that Mizzi was brazen enough to claim to be a...

  • Does good governance cover pensions?

    Political slogans about “social justice” and “nobody getting left behind” once soun- ded good but now sound very hollow, with an official figure of one in four Maltese (mainly pensioners) at risk of poverty. The currently fashionable catchphrase...

  • Who’ll care for our elderly?

    Who’ll care for our elderly?

    Living at Dar tal-Kleru (Clergy Home) after 40 years in Milan has made me deeply conscious of my advanced age. Fifty priests, some bedridden, are being taken care of by the ‘Cenacle Sisters’, at the home which was founded in 1964 by the late...

  • Literacy strategy: is it working?

    Minister of Education Evarist Bartolo’s boas-ting about the initiatives taking place in schools and with families to enhance reading need to be accompanied by an equal resolve to assess their success. The PIRLS 2011 results underlined the...

  • A sense of proportion

    A sense of proportion

    Eight weeks ago, the stunning news broke about the involvement of Minister Konrad Mizzi and the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, Keith Schembri, in a highly suspicious and ill-judged plan to set up a trust in New Zealand, with a shell company in...

  • A man of contrasts

    A man of contrasts

    When Pope John Paul II died on April 2, 2005, the cardinals from all over the world converged on Rome to select the new pope. The attention of the world was concentrated on four main names (the so-called papabili) in the following order: Joseph...

  • Leaders who embrace values

    If one had to see this country from afar, one would see a progressive government boasting 6.3 per cent economic growth, an Opposition on a crusade to throw stones and a public that has no role model for its future. Are we lost or is there still...

  • A booming economy

    A booming economy

    Reading through the Country Report Malta 2016 issued by the European Commission, the verdict reads stark clear: the economy is booming. Economic performance is robust and exhibiting substantial resilience to challenges on a macroeconomic...

  • Losing my religion

    Losing my religion was a single released by an American alternative rock group R.E.M. This song does not speak about religion. Rather, it refers to a popular colloquial American expression. It underlines a high level of exasperation, irritation...

  • Limited political discourse

    One thing that I really hate in Maltese politics is the way political discourse is still, to a large extent, monopolised by the two major political parties. While it is true that the advent of social media has helped towards democratising...

  • Trusts, shady offshore centres

    What I write is based on hands-on experience working in a senior executive post with a British international bank in Nassau, Bahamas back in the 1970s. I have since then gained further knowledge on trusts and on setting up companies in offshore...

  • The Panama paradox

    There is so much to say about the global Panama Papers controversy. It is the talk of town everywhere you go around Malta. Really and truly, it seems to be part of the perfect storm of bad governance overshadowing the Labour government. In a way...

  • Frittering away votes

    Frittering away votes

    He won by a landslide historic victory in 2013 securing a majority of no less than 36,000 votes. The colossal majority shook the country to the core either in disbelief or in worship. Analysts predicted he would be firmly rooted for 10 or 15 years.

  • Ideology slanting the truth

    There is a pervasive trend to adopt an ideological lens with which to view and report stories in western media outlets. A quick Google search of ‘feminist lens’ will get you dozens of academic papers and insights from a ‘critical feminist...

  • Is The Jungle Book too scary for children?

    Is The Jungle Book too scary for children?

    I dislike ‘family restaurants’. By which I mean those vast, open planish restaurants with folding menus longer than my arm, where everyone just spoons food in their mouths as they stare at huge television screens and where the din is worthy of a...

  • Playing one’s cards well

    I met a well-meaning someone the other day who told me that things were moving very quickly on the Panama matter, and that I should refrain from trying to guess what might happen next. She had in mind my last column, in which I predicted that...

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