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Opinion

  • The Egrant story revisited - Claire Bonello

    Last week, the publication of the conclusions of the Egrant magisterial inquiry dominated the news cycle. Now, attention has shifted to the internecine warfare within the PN, as different factions fight like ferrets in a sack. The Egrant fallout...

  • Certainties versus conclusions - Michela Spiteri

    We are living at a time when flippant allegations are taken as messianic certainties. If someone is brazen enough to claim something, then lo and behold, it must be true, even in the absence of proof… The accuser counts on gullibility and...

  • One-party bliss - Mark Anthony Falzon

    Beware the Prime Minister who says he wants a strong Opposition. That’s what Joseph Muscat said last Sunday, and I see it as a very bad sign. It’s rather like wanting a Scrabble opponent to have a strong vocabulary, but not quite as strong as...

  • A tunnel vision for Gozo - Victor Paul Borg

    A tunnel vision for Gozo - Victor Paul Borg

    Transport Malta’s report into the tunnel to Gozo can be described as 24 pages of assertions and conjectures. The report is ostensibly a ‘project description’ intended to form the basis for formulating the terms of reference for the Environment...

  • Send it back - Manuel Delia

    Send it back - Manuel Delia

    The Egrant matter is not settled. And the frantic effort being made to get everyone to shut up about it simply serves to highlight it as unfinished business. Two weeks since the amateur dramatics enacted at Castille, the injured parties have gone...

  • Writing is on the wall, but it’s not in Maltese - Maurice Cauchi

    A living language is one that changes slowly with the times. A dead language is one that had been overcome by overpowering dominant influences. As someone who has witnessed the Maltese language disappearing at an increasing rate in generation...

  • Island at risk of being stifled by fuel stations - Alan Deidun

    Island at risk of being  stifled by fuel stations - Alan Deidun

    The decision on planning application PA 2585/18, for the umpteenth proposed ODZ fuel station (complete with car and truck wash areas, a class 4b shop and other ancillary facilities including a class 5a shop), at Triq Ħal Tarxien in Żejtun, was...

  • The unforgivable story - Helena Dalli

    The unforgivable story - Helena Dalli

    The lies. The money. The chaos that could have been. The pain. The scars. The fear in the minds of two nine-year-olds. The lust for power at all costs. The falsification. The forgery. The media houses turning allegation into fact. The early election.

  • Question time: Up in arms

    Nikita Zammit Alamango, Member of PL National Executive Our readers remember the pre-2013 scenario. Energy tariffs were the main issue of concern in Malta, stalling families’ quality of life and businesses’ strength to invest more in human...

  • The way forward - Tonio Borg

    Leaders must possess a number of characteristics: charisma, courage, decisiveness but, above all, a command of the art of compromise. In my political life I had to decide between compromise, which can sometimes be mistaken for weakness, and...

  • Milestone and Flintstone - Fr David Muscat

    Milestone and Flintstone - Fr David Muscat

    On July 29, the Mosta parish church, the Rotunda, was elevated to the dignity of a minor basilica. It was indeed an event of great joy commensurate with the rejoicing of the Jews succeeding Nehemiah’s rebuilding of the walls after their return...

  • Not who, but what - Chris Fearne

    With the almost daily political upheaval that Brexit is scripting for Theresa May’s government, a joke is doing the rounds in London. Late one evening a figure is spotted jumping the garden fence of 10 Downing Street, the British Prime Minister’s...

  • PN: voice, exit, loyalty - Ranier Fsadni

    PN: voice, exit, loyalty - Ranier Fsadni

    The Nationalist Party has not lost its mind. It has lost its voice. But because almost everyone thinks it has lost its collective mind, it’s being treated for mania and possession by evil spirits. Which would drive any voice-impaired patient...

  • Property prices: who is really gaining? - Michael Stivala

    Building contractors and developers were not properly represented until the Malta Developers Association (MDA) was set up in 2010 by Sandro Chetcuti, who encouraged former minister Michael Falzon to get on board. Falzon was subsequently elected as...

  • Egrant’s flat-earthers - Martin Scicluna

    Egrant’s flat-earthers - Martin Scicluna

    Last week, we learnt from Magistrate Aaron Bugeja’s authoritative investigation into the accusation by the late Daphne Caruana Galizia that the Prime Minister’s wife was the owner of a €1 million secret offshore Panama company – the so-called...

  • Together to protect victims - William Lacy Swing

    The world’s workforce has never been more mobile – from the gardener in California to the banker in Singapore. Whether it’s the dishwasher in Rome or the designer in London, we recognise that human ambition is on the move. Everyone – skilled or...

  • Temporary workers - Josef Said

    Abuse by some companies making use of cleaning services, hospitality personnel and manual workers is very real; some employees have to contend with long hours, low pay and an erosion of rights. However exploitation of workers is now permeating...

  • How democracies die - Anthony Curmi

    The book How democracies die was published earlier this year. The joint authors are two Harvard political scientists, Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. Not surprisingly, it turned out to be a bestseller. Through their research work the authors...

  • Justice must take its course - Daniel Micallef

    A week is indeed a long period in politics, let alone 15 months,  during which time the Prime Minister has been accused of all imaginable crimes under the sun. The brutal murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia fuelled the narrative and, basically, every...

  • Nationalism and migration - Michael Briguglio

    Electoral results in the Western world clearly show that nationalism is a key source of identity for many voters. Yet the term nationalism does not have a monolithic meaning: it can be equally inspiring to those who believe in a society based on...