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  • Watch: Marlene Farrugia vs Arnold Cassola

    Watch: Marlene Farrugia vs Arnold Cassola

    Partit Demokratiku leader Marlene Farrugia and Alternattiva Demokratika chairman Arnold Cassola are the first two candidates to field questions on Times Two, a Times of Malta pre-election online series.  We invited 12 candidates from the different...

  • Refusing to jump on the bandwagon

    Refusing to jump on the bandwagon

    This election has let many down in terms of what was expected to be a calmer state of affairs. Its circumstances were unwarranted and here I hasten to add that this is not because the Prime Minister called an early election, but — and here I have...

  • A dream worth fighting for

    As people get flooded with electoral pledges that get bigger with every passing day, they are trying to understand what has brought the country to the state it is in: a premature election in the ‘best of times’. It may be the best of times for...

  • An act of justice

    An act of justice

    Writing about something of interest to readers while trying to steer clear of political controversy is no easy task particularly as we enter the final week of the electoral campaign. I am, therefore, grateful to whoever was behind the full page...

  • Other side of the picture

    We are continually reminded that the economy is doing well and that the government’s finances are in balance. But the Labour speakers never remind us that this is all thanks to previous Nationalist administrations who, following Malta’s accession...

  • My choice is Malta

    Elections are all about choices.  Choices on issues, programmes, principles, proposals.  Choices on people.  Choices on the future and how this will shape one’s life and the life of one’s children. All elections are important, but some present...

  • A stronger economy

    We are just days away from a general election, and politics is in the air. Actually, it feels as if the 2013 election were held last year, and a snap election only helped to make it feel even closer. As everyone knows, the top three topics for...

  • A beacon of hope

    The war effort and resistance by the Maltese people during World War II earned the admiration of the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt.  In a scroll, today etched on the façade of the Grand Master’s Palace in Valletta for...

  • The obvious choice

    Unfortunately, it is crystal clear that the eyes of the world, and, particularly, of Europe, will be on us this coming election. They will want to see if we are going to endorse a government mired in scandals and shady money deals or else totally...

  • Political opinions

    Denis Mifsud’s and Joseph Muscat’s concerns (May 20) about the sale of Maltese passports are justified. In an article entitled ‘Shady island’, The Economist refers to our present political scene and concludes that “the island could be used by...

  • Election proposals

    The Nationalist Party offers to make an immediate one-time grant of €10,000 to young Gozitan couples setting up family in Gozo and to other young families relocating to Gozo from Malta and abroad. Would demographical purposes not be better served...

  • Redundant ideology

    Redundant ideology

    In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Westminster and Manchester (picture), the need to find a solution becomes an urgent matter. I believe we can learn lessons from the past to face the present: for example, Marxist propaganda in the 1950s...

  • Watch: Candidates raise eyebrows at unexpected questions

    Watch: Candidates raise eyebrows at unexpected questions

    Coverage of the 2017 election campaign has been one of the most intense in recent years, and many voters will no doubt be groaning at the idea of yet more press conferences and debates.  But what if you were able to see candidates in a new...

  • The storm won’t go away

    At the eleventh hour, just days before election day, Opposition leader Simon Busuttil has again called on the Prime Minister to leave politics. He had just been informed by Magistrate Aaron Bugeja that a new investigation had been ordered into...

  • Revealing the rule of truth

    In a research study on What is truth? Pilate’s question in its biblical context (Andreas J. Kostenberger, JETS 48/1, March 2005, 33-62), I came across a summary of an essay written in the late 1970s by Vaclav Havel, “writer, dissident and, more...

  • Battle for gut feelings

    Battle for gut feelings

    He’s no Screaming Lord Sutch but, as the Sobbing Earl Grey, he comes close. So which political party in its right mind would, in 2017, field Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando as one of its candidates? He is widely disliked by the core voters of both major...

  • Pro-business with a vision

    Pro-business with a vision

    The last four years have been good for Maltese businesses. In 2016, according to National Statistics Office data, Maltese businesses had an operating surplus which was €1.5 billion, 30 per cent, higher than 2012. In real terms, investment in 2016...

  • Standing up to be counted

    We have been told time and again that the June 3 election is a time to stand up to be counted for our country. A time to send a clear message to this government that its appalling standards of good governance are unacceptable. Sadly for our...

  • Pathways to teaching

    Policies on education, published both locally and internationally, stress the importance of teacher education and refer to teachers as the cornerstone of learning at all levels. Most of us feel grateful, irrespective of their calling or...

  • Prosecution services

    Kevin Aquilina’s article entitled ‘A prosecutor general’ (May 23) does not do justice to the work done to strengthen the prosecution services since the Bonello Report was published in 2013. The Bonello Report played an important role as a source...

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