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Opinion

  • Beyond ideologies and political jargon

    After I attended the hot debate entitled ‘Brexit. Trump. Should we blame democracy?’ organised by the Times of Malta at the Intercontinental, St Julian’s, last Wednesday, I was inspired to express my reflections on such a current topic. Though...

  • Tell the lie about Santa

    There was the Grinch who stole Christmas, “Bah, humbug Christmas” Ebenezer Scrooge and now killjoy psychologists who want to wipe out Santa. In an article entitled ‘A Wonderful Lie’ published in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, two psychologists...

  • Welcome to the Gula Archipelago

    There is no mistake in this heading. It is a proof-reading job done well. This title does not refer to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s three-volume book about the Soviet forced labour camp system titled The Gulag Archipelago. That system of forced labour...

  • Tal-Barrani, every single day

    Last Wednesday was the 30th anniversary of the notorious incidents at Tal-Barrani. In 1986 I was in my early teens and certainly in no position to evaluate things with any degree of sophistication. My opinion then was simply that, on Tal-Barrani...

  • Residents are the blind spot

    Sliema and St Julian’s are residential areas, not just tourist or entertainment venues. There are of course many shops and restaurants along the seafront, but there are also thousands of residents. Tower Road and Spinola Bay are full of...

  • Parsing the Patient’s Charter

    This government just cannot get a break. Right on the day when Health Minister Chris Fearne was proudly launching the Patient’s Charter, the Ombudsman rained on his parade. The House Business Committee chose that same day to discuss the...

  • Austria: lesson for Malta?

    Austria: lesson for Malta?

    When next month, on January 1, 2017, Malta assumes the presidency of the Council of the European Union, the in-tray of Joseph Muscat and his ministers will be bulging. Taking over from Slovakia, they will have to negotiate and agree proposals on...

  • A Labour of love… Blogpost 45…

    Christmas comes but once a year, but when it comes it brings… lots of freebies from my loyal constituents. I never realised just how much we MPs get out of the festive season. So far… and December has only just begun… I have cleaned up 16 hampers...

  • Let’s not abandon reason

    We hear that we are living in a post-truth society. Truth itself, they tell us, has be-come dispensable; it’s beside the point. The point being perception. Spin hard enough or just smart enough, and fact gets distorted, devoured voraciously by...

  • Built in stone

    Janice Fiorentino, Architect Architecture, similar to other industries, reflects the social, technological and political contexts of the time. It is influenced by the international trends and evolves with technology.  Architecture reflects the...

  • Renewable energy in Malta

    Renewable energy in Malta

    In his excellent discussion (November 8) on Malta’s strategic vision on energy, Michael Zammit Cutajar drew attention to the country’s backward position with regard to renewable energy. While the substitution of gas for oil to generate electricity...

  • A return to the ‘golden years’

    The award of a government contract to the General Workers’ Union, from which it will profit to the detriment of workers, is a stark wake-up call that this country may be reliving the times of Labour’s ‘golden years’ of the 1970s and 1980s. The...

  • Of gods and animals

    Of gods and animals

    Education and Employment Minister Evarist Batolo has become synonymous with an old Roman law that states that there is a law for the gods and another for animals. Before the last election Bartolo seized every occassion that came his way to...

  • Let them eat Panama

    Let them eat Panama

    A few days ago, I watched an interview with Pope Francis on Italian television station TV 2000 and what hit me was the simplicity, yet the sheer significance of what he said in these few phrases: “I ricchi stanno diventando più ricchi; i poveri,...

  • Putting Pinocchio to shame

    The story of Pinocchio is well known. It brings back childhood memories. Pinocchio is best known for his short nose that becomes longer when he lies. Many suffer from Pinocchio’s lying traits. Some go to the extent of becoming compulsive liars. ...

  • Strategy after populism

    Strategy after populism

    This year’s electoral encounters in the US, UK and France have attracted attention from many angles, particularly on domestic and European politics. So far, however, one angle has been under-noticed. The three countries, currently convulsed by...

  • The romanticised dictator

    The romanticised dictator

    Fidel Castro, hailed by many news outlets as a revolutionary thinker, thought to be the singular absolute ruler who would create a functioning communist state, has died aged 90. For a time, it was believed that he would be the man to finally solve...

  • The taxman is a cynic

    Many, many years ago, I remember my late father telling me (then just an adolescent) over the breakfast table that ‘someone’ had come up with a brilliant idea about a new form of taxation, through which income tax would be abolished and replaced...

  • Non-partisan objectivity

    Non-partisan objectivity

    I have been credited by some who are blinded by partisan prejudice with putting the current Labour administration into power. When I write an article which criticises one or other aspect of current governance or maladministration, they whine: “But...

  • Malta’s ‘Establishment’

    The ‘Establishment’ is a word which has become familiar to us due to its use during the United States presidential campaign. It is a word which stands for those dominant social groups and structures which wield power or heavily influence it in a...

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