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Opinion

  • O Sliema, where art thou?

    This summer, Sliema has increasingly reminded me of Amity Island – the fictional beach resort that was terrorised at the height of its summer tourist season by a man-eating Great White. Jaws changed the world’s understanding and perception, not...

  • Invasion of the beach snatchers

    This year it looks like the invasion of the beach and kiosk furniture. Venture anywhere near the seaside and you’ll find sunloungers in a relentless march across the shore. Umbrellas are being staked across new territory as concession owners...

  • Balance in journalism? It’s fiction

    “Facts are the centre. Facts. We don’t pretend that certain facts are in dispute to give the appearance of fairness to people who don’t believe them. Balance is irrelevant to me. It doesn’t have anything to do with truth, logic or reality.” It was...

  • Tragedy over Ukraine: facts vs fiction

    I must admit that the article by Michael Falzon (‘Tragedy born of recklessness’, The Sunday Times of Malta, August 3) in response to my letter in Times of Malta related to the downing of the Malaysian Airlines plane left me quite perplexed. Trying...

  • Out of the box

    Out of the box

    This week’s highlight – or rather, lowlight from my point of view – was the news that Studio Ghibli is no more. Well, not precisely no more. Media reports about what is happening there are so ambiguous that it’s anyone’s guess whether...

  • ‘Kuraġġ!’ and other words that should never be uttered

    ‘Kuraġġ!’ and other words that should never be uttered

    It’s a word which is always at the tip of our tongues in the face of adversity. “Kuraġġ!”, we love saying to the afflicted person with a slight tilt of the head, our faces etched with a tinge of pity. “Kuraġġ!” we say again, this time squeezing...

  • The curse of the frequent flier...

    Try as I may I cannot, for the life of me, understand why some commercial retailers – and selective service industries, resort to promoting their wares/services via door-to-door fliers. I, plus most of my friends and acquaintances, normally never...

  • When tragedies are politicised

    I read with interest yesterday’s Talking Point by Victor Carachi, president of the General Workers’ Union, as it gives a very good glimpse of the GWU’s partisan agenda. Carachi dedicates the first part of his article to accuse Opposition leader...

  • Various notes of note

    Various notes of note

    Allow me a couple of personal notes to kick off with this week, if you would be so kind. As part of the fall-out from that horrid rag Kullħadd’s front-pager about me, about which a little more below, it was made known in another area of the media...

  • No to more polarisation

    The unfortunate abduction of Martin Galea in Libya, if anything, shows how some people are ready to try and score political goals at all costs. This, in general, applies to some core supporters on both sides of our political divide. However, one...

  • It is time up for Mepa

    It is time up for Mepa

    Last Sunday’s newspapers were full of stories about Mepa. The chairman must be livid. Vince Cassar is an affable man, well-dressed and upright, with that stiff upper lip English civil servant look. Almost like Sir Humphrey Appleby in the Yes...

  • Political courage needed

    The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry has taken the proactive initiative to compile an ‘Economic Vision for Malta for 2014–2020’, a document which makes 52 concrete recommendations to the government that address the economic...

  • St Lawrence’s final days

    St Lawrence’s final days

    Although the feast of Lawrence of Rome is celebrated on August 10, the day he is said to have been executed on orders ultimately originating from Emperor Valerian, by today’s date, August 7, St Lawrence had already figured he had no more than...

  • The paralysis on Gaza

    “We must be careful about the endless enumeration of casualty numbers. The dead and injured in Gaza are not anonymous. Behind the figures lie multiple individual destinies now torn apart. Too often in their lives have Gazan civilians been...

  • The Commonwealth blues

    The Commonwealth blues

    The Prime Minister made an important, measured and well-received speech at the London School of Economics on July 21 on ‘The Commonwealth at 65 – From London to Valletta’. In Malta, there was the usual carping from those whose mindset is so...

  • Labour in cloud cuckoo

    Labour in cloud cuckoo

    As Libya was burning, our Prime Minister was in the UK planning the next Commonwealth summit in Malta, laying out his grandiose plans to flog life into a moribund organisation. He didn’t cut his visit short when it emerged that a Maltese national...

  • City awash with stains

    I congratulate Times of Malta for raising the issue of the stained surface of the Valletta paving forming part of Renzo Piano’s project. On the same day the article appeared, the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure held a press conference to...

  • Undying belief in people

    Joseph Muscat seems intent on cancelling all local elections for the next five years. It should not have come as a surprise. It is yet another idea that exposes the mindset of Labour in government and their blatant disrespect for the people they...

  • Turmoil, wars and war crimes

    Turmoil, wars and war crimes

    It has not been a good two weeks on the international scene: Libya in falling apart (in our own back yard), the war in Gaza continues to claim many innocent Palestinian civilians, Russia persists in causing trouble in Ukraine, Iraqi Christians...

  • The case for non-holidays

    A couple of weeks ago Times of Malta reported the results of an NSO survey on income and living conditions. It seems that 60 per cent of Maltese households with children cannot afford a single holiday a year. The actual wording used in the survey...

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