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  • Becoming comfortably numb

    Forty years ago Roger Waters was writing the lyrics of Comfortably Numb from Pink Floyd’s cult album The Wall. There are many versions of what inspired the lyrics, from childhood illness to the effects of medication. But it has now become the...

  • Broken social housing model

    Political leaders usually announce their grand social policy strategies in their party’s political conferences where activists can give their feedback on whether the proposed policies are in line with their party’s values. But this does not always...

  • When worlds collide

    Around and on May Day, two mass events took place in Valletta, events that were worlds apart. It was not partisanship alone that separated the two crowds. It was their very outlook on life, on doing things right and on keeping morality in politics.

  • Solar access should be a right

    Some countries, like parts of the US, have had solar rights and solar access legislation for 40 years. But the government is still mulling on whether now is the right time to enact solar rights legislation to protect photovoltaic panel owners from...

  • Voluntary organisations

    Professor Kenneth Wain, who was appointed Malta’s first-ever Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations (NGOs) in December 2007, has recently resigned from his post. When it was established 11 years ago under a Nationalist administration, it was...

  • Reining in building contractors

    Sandro Chetcuti’s “points system” proposal to curb abuses in the construction industry could have made a brilliant April Fool’s joke. The situation has been allowed to get out of hand so much now that few believe the industry can be effectively...

  • Fast ferry service hits turbulence

    Few could argue convincingly that a catamaran service connecting Gozo to Malta is not long overdue. At present Gozo Channel, the sole provider of ferry services between the Maltese islands, provides a regular ferry service that meets some of the...

  • IVF: why it’s wiser to wait

    The proposed amendments to the Embryo Protection Act have caused the sort of controversy one expects when the burning issue of the respect due to incipient human life is juxtaposed with the very human and legitimate desire of childless couples –...

  • Taking up the baton

    A court of appeal recently upheld a decision ordering the De Paule Band Club in Paola to vacate its premises by September following unauthorised structural alterations carried out without the owner’s consent. Following the judgement, concern...

  • No risk-free workplace

    Trade unionists have a mission to protect workers’ interests and reduce the risks that exist in every workplace. This duty is often interpreted as meaning the proper management of health and safety risks. But business life presents various other...

  • V18 leadership in crisis

    The essence of leadership is that of service to the community. The Valletta 2018 Foundation had the critical task of projecting Malta as a hub of culture and the Maltese as committed believers in the values of European civilisation. Whether V18...

  • Give Maltese coaches a chance

    Maltese football was rocked by the news of Tom Saintfiet’s unexpected sacking as coach of the national team. The Belgian was relieved of his duties by the Malta Football Association following a report by BBC Sport saying he  was interested in the...

  • Disconcerting concerns

    The letter Europol’s outgoing executive director wrote to Portuguese Socialist MEP Ana Gomes on the Daphne Caruana Galizia investigation has led to a measure of controversy. A lot was made on what was meant by “new concerns” and “improvement” in...

  • Pilates in the House

    The Prime Minister claims to have an electoral mandate to implement the changes he plans for the IVF law. The Labour programme did promise to widen and extend the service, even to change the law, but that meant nothing, or everything. It is very...

  • Populist and unpatriotic

    Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s first reaction to the Daphne Project revelations – urging Labour supporters to attend the party’s May Day celebrations in large numbers – was outrageous. It is the sort of thing one would expect from an authoritarian...

  • Public policy thinkers

    The Today Public Policy Institute, the only independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit think-tank, has been disbanded 11 years after its foundation. Between 2007 and 2017 it was led by Martin Scicluna who headed a board of 15 members. He handed...

  • Were might to be right

    Plato said it all when he warned: “Do not expect justice where might is right.” The great philosopher would have only confirmed his line of thought had he heard Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and some of his men speak over the past days. Dr Muscat...

  • Our legacy patrimony

    A coalition of heritage organisations has called for new measures to address the State’s intolerable failure to safeguard the country’s patrimony as guaranteed by the Constitution. Our Legacy, a declaration signed recently by 22 organisations...

  • From the pews to the streets

    The faces on Church pews are disappearing and they have been doing so for quite some time. The latest figures published by the Church show that Sunday Mass attendance stands at 40 per cent, down from 51 per cent in 2001. But are the figures that...

  • Concerns on labour cost figures

    When the political scene is dominated by new revelations by a consortium of investigative journalists as part of the Daphne Project and, also, by the highly-controversial amendments proposed by the government to the IVF law, new labour cost...