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  • 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...

  • The politicians’ prime calling

    The First Reading from the Book of Proverbs highlights a number of traits and blessings that have always been held in high esteem by civilisations both ancient and modern: loyalty, faithfulness, good repute, understanding, long life, riches,...

  • Construction chaos update

    Here’s an update on the Construction Chaos currently taking place while people are suffering from election and news fatigue. A permit for the construction of four villas was granted in an ODZ area in Kalkara. A hotel behemoth with 104 bedrooms...

  • Wanted: a self-led PN leader

    Life has a funny way of coming full circle and proving us wrong. In 2012, when the two-man PN deputy leadership race was on, I clearly remember rooting for Simon Busuttil over Tonio Fenech. I believe I was even quoted as saying that I preferred...

  • The politics of universal love

    I find myself in full agreement with the Prime Minister. Like him, I too think that if David Casa and Roberta Metsola can’t stand the heat, they might wish to get out of the kitchen. What’s stoking this particular fire is Tony Zarb’s reaction to...

  • Surplus and deceit

    Surplus and deceit

    The article by Piero Ugolini, Richard Nun and Larry Chilton (Surplus and Reward, June 8) regarding the National Bank of Malta takeover by Act of Parliament XLV 1973 on December 12, 1973, is a fabrication put forward by the government to justify...

  • What should the new PN leader be like?

    What should the new  PN leader be like?

    We are searching for a new leader for the PN. In no particular order and without determining the gender of the new-found leader by opting for the femi­nine pronoun, here are some of the qualities she may need to qualify for the position: She must...

  • Għargħur: inconsistent defence of ODZ areas

    Għargħur: inconsistent  defence of ODZ areas

    Alan Deidun outlines the case of the St Bartholemew fireworks factory extension, approved literally on the eve of the last election, where conflicts of interest abound. The recent approval of a proposed mas­sive extension to the Għar­għur...

  • More than fishers of men

    During the Valletta Film Festival the Moas documentary Fishers of Men was screened in front of a large audience gathered in Pjazza San Gorg. It is not just a documentary about current migration and SAR activities at sea, but also a biography of...

  • Question time: Thorough investigations

    Alex Sciberras, Lawyer A lot has been said about the implications of the June 3 election result on the political landscape and the Nationalist Party’s failure to win the people’s trust. The electoral campaign, however, raised questions that need...

  • What Gozo needs fast

    What Gozo needs fast

    Now that the general election is over and one can think in a more reasonable manner, I would like to raise a few points that would be beneficial to Gozo and its inhabitants. The €200 million Barts project will certainly be a big boost for Gozo and...

  • Hub for contemporary art

    Since my return to Malta, less than a year ago, I have been trying to absorb the changes that have happened to the Maltese contemporary art scene since I left in 2007. I must say the changes have been many; a big leap has taken place. More funds...

  • Brexit a year on

    Brexit a year on

    A year ago today, 52 per cent of the electorate in the UK voted for the country to leave the European Union. Last Monday, the formal ‘withdrawal’ negotiations kicked off in Brussels. This first session was described by Michel Barnier, the European...

  • Build bridges, not walls

    Build bridges, not walls

    During the US Presidential election campaign, Donald Trump pledged that he would construct a wall along the Mexican border.  In an indirect reaction, Pope Francis underlined that in life we need to build bridges, not walls. Walls represent...

  • TV and the democratic process

    Much has been written about what led to a landslide victory in the recent elections by the Labour Party, despite the fact that the Prime Minister and his team are under magisterial inquiry for alleged corrupt practices. Also, not to be forgotten,...

  • Traitors in our midst

    What a difference nine months make. Nationalist MEPs David Casa and Roberta Metsola are today being branded traitors by the Labour machine for not being ultra-nationalist enough. You may have missed, however, that last year Labour was accusing...

  • Conflict of interest galore

    Conflict of interest galore

    The report ‘PM’s legal advisor, not strictly for legal matters’ (June 14) raises compelling food for thought. Although the main thrust of that piece was that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has appointed MP Robert Abela as his legal advisor, with the...

  • Correspondent banking restrictions

    The news that Deutsche Bank terminated its correspondent banking relationships with Bank of Valletta has been interpreted by sections of the media, including the Times of Malta, in a way that does not reflect the realties that are evolving in the...

  • PN post-mortem 2017

    PN post-mortem 2017

    The seeds of the Nationalist Party’s second disastrous showing in a general election were sown in 2013. Following those elections, a battered and bruised PN instigated a post-mortem inquiry into why it had lost so abysmally. One of the key...

  • Time for real answers

    Time for real answers

    Managing migration is one of our citizens’ main concerns in Malta as in the rest of Europe. This is clear in the results of the European Parliament’s most recent Eurobarometer survey. This should come as no surprise. For more than a decade now,...

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