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Opinion

  • Real issues before us

    Between May 22 and 25, elections to the 751 seats of the European Parliament will be held in the 28 member states of the European Union. The 2009 Lisbon Treaty provides that the European Parliament shall also elect the president of the European...

  • Local, European and global

    This may have been the main underlying theme of the recent PL annual general conference, but it was also very much to the fore during the previous week when over a spread of three working days I managed to attend a Hope Conference on the marine...

  • Our minister at the palace

    Being on the lazy end, I’ve never attended any of those marathon runs patronised by the President. And being rather allergic to rowdiness and crowds, I’ve never attended any of the President’s charity events either. That doesn’t mean I don’t like...

  • Key to a better tomorrow

    In a recent interview with Times of Malta (February 13), the CEO of Betsson complained about high staff turnover. The leading online gaming company engages locally some 600 employees from 39 countries. Expatriates account for two out of every...

  • Dancing on the cliff’s edge

    Rome last week witnessed the convening of a conference devoted to Libya. It was a welcome endeavour by Western countries that stood by the Libyan uprising against dictatorship. The time could not be more opportune, given the fragile conditions in...

  • Learning from experience

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s first reshuffle will take place in a matter of weeks. He has intimated the obvious – it may not be the last one. He will effect changes as he feels necessary, he said. That is a prime minister’s prerogative. It is...

  • A Church that is relevant

    The Holy Roman Apostolic Catholic Church is like a miniskirt and a hospital. I find these two metaphors appropriate even though I cannot claim exclusivity of use. In other words, they are plagiarised. For the second, I am indebted to Pope Francis...

  • Lies and propriety

    Minister Konrad Mizzi’s project in Marsaxlokk harbour is riddled with heresies and darkened by lies. This project has three components. It includes an LNG storage ship carrying liquified gas, a regasification unit to turn LNG into gas and a 200MW...

  • A new Cold War?

    Russia’s de facto annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, to which it legally belongs, its parliamentary approval of the use of military force in Ukraine, as well as its unfounded claim that Russian-speaking citizens in eastern Ukraine are being...

  • The queen of bleeding hearts

    Acouple of weeks ago I wrote that once the next president was announced we would be in for an extended bout of vigorous whitewashing. Well, here we are. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca is now on the fast track to santa subito canonisation. In what...

  • Still no maritime impact assessment

    At the public consultation hearing at Marsa­xlokk last month and ever since I have ex­press­ed the view that precisely because the project has changed radically from its pre-election two land-based tanks of 30,000 cubic metres (cm) to a floating...

  • Like a candle in the breeze

    Time seems to be flying faster than usual. The Labour government is already one year old. Not new anymore, though it is still stumbling upon old negatives that have to be listed as carried forward from the Nationalist era. More so, however, it has...

  • A new way of doing politics

    Ican’t shake off the feeling that Social Solidarity Minister Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca wasn’t entirely thrilled with the recent turn of events that will see her occupy the post of Malta’s ninth president. I can well imagine the sort of noises,...

  • Such cruel irony...

    March 8, 2006, wasn’t turning out to be a day of celebration for one Maltese woman whom we will call Jane. While other women were receiving flowers for Women’s Day or perhaps being treated by their families, Jane was being beaten up by her...

  • Glimmer of hope or an illusion?

    A lot has been happening on the Catholic front in the last few months. Some things make me hope that there will be a religious revival. There undoubtedly is a lot of optimism. Other things, on the other hand, instil the fear that this ‘promised...

  • Out of the box

    Anyone into mainstream film last Sunday was glued to their television set following the Oscars. I have mixed feelings about the awards. Are they a fun watch? Definitely. Are the pre-Oscar gimmicks a lot of directors and leads get up to extremely...

  • Lessons from my Ukranian student

    A decade ago, when Malta was in the throes of the EU referendum saga, I taught English as a foreign language. One of the long-term students I had that year was from Kiev, Ukraine. I thought a lot about her last week. You know how it is when you’re...

  • Does my bum look big in this?...

    “Does my bum look big in this?” “Not specially.” “What do you mean?” “Well... compared to the rest of you.” “Oh charming! You are my husband; you’re supposed to say: No sweetheart, it looks lovely... or something.” “Oh.” “Well?” “It looks lovely...

  • First unite the entire nation

    The nominee to the presidency, in an interview, correctly stated that President George Abela is still in office and it will not be for another month until Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca will be appointed, one hopes, with the consent of the entire...

  • Did I tell you or did I not?

    Those of you whose memory extends further back than today’s breakfast will recall that, on February 15 last, in this very column, in a manner that would have had I. M. Beck being proud of me, I had written that “... there’s quite a groundswell in...

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