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Opinion

  • Pope, climate and Malta

    Pope, climate and Malta

    Pope Francis has been called the “superman Pope”. But can he inspire action on climate change? He has just published a powerful indictment of the developed world’s unsustainable consumption, calling it “a dominant moral and ethical issue for...

  • Lowering age of consent

    Lowering age of consent

    An enduring memory of the 12 years I spent as an educator at the Corradino Correctional Facility is that of a 19-year-old man who, several years ago, was sentenced to a prison term for having sexual relations with a 16-year-old girl. I shall never...

  • Of ODZ and good use of land

    One of the classic dichotomies of all times is that ‘man made the town whereas God made the country’. It may involve a bit of stretching because a lot of divine inspiration may be evident in the towns while the country as it has come down to us,...

  • The colour is now green

    The writing is on the wall, and its colour is green. The mounting tide of the green voter is evident and has been so ever since the anti-spring hunting referendum was lost by a mere 1,111 votes last April, swung by last minute desperado political...

  • No deals, no quarter

    No deals, no quarter

    It took a young Italian couple to remind this country what a mess it is in. They got so desperate to get out that they stormed onto the airport apron to stop an aeroplane from leaving them behind. They ended up in court, of course, because this...

  • Gozo: culprit or victim?

    Gozo: culprit or victim?

    Throughout the past couple of months, I sadly observed that Gozo has featured in the media so many times and yet almost always in a negative light. I’m of course referring to the turmoil caused by the so-called ‘works for votes’ saga, which has...

  • Tribunal cats and pigeons

    The Constitutional Court, in the form of the Civil Court (i.e., not in the appeal jurisdiction, where the case might end up if the Labour government appeals the two decisions given in favour of the General Workers’ Union – not a given) has...

  • The Mepa vanishing act

    On June 15, I had the privilege of participating in a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee for the Environment, which was chaired by Labour MP Marlene Farrugia. The meeting concerned the preliminary site evaluation report of the ‘American’...

  • The cost of special care

    As a parent of a young adult with disability, I am finding it interesting, while on holiday in Scotland, to follow the debate within the Moray local council on whether it is necessary to concentrate youngsters who need additional help in special...

  • Bullying at the workplace

    When someone mentions bullying, most of us are likely to immediately think in terms of childhood and school. This swift association may be due to the strong campaigns conducted over the past years that were aimed at raising awareness about this...

  • Curious case of gay conversion therapy

    The government has asked its consultative council on LGBT+ rights to draft a Bill that would make ‘gay conversion therapy’ a criminal offence. This time, the wind is blowing from the west. The Sunday Times of Malta last week published an interview...

  • Hearing the cry of the earth: we are all responsible for it

    Francis has spoken. He has spoken loudly. The Pope’s encyclical had long been in the pipeline, perhaps even as much as nearly two years. Although the environment has often been part of the social teaching of successive popes, particularly in the...

  • Shifting the goalposts

    In classical Greece, the philosopher Pythagoras divided men attending the Olympic Games into three general types: the spectators, the competitors, and the traders who come to buy and sell. He rated the spectators highest. Others also rate...

  • A storm in the Vatican

    For ages, the boat of Peter had to row amidst heavy storms. Pope Francis has exhorted us “to row with him in the storm”. Since the Pope set out to reform the Church and the Vatican Bank and to sort out the Curia finances he has had to face many a...

  • From the outside looking in

    You know those souvenir T-shirts we adored when we were younger? The ones saying “My mum/dad/aunty went to Malta and all they got me was this lousy T-shirt”? Well, there’s been the blog post equivalent of that and it definitely didn’t go down well...

  • ‘I was always too small for it’

    In my commentary last Sunday I appealed for a Church that is able to decipher the image of Christ in art and beautiful human artefacts. This is a brave Church ready to accompany people in their journeys along the digital highways of contemporary...

  • Can Malta join the Nutella war with Twistees?

    Can Malta join the Nutella war with Twistees?

    Last week we witnessed one of the weightiest political tiffs in Europe. Euroland gasped as France’s ecology minister, Ségolène Royal, urged the public to stop eating Nutella – made out of hazelnuts – because it is contributing to...

  • Crouching moggie – hidden gecko...

    So Malta is to become Hollywood in the Mediterranean... or should that be Mollywood. Apparently our newfound bosom friends, the Chinese – whose munificence seems to know no bounds – are determined to turn this little rock into the entertainment...

  • Not all pensioners are equal

    The plight of pensioners’ financial situation seems to escape the focus of any administration. The only time pensioners receive any attention from politicians is when a general election is about to take place. The time is up for politicians to use...

  • All for the sake of art

    All for the sake of art

    I’ll open with the non-political stuff first because it deserves pride of place this week. If you have a single cultural bone in your body, even if it is as teeny-weeny as Wayne Rooney’s metatarsal, you have to take yourselves to Bank of...

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