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Opinion

  • Brother tarmac, sister flyover

    It’s unfortunate for government that Google Street View has just conquered and annexed Malta. We now have a record – in millimetrically-accurate high resolution – of what the country’s roads are like. For incoming Minister Ian Borg, it’s a...

  • Government we deserve?

    Vox populi, vox portmoni. This seems to be the losers’ consensus of Labour’s emphatic electoral win. Labour won the 2013 election fair and square, the narrative goes, but it largely bought the 2017 one, either through outright votes-for-favours...

  • Politics of the ignorant other

    A critical and genuine democracy rests on an honest, vibrant discussion where opposing views are expressed and evaluated. All forms of evaluation are acceptable to the democratic spirit other than the one that reduces the other to an ignorant agent.

  • Agony of stolen parenthood

    Agony of stolen parenthood

    I experience no joy on Father’s Day. I can’t even call my young daughter, so I spend the day in quiet mourning. My predicament is that, despite my former centrality and involvement as a parent, our relationship has been reduced to a couple of...

  • Quo vadis Nationalist Party?

    As the dust starts to settle in the aftermath of the election, a number of issues which need to be tackled by the Nationalist Party come to the forefront. The shock and surprise of the result was clear to see on the faces of the party hierarchy,...

  • Sustainable fiscal system

    Our country’s fiscal system is constantly being challenged. The drive by our European peers towards high fiscal harmonisation remains our biggest threat. Hence, it is imperative to rebuild the reputation of an attractive domicile country, fully...

  • Petrol prices in the EU

    Petrol prices in the EU

    At 56c per litre, the price of petrol in Malta net of duties and taxes is the highest in the European Union this week, according to the information published by the European Commission on consumer prices of petroleum products net of duties and...

  • Brexit threat to sports industry

    Brexit threat to sports industry

    The recent United Kingdom snap general election result has done little to reassure the world that Brexit will not have any negative consequences. One key area where the implications are still murky concerns the sporting sector, a sector that year...

  • London and the jihadist threat

    The recent car and knife attacks in London claimed seven lives. Although British police later killed the three jihadist perpetrators, this incident adds to the latest crescendo of Islamist terrorist atrocities using vehicles as simple, but...

  • Simon Busuttil must go

    Simon Busuttil must go

    Simon Busuttil must go, at least for the sake of his party.   My party, the one I militated in for some 15 years.  The one I always voted for and the one I canvassed for in the last general election. Now that the election dust has settled a bit,...

  • Wearing that thorny crown

    Wearing that thorny crown

    When Macbeth figured that not securing the guarantee that his issue would succeed him somehow gave him a fruitless crown of little value, he moved against all opposition and ended up losing it. The tragedy of Macbeth, born of ambition, seems to...

  • Elections: hindsight and foresight

    Elections are over. Results are what they are. We are now all discussing why we did not do better. Of course, with hindsight, it is much easier to pinpoint decisions wrongly taken, issues which should or should have not been taken on, what other...

  • The election and Daphne

    The election and Daphne

    After the Tories’ bad result in Thursday’s election, no one is asking Theresa May whether she thinks her party should dissociate itself from the Daily Mail, the reactionary newspaper that may have helped push the youth vote towards Labour’s Jeremy...

  • National Bank compensation

    National Bank compensation

    As I have been charged with giving misleading information, I respond to the article ‘Surplus and reward’ (June 8) by Piero Ugolini, Richard Nun and Larry Clinton. I state at the outset that this is my final contribution in the press on this subject.

  • Violence against women: an EU concern

    The European Council has just approved the signature of the Council of Europe convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence on behalf of the European Union. This is certainly a step in the right direction if...

  • Brexit nightmare

    Brexit nightmare

    The United Kingdom’s referendum a year ago gave the government the mandate to take Britain out of the EU. That was all. Voters did not say, and were not asked, whether they wanted to stay in the single market or the customs union. The new British...

  • Simon Busuttil should stay

    Simon Busuttil should stay

    The general election is over. The Labour Party was confirmed as Malta’s government for the next five years. Let’s look at the results and try to come to some conclusions. Like the election of 2013 the gap between the two main political  parties...

  • In and out of a dark tunnel

    Comedian and actor Stephen Fry once said: “When a person is depressed but aware the depression is temporary, it becomes easier to keep fighting through it. The tunnel is a horrible place to be, but when there’s a light at the end, it’s easier to...

  • General election result

    General election result

    When the Nationalist Party proposed a human rights action concerning the 2013 general election result, the Constitutional Court allowed the case to proceed. I wrote in this newspaper on June 17, 2016 (‘An irreconcilability’) that the court’s...

  • Failing the children

    Too many of our children are not succeeding in our schools around the world. This is an urgent issue that requires a radical rethinking not only of education, but also of social policies. I believe that such changes require nothing less than a...

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