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Opinion

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • A case of envy incarnate

    I refer to the Times of Malta’s front page report of May 23. The European Commission is quoted as having said “Malta should ensure the effective supervision of internationally oriented business by financial institutions licensed in the island, in...

  • Busuttil: A lightweight

    Busuttil: A lightweight

    Politics dealt Simon Busuttil a poor hand. Four years ago when he became leader of the Opposition, he inherited a political, organisational and financial mess. He has had to fight a battle on three fronts. He had to offer inspirational leadership...

  • Leadership failures

    Leadership failures

    We in Europe believe that our democratic system provides the foundation for a great set of principles and values that lead to good public governance. Public leadership is embedded within this, at least we think it is fair to say we ‘believe’ this.

  • Compromise and choice

    One of the saddest legacies of the past four years of Labour government is the very wrong perception that economic performance requires us to stoop low to uneasy compromises.  The encroachment upon pristine countryside and coastal sites is...

  • Best healthcare system

    Over these last few years our healthcare system has taken strong strides forward. Patients have lived this, our healthcare workers can attest to this. Even the European Commission has recognised this. To quote the Commission’s Country Report...

  • Working for a greener future

    What do an architect, a plumber, a banker, a water engineer and an organic wine grower have in common? Not much, you might think. Well, actually they do: in one way or another, they are all making the circular economy happen. The European Union...

  • Green constitution

    Green constitution

    Ever since Prime Minister Joseph Muscat launched the 2017 election campaign he has been tirelessly on the move explaining the numerous and substantial achievements of the Labour Party in government over the past four years;  achievements in the...

  • A prosecutor general

    A prosecutor general

    Your leader ‘Power to inquiring magistrates’ (April 25) raises food for thought. In this respect, I remind readers of the final report of the Commission for the Holistic Reform of the Justice Sector (the so-called Bonello Commission) which was...

  • Another final countdown

    The title of this contribution may resonate with a number of readers. It may have no relevance to our oblivious millennials and I therefore trust that the following observations will hopefully inspire as many as possible to reflect on the upcoming...

  • Referendum of June 3

    Normally general elections are fought between the two parties on a whole variety of issues, like the economy, employment, health, security and traffic. Voters do look at the big picture but also focus on proposals that directly concern them.

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