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  • Moira Delia talks pigeon culls, animal welfare and enforcement

    Moira Delia talks pigeon culls, animal welfare and enforcement

    She came out vehemently against a proposed pigeon cull in Vittoriosa but animal rights campaigner Moira Delia now welcomes the mayor's change of heart and the drive to tackle this problem in a more humane way on a national level. Interviewed on...

  • Culture is the cure

    That Malta is a veritable open-air museum is an acknowledged reality. The earlier inhabitants and many occupying forces have left the island an invaluable inheritance of architectural and cultural wealth. Time, nature, two world wars and years of...

  • A smooth and efficient Brexit

    Last week Michel Barnier and I sat down for the first time, to begin negotiating the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. I have been clear that our first priority is to provide certainty to EU citizens living in the UK and to UK...

  • Coalitions and democracy

    Coalitions and democracy

    The very first provision of the Constitution proclaims Malta to be “a democratic republic”. Other provisions in the Constitution enshrine the principle of democracy such as when they refer to popular suffrage during general elections, the role of...

  • The ICC and Libya

    The International Criminal Court has demanded that Libya hand over former leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son Saif after his release by an armed militia, but it is the court, not Saif, which should be on trial. One word tells you all you need to know...

  • The new deputy PM

    A well-known proverb goes: “Measure 100 times before cutting the drape.” This proverb comes to mind when considering the coming election for a deputy prime minister. The Labour government had only four years in the previous legislature. During...

  • Abominations

    I read about a European Union administrator who, inflamed by his own importance and fuelled by alcohol (mojitos he had been drinking between 7pm and midnight), allegedly hit an Italian woman of Jewish descent with a decorative plaque commemorating...

  • Large dogs on board

    I contacted Virtu Ferries to enquire about travelling with my dog. Small breeds are allowed to stay with the passengers but since my dog is over nine kilos, I was informed I should leave it locked in the car, in the garage, though I could check on...

  • Gambling addicts

    Gambling addicts

    The news item on gambling (June 22) makes interesting reading. Does the report say how much of the €125 million spent in 2015 came from workers or pensioners with minimum income or by families in a precarious state? Although income from gambling...

  • Curbing aggressive tax planning

    The dividing line between tax evasion and tax avoidance has always been blurred. While most countries defend their fiscal sovereignty that enables them to determine their fiscal policies, the issue of personal and corporate tax avoidance is very...

  • Not enough exercise in school

    Not enough exercise in school

    A recent editorial in the Times of Malta highlighted the fact that Malta ranks in first place as the most obese nation among all EU states. At a national level, various initiatives have already been introduced to tackle this issue, which have...

  • The Labour hegemony

    The Labour hegemony

    What is a hegemony? In politics, this refers to a relatively stable force which is characterised by a unity of different parts. Here, power is durable and enjoys wide consent, especially as its leadership manages to unite different values,...

  • EU security and defence

    EU security and defence

    It seems attractive at a time when the EU apparently needs new policy frontiers on which it can show growth and cohesion, to claim that moving towards a common security and defence policy makes sense. So the Commission is proceeding with plans to...

  • Keep Mosta clean

    A few days ago, the Mosta local council sent an e-mail to all residents indicating the days in which streets in the locality are cleaned. They were also asked to report whether the scavenger fails to appear. The council could not do better. It is...

  • A guardian angel

    In today’s world, corruption has become a way of life, money-laundering is being accepted as a decent way of making a profit and politicians have risen to the status of great statesmen when they lie brazenly with a straight face. We have become...

  • Self-appointed saint

    I was not aware that the procedure of the proclamation of sainthood has now evolved from vox populi, vox dei to self-appointment. We now have a new Maltese saint, being sin free and guilt free in perfect synchronisation with the day’s gospel: “You...

  • A public plea

    A public plea

    The 19th centenary anniversary of the martyrdom of St Publius in the lions’ arena in Athens falls on January 21, 2018. I have studied and written many articles about this event. I have used writings by doctors of the Church and other scholars to...

  • Delayed home help

    Early last December, my wife was diagnosed with melanoma in her brain and she is bedridden. We applied for home help on December 29, 2016. No home help has arrived since, notwithstanding tens of telephone calls from the Department for the Elderly...

  • Conditions for ‘unity’

    The fine weather outside belied the unstable outlook for the political season that lies ahead as Parliament opened yesterday. Behind the camaraderie and hand-shaking as MPs took their places lies deep mistrust between the two sides of the House...

  • 57 men, 10 women

    57 men, 10 women

    And so it is that we have 67 MPs to represent us in Parliament in this legislature. Out of those 67, 57 are men. Which, of course, means only 10 are women, which means that Members of Parliament are not really representing a snapshot of...

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