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Opinion

  • Budget economic vision - Michael Briguglio

    Last week, I presented a number of proposals for the upcoming Budget.  These revolved mostly around challenges related to inflation faced by persons at risk of poverty as well as in relation to pensions and rented property respectively. Hence, I...

  • The millionaires’ club - Kristina Chetcuti

    The millionaires’ club - Kristina Chetcuti

    Last week The Economist ran a back page ‘for sale’ advert of a château in Normandy, France. The photos showed the 18th century French château in the heart of Calvados, the place where they make that alcoholic apple brandy that you can add to...

  • The national s(t)inkhole - Paul Cardona

    The main problem the nation has today is the Planning Authority. This body started well when it was first created as Mepa. However, now it stinks of corruption and has become the facilitator for developers rather than the regulator. The PA is...

  • Betrayal most base - Claire Bonello

    There were cheers in the Ħamrun School Hall when the db City Centre project was approved by the Planning Authority Board. They came from the db crowd as they witnessed the final touch on the deal which had been done and dusted beyond closed doors...

  • Silvio Debono’s golden-green mile - Michela Spiteri

    “The facts show that the market is rewarding us for having full faith in the product, for our ability to deliver it with excellence and for our faith in this country.  The group was successful in its bid to secure a prime stretch of land enveloped...

  • The Prime Minister’s private jet - Mark Anthony Falzon

    The pace of progress in this country is truly astonishing. When I was a civil servant, what we called ‘procurement’ was a fairly solemn State matter. If you needed paperclips and the department didn’t have them in stock, you couldn’t just pop down...

  • Suffocated by tourists (Part 1): When will we ever learn? - John Vassallo

    Suffocated by tourists (Part 1): When will we ever learn? - John Vassallo

    Bob Dylan was right. Humans always avoid taking lessons and fail to divert the flow of events before it is too late. A recent article in this paper in July on rebalancing the economy for a better Malta, by David Marinelli, was so clear that I have...

  • ‘La Mafia non esiste’ - Manuel Delia

    ‘La Mafia non esiste’ - Manuel Delia

    Scicluna would have donned his didactic hat and explained how Malta is a country where cars are able to spontaneously combust, accidentally trapping unwitting journalists or notorious gang leaders inside. So is the smuggling of oil extracted from...

  • A tragedy of (wilful?) errors - Arnold Cassola

    The approval of the permit for the dB City Centre project on September 20 was supposed to bring to an end the whole saga surrounding this project. I sincerely hope that this is not so and that the battle against this project, which stinks on...

  • The thing about Gozo - Peter Agius

    I have just launched my campaign as candidate for an MEP seat with the Nationalist Party. I believe that European accession was a big leap forward for Malta. However, the European benna did not reach all quarters of society. It also failed to...

  • An unusual barter proposal - Alan Deidun

    An unusual barter proposal - Alan Deidun

    The shenanigans that development applicants continuously churn out defy credulity sometimes. It seems, in fact, that the higher the odds stacked against them to obtain a planning permit for an ODZ area, the quirkier the shenanigan resorted to by...

  • ‘The greatness of a nation’ - Francis Zammit Dimech

    ‘The greatness of a nation’ - Francis Zammit Dimech

    Some days ago, Malta witnessed one of nature’s spectacles. One hundred turtles hatched at Ġnejna Bay, bringing joy to many. This rare experience could probably not have happened were it not to the dedicated work coming from Nature Trust, as well...

  • Question time: Protecting staff better

    Ivan Falzon, CEO Mater Dei Hospital Mater Dei is responsible for more than 50 per cent of the nation’s health care. This, and its position as the only general hospital capable of handling acute cases, means that it is frequently on the national...

  • A tenfold stench - Jorg Sicot

    As September 20 recedes into the background, the anger and hostility unleashed by the Planning Authority board meeting and the subsequent decision against logic, reason and quality of life for much of the nation, festers on. The triumph of the...

  • Preserving tradition - Frank Salt

    Preserving tradition - Frank Salt

    Some weeks ago, we celebrated the feast of St Gregory in Sliema. St Gregory’s parish church doesn’t have a parish square and so the feast’s activities take place on the promenade. The festivities were spread over a few days and it was a delight to...

  • A journey to beatification - Emily Barbaro Sant

    A journey to beatification - Emily Barbaro Sant

    Ranier Fsadni’s article Return of a Saint (September 29) dealt with Fr Peter Serracino Inglott’s book – Adeodata Pisani: A Mystic Nun in Mdina. He says that the book is financed by St Peter’s Monastery. My late husband, Arthur Barbaro Sant,...

  • Protecting traditions - Karmenu Vella

    During my mandate as European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, I have made improving the state of Mediterranean fishing a top priority. We have come far. The ‘Medfish4ever declaration’ signed here in Malta in March...

  • Tony Zarb and real Malta - Ranier Fsadni

    Tony Zarb and real Malta - Ranier Fsadni

    The other week, Tony Zarb, government consultant and former general secretary of the General Workers’ Union, said something deplorable and indecent, even obscene. But in the backlash he’s being criticised for things he didn’t say and pronounced...

  • Wake up Europe!

    In 1918, Europe emerged exhausted from a bloody war that took so many lives without addressing the tensions at the heart of the conflict. In 1939, a new conflict broke out against a backdrop of crisis and the rise of fascism. It took decades of...

  • Nonsensical, idle speech - Laiq Ahmed Atif

    Freedom of speech and expression is one of the core principles of any progressive and democratic society. However, in the very noisy and distracting social media era – where in a matter of minutes, like wildfire, the tweets and posts are spread...